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Roswell man shot in apparent robbery attempt dies

A Roswell man shot during an apparent robbery attempt on Sept. 11 in Portales has died. District Attorney Andrea Reeb said Brady Vallejos died Tuesday in a Lubbock hospital, where he’d been in critical condition. Prosecutor Quentin Ray said... Full story


Curry sees spike in cases

Curry County has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases over the last week, and the county's sixth virus-related death was reported on Saturday. The greatest concern could be at the Curry County Detention... Full story

 By Lily Martin    News    September 30, 2020 

Pair of businesses greenlit to reopen

CLOVIS - Following amendments to state public health orders, a pair of Clovis establishments have received the green light for socially distanced activities. On Friday, St. Bernard Farms opened its... Full story

 By Kevin Wilson    News    September 30, 2020 

Clovis gives CARES application details

CLOVIS — Apply early. And, possibly down the road, apply often. Officials from the city of Clovis, Clovis Community College's Small Business Development Center and the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce spoke Monday to detail what will be the...


State eligible for food benefits through program

SANTA FE — Federal approval of New Mexico’s Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program means families in the state will be eligible for more than $45 million in additional food benefits, according to a release from the state. The retroactive...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 30, 2020 

Local theaters may soon see renovation

CLOVIS - The show must go on ... eventually. Officials with Clovis Community College told The News the Mesa Theater, owned by the college since 2011, was getting ready to open for events when the...


Roosevelt begins CARES app process

PORTALES — Roosevelt County has begun the application process for CARES Act business continuity grants for local small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The county will begin awarding grants of up to $10,000 from its...

 By David Stevens    News    September 30, 2020 

Pages past, Sept. 30: Women voters, Fireballs and the KFC special

On this date ... 1920: Maude Smith, the vice chairman of Roosevelt County, reported the following in The Portales Valley News: “Owing to the fact that women will be permitted to vote in the coming...


Road to be closed for water work

CLOVIS — A portion of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be closed beginning Thursday for water line installations, according to a Clovis city release. The closure will begin 9 a.m. and run through Oct. 8 on the portion of MLK between...


Education digest - Sept. 30

Clovis native honored DALLAS — A Clovis native has received his law school’s highest level of award, according to a university release. Nathan Hecht, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, has been named this year’s recipient of the Robert...

 By Shelby Perea    News    September 30, 2020 

School officials: Local reopening requirements a 'moving target'

As debates over school reopenings during the COVID-19 pandemic rage on, superintendents in New Mexico are calling local requirements a “moving target.” Grievances were aired to the Legislative Education Study Committee the day after the state Pub...


Jail Logs - October 1

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Hybrid education to begin Monday

CLOVIS — How detail-oriented were the back-to-school plans Clovis has had to prepare for its phased return to in-person classes beginning Monday? Answer: Superintendent Renee Russ took an intermission for questions halfway through her report on...


Caldwell picked for ENMU president

PORTALES - The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met just 15 minutes in closed session Friday to discuss the path to selecting a new Portales campus president and chancellor for its...

 By Lily Martin    News    September 27, 2020

Prince Street Leal's building for sale

CLOVIS - The Leal's Mexican restaurant location on Prince Street is for sale, but owner Laura Leal said she intends to keep the popular eatery's Mabry location open. Leal said the decision to try and...


New Mexico makes travel quarantine rule changes

SANTA FE — The state took two steps forward, but three steps back Wednesday regarding states from which travelers must self-quarantine upon arrival in New Mexico due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Added to the list of high-risk states were Colorado,... Full story


Tort claim filed against county, city in April death

A tort claim has been filed against several local and state entities regarding an alleged April death from COVID-19. A claim filed Tuesday by the Davis Kelin Law Firm of Albuquerque alerts the New Mexico Department of Health, the New Mexico State... Full story


Rabid skunk identified in city

CLOVIS — The Clovis Police Department is advising residents to follow city requirements on rabies vaccinations for their pets, following the identification of at least one rabid skunk in recent days. According to a release from Chief Doug Ford,...


State announces 239 new COVID-19 cases, no changes in public health orders

SANTA FE — New Mexico’s governor said the state’s gating criteria remains good overall Thursday, but did not announce any changes to existing public health orders. The state reported 239 new positive COVID-19 tests Thursday, including 11 in... Full story


Carlsbad man awaiting trial in child death

Samantha Rubino enjoyed coloring and reading books from the library. She also liked writing stories. And she had a vivid imagination. That information comes from her obituary. The 8-year-old girl died Aug. 1. Police say her father killed her, then...


BNSF planning crossing work with closures

CLOVIS — BNSF Railways is planning work on its crossings at Curry Roads G and R this week, with closures required for each. RoadSafe Traffic Systems indicated in a release it will set up traffic control for the following: • The crossing at Curry...


Trash pickup days to be spread

PORTALES — Due to COVID-19 concerns, the city of Portales will not hold its annual Toss No Mas trash pickup on a specific day. Instead, the trash pickup will be spread out throughout the month of October, with any organization that has a mile to...


Pages past, Sept. 27: State theater: Home of star-studded romance

On this date ... 1975: More than 5,000 people were “obviously delighted” with performances of the Air Force Thunderbirds and Golden Knights Parachute Team at Cannon AFB's annual open house, the...


Jail log - Sept. 27

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis • Chrystal Maes-Gilbert, 35, receiving stolen property, parole violation • Bridgette Pyle, 35, failure to appear on a felony charge • Daniel Rodriguez, 55, embezzlement...

 By Dan Boyd    News    September 27, 2020

Governor dismisses top law enforcement officer in Cabinet

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday abruptly dismissed the top law enforcement official in her Cabinet, signaling a possible shift away from traditional policing tactics amid a national debate over police use-of-force issues. The...


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