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'Second chance' bill goes to governor

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... — Updated 3/14/2023


State remains among nation's top ag producers

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... — Updated 1/10/2023


City of Clovis looking to fill board openings

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,... — Updated 1/10/2023


Ex-Clovis resident becomes youngest to win UFC fight

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... — Updated 12/13/2022


Andrea Reeb named special prosecutor

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... — Updated 8/6/2022


Woolworth's closure hits twenty-five years

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... — Updated 7/23/2022


Ex-ENMU player named Clovis football coach

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... — Updated 6/7/2022


Fire dangers expected to last 'extended period'

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... — Updated 4/21/2022


Official: State Police raises could hobble small forces

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... — Updated 4/19/2022


Texas governor signs disaster declaration for 16 counties

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... — Updated 3/22/2022


'Cowboys for Trump' founder faces year in prison

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... — Updated 3/22/2022


Grad rates up for area schools

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,... — Updated 3/18/2022


Wintry weather to persist this week

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... — Updated 3/8/2022


District Attorney frustrated with crime measure progress

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... — Updated 2/8/2022


State reports nearly 15,000 confirmed virus cases

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... — Updated 1/25/2022


Slim chance of snowfall by New Year's Day

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... — Updated 12/28/2021


Snow unlikely this Christmas

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... — Updated 12/21/2021


COVID roundup: Clovis reports highest number of cases in state

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... — Updated 8/24/2021


COVID hospitalizations double in past month

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... — Updated 8/3/2021


Virus hospitalizations on rise again

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... — Updated 7/31/2021 Full story


COVID hospitalizations on the rise

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Mexico has increased 89 percent in the past four weeks, according to the state’s Department of Health. The state reported 64 COVID patients were in New Mexico hospitals on... — Updated 7/28/2021


Eastern side of state to stay dry

New Mexico is expected to close out a wet July with another rainy week - except for the east side of the state. Daily rain and thunderstorm chances will be concentrated in the state’s western half and northern mountains, said Sco... — Updated 7/27/2021


Counties report increased COVID-19 cases

Curry and Roosevelt counties, like many others across the state and the nation, are reporting increased numbers of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Through Friday, Curry County had reported 81 new cases in July, three more than it... — Updated 7/24/2021


Former Clovis residents among victims of Albuquerque balloon crash

Taking a ride in a hot air balloon was something that Clovis native Susan Montoya always wanted to do, one of the adventures on her bucket list that she talked to friends and... — Updated 6/29/2021


Juneteenth gains national recognition

In the mid-1970s, Charles E. Becknell, then in grade school, attended one of the first official Juneteenth celebrations in New Mexico. At the time, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery was an obscure one to many people... — Updated 6/19/2021


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