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Jail Log - March 20

Click Here for Curry County Jail Logs Click Here for Roosevelt County Jail Logs... — Updated 3/20/2023


Prosecutor Reeb steps down in 'Rust' case

Clovis attorney and state Rep. Andrea Reeb on Tuesday said she’s stepping down as a special prosecutor in the criminal case tied to the 2021 fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust.” Last month, defense attorneys for act... — Updated 3/19/2023


Governor signs bill extending learning time for students

SANTA FE -- With just a little over a day to go in the 2023 legislative session, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill into law extending learning time for students in the state's public schools. House Bill 130 will mandate an... — Updated 3/18/2023


Meetings calendar - March 19

Tuesday *Roosevelt County Commission - 9 a.m., Commission Room, Roosevelt County Courthouse, 109 W. First St., Portales. Information: 575-356-5307 Wednesday *City of Clovis Public Works Committee – 8:30 a.m., North Annex,... — Updated 3/18/2023


Events calendar - March 19

Monday-Thursday *Spring break Vacation Bible School – 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Clovis Salvation Army, 317 E. Second St., Clovis. Open to grades 1-5. Information: 575-762-3801 Monday *Bunco – 6 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N.... — Updated 3/18/2023

 By David Stevens    News 

Pages past, March 19: Snow covers blooming flowers

On this date ... 1950: B&J Drug Co., at 104 NW Colorado in Portales, was preparing for its half-century sale. Advertised deals included electric hair dryers for $4.49, Pangburn’s... — Updated 3/18/2023


Another section of Seventh to close

Starting Wednesday, Seventh Street will be closed between Ross and North Main Streets for five months. K. Barnett and Sons, the construction company that has been working on the Seventh Street Reconstruction from Prince Street to... — Updated 3/18/2023


ENMU's Dustin Seifert elected to ABA

Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) announced Thursday that Director of Bands, Dustin Seifert, was recently inducted into the American Bandmasters Association (ABA). This being something Seifert described as the highest... — Updated 3/18/2023


Jail log - March 19

Booked The following were booked into local jail (Tuesday - Friday): Clovis • Crystal Perrine, 43, failure to appear on a felony charge • Travis Finch, 31, aggravated indecent exposure, indecent exposure • Freddie Romero,... — Updated 3/18/2023

 By Landry Sena    News 

Portales officials talk stipend grant for police officers

In their regular meeting Tuesday, the Portales City Council discussed a grant that would provide a stipend for officers in the Portales Police Department. This would help keep officers in Portales longer and combat staffing... — Updated 3/18/2023

 By Grant McGee    News 

Tornado season on its way for New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma

The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) says, “Remember, tornadoes can happen at any time of the year.” While the NSSL in Norman, Oklahoma, a division of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says on... — Updated 3/18/2023


Xcel community manager retiring in April

CLOVIS – Patrick Lucero has been promoted to the position of manager for community and economic development in Xcel Energy’s Clovis district. According to a news release from Xcel area spokesman Wes Reeves, Lucero is... — Updated 3/18/2023


Official: Drone in Black Sea crash not Cannon's

Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis is home to MQ-9 drone aircraft like the one that crashed into the Black Sea after an encounter with Russian aircraft on Tuesday. But neither... — Updated 3/18/2023


Ask the editors - March 19

What is being built at 2300 Mabry Drive just east of the Sleep Inn hotel in Clovis? That’s going to be the new home for Clovis’ Hyundai dealership, said Shawn Hamilton, spokesman for the Hamilton Auto Group. “The building tha... — Updated 3/18/2023

 By Rube Render    News 

Opinion: Transparent Nord Stream investigation required

Approximately two months ago, the Seymour Hersh article, “How America Took Out the Nord Stream Pipeline” appeared on Substack. No major newspaper chose to publish this... — Updated 3/18/2023

 By Grant McGee    News 

Curry County Commission opposes prairie chicken listing

Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to pass a resolution opposing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) final rule to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) as an endangered species. The commission wrote in their... — Updated 3/18/2023


Teen charged with involuntary manslaughter in March shooting

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with last weekend’s shooting death of another teen in Roosevelt County. Court records show the unnamed suspect said he was cleaning his gun the night... — Updated 3/18/2023

 By Landry Sena    News 

Speeding cameras to go up in Portales

Technology will soon be helping police crack down on speeders in Portales. And violators can expect to see citations arriving in the mail before the year is out. Police Chief Chris Williams said the city will be installing about... — 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


'Second chance' bill goes to governor

SANTA FE – Legislation that would ensure earlier parole hearings for teenagers convicted of first-degree murder passed the House on Monday and is on the desk of Gov. Michelle... — Updated 3/14/2023


CCC named silver military friendly school

Clovis Community College has earned recognition in 2023-24 for a second consecutive year as a Silver Military Friendly® School by the Military Friendly® Company. Military Friendly designates schools as “Military Friendly... — Updated 3/14/2023

 By Landry Sena    News

Impaired driving 'always a problem' in Clovis

Impaired driving within any community is a notable issue, said Clovis Police Capt. Roman Romero. In Clovis, the numbers provide the evidence: City police have logged 105 arrests for impaired driving or driving while intoxicated in... — Updated 3/14/2023


Commentary: New ENMU regent a home run for Portales

I used to say Portales was the only town in the world where the neutron bomb had been successfully tested. The buildings are intact, but no people walk the streets. Kidding, Portales! Just kidding. (Sort of.) Still, the sleepy... — Updated 3/14/2023

 By Bill Worley    News

Worley family: a part of NM since 1929

For anyone curious about the history of the concrete grain elevator being demolished in Portales, this vignette about the Worley family business in Portales is being posted. The dem... — Updated 3/14/2023

 By Grant McGee    News

CCC interim president says she's brought college stability

Robin Jones believes her Clovis Community College interim presidency has brought stability to the college, something she says is needed there now. The college’s board of trustees decided unanimously on March 6 to have Jones stay... — Updated 3/14/2023


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