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  • Day of love

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 20, 2024

    It's the month of love, and what better day to get married than on Valentine's Day? The Ninth Judicial Court District in Curry and Roosevelt counties decided to make the holiday just a bit more special for some couples on Wednesday. The local courts offered free wedding services on Valentine's Day. For Lucinda and Spencer Noia, who was at the Curry County Courthouse, getting legally married was something in the works for a long time. The couple has been together for 17 years...

  • Curry approves resolution to increase elected officials' salaries

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 17, 2024

    The Curry County Commission in a 4-1 vote approved a resolution that would give the county’s elected officials a 6.5% increase in their salaries. At their regular meeting Thursday, Chairman Robert Thornton was the only one who openly expressed that he was not in favor of the increase. “If you’re there (as an elected official) for the monetary part of it, then you’re in it for the wrong reasons,” Thornton said. While he understands the logistics of the salary increase, Thornton said he fights this action item every t...

  • Commissioners table monitoring well drilling decision

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 17, 2024

    A decision that would allow the Department of Defense (DOD) to drill monitoring wells on private property was unanimously tabled by the commission. Friends and relatives of Art Schaap, the owner of Highland Dairy, spoke on his behalf Tuesday at the Curry County Commission meeting; encouraging commissioners to not pass the resolution that would install monitoring wells on multiple locations, including Schaap’s land. Kyle Bethel, Schaap’s son-in-law, spoke at the podium during the public input agenda item. “The landowner...

  • Stage 3 restrictions remain, city council looks at geographical survey

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 17, 2024

    The Portales City Commission warns residents to prepare to continue conservation efforts after concluding the city will be staying in the stage 3 water restrictions at Tuesday’s meeting. The city has been in stage 3 since last summer. Councilman Eldon Merrick said in the discussion the peak demand in Portales is close to 5 million gallons a day, and that they are in a deficit of 1,000 gallons a minute. “There’s no way we could reach that peak demand… I know everyone hates to hear that, but I don’t see any other...

  • Candidate Q&As: Clovis City Commission District 3 - 2 year term

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 11, 2024

    Editor’s note: This is one in a series of interviews with candidates in the March 5 city of Clovis elections. Debbie Zamora, appointed to the District 3 City Commission seat last year, will face Doug Pettigrew. The winner will be expected to complete a two-year term. Early voting began Tuesday and runs through March 2. Douglas Pettigrew Q: Describe yourself in two or three sentences. A: I’m an Air Force veteran and retired after 40 years as an auditor with Allsup’s convenience stores. I’m married with five kids and...

  • Candidate Q&As: Clovis City Commission District 4

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    Editor’s note: This is one in a series of interviews with candidates in the March 5 city of Clovis elections. Incumbent Chris Bryant will be opposed by Josefita Griego and Dean Hardage. Early voting began Tuesday and runs through March 2. Chris Bryant Q: Describe yourself in two or three sentences. A: I’m a businessman. I’m also a person that loves our community that we choose to live in, and I’m a person that lives to serve our community of citizens. Q: The city spent part of 2023 on efforts to ban abortion clinics...

  • Candidate Q&As: Clovis City Commission District 3 - 4 year term

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    Editor’s note: This is one in a series of interviews with candidates in the March 5 city of Clovis elections. Incumbent Helen Casaus is running against Bryan Davis and Paul Nelson for a four-year term. Early voting began Tuesday and runs through March 2. Helen Casaus Q: Describe yourself in two or three sentences. A: I relocated here from Fort Sumner about 50 years ago, I am a retired nurse of 45 years, and I have three children. I do a lot of volunteer work throughout the community and have been involved with many...

  • Candidate Q&As: Clovis City Commission District 2

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    Editor’s note: This is one in a series of interviews with candidates in the March 5 city of Clovis elections. Gail Tarson will run against Victoria Robledo. Incumbent Lauren Rowley declined to run for re-election. Early voting began Tuesday and runs through March 2. Victoria Robledo Q: Describe yourself in two or three sentences. A: I’m a person that wears many hats, from mother to women’s rights activist all the way to volunteer coordinator. There’s so much that I cover. I’m an ordinary citizen that is advocating...

