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 By Kevin Wilson    News    January 10, 2021

Wastewater superintendent congratulated on retirement

CLOVIS — Durwood Billington, coworkers surmised, knows more about wastewater and takes more pride in it than most people do about anything. The longtime superintendent of the city’s wastewater treatment plant was congratulated on his retirement...

 

Public defender's office to pay $750,000 to former employee

The state Law Offices of the Public Defender will pay $750,000 to a former employee who said her supervisor — then second in command of the agency — sexually assaulted her and, when she reported it, the agency chose to protect him instead of her....

 

Schools to resume hybrid education

CLOVIS — Clovis and Melrose school officials announced that they would resume hybrid education the week of Jan. 18, assuming they are still cleared to do so by existing health orders. Melrose Schools will return to hybrid mode for prekindergarten...

 

Man arrested in connection with crash that killed Portales resident

ROSWELL — A Portales resident was killed in a vehicle accident Christmas Eve in Roswell, and a man was arrested in connection to the crash. Devany Brunk, 31, died at the scene of the two-car accident, which also saw her mother Cindy Stone airlifted...

 

Jail log - Jan. 10

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis • Shawn Hubbard, 40, probation violation, parole violation • Tiffany Martinez, 25, failure to appear on a felony charge • Christina Lopez, 25, larceny • Victor Loya,...

 

Public record - Jan. 10

The following marriage licenses were recently issued at the Curry County Clerk’s office: • Robert Joe Ellis, 50, and Noelia Lira Morales, 31, both of Clovis • Sisco Julian Trevino, 19, and Tashawnda Josephine Rose Salazar, 29, both of Clovis...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    January 10, 2021

Portales approves two items on consent agenda

PORTALES — The Portales City Council met in a matter of minutes Tuesday night to approve two items on their consent agenda. The first item was to declare Jan. 18 as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the township. On the agenda was included a...

 

Cause of Saturday house fire remains under investigation

CLOVIS - The Clovis Fire Department needed about an hour to knock out a house fire Saturday morning on the 1900 block of Howard Drive. The home was a total loss, along with some vehicles on the...

 
 By David Stevens    News    January 10, 2021

Pages past, Jan. 10 - Folk music and Wildcat hoopsters

On this date ... 1966: Folk music was being used by the Communist Party to undermine the morals and patriotism of Americans. That was the message recently delivered by Rev. David Noebel at Clovis...

 

Anger replaces shock at Capitol security failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In images posted on social media and beamed around the world Wednesday, small clusters of U.S. Capitol Police officers retreated, fell away from violent assaults or simply moved aside as a large mob descended on the seat of...

 

In tribute - Billy Joe Essary: A friend to all

Billy Joe Essary never met a stranger. Everyone was his friend, according to Essary's family. "He made everybody feel like a friend," said Gary Essary of his father. "He had this way of making...

 

In tribute - Jon Shrader: Man with a passion for giving

Jon Shrader was a man of few words. But when he had something to say, it was always worth listening to, according to his family and coworkers. The longtime owner and operator of Clovis Family...

 
 By Dan Boyd    News    January 10, 2021

Senator files legislation for applicant secrecy

SANTA FE — An Albuquerque state senator has — once again — filed legislation that would allow the names of applicants for top public school, law enforcement and other taxpayer-funded positions to be kept secret. While at least three finalists...

 
 By Dan Boyd    News    January 10, 2021

Legislative session going remote

SANTA FE — Plexiglass. Online voting on bills. And a face mask requirement for those present in the state Capitol. New Mexico’s 60-day legislative session will begin this month as scheduled — but in virtual reality. Due to the ongoing COVID-19...

 
 By Adrian Gomez    News    January 10, 2021

'News of the World' showing at online venues

Movie theaters are still closed due to the pandemic, but New Mexicans will get a chance to see Tom Hanks’ “News of the World.” The film was released on Christmas in theaters — just in time for Oscar consideration. Beginning on Friday, the...

 

Slight drop in infections statewide

SANTA FE — The state saw a slight drop in COVID-19 infections on Monday compared to prior days, and a statewide trend of falling hospitalizations is reflected locally as well. However, a post-holiday increase is still possible, based on recent...

 
 By David Stevens    News    January 6, 2021

Man on a mission

CLOVIS - Nick Cain is on a mission to honor his "colorful predecessors." His goal is to locate and mark the gravesites of 107 men who served as Arizona Rangers between 1901 and 1909. Maybe he'll...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    January 6, 2021

ENMU ramping up for partial return

PORTALES — The spring 2021 semester at Eastern New Mexico University will look much like the spring 2020 semester finished — with a largely empty campus intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. But there is some portion of in-person classes...

 

Light display vandalized

CLOVIS — The Glitter and Glow Light Show, an extension of St. Bernard Farms, was vandalized on Dec. 28, owner Rocky Bernard told The News. The display was set up around the old Eastern New Mexico University football stadium and ran from Nov. 26...

 

AARP offering free tax help

CLOVIS — The American Association of Retired Persons Foundation Tax Aide will provide free tax services from Feb. 1 to April 15, according to an AARP Foundation release. All tax help will be offered at Roy Walker Recreation Center, with COVID-19...

 

Education digest - Jan. 6

CCC holding pair of registration events CLOVIS — Clovis Community College is holding a pair of Super Saturday registration events the next two weekends, according to a school release. The registrations will go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and...

 

Business digest - Jan. 6

Legislature holding virtual kickoff A virtual roundhouse kickoff and a weekly social calendar event will be held virtually during the upcoming New Mexico legislative session, according to a release from the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce. The free...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    January 6, 2021

Clovis to consider pair of ordinances

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission will consider introducing a pair of ordinances in its Thursday meeting, with one laying the groundwork to renew a tax for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m....

 
 By David Stevens    News    January 6, 2021

Pages past, Jan. 6: Milk prices, a car thief and Red Heads

On this date … 1951: Milk prices were on the rise. Both the College Dairy and Price's Dairy in Portales announced they would raise retail prices by one cent - from 22 to 23 cents for pasteurized...

 

U.S. Capitol violence leaves one dead

WASHINGTON - Supporters of President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, pounding on the door of the House chamber, as lawmakers huddled inside, and strolling across the Senate floor... Full story

 

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