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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


Candidate philosophy: Be a good teammate

PORTALES - Nate Davis has a simple philosophy for every aspect of college athletics. "Be a good teammate," said Davis, senior associate athletic director at Pittsburg State... — Updated 6/26/2021


Former deputy issued jail sentence

By Kevin Wilson EDITOR [email protected] CLOVIS - Handing a first-time offender 182 days in jail for a petty misdemeanor is a rarity. But the state argued the position and public trust afforded to Chris McCasland justified it,... — Updated 4/13/2021


Portales school board OKs calendar

By Kevin Wilson EDITOR [email protected] PORTALES — With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting every part of life, and school operation no exception, “same thing as last year” has become one of the rarer statements uttered.... — Updated 4/13/2021


LEDA change requires city vote

CLOVIS — Legislation that would allow Clovis to use economic development dollars to lure retail businesses cleared the biggest hurdle on the state level, with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signing Senate Bill 49 on Thursday. Now... — Updated 4/13/2021


Clovis overpowers Roswell to close out abbreviated gridiron season

CLOVIS - There was no blue trophy to play for, no district boasting to be had and no real semblance of a rivalry Saturday at Leon Williams Stadium. But Saturday represented a final... — Updated 4/6/2021


Wildcat offense explodes in rout of Carlsbad

CLOVIS — On a night where Jeston Webskowski had plenty of surprises, the biggest might have been going the entire third quarter without touching the football. He did more than... — Updated 3/30/2021


Wildcats shake off rust, beat Hobbs in nailbiter

CLOVIS — The Clovis Wildcats hadn’t played a meaningful down of football in 468 days, so it could be understood and probably condoned if the rust outweighed the rhythm Saturday... — Updated 3/9/2021


Lee leaving Greyhounds for Brownsville coach/AD spot

BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- After eight seasons with Eastern New Mexico University, Kelley Lee is heading across the border to take over as head coach and athletic director at Veterans Ea... — Updated 3/6/2021


Certificate of completion signed for pipeline segment

CLOVIS — More than seven miles of pipeline, signed, sealed and delivered. That was the report from Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority Administrator Orlando Ortega, who reported he signed the certificate of completion... — Updated 2/27/2021


ENMU regents receive mostly clean audit

PORTALES — Despite a pandemic-forced change in how it was conducted, Eastern New Mexico University reported a mostly clean audit for the previous fiscal year, as presented to its board of regents Friday morning. Vice President... — Updated 2/23/2021


School bonds, taxes renewed

There was a mixture of confidence and relief across three local school districts Tuesday night, as voters passed bond measures in a series of three all-mail elections. Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties approved bond or mil... — Updated 2/20/2021


Commission denies hotel bonds for second time

CLOVIS - Defeated in their October effort to seek industrial revenue bonds through the city, a group of developers for a hotel in north Clovis made a second pitch Thursday with... — Updated 2/20/2021


Palla selected for District 4 commission vacancy

CLOVIS - Megan Palla, and four other longtime community staples, were asked Thursday night why she would want to join the Clovis City Commission and fill its vacant District 4... — Updated 2/20/2021


Area sees snowfall, record low Monday morning

CLOVIS - Eastern New Mexico was no exception to the smack of winter weather felt across the country over the weekend. Area snowfall totals from the weekend, according to the... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story


Render resigns from city commission

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission will be down a member in less than two weeks, as District 4’s R.L. “Rube” Render tendered his resignation, effective Jan. 20. In his resignation letter presented at Thursday’s... — Updated 1/9/2021


Homicide victim always sought happiness

CLOVIS — Tchicaya Williams, friends and family members said, always tried to make everybody happy, and she was at one of her life’s happiest points when she was killed Sunday night. Williams, 38, died of an apparent gunshot... — Updated 12/1/2020


Regents approve architect contract

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University regents didn’t waste time Monday during a special meeting, taking just six minutes from open to close on an architect selection. Regents voted 4-0 Monday in a virtual meeting ... — Updated 12/1/2020


Commission holds off on next steps for courthouse

CLOVIS - A renovation for the Curry County Courthouse is close to what everybody wants. The Curry County Commission is hopeful plans can get a little closer. The commission moved... — Updated 10/20/2020


New COVID-19 measures coming Friday

SANTA FE — Four strikes will now mean two weeks on the bench for New Mexico businesses. And restaurants will be required to keep track of customers who choose to dine in. Those are two of many new measures that will be put into... — Updated 10/20/2020


Regents name Caldwell ENMU chancellor

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met just 15 minutes in closed session Friday to discuss the path to selecting a permanent Portales campus president... — Updated 9/25/2020


Release conditions change slightly for former daycare owners

PORTALES — A virtual bond hearing Wednesday for a pair of former daycare owners appealing their 2019 conviction was largely outlined last week by the New Mexico Supreme Court. However, some changes were made for Sandi and Mary... — Updated 9/23/2020 Full story


Commission conversation with state official gets heated

CLOVIS — State Human Services Secretary David Scrase spent about 30 minutes Tuesday morning with the Curry County Commission, and found himself on the wrong end of a few uncomfortable questions from commissioners. Scrase spoke... — Updated 9/15/2020


Saturday rally canceled, but other events planned

CLOVIS — A rally that was planned for Saturday morning at the 2400 block of Ashford is not happening. But, other events in support of President Trump are set to take place. A rally asking New Mexico voters to unite for a “legal... — Updated 8/21/2020


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