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Parades set to light up night

Little says Christmas more than an after-dark parade with floats full of festive lights and adorned with holiday decorations, topped off with a tree lighting along the way and a visit from the big...

 

Participants pageant-ready

PORTALES — Local girls have been hard at work over the last month, raising money to support local holiday festivities and getting ready for the 2019 Little Miss Merry Christmas Pageant. The pageant will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Yam Theatre and...

 

Roosevelt officials discuss capital requests

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission meeting was sparse Tuesday morning with only three commissioners attending. During the meeting, the commission discussed capital requests for its fiscal year 2020 budget and went over its previously...

 

Train enthusiasts break out models at mall

Whirring across a miniature track through molded terrain and plastic towns, model train displays are a holiday tradition. They also give hobbyists a chance to show off their collections. For the past...

 

Trumpeting the cause

CLOVIS - As holiday shoppers rushed in and out of Clovis' Walmart the morning of Black Friday, a lone musician stood playing Christmas songs on her trumpet while soliciting donations for those in...

 

Lighthouse bustles at community Thanksgiving

CLOVIS - The Lighthouse Mission was bustling Thanksgiving morning as community members stopped in for a warm meal or dropped by to pick up food for others. Every Thanksgiving, Lighthouse puts on a...

 

Wind doesn't deter shoppers

A whirlwind of shoppers braved a wintry eastern New Mexico wind for Small Business Saturday. Temperatures in the 40s, and sustained winds around 30 mph most of the day, didn’t deter those determined to get a good start on their Christmas shopping....

 

Meals on the town

Whether you're far away from family, don't have time to cook an elaborate meal or are just looking to be social this Thanksgiving, there are plenty of options in Clovis and Portales to eat a...

 

Focusing on small business

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there’s been a big push over the last decade to adopt Small Business Saturday. The idea is to encourage holiday shopping at home instead of online or at a big box store. This Saturday marks the 10th annual...

 

Wind farm focus at luncheon

PORTALES — By the end of 2020, Roosevelt County is expected to be home to New Mexico’s largest wind farm. Sagamore Wind Farm officially broke ground Monday. Representatives from Xcel energy on Thursday spent an hour explaining the process of cons...

 

DA weighs in on criminalizing threats of mass violence

Whether it comes in person, on a phone call, through a text or in a social media post, the threat of mass violence can create fear and disruption. Clovis residents were made keenly aware of such following the 2017 Clovis library shooting. District...

 

Shooting victim dreamed of piloting

CLOVIS - Friends described him as a devoutly religious, but private man, with a dream of someday becoming a pilot. Jahmall Burge, 36, also had a love of fast vehicles and racing. "He was not afraid...

 

Portales fire chief turns over ax

PORTALES — After 21 years serving the city, Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols turned over his ax to newly appointed Chief Timothy J. Cathey during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Nuckols will be retiring next month and said he is looking forward...

 

RGH board member reappointed to position

PORTALES — Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Trustees member Paul Benoit was reappointed to his position by the board Tuesday after no one signed up to be on the ballot during the general election, including Benoit. “I was reading a newspaper...

 

Trees for a cause

CLOVIS - While community members enjoyed a meal on Saturday night, an assortment of colorful Christmas trees was auctioned off to raise money for victims of domestic violence. The seventh annual...

 

Windmills' fate still up in the air

PORTALES — The fate of the windmill collection at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds remains up in the air after the board of commissioners were unable to come to a final decision during their regular meeting Tuesday. The board previously voted durin...

 

Education feature: Clovis, Portales organizing esports teams

Competitive video gaming has seen a massive rise in popularity in recent years, with viewership of live tournament broadcasts surpassing that of many traditional sporting events. Prize pools have risen to multi-million dollar levels and some game...

 

Ground broken on new fire substation

PORTALES - Fire coverage is an important part of any city's infrastructure, and station location is key. The city of Portales will soon have a new fire substation that will cover to the northwest...

 

Ag 50 hears speaker on World Food Security

CLOVIS — The Ag 50 Committee opened its first quarterly meeting since its reorganization with a bang by inviting Tara Vander Dussen, a local dairy farmer, environmental scientist and global dairy industry advocate, to speak. Vander Dussen...

 

Portales student selected for honor band

Every year, thousands of high school musicians across the U.S. submit auditions to perform in the All National Honors Ensemble. Around 200 end up making the cut. Portales High School senior Parker Yi...

 

Spence looks to business side of CCC

Realtor Carolyn Spence is looking to bring a unique business sense and the perspective of conservative values to the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees after winning a seat during Tuesday’s election. Spence defeated incumbent Raymond...

 

WWII vet staying active

CLOVIS - Steve Owen has lived nearly his entire life in Clovis, with one big exception. He was drafted in 1942 to serve in World War II, which took him from the boundaries of the state to foreign...

 

Western music on tap in Clovis

CLOVIS — Harking back to the days of the wild west, the Sons of the Pioneers will ride through Clovis once again Thursday as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Art Series. “We’re no strangers to the area. The Pioneers have played in...

 

ENMU approved for liquor license

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University was approved for a governmental liquor license during Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting. Wade Jackson, a lawyer representing ENMU, and ENMU President Jeff Elwell spoke on behalf of the university...

 

Veterans Day events on tap across area

To honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. military and their families, members of the Clovis and Portales communities are coming together to put on a slew of events, from open houses at local veteran organization posts to the annual...

 

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