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  • Business leaders oppose paid leave bill

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Jan 16, 2024

    Some of New Mexico’s prominent business leaders – including some in eastern New Mexico -- still oppose a bill that would provide employees with paid leave for self or family medical needs. That’s despite lawmakers’ efforts to make it more palatable this legislative session. “I’m working on our legislative priorities sheet today,” said Portales Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry on Monday. “Opposing paid family medical leave will be at the top unless it’s greatly different from last year. I...

  • Green amendment back on Dems' agenda

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Jan 9, 2024

    Some Democratic lawmakers hope their persistence in trying to push through a green amendment will pay off in the upcoming legislative session and allow voters to decide in November whether to make a clean, healthy environment a constitutional right in New Mexico. The sponsors of the proposed amendment think a fourth attempt at passage could see success, even if the 2024 session is only 30 days, creating a narrow funnel that allows only a fraction of competing bills and measures to pass. Some local Republicans hope the plan...

  • Clovis attorney 'dedicated' to public service

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Dec 29, 2023

    David L. Norvell, a former New Mexico attorney general who in 1969 became the youngest-ever speaker of the state House of Representatives, died Thursday at age 88. Norvell died after a lengthy illness at his home in Albuquerque “embraced by his family and loved ones,” according to a statement issued by the New Mexico House Democrats. The Clovis attorney was first elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 1962 and served four terms before stepping down in 1970. He was elected House speaker in 1969 at age 34. A...

  • Mayfield returns to National Finals Rodeo

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Dec 5, 2023

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – 'Tis the season for broncs and bulls, riding and roping. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is back. The 65th NFR is celebrating its 38th year in Vegas. It begins Thursday and lasts through Dec. 16 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Clovis native Shad Mayfield has qualified again in tie-down roping. He comes in with $206,603 in prize money for the year, second only to Riley Webb of Denton, Texas, who has earned $280,404. This is Mayfield's fifth consecutive...

  • Public records access in Legislature spotlight

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Sep 19, 2023

    When the state Legislature meets again in January, one issue it’s expected to consider is public records access. Eddy County officials said this month the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act will be a legislative priority for the New Mexico Association of Counties. “We have 60 to 70 active (IPRA) requests per day,” said Eddy County Manager Roberta Gonzales. “The complexity of them is a lot. One of them could be 50 hours of video footage the staff are looking through and redacting.” Eddy County has three full-...

  • 'Second chance' bill goes to governor

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Mar 14, 2023

    SANTA FE – Legislation that would ensure earlier parole hearings for teenagers convicted of first-degree murder passed the House on Monday and is on the desk of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The House voted 37-25 along partisan lines to approve Senate Bill 64, which entitles children convicted before they are 18 to a parole hearing - and, potentially, parole - after 20 or 25 years in prison, depending on the initial sentence. Andrea Reeb, R-Clovis, was among those opposing...

  • State remains among nation's top ag producers

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Jan 10, 2023

    New Mexico agricultural producers have seen a decline in cash receipts and income since 2019, according to the latest agricultural statistics published by ag agencies. the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the Agricultural Statistics Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. When compared to 2020, though, state total agricultural productivity grew about 5% in 2021, according to New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte in his introductory letter to the 2021 New Mexico Statistics Bulletin. “New Mexico...

  • City of Clovis looking to fill board openings

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Jan 10, 2023

    The city of Clovis is looking for individuals to fill openings on two of the city’s boards. According to a news release from the Clovis city manager’s office, the city is looking for a utility representative (i.e. gas, electric, water and telecommunications) to serve on the Economic Incentive Board (EIB). The city also has a vacancy for a city resident to serve on the Clovis-Carver Public Library Board. Those interested should contact the city manager’s office at 575-763-9654 or email: [email protected] ....

  • Ex-Clovis resident becomes youngest to win UFC fight

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Dec 13, 2022

    ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis native Raul Rosas Jr. made history on Saturday night as the 18-year-old became the youngest fighter ever to win a UFC fight. The former Clovis resident dominated his opponent, Jay Perrin, into submission during the first round of their featherweight fight. “Man, this is crazy, but I knew I was going to be here at this age,” said Rosas Jr., currently a high school senior in Las Vegas, Nevada. “So right now I’m just living the dream. “I had no nerves, no pressure, felt free. I’m doing what I...

