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House superintendent on paid leave

House Schools Superintendent Bonnie Lightfoot was placed on paid administrative leave March 14 by the House Municipal School Board. Parents said the move was in response to the... — Updated 3/21/2023

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Bill extending school year awaits governor's signature

A bill that extends New Mexico’s school year made it to the finish line as the New Mexico Legislature concluded its 60-day 2023 session on Saturday. It awaits signing by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Clovis Municipal Schools... — Updated 3/21/2023


Our people: Hard work with weddings on the side

Kathy Elliott has owned and operated her Elliott Marketing firm in Clovis for 21 years. Most recently, she has been working with a partner, former state Sen. Clint Harden, as a... — Updated 3/18/2023


Governor signs health care act into law

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday morning signed into law House Bill 7, the Reproductive and Gender-Affirming Health Care Act. The action may nullify ordinances... — Updated 3/18/2023


Our people: A quarter-century at CCC

Norman Kia is vice president for information technology and operations at Clovis Community College. He's a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a master's degree from... — Updated 3/11/2023

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Legislative session enters final week

The New Mexico Legislature is entering its final week of a 60-day session. Legislators who represent Curry and Roosevelt counties -- all Republicans -- favor stronger criminal penalties and have unanimously opposed a bill that... — Updated 3/11/2023

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Robin Jones to stay on as CCC interim president

Robin Jones will stay on as Clovis Community College’s interim president until a new president is hired, CCC’s board of trustees decided unanimously on Monday. Jones has been interim president since Aug. 8, when former Presiden... — Updated 3/7/2023

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Lawmaker: HB7 would remove parent involvement

New Mexico State Rep. Jack Chatfield’s campaign committee has published an advertisement claiming a bill going through the New Mexico Legislature would remove parent involvement for minors who may receive reproductive care,... — Updated 3/4/2023

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Area officials oppose bills that would raise minimum wage

Three bills under consideration by the New Mexico Legislature that would increase minimum wages and enhance family and medical leave benefits for employees in the state are being opposed by Chambers of Commerce members in Curry... — Updated 2/28/2023


Our people: Retired judge returns to music

Duane Castleberry has been a magistrate judge and spent nearly 20 years in the automotive muffler business, but the frame of his life has been music. He started playing drums... — Updated 2/25/2023

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Medical bill passes House on party-line vote

Curry and Roosevelt County members of the New Mexico House of Representatives, all Republicans, voted Tuesday against a bill requiring appropriate medical professionals to provide reproductive services, including abortions and gend... — Updated 2/25/2023

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Area legislators oppose abortion, gender-affirming bills

Opposition is unanimous from Curry and Roosevelt county’s all-Republican state legislators to pending bills related to abortion and gender-affirming medical treatment, and regulation of firearms. As of Thursday, the House had... — Updated 2/18/2023

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Portales School Board approves sale of bonds

Arrangements for selling $3.5 million in general obligation bonds to support Portales Municipal Schools were finalized Monday in a unanimous 4-0 vote of the school board. Board president Rod Savage did not attend Monday’s... — Updated 2/14/2023


Our people: Career in education

Robin Kuykendall currently serves as vice president of enrollment management and student affairs at Clovis Community College, and as a part-time instructor. For part of 2019, she... — Updated 2/11/2023

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Roosevelt County delays deal with Portales

Two matters involving cooperative agreements between Roosevelt County and the city of Portales were delayed Tuesday as the Roosevelt County Commission decided to continue negotiations with the city before making decisions. The... — Updated 2/11/2023

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Take a whiff – smells like New Mexico?

Roasting drums emerge on New Mexico streets and parking lots during August and September. That’s when green chile crops come in, and the aroma of chiles sizzling in the late summer air captivates many New Mexicans. But does that... — Updated 2/11/2023

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Nwankwo signs resignation agreement

Charles Nwankwo has officially resigned as president of Clovis Community College, according to the college's attorney, Kameron Barnett. Barnett said Nwankwo signed a resignation... — Updated 2/8/2023

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Competition fierce for state money in Legislature

There is still more uncertainty than decisive action taking place in the 2023 New Mexico Legislature’s opening weeks, according to the legislators who represent Curry and Roosevelt counties. As of Monday, bills were being... — Updated 2/7/2023

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CCC board votes to accept president's resignation

CLOVIS – Charles Nwanko is resigning as president of Clovis Community College, and the CCC Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Wednesday to accept his resignation. That's accor... — Updated 2/6/2023

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New restaurants on way to Clovis

Three well-known franchise restaurants are under construction in Clovis, a sign of growing confidence in the city's economic base, according to Tina Dziuk, executive director of the... — Updated 2/4/2023


Our people: Working for the university

Karen Van Ruiten took a break from administrative duties at Eastern New Mexico University to raise three boys from 1998 to 2014, but when she returned, with a daughter to finish... — Updated 1/28/2023

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Portales Fire Department plagued by shortages

Manpower losses due to pay issues and burnout are plaguing the Portales Fire Department, resulting in shortages of emergency medical technicians and firefighters, Portales Fire Chief T.J. Cathey told city councilors Tuesday. Becaus... — Updated 1/28/2023

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City to support Highland Dairy water cleanup

The city of Clovis will support efforts of the Highland Dairy southwest of the city, and EPCOR, the city's water provider, to obtain funding from the 2023 New Mexico Legislature to... — Updated 1/21/2023

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Clovis men create board game

The image of a Ukrainian woman preparing for the Russian invasion of Ukraine by making Molotov cocktails with an AK-47 assault rifle in her lap inspired Greg Rapp of Clovis to develop a board game based on opposition to fascism.... — Updated 1/14/2023

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Roosevelt approves anti-abortion ordinance

After hearing more than two hours of alternating speeches favoring and opposing a proposed anti-abortion ordinance, the Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday gave final approval to the ordinance on a 4-1 vote. The opposing vote... — Updated 1/14/2023


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