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 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, Sept. 22: Rain soaks fields of broomcorn

On this date … 1971: Soaking rains brought mixed responses from regional farmers. As reported by the Portales News-Tribune: “The moisture was not welcome to farmers with broomcorn down in the rows, waiting to be stacked, and... — Updated 9/21/2021


Jail log - Sept. 22

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis • Veronica Tellez, 39, receiving/transferring stolen motor vehicles • Alicia Rippetoe, 33, failure to appear on a felony charge • Carlos... — Updated 9/21/2021


Portales man gets 12 1/2 years

PORTALES — A Portales man was sentenced to 12 and a half years in jail Monday for charges connected to a shooting in June 2020. Oracio Ornelas, 40, was convicted of aggravated battery and receipt, transportation or possession of... — Updated 9/21/2021


Religion digest - Sept. 22

Central Baptist marks anniversary CLOVIS — Clovis’ Central Baptist Church will mark its 90th anniversary Sunday with a two-hour church service on Saturday afternoon, plus a special service on Sunday. The Saturday service,... — Updated 9/21/2021


Streets closed for repairs

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis has closed portions of Sycamore Street and 21st Street Tuesday to allow for gas line repairs, according to a city release. Work by the New Mexico Gas Company is expected to finish today. Roadways... — Updated 9/21/2021


Clovis in top 10 for infections

Clovis remained in the top 10 ZIP codes for COVID-19 infections Monday, but infection numbers are down over prior weekends. Monday’s report from the New Mexico Department of Health confirmed 1,525 new cases of COVID-19 between... — Updated 9/21/2021


Portales motel reopens after water issues

PORTALES — The Super 8 Motel in Portales re-opened for business Monday afternoon after being closed since Friday due to the presence of what appeared to be methamphetamine in the motel’s water supply. The reopening was... — Updated 9/21/2021


Hearing scheduled on Floyd board

SANTA FE — A virtual hearing has been scheduled for next week regarding the August suspension of the Floyd school board. Two separate Zoom meeting links have been issued to board members by the Public Education Department, with... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Skylerr Patterson    News

Local club donates supplies

PORTALES - Investment in education is a key goal for many in our society. Yet, investing in and of itself is a sacrifice, especially for teachers. From paper and books to time and... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Steve Hansen    News

Commissioner: Ridling was 'partner at work and a friend away from work'

Curry County Commissioner James Ridling's fellow commissioners remember him as a nice person who was conscientious about his commission duties. Ridling, 69, died on Saturday. He had... — Updated 9/21/2021


Curry County Commissioner James Ridling dies

CLOVIS - James Ridling, the most recent addition to the Curry County Commission, died Saturday morning. County Manager Lance Pyle confirmed the death to The News. "Jim was a great m... — Updated 9/19/2021


Events calendar - Sept. 19

Today • Old Fort Days — various locations, Fort Sumner. Information: or call Fort Sumner Chamber of Commerce at 575-355-7705 • Fiesta de Familias 2021 — 2-9 p.m., Lindsey Park,... — Updated 9/18/2021


Jail log - Sept. 19

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis • Roberto Segura-Acosta, 73, criminal sexual penetration (three counts), criminal sexual contact of a minor (six counts) • Kyle Mawhorter, 33,... — Updated 9/18/2021


COVID-19 Update: Curry sees 100th death related to COVID-19

Curry County reached an unwanted milestone Wednesday, with the Department of Health reporting the county's 100th death related to COVID-19. DOH reported 18 new deaths in its Wednesday briefing, including four residents of Curry... — Updated 9/18/2021

 By Kathleen Stinson    News

COVID-19 Update: Local hospitals short-staffed

Local hospitals, like many around the nation, are reporting staff shortages as COVID-19 cases continue to surge. "We have experienced extreme staff shortages in the past... — Updated 9/18/2021

 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, Sept. 19: Having good breakfast helps you glow

On this date ... 1961: Mrs. J.P. Steiner’s second-grade students at Lindsey School in Portales had been introduced to a “good breakfast,” the Portales News-Tribune reported. The students were seated at three tables covered... — Updated 9/18/2021


Portales fiesta Sunday afternoon

PORTALES — Lindsey Park will play host this afternoon and evening to longtime Portales neighborhood tradition. The Fiesta de Familias will run 2 p.m.-9 p.m., marking the first running of the event since 2019. The event was not... — Updated 9/18/2021


Chamber launches tourism website

CLOVIS — The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce has launched its newest tourism website at, according to a chamber release. The website, created in partnership with the New Mexico Tourism Department and... — Updated 9/18/2021


Curry receives credit report

CLOVIS — Curry County received an Aa3 rating in its latest report from Moody’s, according to a county release. The Aa3 is the fourth-highest rating awarded in Moody’s long-term municipal obligation rating. In a letter... — Updated 9/18/2021


Program hopes to curb student sexting

CLOVIS — The District Attorney’s Office has launched a new program aimed at students who may be “knowingly or unknowingly” distributing or possessing child pornography. “Picture This” is a pro-active program … to... — Updated 9/18/2021

 By David Stevens    News

Meth contamination under investigation at hotel

PORTALES — Water service to Portales' Super 8 hotel has been shut off while officials investigate concerns of methamphetamine contamination. Portales City Manager Sarah Austin said Friday night officials have determined there... — Updated 9/18/2021


Teen injured in Thursday motorcycle accident

CLOVIS - A Clovis teenager was in intensive care in Lubbock following a Thursday evening motorcycle accident. Clovis police did not identify the teenage male on Friday, with Capt. R... — Updated 9/18/2021

 By Kathleen Stinson    News

Base hosts third virtual PFAS meeting

Cannon Air Force Base hosted its third virtual meeting Wednesday to update the community on its progress to determine whether contaminants called Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that have leaked off-base into the... — Updated 9/18/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Radio enthusiasts reach out

CLOVIS - To an outsider just pulling into an empty grocery store parking lot on a clear Tuesday night, the gaggle of trucks and low light suggested something nefarious was... — Updated 9/18/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

Freshman Academy bathroom limit policy reversed

CLOVIS — Parents of Clovis High School Freshman Academy students understood lost instruction time was a No. 1 priority for school administrators. But they felt a policy the school announced Wednesday, and subsequently flushed Thu... — Updated 9/18/2021


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