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Articles from the January 1, 2020 edition

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Clovis mayor declines to run for sixth term

CLOVIS - With a short email, David Lansford decided 20 years as mayor was enough. Lansford confirmed his decision not to run for a sixth term in an email to The News Monday night, briefly after chairi...

 

Camera change order approved

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission approved a change order to install additional camera conduits for the Detention Center renovation project during a short special meeting held Monday afternoon. The change order was for $12,148 and is the first...

 

Year in review: No shortage of crime in 2019

Whether it was a case of homicide, embezzlement or negligence, there was no shortage of crimes, suspects or victims as 2019 came and went in eastern New Mexico. Few cases captured more public...

 

Clovis chooses new insurance provider

CLOVIS — Picking a new property and liability insurance provider didn’t take the Clovis City Commission long. Six-and-a-half minutes, to be exact. The commission went that long, from starting gavel to adjourning gavel, voting 6-0 to go with Trave...

 

Curry has opening on investment committee

CLOVIS — The Curry County Investment Committee has an opening, and is accepting letters of interest from current or retired bankers or financial advisers who live or work in the county. The board meets quarterly and provides recommendations to the...

 

One dead, one injured in one-vehicle crash

One person died and another was injured Sunday in a one-vehicle crash north of Corona, according to a news release from the New Mexico State Police. Enid Miller, 77, of Carrizozo, was ejected from a 2005 Fort F-350 when it left the roadway and...

 

Pages past - Jan. 1

On this date ... 1970: The Clovis News-Journal applauded its 80 newspaper carriers with a “hearty well done” for their “high standard” of performance. “Even the recent snow that slowed and hampered the delivery of the News-Journal did not...

 

Meetings calendar - Jan. 1

Tuesday • Roosevelt County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Room, Roosevelt County Courthouse, 109 W. First St., Portales. Information: 575-356-5307 • City of Clovis Civil Aviation Board — 5:30 p.m., Clovis Municipal Airport Terminal...

 

Ruling enforces New Mexico's sunshine laws

New Mexicans received an early holiday present as the New Mexico Supreme Court declined to review the strong Court of Appeals and District Court decisions in the Corizon Health case, enforcing the state’s Sunshine Laws. The Supreme Court denied a p...

 

Going to work on doing what I should

Happy new year and happy new decade. I know, it doesn’t really mean anything to say it’s a “new year” or a “new decade” since it’s arbitrary, but it feels significant — partly because... Full story

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    January 1, 2020

A lot on its way in coming year

It’ll begin very soon, with state caucuses and primaries starting in Iowa and New Hampshire, and impeachment roaring out of the nation’s capital, all in January. The biggest monkey wrench to be thrown into the crossover between the 2019...

 

Year in review: Curry no longer dry county as of 2019

Curry County is dry no more. Voters allowed the change during November elections as one of many items that drew attention for Curry in 2019. Commissioners proposed three questions to voters, saying they wanted the matter of alcohol in Curry...

 

Jail log - Jan. 1

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Peter Macias, 47, failure to appear on a felony charge ∞ Nancy Mascarenas, 44, trafficking ∞ Adam Crespin, 34, aggravated battery upon a peace officer ∞ Ricky Sena,...

 

Year in review: Portales broke ground on fire station in 2019

PORTALES — After working several years to secure funding, Portales finally broke ground on a new fire station in the northwest part of town in 2019. La Casa originally donated the land to the city several years ago, but it took time to secure...

 

Year in review: Sagamore Wind Farm broke ground in Roosevelt

PORTALES — After three years of negotiations, some worried that the Sagamore Wind Farm may never become a reality, but before 2019 was out, community members from Roosevelt County and beyond gathered 8 miles east of Elida to break ground on the...

 

Year in review: New superintendent took charge of Clovis schools

The Clovis Municipal School District saw a big change this year as Renee Russ took charge as superintendent to fill the role left by the departure of Superintendent Jody Balch. Balch served five years as superintendent, first taking over in July...

 

Year in review: New breweries, conditional property tax mark Clovis' year

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis in 2019 said hello to small brewers, goodbye to one of its commissioners and longtime civic leaders and imposed a conditional property tax aimed at long-term water supply. No issue filled meeting rooms for the Clovis Cit...

 

Events calendar - Jan. 1

Today • 18th annual Freeze Your Bippy ride — 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., High Plains Harley-Davidson, 4400 Mabry Drive, Clovis. Meet at 11:30 a.m., and ride to the Portales VFW at noon for a potluck lunch; $7 per person. All proceeds benefit veterans...

 

Better to keep confetti out of celebrations

Welcome to 2020. I’m writing this a few days ahead of this first day of a new decade, but if tradition holds true, my New Year’s eve celebration last night likely involved pajamas, a cup of hot ch...

 

60 years ago: 'Mr Tapp got shot'

Three 12-year-old girls were putting air in their bicycle tires early that Sunday evening. Then the Texaco service station attendant told them they needed to leave. As they were riding away, a shot rang out. “Mr. Tapp got shot,” Kathy Wilkinson...

 

My resolution would be to go outside more often

I personally have never made a resolution for a new year. I have planned on it, but never got it done. But if I were to make a resolution, it would be to go outside often every day. That’s because I’m always in the house when I’m not at...

 

Going to try a bit harder in coming year

I glanced up as the bells rang to herald new customers walking into the used clothing store. I was looking for a pair of warm dress pants. Visiting my parents in Minnesota, I had forgotten entirely about the possibility of extreme cold and the idea...

 

Memories in 'mangers of the mind' precious in their own right

There is holiness to memory, Philip Gulley writes in his “Christmas in Harmony,” and “a sense of God’s presence” in what Gulley calls the “mangers of the mind.” Perhaps the memories in...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    January 1, 2020

Let's see what we can make happen, 2020

Hello, 2020. You snuck up on me. I knew you were on the way; but I still haven’t decorated for Christmas yet, and here you are, nipping at my heels. I haven’t processed 2019, and here I sit on...

 

Bowl win caps ENMU year

PORTALES — The first postseason football win in school history and a trip to NCAA Division II South Central Region competition for the women’s basketball program highlighted 2019 for Eastern New Mexico University sports. The school also enters th...

 

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