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  • Roosevelt GOP opens headquarters

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 24, 2024

    The Republican Party of Roosevelt County is hosting the grand opening of its headquarters from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 101 S. Abilene in Portales, in the Rough Riders Room. Local headquarters are open every other year for presidential and midterm elections, said Angie Smith, chairperson of the Roosevelt County Republicans.. The Democratic Party of Roosevelt County’s headquarters are located at 604 E. Second St., in Portales. “A headquarters is very beneficial to any party because it provides exposure and presence in the...

  • Program offers tools for 'healthy lives'

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 22, 2024

    Curry County Youth Services will be hosting a “summer prevention program” on July 15-18. Kids from kindergarten through eighth grade will have the opportunity to sign up for the program to learn and have the tools they “need to live healthy, fulfilling lives,” according to a county news release. By participating in this program, youth will: • Gain knowledge about the impact of substances on their bodies. • Learn strategies to prevent and address bullying. • Improve their well-being by understanding their emotions and...

  • Bidding open to name camel at zoo

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 22, 2024

    Hillcrest Park Zoo has a new resident. Now the female Bactrian camel needs a name. Zoo officials announced last week a contest in which individuals or businesses may bid for the rights to name the camel. An online form is at: www.cityofclovis.org/camel An early contender: Fergie. That bid came in at $22. The two-hump camel is already making itself at home. "The Bactrian camel can be seen in the back habitat between the javelina and the elk," said Hillcrest Park Zoo Director St...

  • Thunderstorms disrupt area water pressure

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 18, 2024

    There was water, water everywhere during Friday’s storms across eastern New Mexico. But Mother Nature’s show left some Clovis residents with low water pressure. “Thunderstorms in the area disrupted power and communications to the Llano tank site and associated booster stations,” EPCOR spokesman Matt Atwood wrote in an email. He said “a handful of residents that live on the highest points of the system had low pressure.” “Reports of low pressure (came in) late Friday evening around 11pm. Within a couple hours, EPCOR crews w...

  • Johnson Lumber newest Retail Rockstar

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 18, 2024

    The Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s newest Retail Rockstar is Johnson Wholesale Lumber. According to a Chamber news release Johnson will be presented with the award at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at its location at 1904 W. Seventh Street. Johnson Wholesale Lumber was nominated for the award by the previous winner, Bullet Bob Has It! Johnson Wholesale Lumber has been serving the Clovis area for 60 years, according to the news release....

  • Rocky Benard brings Cajun food to Clovis

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 18, 2024

    Clovis entrepreneur Rocky Benard has opened a restaurant serving Cajun food. The Salty Mermaid is in the Red Arrow entertainment center, 320 W. 21st St., Clovis. “Me and Rocky were just brainstorming about names we could name it and we liked mermaids,” Benard spokesperson Maria Galang said Monday. Galang also likes the word salty “because it means you have, like, an attitude.” Galag said The Salty Mermaid will be serving boils of all kinds: Snow Crab leg boils, crawfish, shrimp, lobster tail, scallops and mussels. “We’ll...

  • Sutton's Bakery resurrected

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 18, 2024

    Sutton’s Bakery, a fixture in downtown Clovis for 65 years, is returning to its original 515 N. Main St. location soon. New operator Nick Dominguez told The News he is planning to open in July. “The date is not set yet,” Dominguez wrote in a text. Dominguez said the shop will be offering cookies, pies, bread, sticky buns and a few other assorted items. “We won’t have the full capacity of goods as we start, but if the community is patient we will grow together. We will bring back as many original items as we can,” Dominguez w...

  • State cabinet secretaries to host events in area

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 18, 2024

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's cabinet secretaries are scheduled to host community events in Clovis and Portales on July 8-9. The events are intended to help residents navigate and procure available state and federal resources, according to a news release from the governor's office. "We want New Mexicans to know that their state government is here for them, and that we're building stronger communities through accessible state resources," Lujan Grisham said in the release. Attendees can learn about Medicaid, unemployment...

