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Officer in standoff returned to duty

CLOVIS — The Clovis police officer who discharged a weapon during a July 6 standoff has not been identified by either the department or the New Mexico State Police, but he was returned to full duty four days after the standoff. The weapon was disch...

 

Portales takes steps to bump salaries

PORTALES - Members of the Portales City Council took the first steps to increasing the salaries for their positions. But they'll have to win another term to reap any benefit. Councilors, by a 6-0...

 

Officials weigh in on potential NDAA veto

CLOVIS — President Trump has produced a laundry list of justifications in his threat to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, including border wall funding. New Mexico’s congressional delegation has chosen to focus in on one particular...

 

President's residence another step closer

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University regents on Thursday took one more step toward a new president’s residence at the college. Now the challenge is taking long enough to do the project right and getting the project started before the year clo...

 

Support women's sports with wallet

A little more than a year ago, I decided to look up the streaming package for the Women’s National Basketball Association. I had already planned to purchase NBA League Pass later in the year, and thought there might be a group discount. I knew NBA...

 

Lodgers tax disbursements discussed

CLOVIS — When one private entity gets three times as much taxpayer disbursement as another private entity, supporters of the latter are sometimes inclined to disagree. That took place during the Thursday Clovis City Commission meeting, with a back-...

 

City councilors talk alley trash in Portales

PORTALES — In a discussion about as lengthy as the rest of the meeting combined, Portales city councilors expressed frustration about alleyways overloaded with trash. Portales City Manager Sammy Standefer conceded issues with large items left next...

 

Senior services division approves survey release

CLOVIS — The city’s senior services division is hoping to hear from the people it serves. The Clovis Senior Citizens Service Committee gave approval during its Thursday meeting for Senior Services Director Barbara Riggan to release a survey that...

 

Firefighter wins national award

CLOVIS - Chet Chenault thought it was nice to hear somebody nominated him to be the Veterans of Foreign Wars firefighter of the year. But after months of radio silence, he figured somebody else had...

 

Plenty of discussion, but no action taken by parks committee

CLOVIS — There was discussion aplenty Tuesday night regarding Clovis’ parks, particularly the future shooting range at Ned Houk Park. But no actions were taken, partially by circumstance and partially by design. The city’s parks, recreation...

 

Piano duet recital set for Friday

CLOVIS — Sharing a stage is not for every musician. Sharing a piano is for even fewer. An exception to the rule is set for First United Methodist Church, as visiting musicians Denise Parr-Scanlin and Maria Garzon will perform a piano duet recital 7...

 

No racial component to mermaids

A former coworker of mine moved to the east coast, and found a great life for herself. That included a boyfriend, who later became a fiancee, who later became a husband. It was more difficult than it should have been, because she’s white and...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    July 3, 2019

Festivals at their best

CLOVIS - Two years ago, the organizers of Draggin' Main and the organizers of the Clovis Music Festival decided to hold their events on the same weekend. Last year, they decided to be one committee....

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    June 30, 2019

New superintendent establishes leadership team

CLOVIS — Tuesday night’s board meeting welcomed Renee Russ as new superintendent for Clovis Municipal Schools. By the end of it, Russ had her leadership team in place. Russ said the district had two cabinet openings due to the departure of Kerry...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    June 30, 2019

Smile - Netflix was a success

I can easily lose an hour or five binge-watching old episodes of “The Office,” and it’s safe to say I have at least five friendships where the majority of our conversations somehow reference the Steve Carell comedy. Some of those friends are...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Sports    June 30, 2019

Flores gets shot at NAIA's Graceland

PORTALES — Codi Flores had long held dreams of playing college basketball, but at some point in the last few months concluded she just didn’t have the numbers in high school to find her way onto...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    June 26, 2019

Q&A: New Clovis Christian superintendent talks about path forward

CLOVIS - Jim Haley knows he's got big shoes to fill, as he succeeds Ladona Clayton to become the new superintendent at Clovis Christian Schools. He's hoping he can do that, and hoping to fill up the e...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    June 26, 2019

PRMC administrator re-retiring

CLOVIS — There were changes aplenty in technology and the law when it came to the medical industry during the 15 years between Dick Smith’s runs as the Plains Regional Medical Center administrator. But he said the job never changed. “It’s...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    June 23, 2019

District 1 replacement appointed

CLOVIS — With his mind on an upcoming vacancy in the Clovis City Commission, Mayor David Lansford asked somebody he trusted about his desire to one day be a commissioner. David Robinson responded that he never wanted to run for an office, and that...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    June 23, 2019

County, state officials converge on Clovis

CLOVIS — Election reimbursements and workman’s compensation claim investigations probably aren’t that riveting to the people tasked to handle them. They’re even less interesting to John and Jane Q. Public. They are, however, discussions that...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    June 23, 2019

City attorney steps down after more than 30 years

CLOVIS — As Dave Richards prepares to bid farewell to a job that has taken him through more than 30 years, nine city managers and countless city commissioners and department heads, many of them bid a fond and laughter-filled farewell to him. Prior...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    June 23, 2019

Innocence only matters in court

Seeing O.J. Simpson start a Twitter account is pretty much seeing every color in the spectrums of emotion and rational thought. Why does he have a Twitter account? Shouldn’t he be in jail instead? Shouldn’t seeing 1,000 O.J.s walk free be better...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    June 23, 2019

ENMU's TADA! in second year

PORTALES - When the idea first came to create a summer camp for the arts at Eastern New Mexico University, there was a pretty obvious acronym for a theater and dance academy. Now, the college is two...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    June 23, 2019

Salute to dairy: Consortium draws national crowd

CLOVIS - The dairy industry is pretty much a non-stop operation in eastern New Mexico, with plenty of operation and products to show for it. For a six-week period every May and June, eastern New...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    June 23, 2019

Salute to dairy: Consortium students weigh in

CLOVIS — June 10 marked the start of the fifth week for the 12th annual U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium — or the dairy consortium, as it’s usually called to save a few seconds. The News spoke with a trio of students in the...

 

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