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Walmart competitors see customer increase

With Clovis’ Walmart shut down by the Sept. 3 fire, competitors have seen an increase in customers and they’ve hired more staff to accommodate them. Bill Bargman, director of Clovis’ Albertson’s grocery, said they’ve... — Updated 9/21/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

911 call leads to suspect's arrest

The man accused of starting the Sept. 3 Walmart fire was arrested Wednesday in Lub- bock based on a 9-1-1 call from a person who recognized him on a Lubbock street, according to... — Updated 9/19/2023 Full story

 By Steve Hansen    News

Ground broken on pavilion

The new Curry County Multi-Purpose Livestock Pavilion is expected to host the 2024 Curry County Fair's livestock competitors after ground was broken Wednesday for construction of th... — Updated 9/9/2023


Fire shuts down Walmart

The first reports that Walmart was on fire were received by Clovis Fire Department at 3:37 a.m. Sunday. Six minutes later the first firefighting unit was on scene. Soon after that,... — Updated 9/9/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

Federal, state, local officials investigating Walmart fire

A Walmart spokesperson on Monday thanked local officials for their quick response to Sunday’s fire, but offered little information about the store’s future. “We’re grateful to local emergency crews for their quick response... — Updated 9/4/2023


Walmart worker: 'It was scary'

Wilson Alegria was stocking Walmart's frozen food section when the commotion began around him about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. "All the fire alarms went off, everyone started running toward... — Updated 9/4/2023 Full story

 By Steve Hansen    News

Clovis Walmart sustains 'significant' damage in fire

Fire broke out at Clovis' Walmart early Sunday morning, significantly damaging the building. Officials said it began about 3:30 a.m., but no cause was immediately known. Firefighter... — Updated 9/4/2023 Full story

 By Steve Hansen    News

Mayor: Continued investments on Cannon horizon

New Mexico's U.S. senators and local officials who attended a meeting Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base with high-ranking Air Force officials said they came away thinking that long-t... — Updated 8/26/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

Vocational programs focus of Heinrich visit to CCC

Vocational programs – the kind that result in $60,000 to $80,000 in annual income – had the spotlight Monday when U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., visited Clovis Community... — Updated 8/22/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

Officials, community inaugurate Portales City Hall

City officials and community members gathered Monday morning to make it official that Portales has a new city hall. The new Portales City Hall was formally inaugurated with a... — Updated 8/8/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

Jury acquits ex-deputy of child abuse

A Ninth Judicial District Court jury on Tuesday found former Roosevelt County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher McCasland not guilty of felony child abuse. The jury handed down the... — Updated 8/5/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

Cannon's future 'bright'

The Air Force remains committed to Cannon Air Force Base and "the future is bright," Clovis Mayor Mike Morris said Friday. Morris and other local officials held a press conference... — Updated 8/5/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

Portales district denies teacher claims

The Portales Municipal School District has filed a response to a federal lawsuit by a former teacher who claims she was forced to resign her teaching job due to pressure from district officials. The response does not go into... — Updated 8/1/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

New Special Ops wing scores Cannon resources

The transfer of about 350 military personnel and several MC-130J aircraft from Cannon Air Force Base to an Arizona air base over the next several years is part of a larger effort... — Updated 8/1/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

High temps not going anywhere

Oppressive heat has settled in across New Mexico and west Texas and does not intend to leave any time soon, a National Weather Service meteorologist said on Monday. The “heat dome” that has locked in high pressure and... — Updated 7/25/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

Curry, Roosevelt sue over health insurance

Curry and Roosevelt counties and the city of Portales are among 24 counties and six cities that have sued the New Mexico General Services Department (GSD) and its cabinet secretary to challenge invoices to cover deficits in the... — Updated 7/9/2023


Our people: Keeping ENMU in the green

Noelle Bartl has been raising funds for Eastern New Mexico University for 23 years and there is no signs she is letting up any time soon. Bartl serves as ENMU's associate vice... — Updated 7/1/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

Portales water emergency declared at council meeting

A Stage 3 emergency water emergency that went into effect Wednesday was properly declared by John DeSha, the city’s public utilities director, according to Portales City Manager Sarah Austin. The Portales City Council did not dec... — Updated 7/1/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

Nationally featured fugitive in local jail

A murder suspect whose case is set for trial Nov. 3 is housed in a maximum-security cell in the Roosevelt County Detention Center, according to RCDC records. Jorge Rico-Ruvira, 35, of Roswell, is accused of first-degree murder in... — Updated 6/24/2023


Our people: Closing a chapter

After 30 years of providing uniforms for nurses and other medical employees of Curry and Roosevelt hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices, Mickey Erwin plans to close Mickey's... — Updated 6/24/2023


Our people: Military dreams fulfilled

James Burroughes spent four years at Clovis High School and is a May graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He is now a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and... — Updated 6/17/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

Portales making changes to dog rules

To deal with problems caused by dog packs in Portales, the city’s animal control services division is holding dogs picked up by police for only three days before euthanizing them instead of 10 days, the usual waiting period.... — Updated 6/17/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

Portales City Council approves speed enforcement ordinance

On a 6-2 vote, the Portales City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that authorizes the city to install automated speed enforcement systems, monitor the speed of vehicles traveling in the city, and enforce the speed limit thr... — Updated 6/17/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

Students appear at Portales meeting in support of coach

About 20 students and parents appeared at a Portales school board meeting Monday to protest the apparent dismissal as a coach of a long-time Portales High School teacher and coach. Ruben Telles was apparently relieved of coaching... — Updated 6/13/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

EPCOG board approves budget, work plan

Keeping an even keel seemed to be the order of the day Wednesday as the Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG) held its annual meeting in Elida. The council board of... — Updated 6/10/2023


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