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 By Steve Hansen    News

Clint Eastwood taps local talent

Portales' Will Banister, a rising county music performer, sings the opening song in "Cry Macho," Clint Eastwood's latest movie in which Eastwood acted and directed. The movie... — Updated 9/25/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News 

Commissioner: Ridling was 'partner at work and a friend away from work'

Curry County Commissioner James Ridling's fellow commissioners remember him as a nice person who was conscientious about his commission duties. Ridling, 69, died on Saturday. He had... — Updated 9/21/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

9/11 Remembrance: Local leaders remember 9/11

Just about everyone who was aware of the world around them on Sept. 11, 2001, remembers what they were doing when they heard that an airliner had crashed into upper floors of one... — Updated 9/11/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices

Opinion: Foundations of our democracy being weakened

In three days, we will mark the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center that killed more than 3,000 Americans who were peacefully going about their business. As the... — Updated 9/7/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Longtime animal control officer retires

After 23 years of dealing with stray animals in Clovis, including a zebra, a camel and an ostrich-like emu, Clovis' animal control supervisor Marty Martinez has retired. Martinez... — Updated 8/3/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Mask protest demonstrations held

Demonstrations on Saturday in Portales and on Tuesday in Clovis protested state education policies that require students, especially in elementary schools, to wear masks in... — Updated 8/3/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Parents lobby for local school control

CLOVIS - Parents opposed to state mask mandates packed a Clovis Municipal Schools school board meeting Tuesday to protest. New Mexico's Public Education Department on Monday issued... — Updated 8/2/2021

 
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Cannabis ordinances introduced at Clovis meeting

CLOVIS — Two ordinances in preparation for legalized recreational cannabis were introduced Tuesday at a special meeting of the Curry County Commission. One ordinance would... — Updated 7/31/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Curry County concerned with city water trust agreement

If the city of Clovis and Curry County contract for participation in a land and water trust on different terms, disagreements could render the agreement null and void, County Attorn... — Updated 7/24/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    Sports

Weir says he seeks to be unifier

PORTALES - Eastern New Mexico University's new athletic director seeks to be a unifier first, then work on making ENMU "more competitive" in the Lone Star Conference, he said at a... — Updated 7/24/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Portales officials tackle tobacco, marijuana smoking

PORTALES — As the city grapples with New Mexico’s legalization of recreational marijuana use, the city council on Thursday gave a first acknowledgement of a proposed ordinance... — Updated 7/24/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Celebrating our heritage

PORTALES - A year after Heritage Days in Portales was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival came back with a vengeance on Friday and Saturday. "It was one of our best... — Updated 7/20/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Graffiti becomes canvas for mural

CLOVIS - One way to deal with graffiti is to cover the scrawl by painting the whole wall, which leaves you with a canvas, if you know a mural artist. Kala Adair owns two downtown... — Updated 7/20/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Parents prioritize learning catch-up

CLOVIS — Parents seemed to think extra help to catch up after a year of virtual learning should be the top priority for spending $16.4 million in federal COVID-19 pandemic... — Updated 7/17/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Racer preps for Akron

CLOVIS - Jeremiah Vigil and his dad Phillip Vigil were getting ready on Wednesday to make a 23-hour drive, starting Thursday, to Akron, Ohio, in time to get Jeremiah ready to... — Updated 7/17/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Officials narrowly approve land trust participation

CLOVIS — A divided Clovis City Commission on Thursday narrowly approved participation in a land trust designed to assure the city has access to water purchased or reserved for... — Updated 7/17/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    Sports

Getting back on her feet

Isabel Garcia of Clovis said she is not discouraged after returning from Lubbock in defeat Saturday from Boxing USA's Summer Festival in Lubbock, where she fought as an elite... — Updated 7/13/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Heritage Days to kick off with street dance

PORTALES — The 36th annual Portales Heritage Days festival had to wait a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will be back beginning with a street dance 7 p.m. Friday at... — Updated 7/10/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Summer interns introduced to county

CLOVIS - The youthful participants in the Curry County government's Summer Internship program began their jobs, the first for many, like most employees do - with paperwork. The 37... — Updated 7/10/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Lake levels rising across central eastern NM

Lakes in central eastern New Mexico have been looking less thirsty as the region has enjoyed a reawakening of the monsoon season. The level rise at Conchas Lake, about 30 miles... — Updated 7/10/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Longtime county paralegal, dog handler retires

CLOVIS - Judith Glikas, who began her career in Curry County as a police dispatcher in 1988, retired last week with the titles of administrative assistant to Ninth Judicial District... — Updated 7/10/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Wind, rain cause only minor damage

Wind and rain over the Independence Day weekend caused only minor damage in Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to county officials. Winds on Sunday gusted up to to 51 mph... — Updated 7/6/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    News

Area farmers pleased with heavy rains in region

Jim Chandler of Portales was in a tractor planting high-protein hay grazer Friday afternoon as he talked about the steady rain that has been falling on eastern New Mexico farmland... — Updated 7/3/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices

Opinion: Sen. Scott's view deserves respect

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, declared on April 29 that “America is not a racist country.” Scott is a conservative, so it would normally not register as much as a... — Updated 5/15/2021

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices

Opinion: A poem in defense of Dr. Seuss

When I look in the mirror, I do not do a jig. A thin face with wrinkles, a nose that’s too big. Ears that stick out like a wind-powered rig If I couldn’t laugh, I’d wind up... — Updated 3/9/2021

 

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