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Easter services going digital

CLOVIS - The three biggest words one would expect to hear at area churches just days from now are "He is risen," the message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But most people will be hearing those...

 

Portales board approves schooling plan

PORTALES — The learn-at-home era is under way at Portales Municipal Schools. School board members met virtually for about an hour Monday afternoon. They gave a positive review and a 4-0 approval of the plan Superintendent Johnnie Cain and the PMS...

 

Food bank keeping busy

CLOVIS - The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has provided and supported food programs for 37 years, and continues to do so at its Brady Street building just north of the city's Public Works and...

 

Virus causing delays for Curry

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission dealt with three other Cs during its Tuesday morning meeting — COVID-19, cameras and control. When it comes to adult detention center renovations, the first is keeping the county from getting the second, and...

 

Commission votes to allow Guadalajara liquor service

CLOVIS — Last year saw the Clovis City Commission waive numerous distance requirements for Main Street breweries setting up shop near churches, sometimes right across the street. New year, new commission, new precedents. Thursday night saw the...

 

Former Ready Roast plant manager hired on by non-profit

PORTALES — A door closed on Portales’ Jim Lucero late in February. Less than a month later, a new door opened on the square. Lucero, recently laid off as plant manager for Ready Roast following its acquisition by Hampton Farms, is staying in...

 

Guadalajara liquor license waiver tabled

CLOVIS - When the state Alcoholic Beverage Control office did a preliminary site review of the Master's Centre for a liquor license transfer, the nearest church and elementary school were both found...

 

Water authority proceeding as usual

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is proceeding as usual, even though everything in the world around them is anything but. The authority had its monthly meeting Thursday at its offices, with much of the participation...

 

Clovis passes funding resolution for groundwater efforts

CLOVIS — As Clovis Mayor David Lansford spent his final meeting in that position alone on the dais, handling an eight-person phone call, he heard arguments the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic created too much uncertainty to fund a long-term groundwater...

 

Officials adjusting meetings to comply with health order

CLOVIS — Just two weeks ago, you risked getting laughed out of the room if you called the average public meeting a mass gathering. How things have changed with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the latest effort to slow the virus’ spread, a Monday New... Full story

 

ENMU regents postpone spring commencement; rescheduling TBD

PORTALES — Everybody at Friday’s Eastern New Mexico University regents meeting believed spring commencement was an important event for students, their friends and families they didn’t want to see canceled unless absolutely necessary. They also... Full story

 

Law enforcement hopes people do what's right

Don’t gather with 10 or more people. Don’t go to the gym. Don’t go to the movies. Don’t eat inside a restaurant. It’s been a lot to keep up with during the COVID-19 pandemic, with state guidelines seemingly changing as soon as everybody... Full story

 

Clovis zoo, library closing through April 6

Following a directive to state agencies to accelerate remote-work initiatives, local entities have taken their own steps in reducing face-to-face interaction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic....

 

Restaurants limiting service hours

CLOVIS — Area restaurant owners were already seeing the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic with the general public practicing social distancing. Then the New Mexico Department of Health acted early this week, ordering restaurants fill no more than...

 

School boards discuss coronavirus measures

PORTALES - When the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education first announced Monday morning's emergency meeting on the COVID-19 pandemic, members readied for a planning session. The meeting,...

 

Clovis board OKs bond refinancing, informed on expanded meal services

CLOVIS -- Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 on March 11, and the NBA decided four minutes later to suspend its season, effective after ongoing games concluded. The next day, the state of New Mexico announced public schools... Full story

 

Bittersweet sweep for Hounds

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico softball team made a little bit of program history. And then they learned it. The question: When was the last time the Greyhounds swept rival West Texas A&M in a do...

 

Local entities combating coronavirus spread

With information often changing by the hour, area entities worked over the last few days implementing numerous procedures they hope will "flatten the curve" with the coronavirus pandemic....

 

Elwell to step down from ENMU post

RUIDOSO — The next year at Eastern New Mexico University will be Jeff Elwell’s last. Elwell, the president of the Portales campus and chancellor for the university’s three-campus system, withdrew his request for a contract extension during...

 

Portales board discusses next steps

PORTALES - When the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education first announced Monday morning's emergency meeting on the COVID-19 pandemic late last week, members readied for a planning session.... Full story

 

Capital cuts could be on table

CLOVIS - The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce's Chowder with Crowder delivered on its title's two promises Tuesday. The event featured Rep. Randy Crowder, R-Clovis, and other lawmakers to...

 

ENMU women heading to D-II national tournament

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico women’s basketball team stepped off a bus from Frisco, Texas on Sunday, confident but not convinced they’d have at least one more road trip on the season....

 

Lansford seeks "skin in the game" effort on water supply

CLOVIS — Mayor David Lansford has argued for months that “putting skin in the game” was eastern New Mexico’s best shot at getting federal funding for a major infrastructure component of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. Then the...

 

State officials: Take coronavirus seriously, but don't panic

CLOVIS — No one in New Mexico had tested positive for coronavirus, at least as of Saturday. But it was in 28 states and the number of confirmed cases, and deaths, continue to rise around the...

 

Lovett, Rowley, Boan win seats; Casaus, Bryant, Kelley re-elected

CLOVIS — Voters on Tuesday picked first-time office seeker Mike Morris as their new mayor. But downballot races ran all across the spectrum of experience as Clovis voters retained two incumbents and added two new commissioners who are Clovis High...

 

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