  • Andrea Reeb named special prosecutor

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Aug 6, 2022

    Andrea Reeb, who headed the Clovis-area District Attorney’s Office for eight years, has been named a special prosecutor in the investigation into last year’s fatal shooting on the Rust movie set south of Santa Fe. Reeb, who retired from the 9th Judicial District earlier this year after about 25 years as a prosecutor, was added to the team to expedite the review process, District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altweis said in a statement. Authorities say a prop revolver wielded by Hollywood star and Rust producer Alec Baldwin...

  • Woolworth's closure hits twenty-five years

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Jul 23, 2022

    Twenty five years ago this month marked the end of the five-and-dime era: F.W. Woolworth's called it quits after more than a century. The once mighty retail pioneer announced on July 17, 1997, that its 400 remaining stores, a fraction of what it operated in its glory days, would close for good. In the pre-Dollar General era, Woolworth's dotted the nation and four continents with stores and famed lunch counters. Woolworth's opened its first 5-cent stores in Utica, N.Y., and...

  • Ex-ENMU player named Clovis football coach

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Jun 7, 2022

    A New Mexico native and former Eastern New Mexico University player and coach has been hired as Clovis High School’s new head football coach. Andrew McCraw, 35, a native of Lovington, accepted the position effective July 1, according to a news release from Clovis schools. McCraw most recently was head coach at Belen High School last year where he led the team to a 7-4 record and a brief playoff run. McCraw was offensive line coach and academic coordinator at ENMU from 2017...

  • Fire dangers expected to last 'extended period'

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Apr 21, 2022

    Much of New Mexico has been on fire this month, and firefighters continue preaching to anyone who will listen – one spark can set off a massive blaze. “The grassland wildfires right now just have us on edge,” Clovis Fire Chief Mike Nolen said Tuesday. “There is no humidity, the fuel loads are all high. As soon as we get a report, we’re throwing everything we’ve got at it. I’m praying for rain every day.” All around the state, it’s the firefighting equivalent of Whack-a-Mole. Though crews continued to gain...

  • Official: State Police raises could hobble small forces

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Apr 19, 2022

    The news of New Mexico state police pay raises is apparently having a ripple effect across the state. The effect on local law enforcement was mentioned at the most recent Curry County Commission meeting. A report has come from the western side of the state in Grant County that during an April 14 regular meeting of the Santa Clara trustees, district 39 state Representative Luis Terrazas spoke about raises in State Police salaries. Terrazas expressed support for the State Police, but highlighted the “unintended...

  • Texas governor signs disaster declaration for 16 counties

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a disaster declaration for 16 Texas counties where severe storms swept through Monday, tearing open schools and leveling homes. A least one person, a 73-year-old Grayson County woman, died and more than a dozen, including 10 in Grayson County, were injured, The Associated Press reported. The first significant weather event of the spring also dropped nearly 6 inches of snow across parts of the Texas Panhandle and left eastern New Mexico wet and windblown. Monday and Tuesday saw wind gusts in the...

  • 'Cowboys for Trump' founder faces year in prison

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin was convicted Tuesday of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, 2021. A federal judge, however, acquitted Griffin on charges he engaged in disorderly conduct during the riot in which supporters of President Donald Trump attempted to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election win. Sentencing is scheduled June 17. Griffin faces a maximum of one year in prison. Griffin’s trial in Washington, D.C., was the second held in connection with the siege....

  • Grad rates up for area schools

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Mar 18, 2022

    Clovis and Portales public school graduation rates improved in 2021 and both had higher rates than the state average. That’s according to statistics released this week by the New Mexico Public Education Department. In Clovis, the four-year graduation rate among high school seniors was 77.9% in 2021, compared to 70.4% in 2020. In Portales, the rate improved to 82.1% from 78.3%. Texico, Melrose and Floyd also saw rate increases. Grady, Elida and Dora rates decreased slightly, but all remained well above the statewide...

