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COVID cases spiking locally, statewide

Case counts for COVID-19 are spiking with the highly transmissible Omicron variant, and it’s difficult to not notice. Statewide, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced efforts to temporarily employ National Guard troops and state... — Updated 1/22/2022


New PED toolkit cuts quarantine time

While the toolkit definitely has its drawbacks, the takeaway so far with Wednesday changes to the Public Education Department's COVID-19 mitigation toolbook is an optimistic one among area school leaders. The PED announced new... — Updated 1/15/2022

 By Kevin Wilson    News

UPDATED: Curry County rebuffs OSHA guidelines ... for now

CLOVIS — In a 3-2 vote, the Curry County Commission declined to ratify county policy on COVID-19 requiring vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing, put in place earlier this month in accordance with federal Occupational Safety and... — Updated 1/13/2022

 By Kevin Wilson    Sports

Foxes slip past Buffs 72-70

TEXICO - A shooting flurry of 15 3-pointers put the Fort Sumner Foxes nearly within reach of the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference finish line Saturday night. A lot of rebounding,... — Updated 1/12/2022

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Portales approves early out days

PORTALES - While school is back to in-person, Portales Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said it's certainly not back to normal with COVID-19 cases and quarantines continuing... — Updated 1/12/2022

 By Kevin Wilson    Sports

Logan girls earn repeat EPAC title

TEXICO - Two years, a pandemic and a change of venue. But the Logan Longhorns were back like they never left. The defending champions made it two straight titles in the Eastern... — Updated 1/12/2022

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Clovis officials pass pared-down sign ordinance

A process of more than two years, and a public back and forth during two months of Clovis City Commission meetings, was resolved Thursday in roughly 35 minutes with the commission voting 7-0 in favor of a pared-down sign... — Updated 1/8/2022

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Clovis to address sign code

CLOVIS - Clovis city officials are planning to address a new sign code in their Thursday meeting, and several of them spent Monday morning hearing many objections to the process... — Updated 1/4/2022

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Year in review: DA, chief retirements leave space at the top

There will be new people in charge in 2022 at the Clovis Police Department and Ninth Judicial District Attorney's office, with the retirement of Chief Doug Ford and the upcoming retirement of DA Andrea Reeb in March. Whoever takes... — Updated 1/1/2022

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Year in review: 2021 was a year of transition for Clovis

CLOVIS - The 2022 Clovis municipal election will have one of the most loaded ballots in recent years, even with the mayor's race still two years down the road. A year of transition... — Updated 12/30/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Year in review: Curry sees farewells in 2021

CLOVIS - It was a year of gains and losses, and Curry County was certainly part of that condition in 2021. James Ridling, the newest commissioner for the county, died Sept. 19 from... — Updated 12/28/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Roosevelt adds cost of living increase for employees

PORTALES — Roosevelt County officials have acknowledged difficulties in hiring and keeping employees. Commissioners on Tuesday approved a series of measures they hope will curb some of those issues. The commission, by unanimous... — Updated 12/21/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

School board adds eight more early-out days to calendar

CLOVIS - Amid regular staff shortages and a reduced pool of substitute teachers, the Clovis school board agreed Tuesday to add eight more early-out days to the second half of the... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Portales city manager's status undecided

PORTALES — After a nearly two-hour executive session Wednesday, the Portales City Council left hanging the status of City Manager Sarah Austin. During the executive session, Austin was called into the council's meeting room... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Water project price tag getting update

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has known for a few years their project will cost far more than the long-standing $500 million estimate. Early next year, they’ll have a better idea of just how much. The... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Clovis commissioners deny zoning request by slim margin

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission by a unusually slim margin denied a rezoning request that would clear the way for up to three new four-plexes in the Sunset Acres Subdivision. The margin was unusual because the commission vote... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Q&A: PRMC administrator talks COVID-19 and hospital issues

Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Jorge Cruz talked to The News on Friday regarding the hospital’s current COVID-19 numbers, vaccination and the Omicron variant. As of Friday, PRMC had not recorded an Omicron case. Q:... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Rice appointed as Clovis' interim police chief

CLOVIS — Deputy Police Chief Roy Rice will be elevated to the chief position on an interim basis beginning Jan. 1, according to a city of Clovis news release. Rice, who has been deputy chief since February, will replace Doug... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Parks committee OKs boxing club at Roy Walker

CLOVIS — The Clovis Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee on Monday got in the corner of a group of longtime local boxers and their request to use Roy Walker Recreation Center. By a unanimous vote, the committee... — Updated 12/14/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Curry hires new attorney

CLOVIS - Dan Macke has made his legal career in Albuquerque, but he considers himself quite familiar with Curry County after more than 20 years of representing its various... — Updated 12/14/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    Sports

Widner inducted into NMAA Hall of Fame

ALBUQUERQUE — Jamie Widner, speaking as a New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame inductee Wednesday, credited the Melrose community for putting him there. “Our little community has 700 people in it; it’s dynamic,... — Updated 12/11/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Regents approve tuition, fee increase

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University regents begrudgingly accepted a tuition and fees increase for the 2022-23 academic year Friday, taking little solace in the fact they held off a larger hike request. By a 5-0 vote,... — Updated 12/11/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

ENMU celebrates graduates

PORTALES - Handshakes and hugs with congratulations mixed with thanks to the people who got them there as Eastern New Mexico University celebrated its latest crop of graduates... — Updated 12/11/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Commission takes first look at redistricting plans

PORTALES — Roosevelt County commissioners took a first look at redistricting that must be finished by the end of the year during Tuesday’s meeting. The commission plans to approve one of three plans on Dec. 21, after giving... — Updated 12/7/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

CCC board approves gift and graduation

CLOVIS — In its last meeting of 2021, Clovis Community College trustees approved a fall graduation list and a sizable local gift that would be bolstered by matching state dollars. By a 5-0 vote, trustees approved a gift of $2... — Updated 12/4/2021


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