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  • Hillcrest Park Zoo names new director

    Marc Schoder, Correspondent|Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Stephanie Chavez has been named director of Clovis' Hillcrest Park Zoo. Chavez, hired about seventh months ago as a curator for the Clovis zoo, previously worked for zoos in San Antonio, Texas, and El Paso. "When I was a young kid, this was a dream of mine," said Chavez, 29, who grew up in El Paso. "I didn't think it would ever happen, but now I'm super excited. This has been one of my dreams and aspirations." Chavez succeeds Damian Lechner, who took a position at an Arizona z...

  • Toys getting night off

    Marc Schoder, Correspondent|Updated Nov 17, 2023

    Stuffed animals probably need vacations, too. And the Clovis-Carver Public Library might be just the place. The library is hosting its fourth annual stuffed animal sleepover tonight. It's free, but limited to one stuffed one per person. There will be paperwork to fill out. "We have the participants fill out a form asking things like their name, what their favorite color is and games they like to play," said Ashley Maestas, the children's librarian. "For example, if the person...

  • Boo back at Hillcrest Park Zoo

    Marc Schoder, Correspondent|Updated Oct 24, 2023

    The Hillcrest Park Zoo in Clovis brings back its seventh annual Boo in the Zoo from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. “We are expecting 5,000 people to attend and get to know our two new animal additions,” said Interim Zoo Director Stephanie Chavez. Chavez said this would be her first Boo in the Zoo. “We are just here for the guests, and we are pretty excited about it.” The new animal additions include coatis, relatives of the raccoon family, which are on display now. “They are 11 weeks old and still babies,” Chavez said. Ostri...

  • Clovis mayor has coffee, discussions with community members

    Marc Schoder, Correspondent|Updated Oct 14, 2023

    Clovis Mayor Mike Morris had coffee with six community members at the Java Loft on Friday, where discussions ranged from mental health to electric vehicle charging stations. “It was delightful, and I was able to visit with everyone around the room,” Morris said. He told the group he would talk about anything he could talk about in detail. “One new to the community told me he didn’t see much information coming up about the election and the candidates and the various positions they are up for,” he said. Morris told the indiv...