Aggressive county improvement list drawn up at legislative breakfast

By Darrell Todd Maurina Nearly 80 local business leaders turned out Friday morning for the annual Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast to hear state senators and state representatives from the area and present local views on what should be done at the upcoming legislative session. “Our county is very, very unique in that […]

Getting booked: Bookmobile to the rescue

By Jack King Because public libraries are scarce in rural communities, since 1956 the New Mexico State Library has offered bookmobiles that travel large circuits to provide borrowing services, said Paula White, director of Rural Bookmobile East, headquartered in Tucumcari. Last year, White and her staff traveled 22,800 miles to bring borrowing services to readers […]

Top cop wants new policing approach

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New Mexico State Police Chief Carlos Maldonado, left, talks with Hank Baskett after Maldonado met with local law enforcement officers during Tuesday’s Clovis Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board Luncheon at the college. Photo:Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina State Police Chief Carlos Maldonado told area law enforcement officials and criminal justice students at Clovis […]

AEDs to be available in rural areas

By Gary Mitchell Heart attack victims in rural eastern New Mexico will have greater access to medical attention, thanks to a recent $251,709 grant from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Rural Health Policy. The grant — for the placement of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in rural areas of the state — […]

Governor names 100-person education task force

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two state senators representing eastern New Mexico and a Portales school teacher are among 100 people on a committee appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to recommend changes in the state’s education system and the agency that runs it. Richardson said he is reaching out to rural residents who rebuffed his school […]

County’s small schools just memories

By Don McAlavy The records of our rural school in Curry County have been ruined or destroyed. One story is that the basement in the county courthouse flooded and ruined these records. All that is known of our rural schools was obtained from early day school teachers, from children that went to the first schools […]

Covenant clinic to close in August

Jack King The Covenant Family Health Care Center in Clovis will close on Aug. 1, the center’s office manager said Friday. Mary Cox, the center’s office manager said the center will close, but its doctors — three pediatricians and a family practice specialist — will remain in Clovis. She said the center has 18 employees, […]

Rural Water Authority meets in Portales

Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet at 2 p.m. today at The Roosevelt restaurant for their monthly meeting. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega praised the efforts of the authority — which includes 12 entities including Clovis and Portales — by stating that combined efforts on the Ute Water Project are gathering […]