  • Autumn way better than One Direction tix

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Dec 23, 2023

    When I think back on the 23 Christmases I've experienced, so many memories flood my mind. To name a few, the EZ Bake Oven I got from Santa when I was 7, I think? Maybe I was 8. Also, the acoustic guitar when I was 16 is up on the list as well. And of course, when I was 13, my oldest sister Lauren told us she was having a baby by having me open a box that had a pacifier in it as the clue. I, however, really thought I was getting One Direction tickets that year and truly...

  • Baby Autumn loves smiling, snuggling

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 28, 2023

    She is here! Today marks week 2 ... of being a mom. I am happy to report that our baby girl, Autumn Liberty, was born at 11:33 p.m. on Nov. 15. She only had 27 minutes to spare, or she and I would have shared a birthday. It was by far the best birthday I have ever had as it was my first day as a mom. The experience was something I will never forget. Having her was the hardest thing I've ever done, but it was also the most rewarding thing I've ever done at the same time. She...

  • Portales Fire Department seeks contract with Roosevelt County

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 18, 2023

    The Portales Fire Department on Tuesday requested to enter into a contract with Roosevelt County on providing services outside city limits. Fire Chief TJ Cathey presented to the commission on why he believes PFD is the best option for providing these services. “The services we provide are, in my opinion, undeniably important and necessary,” Cathey said. Last fiscal year, Cathey reported PFD responded to 683 calls outside city limits, which is 19.6% of its total run. It costs the city nearly $384,000 to provide those servi...

  • Portales council declares property 'dangerous'

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 18, 2023

    Portales City Council on Tuesday declared a property at 700 Abilene as “dangerous” due to foundation damage. The property is not used for anything, and windows are boarded up. However, kids will try to climb inside of it to play, City Manager Sarah Austin said. “The structure itself is not safe either,” Austin added. Kelly McClellan, the community services director, said the property had received many complaints. She said the city had contacted the owner multiple times, and she was hoping she would not have to bring...

  • Q&A: Shoe boxes help spread message of Jesus to kids

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 18, 2023

    Q: What does Parkland Baptist have going on this time of year? A: Operation Christmas Child is kind of our big push. It always reminds us it's almost Thanksgiving and Christmas is right around the corner. Operation Christmas Child is kind of what we do. Our main mission project. We also do Thanksgiving boxes. We try to put together about 30 for families, military and local. And so those are kind of our two big projects. As far as Christmas and worship goes, every year I do a...

  • Holiday season takes on new meaning

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 14, 2023

    It’s 39 weeks now … and still pregnant. Baby girl is taking her sweet time; or maybe I’m just getting slightly impatient. The holiday season is upon us and, this year, all of these special gatherings mean so much more. While I still don’t know when she will make her arrival, I’m hopeful it will be before Thanksgiving so we can spend it with her. I’ve recently put out all my Christmas decorations because I know that once she gets here, I’ll be a little too busy to worry about that. I also just love the idea of he...

  • Portales School Board welcomes new member

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 14, 2023

    The Portales School Board welcomed new member Cade Skinner on Monday night at its regular meeting. Skinner defeated Doug Pfaffenberger, 172-107, for the District 1 school board seat last week. The seat was previously held by retiring board member Rod Savage. “It’s a lot of information and a lot to take in, but I enjoyed it,” Skinner told the News after the meeting. Skinner was sworn in Monday to take over the last two meetings of the year for Savage, and he will officially sign on to the board for a four-year term in Ja...

  • Health officials warn of rise of seasonal ills

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 11, 2023

    As temperatures start to drop this season, it’s common for there to be a rise in the number of flu, covid, and RSV cases in the area. According to officials with Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis and Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, covid cases are trending upward. However, today’s numbers are still nothing compared to what was seen in 2021. “The volume tends to be comparable to patients seen last fall of 2022,” said Kaye Green, chief executive for RGH said. At PRMC, there were two covid cases being...

