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 By Lily Martin    News    October 18, 2020 

EPCOG meeting focuses on CARES Act grant

CLOVIS — A Clovis CARES Act Grant was a major topic of discussion at the Eastern Plains Council of Governments Board of Directors meeting Wednesday. Government Affairs Director Raymond Mondragon updated members on the $240,000 grant, for mortgage,...

 By Lily Martin    News    October 18, 2020 

Parmer County records 42 percent of region's COVID-19 deaths

Parmer County in Texas accounts for 11 percent of the region’s population, but it has recorded 42 percent of the local deaths related to COVID-19. Health officials say 15 deaths have been attributed to the virus in the county that includes the...

 By Lily Martin    News    October 14, 2020

Governor adds new restrictions

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Tuesday she will add stricter measures to the state’s public health order in response to rising COVID-19 cases. The new order, which goes into effect Friday, will: • Reduce the definition of mass gatherings to... Full story

 By Lily Martin    News    October 14, 2020

Portales police chief retiring at end of November

PORTALES - The Portales Police Department announced on Sunday it will begin searching for a new chief of police with Pat Gallegos retiring at the end of November. The application period opened Monday...

 By Lily Martin    News    October 14, 2020

Supreme Court puts census deadline in flux

The 2020 Census deadline is in flux, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday suspending a lower court order that allowed the count to be extended to Oct. 31. Meanwhile, recent numbers show that some local municipalities are reporting some numbers better...

 By Lily Martin    News    October 11, 2020

Early voting draws crowds

CLOVIS - Early voting started Tuesday, and lines were consistently seen out the doors of the Curry County Clerk's Office all week. The county clerk's office in Roosevelt County also reported lots of e...

 By Lily Martin    News    October 11, 2020

Portales to host drive through trick-or-treat

PORTALES — The city of Portales will host a drive-through trick-or-treating experience at the Portales Public Library, Portales city councilors said at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The event — created after the Roosevelt County Chamber of...

 By Lily Martin    News    October 11, 2020

Candidate Q&A: U.S. Senate

Editor’s note: A New Mexico U.S. Senate seat is open after Tom Udall decided against running for a third term. Candidates are Republican Mark Ronchetti, a former television meteorologist; Democrat Ben Ray Lujân, assistant speaker of the House of...

 By Lily Martin    News    October 7, 2020

Homer Tankersley lived full life

At 93, Homer Tankersley experienced a lot in one lifetime. Tankersley, founder of the Clovis Main Street clothing store that bears the family name, passed away Saturday. Born March 25, 1927,...

 By Lily Martin    News    October 7, 2020

Roosevelt County officials review pandemic-related challenges

PORTALES — Roosevelt County officials provided commissioners with a review of a few pandemic-related challenges both statewide and in the county during its Tuesday morning meeting. County Manager Amber Hamilton presented information on...

 By Lily Martin    News    October 4, 2020

CCC pushes in-person graduation back

CLOVIS — Clovis Community College has pushed in-person graduation ceremonies again due to the COVID-19 pandemic, following an announcement Wednesday by President Charles Nwankwo. Graduates from the spring and fall 2020 semesters will be allowed to...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 30, 2020

Pair of businesses greenlit to reopen

CLOVIS - Following amendments to state public health orders, a pair of Clovis establishments have received the green light for socially distanced activities. On Friday, St. Bernard Farms opened its...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 30, 2020

Local theaters may soon see renovation

CLOVIS - The show must go on ... eventually. Officials with Clovis Community College told The News the Mesa Theater, owned by the college since 2011, was getting ready to open for events when the...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 27, 2020

Prince Street Leal's building for sale

CLOVIS - The Leal's Mexican restaurant location on Prince Street is for sale, but owner Laura Leal said she intends to keep the popular eatery's Mabry location open. Leal said the decision to try and...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 23, 2020

Virtual performance set at ENMU

PORTALES - Virtual learning will not stop Eastern New Mexico University's theater department from practicing its craft. The department's upcoming shows, debuting Thursday, will be delivered entirely...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 20, 2020

Counties plan to install more ballot drop boxes

Ballot drop boxes are no stranger to elections, but the state is encouraging an increase in their presence this year out of concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic. A statement from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office is advising counties to...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 20, 2020

Smoke haze to stick around for a while

Though it might not catch much attention on a daily basis, the usual blue skies of eastern New Mexico have given way to a few weeks of on-and-off haze due to ongoing fires outside of the Land of Enchantment. While air quality here is not adversely...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 16, 2020

Roosevelt approves memorial bench for county clerk

PORTALES — After suddenly losing its county clerk last month, the Roosevelt County Commission approved a family gesture to honor Stephanie Hicks McMath going forward. County Manager Amber Hamilton told commissioners during their Tuesday meeting at...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 16, 2020

Burns putting grant toward solar

CLOVIS - John Burns, owner of the Burns Do It Center hardware store in Clovis, was awarded a $20,000 grant Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program. The store...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 13, 2020

Railroad history erased in Melrose

MELROSE - One of Melrose's longest-standing buildings is no more. The Melrose train depot was demolished on Wednesday. The building, constructed in 1907, was owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 13, 2020

Some residents still haven't received IRS stimulus checks

Though nothing has made its way through Congress, there is talk about a second stimulus check for Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Glenda Horner Taylor of Clovis is still wondering when the first stimulus check is coming, and reached out to...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 13, 2020

In tribute: Clovis banker remembered for service to community

From a young boy to his last day, friends and family said, Stanley Hardwick was a good man. From the time he was growing up on his family's ranch in eastern New Mexico, Hardwick, who died Aug. 14,...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 9, 2020

Region taking brief dip into colder weather

The weather is getting weird this week as eastern New Mexico goes from a high of 93 degrees on Monday to a cool 40 degrees on Wednesday, then back in the high 70s on Saturday. With fall still two week...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 9, 2020

Melrose teacher awarded STEM funding

MELROSE - Being an advocate for science has paid off for a Melrose teacher, and he's hoping to make his recent award pay off for his students. Alan Daugherty, who has taught 25 of his 30 years in...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 9, 2020

Area museums getting back into the swing

Since a Aug. 29 public health order allowing museums in New Mexico to reopen in limited capacity, local museums are slowly getting back into the routine. The Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner...


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