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Kleyn-Kennedy: Community, connections abundant

During this past year we've all been overwhelmingly involved in doing our absolute educational best for our students and staff. One crucial element we've come to appreciate is the importance of community. Working together as... — Updated 4/13/2021

 By Betty Williamson    News

Williamson: On exceptionalism, this one's for the birds

It comes as no surprise that the drought monitor maps continue to keep our area solidly in center of a puddle of the dreaded deep brown patches that forecasters designate as “D4... — Updated 4/13/2021


Pages Past - April 14

April 14 On this date … 1951: J.D. Ralston, a sophomore at Dora, had hurled his second no-hitter in the same school year. Ralston led the Coyotes past Ranchvale, 10-1, most recently; his first no-hitter was against Floyd in the... — Updated 4/13/2021


Curry, Roosevelt remain on pace to stay turquoise

Both Curry and Roosevelt counties are in the state’s vaunted turquoise status, and halfway into the latest data collection period they seem likely to stay there. The state has, since Nov. 30, graded counties every two weeks on... — Updated 4/13/2021


Jail log - April 14

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday - Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Ruben Rubio, 49, driving while license suspended or revoked ∞ Emmanuel Mendoza, 25, failure to appear on a felony charge ∞ Richard Rees, 31, posse... — Updated 4/13/2021


Man charged in Sunday shooting

CLOVIS — A Clovis man was jailed early Monday morning on accusations he targeted three people the prior day in a drive-by shooting. Cesar Murillo, 40, was booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center, where he is being... — Updated 4/13/2021


Former band director to plea

LUBBOCK — A former Muleshoe school band director is expected to plead guilty today in federal court to charges of enticement and attempted enticement of a minor. William Alan Shelly, 61, of Portales, entered a plea agreement... — Updated 4/13/2021


Portales school board OKs calendar

By Kevin Wilson EDITOR [email protected] PORTALES — With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting every part of life, and school operation no exception, “same thing as last year” has become one of the rarer statements uttered.... — Updated 4/13/2021


Governor calls pot law 'game changer' for state

Calling cannabis a "game changer" for New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill into law Monday that legalizes recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older. "Congratulations to every single one of us in New Mexico... — Updated 4/13/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

In tribute: Jay Neff found ways to give more than he received

CLOVIS — By any measure, Jay Neff was a success in the financial industry, from his rise in the local banking industry to more than 20 years of success in the title business he and his son recently expanded. But Neff, who died... — Updated 4/10/2021

 By DavidStevens    News

Man arrested in 2016 double homicide

PORTALES — After more than five years of chasing rumors, interviewing possible witnesses in two murder cases, and following leads across the country, law officers on Friday... — Updated 4/10/2021 Full story

 By Dan McKay    News

Civil rights legislation signed into law

SANTA FE — Two days before a critical deadline, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed civil rights legislation Wednesday that grew out of last year’s protests against racial injustice and police brutality. The civil rights... — Updated 4/10/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Governor signs paid sick leave bill

SANTA FE — New Mexico will join about 15 other states in requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave for their workers — but not until July of next year — under a measure signed into law Thursday by Gov. Michelle Lujan... — Updated 4/10/2021

 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, April 11: Mrs. America contest included cooking, ironing

On this date ... 1951: A 1951 Philco radio-phonograph was being promoted as the “best buy in town,” by Shaw's in Clovis. The Philco was “beyond compare in tone, performance an... — Updated 4/10/2021


Arrests, calls for service down in Portales

PORTALES — Arrests and calls for service in the city of Portales dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic. But Portales police reported an increase in burglaries and some violent crimes. Portales Police Chief Chris Williams... — Updated 4/10/2021


Jail log - April 11

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis • Victoria Kirven, 33, probation violation • Joey Petty, 22, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer • Freddie Sanchez, 43, battery against a... — Updated 4/10/2021


Clovis man jailed on charges from weekend shooting

CLOVIS — A Clovis man was jailed Monday night on charges from a weekend shooting at Sheldon Street. Kaleaf Gardley, 28, remains in the Curry County Adult Detention Center on charges of shooting at a dwelling, aggravated battery,... — Updated 4/10/2021


Governor OKs budget, exercises veto power

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed off on a $7.4 billion budget plan that will boost state spending and provide 1.5% pay increases to state employees and teachers. However, the Democratic governor used her line-item veto... — Updated 4/10/2021


Juvenile accused of taking firearm to school

CLOVIS — The Clovis Police Department investigated an allegation a juvenile took a firearm to Clovis High School Freshman Academy Thursday night. According to a release from Clovis Municipal Schools, school officials received a... — Updated 4/10/2021


Curry seeking applicants for valuation protest board

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission is seeking applicants for positions on its valuation protest board. The board hears and decides on protests of valuations from the county assessor’s office. It includes three voting members... — Updated 4/10/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

State continues to improve with 23 counties in green or turquoise

SANTA FE — New Mexico is continuing to make improvements in the fight against COVID-19 spread, as evidenced by 23 counties in either green or turquoise status and passing the one-third mark in getting citizens fully vaccinated.... — Updated 4/10/2021


Events calendar - April 11

Tuesday  • Holocaust Remembrance by Survivor: Peter Stein — 2 p.m., via Zoom.  Interactive presentation with Stein based on his memoir, “A Boy’s Journey: From Nazi Occupied Prague to Freedom in America.” Event... — Updated 4/10/2021


Meetings calendar - April 11

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns.    Monday  • Clovis Civil Aviation Board special meeting — 2 p.m. at Clovis Municipal Airport Terminal, 459 CR 11.5, Texico. Tour of airport projects. Information:... — Updated 4/10/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

A bird in the bush

MILNESAND - A morning on the stomping grounds of the lesser prairie chicken gives plenty of insight into why the bird's population has dwindled over the decades. It requires a very... — Updated 4/10/2021

 By Kevin Wilson    News

City Manager Joe Thomas dies at 70

CLOVIS - For more than 42 years, Joe Thomas served the city of Clovis in a series of positions, each more difficult than the next. But he may have been the least difficult man in... — Updated 4/10/2021


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