  • Yard contest to promote 'pride of ownership'

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 18, 2024

    Residents and businesses can show off their outdoor spaces at the city of Clovis’ annual summer yard contest. The competition serves to promote “pride of ownership in our properties, which, in turn, improves the appearance of our community and acts as an economic development incentive for people and businesses looking to relocate to Clovis,” according to a city news release. To nominate a resident or business for the Yard of the Summer Contest, submit a short online form via the City’s website at www.cityo... Full story

  • Ask the News - June 16

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 15, 2024

    What is this Liebelt Channel Trail that was brought up at the June 6 Clovis City Commission meeting? The Liebelt Channel Trail is a 2.8-mile multi-use trail planned to run along the natural drainage channel that runs from northwest Clovis near Bob Spencer Park southeast to Greene Acres Lake, according to Clovis City Manager Justin Howalt. In a Wednesday email, Howalt wrote the trail’s surface – dirt, asphalt or cement -- has not been determined. “It will be an improved surface. Design is just now starting,” Howalt wrote. The...

  • Portales asks residents to take water survey

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 15, 2024

    The city of Portales is asking residents to participate in a water service survey. The City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to allow EPCOR to assess the water. EPCOR provides water to Clovis and other entities. The Portales water survey asks two questions: if the resident lives in or outside of Portales, and if they prefer waste/wastewater services be provided by a private company or the city. “The resolution is just the first of many steps showing that the City Council is doing their due diligence to obtain the a...

  • Portales council tables pool agreement again

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 15, 2024

    Portales City Council on Tuesday again tabled a decision on a proposed swimming pool agreement between the city and Eastern New Mexico University. The proposal called for the city to hire and train a manager and 12-15 lifeguards. “The agreement is very fair and comes down to the Council’s pleasure of what services you want to provide and in what manner,” interim City Manager T.J. Cathey told Council members. The proposal failed to find support, but councilors agreed to reconsider it at their next meeting. Portales offic...

  • ENMU receives awards for online programs

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 15, 2024

    Eastern New Mexico University has been recognized with 20 awards for various online programs. OnlineU.com ranked ENMU for some of the best programs in the nation. Awards included top rankings for online speech pathology and aviation degrees, the second best online physical education degree, and sixth ranking for best online degrees in Spanish. In a press release, ENMU Chancellor James Johnston said, “ENMU has been engaged in the distance education market for decades. “These rankings reflect our developed expertise in onl...

  • Emergency training set for Clovis airport

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Clovis Regional Airport is scheduled to host a “full-scale emergency exercise” from 8 a.m. to noon today. “This exercise aims to enhance coordination and preparedness among multiple agencies, ensuring a swift and effective response to any potential emergency,” according to a city of Clovis news release. The release warns area residents that the exercise will result in “an increased presence of response vehicles heading to and operating at the Clovis Regional Airport.” The activities are part of the scheduled training, b...

  • Clovis schools hires two new principals

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Clovis Municipal Schools has two new principals. Longtime CMS educator and administrator Pamela Estock is the new boss at Lockwood Early Childhood Center. Tara Gillins-Hubbarb, a former New Jersey educator, is the new principal at James Bickley Elementary, according to CMS news releases. Estock has spent 17 years within the CMS district. The release states her career began in 2007, when she was hired as a preschool special education teacher. She later became a reading specialist at the Academy of Arts at Bella Vista and...

  • Portales superintendent says farewell

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Portales school board members on Monday discussed online access to meetings and said goodbye to Superintendent Johnnie Cain. Cain is retiring after 11 years with the district. “Thank you, Mr. Cain, for everything that you’ve done for me and the chances you’ve taken on me,” said Portales High Principal Nathan Dodge. The board on March 4 hired Sharon Rowley to succeed Cain. Rowley is principal at Fort Sumner schools and previously worked in Portales schools for 4 ½ years. Cain’s final meeting was spent on routine business t...