  • Incumbents keep positions on local school boards

    Landry Sena and Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 11, 2023

    By Landry Sena and Madison Willis The Staff of The News Tuesday was a good night for incumbent school board members seeking re-election in Clovis and Portales. All three local races that included an incumbent saw voters choose the candidates already in office. Incumbents Terry Martin and Paul Cordova kept their positions on the Clovis Municipal Schools board of directors. Martin defeated challenger Nathan Mccreery, 144-93, in the race for the District 5 seat. “First, I want to say all honor to God,” Martin told The News...

  • Q&A: Lighthouse Mission director talks aid, program

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 11, 2023

    Editor's note: This is one in a continuing series of interviews with local officials. Richard Gomez is the executive director for the Lighthouse Mission in Clovis. Q: Can you explain first what all the Lighthouse Mission does? A: We are a soup kitchen, we are a clothing bank, and a furniture bank. We're a homeless shelter for men, women and families. We have a program for men and women for drug and alcohol recovery and that's a six-month program. Q: Is it possible for you to p...

  • Q&A: Emergency management director talks winter, supplies

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 11, 2023

    Editor's note: This is one in a continuing series of interviews with local officials. Antoinette Brezovsky is the emergency management director for the city of Portales. Q: When temperatures start to get cold like they have been this last week, are there any common problems that you guys have to respond to? And if so, can you elaborate on what you see? A: I guess of course there's always a concern about people who don't have proper heating in their homes or don't have homes...

  • Martin, Cordova keep Clovis school board seats

    Landry Sena and Madison Willis, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Incumbents Terry Martin and Paul Cordova kept their positions on the Clovis Municipal Schools board of directors following Tuesday's elections. Martin defeated challenger Nathan Mccreery, 144-93, in the race for the District 5 seat. "First, I want to say all honor to God," Martin told The News on Tuesday night. "I want to thank the people in the district for coming out to vote. They know that I've been around, and they trust my judgment so, you know, (I'm) giving honor to God...

  • Rotary Club of Clovis shares gift of reading

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 7, 2023

    Local second-graders now have one more book to read, thanks to the Rotary Club of Clovis. Rotary member Calvin DeWitt said the books cost about $3,800. The Rotary Club gave 670 books as a part of a grant that partially covers some of the costs from Rotary International. Prior to July 1, there were two Rotary clubs in Clovis: Clovis High Plains Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Clovis. The two clubs merged and are now called the Rotary Club of Clovis; this was their first project...

  • Locals remember 'Friends' actor

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    The news of Matthew Perry's passing saddened many over the last week, and that includes local officials who were able to meet the actor at a drug-abuse conference 10 years ago. District Judge Donna Mowrer, Brian Ford, court probation officer, and Robbie Telles, a captain with the Clovis Police Department all attended the National Association of Drug Court Professionals conference in 2013 where the "Friends" actor spoke. "He was just a very big supporter of what treatment... Full story

  • CCC sets parameters for next president

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    A presidential profile has been approved by the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees. At their regular meeting Wednesday, trustees discussed the profile, which will go up on the website for candidates to look at when considering applying for the job of president. “It addresses all of our concerns, all of our wants or needs for the presidential profile,” Chair Lora Harlan said. According to the profile, “The next President of Clovis Community College will lead and demonstrate an established record of building... Full story

  • Referendum battle continues across state

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Nov 4, 2023

    Efforts to remove state laws passed this summer regarding health care continue for a New Mexico group. The laws in question -- House Bills 4, 7 and 207 along with Senate Bills 13, 180 and 397. HB-7 and SB-13 -- work in tandem, and deal with reproductive and gender-affirming health care and reproductive health provider protections. Larry Marker, a Chaves County resident and petitioner, has been going across the state to spread the word about efforts for a referendum that would allow voters the option of eliminating the laws. ... Full story

  • Q&A: RGH chief gives update on hospital's status

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    Editor's note: This is one in a continuing series of interviews with local officials. Kaye Green is the chief executive officer for Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. Q: Please update us on the financial status of the hospital? Is it getting any better? A: Yes, RGH's financial position has significantly improved thanks to all staff and departments working collaboratively to reduce costs along with downsizing the workforce to more closely align with our current demand and...

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