  • Wintry weather to persist this week

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Mar 8, 2022

    Wintry weather will persist throughout New Mexico this week, with several storm systems that could bring rain, snow, wind and extremely cold temperatures. Clay Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, said winds will be the major concern today. “Because of that, especially across eastern New Mexico, we could see some critical fire weather conditions,” Anderson said. Today’s high temperature in Clovis-Portales is expected to top out near 60, with wind gusts up to 40 mph. A...

  • District Attorney frustrated with crime measure progress

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Feb 8, 2022

    SANTA FE -- District Attorney Andrea Reeb was optimistic a month ago, hopeful that New Mexico lawmakers would be cracking down on crime this legislative session. More than halfway through the 30-day session, she’s now frustrated. “Nothing is happening. Nothing is getting through,” she said Tuesday. Lawmakers, in the face of rising violent crime across the state, last month introduced multiple bills aimed at reducing that crime, including pretrial detention issues and eliminating a statute of limitations for...

  • State reports nearly 15,000 confirmed virus cases

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Jan 25, 2022

    New Mexico reported nearly 15,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday and 33 additional deaths, pushing the statewide toll to 6,292 since the onset of the pandemic. The magnitude of new cases was down a bit compared to what the state was reporting last week. The state set records for the number of new COVID cases on three consecutive days to end last week, including two days that surpassed 6,000 new cases per day. Of the 14,898 cases reported Monday, which included cases found over the weekend, 351 of them were in Curry and...

  • Slim chance of snowfall by New Year's Day

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    The National Weather Service claims snowfall across eastern New Mexico is possible by New Year’s Day. But don’t expect much. “If we get anything it might be Saturday,” said Dan Heerding, Clovis’ emergency management director. “(T)he La Nina is keeping everything to the north.” La Nina weather patterns lead to drought in the Southern U.S. While some local areas saw traces of rain on Monday night, it’s been nearly 80 days since the region has seen measurable precipitation. National Weather Service reports...

  • Snow unlikely this Christmas

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Dec 21, 2021

    If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, make sure you’re also dreaming of a far-flung trip because eastern New Mexico’s weather forecast isn’t calling for any snowfall over the holiday weekend. Two conditions are required for snowfall — precipitation and temperatures of 32º or lower. The National Weather Service is predicting a 0% chance of precipitation this week, and low temperatures are in the high 30s for the weekend. Todd Shoemake, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, said...

  • COVID roundup: Clovis reports highest number of cases in state

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Aug 24, 2021

    CLOVIS — Monday saw Clovis grab a No. 1 ranking nobody wants. According to the Department of Health’s Monday report of 2,201 new cases of COVID-19, the 88101 ZIP code had the highest in the state with 107. It was one of three ZIP codes with triple-digit cases over the weekend, along with Carlsbad (106) and Hobbs (101). Curry County reported 114 total new cases between Friday and Monday, while Roosevelt County confirmed new 30 cases. The state reported nine new virus-related deaths on Monday, eight in the last few days...

  • COVID hospitalizations double in past month

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Aug 3, 2021

    COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Mexico reached 148 patients Monday — more than twice as many as a month ago. Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis also reported a spike in COVID-related patients: Hospital Director Jorge Cruz said Tuesday the facility had 12 patients with the virus, including two in intensive care and one pediatric patient. Cruz said seven COVID patients were hospitalized in Clovis on Friday, up from four on July 27 and two on July 22. Cruz said no COVID-related deaths have occurred in the hospital the p...

  • Virus hospitalizations on rise again

    Staff and wire reports|Updated Jul 31, 2021

    The number of COVID-19 patients in New Mexico hospitals increased again last week, reaching the highest peak in more than two months. Health Department officials on Friday reported 148 people were hospitalized in the state with the virus. At the end of June, that number was 64. It's the most hospitalizations in New Mexico in a single day since 155 people with the virus were in state hospitals on May 20. The numbers also are rising in Clovis, though not significantly. Plains... Full story

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