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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


New Mexico adds COVID-19 fatalities after audit

SANTA FE — New Mexico added more than 110 fatalities to its official COVID-19 death toll Monday as the Department of Health announced the completion of an audit of public health records. The adjustment pushed the state’s... — Updated 5/25/2021


Forecasters hope storm will provide weather relief

Warm, dry weather has fueled multiple wildfires across New Mexico this week, but forecasters are hoping a midweek storm will provide some relief to the drought-stricken state. The best chance of rain in eastern New Mexico is today,... — Updated 4/27/2021

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Chauvin convicted in death of George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS — The former Minneapolis police officer charged with George Floyd's death last year was convicted on Tuesday afternoon. The jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and... — Updated 4/20/2021 Full story


Cold, snow expected to sweep area

Low temperatures, snow and high winds will sweep across New Mexico today, including the Clovis-Portales area. Daniel Porter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a “deeply cold air mass” will drop statewide... — Updated 3/23/2021


NM may receive $9 billion in stimulus

New Mexico could see about $9 billion as part of the virus relief package President Biden signed on Thursday. And more than $23 million is earmarked for government entities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Sen. Martin Heinrich,... — Updated 3/13/2021


$9 billion expected for NM in virus relief package

New Mexico could see about $9 billion as part of the virus relief package President Biden signed on Thursday. And more than $23 million is earmarked for government entities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Sen. Martin Heinrich,... — Updated 3/11/2021


Fire warnings issued

Warnings of fire danger were issued early this week and concerns will remain through Friday. But forecasters expect cooler temperatures and a good chance of rain this weekend. Wind gusts could top 50 mph today across New Mexico,... — Updated 3/9/2021


Governor signs bill repealing abortion law

SANTA FE – As expected, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed into law Senate Bill 10, repealing a 1969 state statute that criminalized abortion. “A woman has the right to make decisions about her own body,” the... — Updated 2/27/2021


State grieves loss of Las Cruces superintendent

New Mexico's education community was stunned Thursday to learn about the death of Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Karen Trujillo. Trujillo, 50, died Thursday evening after... — Updated 2/27/2021


Clovis hospital changing visitor policies

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline across New Mexico and the region, hospitals are relaxing some restrictions on visitors. That includes Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis and other hospitals operated by Presbyterian... — Updated 2/23/2021


State asking for separation of lawsuits

New Mexico is asking a federal court to reverse a decision that combined its lawsuit against the Air Force over contamination at military bases with lawsuits filed in other districts. At issue is PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl... — Updated 2/2/2021


Griffin: Day 'historic, amazing'

Wednesday was “an unbelievable day” and “one of the most historic and amazing things I have ever seen,” Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin said on a video after he attended the rally in support of the president in... — Updated 1/9/2021


Minimum wage set to increase

New Mexico's statewide minimum wage will increase by $1.50 on Friday, to $10.50 per hour. The tipped minimum wage will go up 20 cents to $2.55 per hour under legislation passed in 2... — Updated 12/29/2020


Area weather to take a cold and stormy turn

Much of New Mexico will close out 2020 with two storms and a week of cold wind gusts, snow and rain. The Clovis-Portales area is not expected to see significant moisture, but today’s high temperature is forecast at 39 degrees... — Updated 12/29/2020


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