  • Ute pipeline project receives $20 million

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    The New Mexico Water Trust Board has awarded $20 million to the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority. According to a news release from ENMWUA Executive Director Orlando Ortega, the money is for use in the next phase of pipeline transmission phases. Ortega wrote the money will also be used for essential components that include the intake pump station, Caprock pump station, and Caprock storage tanks. “This funding comes in the form of a 90% grant in the amount of $18 million and a 10% loan in the amount of $2 m...

  • Ask the News - June 9

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 8, 2024

    The City Commission on Feb. 15 unanimously approved a trap, neuter and release program aimed at reducing the number of feral cats in the city. How much has this cost taxpayers so far? How many cats have been caught and released back into the neighborhood where they were picked up? Through May, 106 cats had been processed through the “trap, neuter, release program,” according to Clovis Deputy Police Chief Trevor Thron. Clovis’ Animal Control Department is overseen by the Clovis Police Department. Thron wrote in an email that...

  • Portales Fire Department Chamber biz of the month

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce has named the Portales Fire Department as its Business of the Month for June. According to a news release from the Chamber: “With the recent fire at Hampton Farms, they stepped up even more to keep our community safe.” “The fire department is short staffed as it is and when events like this happen, it makes their work that much more difficult,” the release stated. The Chamber’s Volunteer of the Month Award also went to the department, “For all the crews who aided” in the Hampton Farms...

  • Bullet Bob Has It! newest Rockstar

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    The Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce has announce its newest Retail Rockstar winner is Bullet Bob Has It! The Chamber will host an award presentation at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the store at 417 N. Main St. Bullet Bob Has It! was nominated for the award by the Chamber’s previous winner, Clovis Steel....

  • Steve Loy family receives naming rights at ENMU

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents on Saturday awarded naming rights for the school’s basketball arena and football stadium to the Steve Loy family. University spokesman John Houser said more information will be released later. It wasn’t immediately clear if Greyhound Arena or Greyhound Stadium will be receiving new names. Steve Loy played football at ENMU in the 1970s and spoke at the university’s commencement ceremony in the spring. Loy has managed some of the “world’s best athletes” in his sports mana...

  • Portales Farmers insurance is now Zoila Peña agency

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Zoila Peña has announced the opening of her business, The Zoila Peña agency offering property, casualty, business and life insurance through Farmers Insurance Company. Peña is a graduate of Clovis High School. Peña wrote a news release that states, “Being a part of this community is a true honor and I am here to assist you in protecting what matters most in life -- whether it’s auto, home, business, or life insurance.” Her office address 421 S. Avenue C, suite D and her office phone number is 575-226-9589....

  • City of Clovis sets meeting to plan for infrastructure

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    The city of Clovis is set to host meetings Tuesday to receive input on priorities for public projects. The Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan meetings will be held at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis/Carver Public Library. “The ICIP is a document that is revised each year to show major projects the City hopes to accomplish within the next five years. Projects must fall under the responsibility of local government and not be related to private business,” a city news release stated. Questions may be...

  • Roosevelt Co. sets meeting to plan for infrastructure

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Roosevelt County is set to host a meeting at noon Tuesday to receive input on priorities for public projects. The Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan meeting will be held in the Commission Room on the first floor of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. “The ICIP is a project listing prioritizing the County’s capital projects for the period of five years,” the county stated in a news release. County commissioners will then consider the ICIP plan at their regular meeting on July 2, the release stated. Those unable to atten...

  • Portales man sentenced to 19 ½ years in prison

    the Staff of The News|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    A Portales man last week pleaded guilty to multitude felonies, including abuse of a child and four counts of battery on a peace officer. Alfonso Villareal Perez, 29, on May 28 was sentenced to 19 ½ years in prison for his involvement in two separate incidents, according to a news release from District Attorney Quentin Ray. Perez was accused of beating a 7-year-old child with a belt on Feb. 13, 2022, leaving “dark purple bruises all over the child’s buttocks, ear, head, arms, and legs” days after the incident, prosec...

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