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Articles from the January 8, 2020 edition

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Melrose gets top seed, Floyd-Dora winner

MELROSE — What’s in a number? Not a whole lot, when it comes to seeding for this week’s EPAC basketball tournament, says Melrose girls coach Caleb King. “It’s the first time we’ve been the (No.) 1 seed since I’ve been at Melrose,...

 

More than 30 area athletes get NMHSCA regional slots

Numerous area athletes found their way on all-region lists announced by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association in football, soccer and volleyball. The Association has not announced its North-South All-Star teams, but has stated that only...

 

Wildcats close out Gallup tourney with win over Sandia Prep

GALLUP — After seeing its eight-game winning streak snapped the night before, the Clovis High boys basketball team had to go to the wire again on Saturday night. The Wildcats, though, pulled away down the stretch to claim a 51-46 win over Sandia...

 

Clovis girls third, boys sixth at Andrews swim meet

ANDREWS, Texas — The Clovis swim team’s visit to the Andrews Invite over this past weekend was mostly positive, but a bit exasperating too. The girls team won seven out of 12 events, and took second in three others. “So, 10 out of 12 races we...

 

ENMU lowers hoops ticket prices

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University is lowering its general admission ticket prices for home basketball games, according to a school release. Beginning with the Jan. 16 doubleheader against Lubbock Christian, general admission will be $5 for...

 

ENMU teams to head west, then east

PORTALES — This weekend, Greyhound Arena plays host to one of the area’s longest standing traditions, the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. The 20 boys and girls teams...

 

Buffs outlast Greyhounds

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico fought its way back, and had matched the defending Lone Star Conference champion West Texas A&M Buffs blow for blow with just two minutes left. Then Joel Murray...

 

Clovis, Curry look to 2020 goals, projects

With 2019 behind them, area entities are looking forward to different projects and legislative goals to pursue in 2020. For the city of Clovis, there are various improvement projects and new services planned across the city for the year. There are...

 

Civil lawsuit refiled

CLOVIS — A New Mexico advocacy group has refiled a civil lawsuit in Curry County against Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Attorney General Hector Balderas. The New Mexico Patriots Advocacy Coalition charges that Toulouse Oliver and...

 

Roosevelt kicks off new year with appointments

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission kicked off its first meeting of the year by taking care of some yearly business, first of which was appointing a new chairman and vice-chairman. Chairman Shane Lee relinquished his position to former vice-...

 

Portales boys top Santa Rosa

PORTALES — With limited numbers, Santa Rosa’s boys played a deliberate style on Saturday. That was just fine with Portales High, which isn’t uncomfortable with a slower pace itself. The Rams’ 3-2 zone bottled up Santa Rosa most of the way,...

 

Melrose clinic to reopen

MELROSE — After shutting down in 2018, the Melrose Clinic will be making a return under the guidance of Clovis Family Healthcare early this year. The Curry County Commission approved Clovis Family Healthcare as the new healthcare provider for the...

 

Rams set to host Shootout

PORTALES — Portales High’s basketball teams will host the Portales Shootout this weekend at the Ram Athletic Center. Four games are scheduled each day from Thursday through Saturday, alternating...

 

Clovis commission to consider new policy

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission will consider a new policy at its Thursday meeting covering the usage and creation of social media accounts on behalf of the city. The social media policy is rooted in the city having “an overriding interest an...

 

Tucumcari native killed in Albuquerque

A Tucumcari native was Albuquerque’s first homicide victim of 2020, according to the victim’s uncle. Vicente Christopher Romero-Lopez, 23, of the Albuquerque area died about 2 a.m. New Year’s...

 

Convenience center closing for training

PORTALES — The city of Portales will close its Convenience Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, according to a city release. The closures are to allow for employee training. The center is located at 1230 N. Avon Ave.,...

 

U.S. Census to hold job fair in Clovis

CLOVIS — The U.S. Census will hold a job fair Jan. 17 in Clovis. The fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Clovis’ New Mexico Workforce Connection office at 111 N. Main St. Representatives with the 2020 Census will be on hand to answer...

 

Road department to complete work

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Road Department plans to complete work today on South Roosevelt Road 8, according to a county release. The work, scheduled to start Tuesday, runs from N.M. 206 to N.M. 88 and includes intersection work and fog...

 

Pages past - Jan. 8

On this date ... 1970: Clovis city commissioners were considering bids for the city’s group health insurance program. Occidental Life Insurance had submitted the low bid among seven companies that made proposals. Occidental’s bid called for a...

 

Meetings calendar - Jan. 8

Today • City of Clovis Planning and Zoning Commission — 3 p.m., Clovis City Hall assembly room, 321 N. Connelly, Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828   Thursday • Clovis City Commission — 5:15 p.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library, 70...

 

Texico, Elida favored in EPAC boys' field

The calendar turns over fast and January comes before you know it. Meaning the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference boys basketball tournament is upon us. EPAC, as its commonly known, is a tournament th...

 

Jail log - Jan. 8

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Isaac Griego, 41, failure to pay fines, failure to appear at time and place stated in citation ∞ Angel Lechuga, 28, failure to appear on a felony charge ∞ Travis...

 

Expungement statute takes things too far

New Mexico’s sweeping new law allowing expungement of criminal records in a plethora of cases has been described as “one of the broadest record-closing authorities in the nation.” Indeed, the statute goes too far in the kinds of cases in which...

 

Not a fan of artificial divisions

I’m not a fan of the trend on social media to create artificial divisions to pit people against each other. A recent example is the condescending remark “OK boomer.” This phrase is commonly...

 
 By Tom McDonald    News    January 8, 2020

Expecting big things in lawmaking

If you’re interested in seeing how this nation is changing, look to the states. If you look to Washington D.C., you’ll only find deterioration. With the start of the new year, a lot of changes came through new state laws — with New Mexico in th...

 

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