Articles from the January 2, 2019 edition

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New government has plenty of work in 2019

Out with the old, in with the new is the theme each New Year’s. Nowhere is that more true than in New Mexico as 2018 ends and 2019 begins. With the beginning of the new year, New Mexico will be getting a new government, fresh with a new governor,...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 2, 2019

Residents weigh in on new year

New year, new me. It’s a common saying these days, especially on social media. As the calendar changes to 2019, people try to change or improve something about their lives with a New Year’s resolution. And while more than half of the 20-plus...

 

Social events no place for politics

In spite of how libertarianism is often portrayed, it’s not a middle ground between conservatism and progressivism. It’s not even on the scale with those positions. But during social gatherings...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    January 2, 2019

Reasons for optimism in coming year

The new year is a time for hope. We want to believe in a better year ahead, so we celebrate the possibilities. Here in New Mexico, there are a number of reasons to be optimistic about 2019, especially if you’re a Democrat, the party that now...

 
 By Don McDonald    Voices    January 2, 2019

Ready for a top job working for Trump

Donald Trump, who had tweeted criticisms about Barack Obama for firing three chief of staff employees in three years, has fired his third chief of staff in less than two years. As most followers of the news know, Trump is firing his administrative...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    January 2, 2019

Don't feel the need to make New Year's resolutions

I am writing this on Dec. 28. A new year, 2019, is fast approaching. Outside, it’s snowing, and since I don’t have to go anywhere today, I am joyfully watching the white blanket grow as it covers...

 

Shouldn't take death to see anti-vaccination consequences

Public health officials in New York and New Jersey are fighting a measles outbreak that has sickened dozens of people since November, most of them unvaccinated members of orthodox Jewish communities. The virus was traced to travelers from Israel,...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    January 2, 2019

Faith: Hoping to honor Dad in coming year

So long, 2018. You were a tough one, taking The Dad from this world to the next. While there were many lovely things that happened throughout the year, that one event has changed me. Permanently. I...

 

Faith: Remember season's lesson, no matter how you celebrate

I am writing this column on Dec. 26. Christmas is not even close to being over. This is only the second of the “twelve days of Christmas,” which was a season a very long time before it was a...

 

Reader reaction - Jan. 2

We asked our Facebook followers: What businesses would you like to see come to Clovis/Portales or the region? Here are some responses: • Dorthy Mckibben: Whataburger, On the Border, and a cheaper movie theater. ... Whataburger: Best burgers hands...

 

PetStory - A dog and his boy

This story is about Kamdyn Wornell and his best friend, Diesel. They live in Clovis. Kamdyn is 4, Diesel turns 2 in March. Diesel was just a couple of days old when he was introduced to Kamdyn. They...

 

Events calendar - Jan. 2

Thursday • Page Turners’ Book Club — 6 p.m. movie, 7:30 p.m. book discussion, Ingram Room, Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. “Bridget Jones’s Diary” by Helen Fielding. Information: Sara Williford, 575-763-9687 Jan. 9...

 

Meetings calendar - Jan. 2

Thursday • Clovis City Commission — 5:15 p.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Monday • ADA Transition Plan public hearing — 4 p.m., Memorial Building Council Chamber, 200 E. 7th...

 

Jail logs - Jan. 2

Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday-Monday: Clovis • Uriel Ramirez, 24, failure to pay fines • Whitney Hall, 28, driving while license suspended or revoked • Anthony Peasnall, 61, probation violation • Cordney Cooper,...

 

Resolving to spend more time with printed word

A favorite book of mine surfaced this week at a perfect time for the annual half-hearted attempt at self-improvement that we all know as New Year’s resolutions. I rarely break a New Year’s...

 

Pages past - Jan. 2

On this date ... 1969: Gary Lee Norwood made the front page of the newspaper on just his second day on Earth. The first child of Sgt. and Mrs. Melvin J. Norwood had the distinction of being the first...

 

Year in review: 2018 busy year for courts, law enforcement

The courts and jails were busy in 2018 in eastern New Mexico, and the trial docket indicates 2019 will be quite busy as well. Here is a rundown of some of the more notable area crimes and punishment...

 

Business feature: Beef jerky store opens in Clovis

CLOVIS - When Mauro Ojeda was growing up in Argentina, his grandparents owned a grocery store for which he would help make deliveries to people living in the countryside who did not have vehicles to...

 

Commission to give out employee awards

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission’s first meeting of 2019 doesn’t appear like it will be a long one. The 5:15 p.m. Thursday meeting at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library has just five agenda items. Of those items, three are...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 2, 2019

Year in review: Tragedy marks 2018 for city of Portales

PORTALES — 2018 was marked by tragedy in Portales as the city said good-bye to its first female mayor following the passing of Sharon King on March 1. King, 64, died following a five-year battle with myeloma, a type of bone cancer. King was first...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    January 2, 2019

Year in review: Curry County had plenty of 2018 success stories

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories reviewing 2018 for eastern New Mexico. As John Lennon once sang, ‘Another year over and a new one just begun.’ 2018 flew like the high plains wind, with some Curry County sports teams sweeping...

 

Year in Review: ENMU saw program firsts (and a second)

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories reviewing 2018 for eastern New Mexico. PORTALES — Call 2018 a mixed bag for Eastern New Mexico sports. There were Eastern teams that had their st...

 

Lubbock Christian tops ENMU women, 64-48

LUBBOCK — Bobbi Chitsey led a balanced effort with 14 points, and Lubbock Christian wasted little time dispatching Eastern New Mexico’s women 64-48 to round out 2018 for both teams. Olivia...

 

Rams take fifth in Littlefield tournament

LITTLEFIELD — Three quarters down, and the Portales girls basketball team was cruising to a fifth-place finish in the Littlefield Wildcat Invitational. Challenged by their own youth and shorthanded...

 

Downed line causes power outage

CLOVIS — Over 1,000 customers were without power for about an hour Tuesday morning due to a downed line, according to a Xcel Energy spokesman. Wes Reeves wrote in a message to The News that from 10:50 a.m. to 11:46 a.m. 1,115 customers were...

 

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