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Lujan Grisham campaign accuses Ronchetti of wanting to 'defund' police

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's reelection campaign is hitting GOP rival Mark Ronchetti with an unexpected attack with just over three months until Election Day — that he supports "defunding the police." The assertion... — Updated 8/6/2022


Bomb threat forces evacuation in Portales

Portales police evacuated a section of downtown Friday afternoon in response to a bomb threat. The incident happened around 2 p.m. Friday as officers formed a perimeter around the threatened area in the vicinity of South Avenue C... — Updated 8/6/2022

 By Kathleen Stinson    News

Portales sets punitive water rates

PORTALES -- The city of Portales has set punitive water rates for commercial and industrial users who consume above a base allocation in an effort to conserve the city’s water resources. The change came to light at the July 26... — Updated 8/2/2022


Tax free holiday begins Friday

New Mexicans statewide may be able to save as much as 9% on many purchases this weekend during the annual back-to-school gross receipts tax holiday. According to a news release from the state department of taxation and revenue,... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, Aug. 3: Straw hats on sale at Levine's

On this date … 1957: Levine’s department store on Clovis’ Main Street was holding a Super Value Dollar Day sale. Specials included: -- Cotton dresses $3 -- 180 thread count... — Updated 8/2/2022


Clovis man pleads guilty, sentenced to five years

CLOVIS – A Clovis man who fought with police officers and led them on a chase in which a police dog was seriously injured has been sentenced to five years in prison after a guilty plea made under a plea agreement. Ninth Judicial... — Updated 8/2/2022


Jail log - Aug. 3

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday - Tuesday): Clovis * Jon Jones, 40, parole violation * Michael Sena, 18, aggravated battery * Heather Apodaca, 22, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge * Christopher... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By Tom McDonald    News

Opinion: Hoping we'll survive beyond 2100

Downsizing for an old-school media junkie involves lots of newspapers and magazines, the hardcopy kind, where the first draft of history was laid out for all the world to consume through linear reading. I’ve got an intimidating... — Updated 8/2/2022


Candidate stopping in area cities

Alexis Martinez Johnson, Republican candidate for U.S. Representative for New Mexico’s Third Congressional District, will make a campaign swing through Clovis and Portales on Thursday and Friday, according to campaign... — Updated 8/2/2022


Clovis custodial manager selected

David A. Marquez, a long-time Clovis Municipal Schools staff member and U.S. Navy veteran, has been selected as the district’s Custodial Manager. Marquez has served the district as a technology specialist for more than 10 years.... — Updated 8/2/2022


Saturday SWAT incident ends with no injuries

Clovis Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) was called to an incident in the 500 block of Hull Street Saturday. The incident ended with no injuries after about four hours. The SWAT team breached the door... — Updated 8/2/2022


Portales man sentenced to more than four years in prison

PORTALES – A Portales man convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a machete, was sentenced on July 27 to more than four years in prison, most of which was enhancements under habitual offender statutes due to two... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By Kathleen Stinson    News

Portales council votes against agreement with Elida

Portales City Council voted 4-3 against a motion July 26 to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the village of Elida to allow its off-duty police officers to patrol traffic in Elida for 12 hours a week. At its July 5... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By Steve Hansen    News

Clovis Economic Development hires new director

Tina Dziuk knows she has some big shoes to fill. She has taken on the job of executive director of Clovis Economic Development (CED) that became vacant with the untimely death of... — Updated 8/1/2022

 By Kathleen Stinson    News

Official: Portales accepted dispatch proposal

Roosevelt County Commissioner Rodney Savage said at Thursday’s county commission meeting that the city of Portales had accepted the county’s proposal to work toward a regional dispatch center. The city of Portales has been... — Updated 8/1/2022

 By Kathleen Stinson    News

Portales offered $175,000 incentive on dispatch center

The Portales City Council had a visit from Roosevelt County Commissioner Rodney Savage at its meeting on Tuesday. Savage told the city council that the county was offering an initial $175,000 as an incentive to get the county to... — Updated 8/1/2022

 By Grant McGee    News

Police release details in shooting

 A trail of bullet casings down Connelly Street suggests Victor Davila was being chased by someone shooting at him and that he may have been returning fire before his GMC truck rammed into a house after a bullet hit him in the... — Updated 7/30/2022

 By Kathleen Stinson    News

Water authority selects pipeline alignment

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority Board selected an alignment for the pipeline that will take the water from the Ute Reservoir and pipeline project to the community of Elida. Jim Honea, project manager for Jacobs... — Updated 7/30/2022

 By Kathleen Stinson    News

Rooney Moon Broadcasting bought by Nevada media company

Rich Hudson, president and CEO of Global One Media, Inc., a Las Vegas, Nev., based media company, said he recently bought Rooney Moon Broadcasting in Clovis and Portales because he “fell in love with what Steve Rooney and Duffy... — Updated 7/30/2022

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Sunday Reader: Wild horse populations booming across West

Wild horses hold a special place in the mythos of the American West, with images of free-roaming herds of mustangs grazing on vast public rangelands. But for some communities in... — Updated 7/30/2022

 By Grant McGee    News

Officials: Suspected bank robber committed suicide

A Clovis man suspected in two June bank robberies hanged himself July 4 in his Lea County jail cell. That’s according to Lovington Police Department investigators. James Robinson, 50, was a federal prisoner of the U. S. Marshals... — Updated 7/30/2022

 By Grant McGee    News

Records: Shooting victim identified suspect

 Jesus Navarrette identified the man who shot him early the morning of July 18 as Marcus Lewis, 21, of Clovis, court records show. Lewis is also accused of shooting Navarrette in December 2020. The details of the most recent... — Updated 7/30/2022

 By Grant McGee    News

Clovis city commissioners approve $82 million budget

Clovis city commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to approve the city’s budget for fiscal year 2023, a budget of over $82.7 million in revenue with expenditures of just over $95.5 million. After the meeting Clovis city... — Updated 7/30/2022

 By David Stevens    News

Candidate Q&A: State representative, District 64

Longtime Clovis Mayor David Lansford and longtime Clovis-Portales District Attorney Andrea Reeb are seeking the New Mexico House District 64 seat open with Randal Crowder’s... — Updated 7/30/2022

 By Steve Hansen    News

Fort Sumner woman pleads guilty

CLOVIS - A Fort Sumner woman accused of killing her grandfather and hiding his remains in a toolbox in August 2020 pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday before Judge... — Updated 7/30/2022


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