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Curry to withdraw from water authority

CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners on Tuesday voted to begin withdrawal from the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority. In a 3-2 vote, commissioners decided to withdraw from the authority and work with Grady and Melrose to have 2011 state...

 

Salary increase approved for county employees

CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners on Tuesday approved a 2.25% cost of living salary increase for county employees. The wage increase will apply to all county employees with at least a year of service, and will be granted to other employees once...

 

Family files suit against state

PORTALES — The family of a girl who died in 2017 after being left in a hot car at a Portales daycare is suing the state, alleging shortcomings in training and supervision contributed to the death. The case, filed in U.S. District Court, lists...

 

Lubbock man acquitted on battery charges

CLOVIS — A Lubbock man was acquitted Wednesday on battery charges in connection with the 2017 death of his son. David Plyler, 61, of Lubbock, received the acquittal following roughly a day-and-a-half trial, with attorney Dan Lindsey noting the...

 

Let citizens decide on stadium

New Mexico United, by any metric, had a stellar first season in the United Soccer League. It went 11-10-13, made the United Soccer League Playoffs and led the USL in attendance with an average of more than 13,000 fans a game. Now, New Mexico United...

 

Board celebrates Portales floriculture team

PORTALES — The Portales school board on Monday briefly celebrated a team that learned to grow flowers, and ended up with some personal and professional growth in the process. The board congratulated Portales High’s floriculture team on its silver...

 

Curry makes ballots official

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission made its ballots from the Nov. 5 general election official, and handled a few other business matters in a short meeting Tuesday morning. County Clerk Annie Hogland said the general election marked the first...

 

City approves tentative tax hike

CLOVIS - Mayor David Lansford believes to get a $90 million water infrastructure project going, local members are going to have to "put skin in the game" and supply the first $20 million before the...

 

New bowl made way into my life

I wouldn’t consider myself a pottery collector. I’ll more likely be in an actual barn than a Pottery Barn, and I’m never in barns. But when I do get pottery, it tends to make a mark. When my friend Adrian screwed up in art class, he gave me...

 

CCC board tables request for residence repairs

CLOVIS — The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees wants to make sure when Charles Nwankwo arrives as president, they have a house that’s perfect for him and his family. But they also don’t want to pay $186,770. That’s why, via a 4-1...

 

Local rancher's embezzlement trial set for July

PORTALES — Due to busy court schedules, and a witness list that’s likely to tax that schedule, a trial for a Roosevelt County rancher accused of embezzlement isn’t set to begin until July. A pre-trial hearing was held Thursday morning at the Ro...

 

In tribute: Jose Olivas brought cheer to friends, family

CLOVIS — Jose Olivas didn’t always make the right choices growing up, but he made sure the people he loved did. And whatever was going on in his day, friends and family said, he’d find a way to bring cheer to yours. Olivas, who was born in...

 

Clovis approves another brewer's license

CLOVIS — For some of Clovis’ citizens, the thought of a third potential brewery on Main Street was too much to accept. To the Clovis City Commission, three feet didn’t seem like much of a reason to deny. Via a 7-1 vote, the commission approved...

 

Regents accept 'just in case' residence donation

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University regents needed just seven minutes of discussion before accepting a “just in case” donation on a proposed new presidential residence. The board, by a 5-0 vote in a Friday morning special meeting, accepted...

 

Area grad elected to national FFA office

That noise you may have heard from the southwest part of Roosevelt County last weekend was a celebration for Lyle Logemann, who’s gone from tiny Elida to a national office with the Future Farmers of America. Logemann, a 2018 graduate of Elida High...

 

Committee talks museum preservation

CLOVIS - Despite the meeting location on the outskirts of the city, plenty of residents and committee members found their way to the Pappy Thornton Museum on Monday for the city's parks, recreation...

 

Regents vote to support partnership with Imagination Library

PORTALES — Nobody on the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents thought sending kids free books was a bad idea. But the road to trouble is paved with good intentions, and regents weren’t sure that road should run through the ENMU...

 

Education feature: AP initiative celebrated at CHS

CLOVIS — Though they pick up textbooks instead of rifles, and head to new high schools every few years instead of new deployments, military children often take on great challenges for the sake of the country’s defense. Last Wednesday, the...

 

Officials recognize rodeoer

CLOVIS — At a meeting that was short as Curry County Commission meetings go, weighing in at just over an hour, commissioners took plenty of time paying respect and wishing good luck to one of the area’s top rodeoers. Clovis’ Shad Mayfield was r...

 

Just fine at No. 2

It was a Saturday of celebration, because Clovis and Portales got a week of relaxation for the first week of the state football playoffs. Both the Wildcats and Rams received No. 2 seeds in their...

 

Regents back 2 percent tuition hike

PORTALES — With a goal to keep prices down for students and a hope that it might attract more New Mexico residents considering college, the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents on Friday backed a smaller-than-recommended tuition hike for...

 

Regent: Final house design coming soon

PORTALES — They’re close, but only close enough to talk about how close they are. The process of a final design for a new presidential residence at Eastern New Mexico University is moving slowly but surely, Regent Terry Othick said during the...

 

Kickoff celebrates AP class initiative

CLOVIS — At first glance, NMSI looks like either an opponent for the Clovis High Wildcats, or a future college option for its students. In reality, it’s an ally to Clovis, and could help hundreds of students start knocking out college credits...

 

Dinner and a show

CLOVIS - This weekend, what's advertised as a tranquil scene is anything but, as the Brickstreet Players get set for their annual dinner mystery show. The Clovis-based community theater group is putti...

 

Mentors ignite student success

CLOVIS - Konnor McNeil was dropped into Clovis High School last December, and it wasn't long before he found himself in the spring semester digging his way out of D's and F's. And that's what made...

 

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