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Deputy public defender denies sexual harassment complaints

SANTA FE — Two Clovis-area female attorneys who filed sexual harassment complaints against Chief Deputy Public Defender Chandler Blair are still pursuing their claims after the New Mexico Disciplinary Board declined to take action. The Santa Fe...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    February 21, 2018 

Curry officials vote against payday loan program

CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners were split on whether or not the county should participate in TrueConnect, a payday loan program for county employees. They ultimately voted against adopting the...

 

Roosevelt gets high marks on audit

PORTALES — Roosevelt County received the best opinion available in its 2017 fiscal year financial audit, according to a representative of auditing firm RPC CPAs. This came as good news to the...

 

Man charged with sex crimes released on bond

CLOVIS — A man charged with over two dozen counts of sex crimes against children was released from jail Tuesday afternoon on a $20,000 cash surety bond pending further court appearances. Oscar Villanes, 36, of Clovis, was charged with 25 counts of...

 

Reporter's notebook: Chili dinner

Ready your appetites, because the Portales Kiwanis Club doesn’t want any empty stomachs on Friday. That’s when the organization’s 55th annual chili supper is taking place. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, adults can...

 

Former CCC president out at Adams State

ALAMOSA, Colo. — The president of a university in Colorado has been placed on leave amid accusations she bullied faculty and staff, failed to improve declining student enrollment and mocked workers with an offensive Halloween costume. The Denver...

 

Events calendar - Feb. 21

Today • Tiny Tots — 10 a.m. at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-763-9687 • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Story: “Things That Go.” Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen Program — 4:30 p.m. at...

 

Pages past - Feb. 21

On this date ... 1988: South Roosevelt County farmer Carl Cox Jr., was profiled in the Clovis News-Journal for the hobby he'd pursued for the past 16 years: calling square dances in eastern New...

 

Meetings calendar - Feb. 21

Today • Fort Sumner City Council — 1 p.m. at Fort Sumner City Hall, 173 Ave. E., Fort Sumner. Information: 575-355-7481 Monday • De Baca County Commission — 1:30 p.m. at the Annex Building, 643 B N. Fifth St., Fort Sumner. Information:...

 

Jail logs - Feb. 21

Booked The following were booked into local jails Monday: Clovis • Angelita Rodriguez, 35, falsely obtaining services (less than $100) • Brian Weiss, 36, failure to pay fines • Donte Robinson, 20, probation violation • Patrick Chavez, 46,...

 

Business feature: Employee earns diploma through McDonald's program

Fast food may be a bargain for customers, but in some cases, the people behind the registers and fryers are getting a deal, too. On Feb. 13, Zoe Rodriguez, an employee at McDonald's in Portales,...

 

Residents weigh in on gun control

CLOVIS — A better system for screening prospective gun owners and armed staff at public schools — just a few ideas on the minds of area residents in the wake of the country’s most recent mass shooting. Better screening echoed an announcement...

 

Building inspection solution to be proposed

PORTALES — A possible solution to the city of Portales’ inability to perform building inspections will be proposed to the Portales City Council tonight. A memorandum of understanding with the city of Clovis may allow Portales to utilize its neigh...

 

Roosevelt to consider applying for hardship funds

PORTALES — Financial hardship and a lack of reliable road department vehicles has pushed Roosevelt County to apply for hardship funds, county documents show. At its meeting at 9 a.m. today in the Roosevelt County Courthouse, the County Commission...

 

Events calendar - Feb. 20

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Story: “Shape Up.” Information: 575-356-3940 • Afterschool STEAM — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Activity: “Not So Board Games.” Information: 575-356-3940 Wedne...

 

Meetings calendar - Feb. 20

Today • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m. at commission chambers, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 • Roosevelt County Commission — 9 a.m. at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, 109 W. First St., Portales. Information:...

 

Business digest - Feb. 20

Scholarship apps due March 6 Applications for the Plateau Education Foundation Scholarship Program are due March 6, according to a Plateau press release. Applications are available at area high school guidance offices, Plateau retail stores and...

 

County officials to hear financial report

CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners will be told the county is in solid financial shape during today's meeting. That's when Griego Professional Services owner J.J. Griego discusses the county's...

 

Reporter's notebook: Year of the dog

Much farther east than our corner of New Mexico, the Lunar New Year was heralded Friday with festivities in China, Korea, Vietnam and a few other Asian countries. In Clovis and Portales, the celebrations were a little more subdued. “I’m here at...

 

Pages past - Feb. 20

On this date ... 1983: By day, Lt. Lee Wheeler was a medic at Cannon Air Force Base. But in his spare time, he transformed into "Wheelie the Clown," a local performer who also headed up a class for...

 

Jail logs - Feb. 20

Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday through Sunday: Clovis • Alejandro Astorga-Chavez, 19, possession of a controlled substance, failure to appear • Sean Burgoon, 27, battery against a household member • Toniann Sandoval,...

 

Lawmakers say budget highlight of session

SANTA FE — As eastern New Mexico’s lawmakers make their way home from Santa Fe following the 30-day legislative session that wrapped up on Thursday, they do so satisfied with the $6.4 billion bipartisan budget headed to Gov. Susana Martinez’s...

 

Mural intended to honor victims of gun violence

CLOVIS — Isaac Castillo said he intended to make a mural honoring victims of gun violence, including those killed in the Aug. 28 library shooting. But critics say he picked the wrong wall, and he lo...

 

United Way to open office in Portales

PORTALES — Fear not, Portales: You will soon be able to receive a wide range of assistance without having to travel 17 miles north. United Way of Eastern New Mexico will soon be opening an office in the community building of Portales’ First...

 

Flu vaccines still available for children

CLOVIS — The Curry County Public Health Office still has 300 free flu vaccines for children ages 4 to 18, according to Curry County Health Council Coordinator Susan Alman. Alman said she was contacted by the office about the flu shots which are...

 

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