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 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 25, 2020 

Q&A: PRMC interim admin talks virus

Plains Regional Medical Center Interim Administrator Jorge Cruz spoke with The News on Tuesday morning regarding operations at the hospital as the COVID-19 pandemic entered its 38th week since its...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 25, 2020 

Curry sees second triple-digit day

CLOVIS — Curry County saw its second day of triple-digit COVID-19 case confirmations Monday, and Clovis' 88101 ZIP code had the state's third-highest count according to data provided by the New Mexico Department of Health. The county confirmed 100...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 25, 2020 

2019 crime report shows fewer calls for service

CLOVIS — The Clovis Police Department’s 2019 crime report included fewer calls for service, incident reports, citations and arrests from 2018. However, it did report more incidents of motor vehicle theft, larceny/shoplifting/auto burglary and...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 22, 2020

Official raises CARES Act cap concerns

CLOVIS — To cap or not to cap. The Clovis City Commission pondered such amid a discussion-only update on its first round of CARES Act small business continuity grants Thursday night. The city received $4.26 million from the state to reimburse...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 22, 2020

Clovis, Melrose schools return to remote learning

CLOVIS — Clovis Municipal Schools and Melrose Schools have chosen to return to remote learning, citing rising COVID-19 cases in the community and a desire to retain some control over a return to hybrid learning models. Both districts essentially...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 22, 2020

Clovis officials take step toward expanding economic development

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis has taken the first step in expanding taxpayer-funded economic development to retail businesses. However, many steps remain following an 8-0 resolution approval at the City Commission’s Thursday virtual meeting. Mayor...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 22, 2020

Water authority commits up to $58,000 on attorney

ELIDA — Following a lengthy back-and-forth over the parameters, Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority members agreed Thursday to commit up to $58,000 on Colorado attorney Peter Nichols for help facilitating a town hall and land trust to aid...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 22, 2020

Clovis school district to hold special election on bonds

CLOVIS — The Clovis school district will hold a special election in February to renew $10 million in general obligation bonds, with the election proclamation approved Tuesday night by its board of education. The election will be held by mail, with...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 18, 2020

Trial in Muleshoe woman's slaying set for August

PORTALES — The trial for two men charged with killing a Muleshoe woman is scheduled for August. Keith Cordova, 22, and Francisco Bustamante, 24, both are charged with murder in connection with the slaying of Jaime Edgmon in rural Roosevelt County....

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 18, 2020

Officials discuss COVID-19 issues

CLOVIS — Much of a two-hour Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday morning dealt with local effects of COVID-19 infection spikes, with commissioners briefly going back and forth about their roles as leaders during the pandemic. The virtual...

 

Order frustrates locals

Anger, frustration, resignation. Those are just a few of the emotions eastern New Mexico residents felt over the weekend, with the state once again on the cusp of a shelter in place order during the...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 15, 2020

Regents vote against architect for renovation

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University officials are excited to get started on a $15 million renovation of the Roosevelt Science Hall. They’ll have to wait a few days to name a new architect, following a strong rebuke from regents on...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 15, 2020

Schools to continue on hybrid or remote learning

While New Mexico’s newest public health order means many businesses will be closed and those that remain open will do so under extreme conditions, nothing changes at public schools. School districts that have been operating in hybrid mode, a...

 

ENMU AD updates regents

PORTALES — In what was likely the last sports update for the foreseeable future, Eastern New Mexico University Athletic Director Matt Billings reported some hiccups but overall good feelings about student-athletes being back on campus for the...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 11, 2020

COVID-19 influx causing difficulties

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be problematic for eastern New Mexico, with 224 cases reported in three days through Curry and Roosevelt counties. The influx in cases is causing difficulties for...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 11, 2020

Curry County Commission approves canvass

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission met for nearly three hours Tuesday, with the primary reason for the meeting taking just five minutes. With no major problems to report, County Clerk Annie Hogland directed commissioners through a quick canvassin...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 11, 2020

Portales board discusses virtual learning

PORTALES — In what was a relatively brief meeting for the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education, Superintendent Johnnie Cain admitted he hadn’t compiled much of a report. “I don’t know if there’s nothing to report or there’s too...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 8, 2020

Counties report smooth elections

Ballot counters in Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Arizona worked into the weekend, as national media outlets held off calls to project winners until Saturday saw former Vice President Joe Biden become presumptive President Elect Joe Biden. It...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 8, 2020

Bonds, amendments pass soundly

In a world with few sure things, and even fewer during a pandemic, general obligation bond passage in New Mexico is one of them, as it’s rare to see any such question not meet at least 60% support. Still, you never know until the votes are...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 8, 2020

Building safety administrator honored for retirement

CLOVIS — In what must feel like a lifetime ago, Louis Gordon came to a place he had never heard of called Clovis because Cannon Air Force Base was the only stateside base that house F-111 aircraft. Gordon was honored for his second retirement at...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 8, 2020

Family: Suicide could have been prevented

CLOVIS - Jimmy Mondragon was well known around his South Lea Street neighborhood for construction projects and checking on his elderly neighbors. But he also battled depression and schizophrenia,...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 1, 2020

New Mexico sets infection, death records

The state reported its two largest days of COVID-19 infections with four-digit days Thursday and Friday, including a record 1,082 cases Thursday. Another record was reached Friday, with 13 deaths reported from COVID-19 to bring the state total to...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 1, 2020

Mask-wearing resolution defeated

CLOVIS — Bobby Sandoval has repeatedly dedicated his end-of-meeting commissioner reports to asking Curry County citizens to wear masks and practice social distancing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic wave that has hit the county. Fellow...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 1, 2020

Early college program more than doubles

CLOVIS — Clovis Municipal Board of Education members received positive news on a collaboration still in its infancy, the Clovis Early College High School program, during its Tuesday meeting. Melissa Winn, a CHS counselor who oversees the program, r...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    October 28, 2020

Voting set to outpace previous numbers

While it appears Mother Nature is going to have an impact early this week, it’s apparent this year’s early voters will easily outpace those from the 2016 presidential election in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Roosevelt County has already seen...

 

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