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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


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


Roosevelt teen dies after shooting

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the weekend shooting death of another teen in Roosevelt County. Court records show the unnamed suspect said he was cleaning his gun Friday night... — Updated 3/14/2023 Full story


'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


State House unanimously passes free breakfast, lunch for students

SANTA FE -- The House of Representatives voted unanimously Sunday night to pass a bill to provide free breakfast and lunch to all New Mexico public school students — regardless of their economic standing. Senate Bill 4 is now on... — Updated 3/14/2023

 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, March 15: Alligator arrives in the mail

On this date ... 1956: Mary Ann and Linda Ferguson of Portales, ages 8 and 6, received a package in the mail. It contained a live alligator. The children’s father ordered the alli... — Updated 3/14/2023


Budget bill to boost spending by $1 billion

SANTA FE -- The state Senate passed a nearly $9.6 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year Sunday amid accusations the proposed budget was hijacked at the eleventh hour. Discussion on the proposed budget, which would... — Updated 3/14/2023


Cannabis packaging requirements bill 'still a success' after block

House Bill 157 on cannabis packaging requirements was blocked recently by the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee on a 3-3 vote. Andrea Reeb, the lead sponsor for the bill, said it was still a success, however. According... — Updated 3/14/2023


Street restriping has begun in Clovis

Restriping of Clovis city streets began Tuesday as San Bar Construction Corporation of Albuquerque began painting on North Thornton Street. According to a news release from the city manager’s office, during this time it is... — Updated 3/14/2023


Project expected to take month

The Roosevelt County road department will begin work on North Roosevelt Road A, between NM 348 and North Roosevelt Road 1 Monday. According to a press release from County Manager Amber Hamilton the project is expected to be... — Updated 3/14/2023


Food pantry groundbreaking set

The Roosevelt County Board of Commission and officials from the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico (FBENM) will host a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday at 4pm. The new Roosevelt County Food Pantry will be built at 1111 W Fir in... — Updated 3/14/2023


Jail log - March 15

Booked The following were booked into local jail (Friday - Tuesday): Clovis • Bobby Martinez, 37, parole violation, probation violation • Vicente Ceniceros-Ochoa, 24, driving while license suspended or revoked • Juan... — 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

 By Grant McGee    News

Clovis commission votes to lower city park fees

Clovis’ City Commission voted unanimously Thursday to lower fees at city parks. The action came at a regular session of the commission, reducing a $50 a year fee plan for anyone using the city sports fields or facilities, approve... — Updated 3/11/2023

 By Landry Sena    News

Q&A: New ENMU boss sees 'great market to grow'

James Johnston in January became the 12th president and third chancellor at Eastern New Mexico University. He talked with The News last week in his first extensive interview. Tell... — Updated 3/11/2023

 By Landry Sena    News

Commish: LPC listing 'harmful to working families'

The Roosevelt County Commission approved two oppositions in its regular meeting Tuesday morning that would “revolve around land use and ensuring residents are able to steward their lands without overreach by the federal... — Updated 3/11/2023


Clovis man convicted of battery

CLOVIS – A Clovis man faces sentencing next month on his Wednesday conviction of battery upon a peace officer and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Quentin Ray, reports in a news... — Updated 3/11/2023

 By Steve Hansen    News

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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