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Render resigns from city commission

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission will be down a member in less than two weeks, as District 4’s R.L. “Rube” Render tendered his resignation, effective Jan. 20. In his resignation letter presented at Thursday’s commission meeting, Render...

 

Griffin: Day 'historic, amazing'

Wednesday was “an unbelievable day” and “one of the most historic and amazing things I have ever seen,” Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin said on a video after he attended the rally in support of the president in Washington, D.C. He...

 
 By Elise Kaplan    News    January 10, 2021

NM residents, lawmakers weigh in on events

Twenty years ago, when protests erupted over the contested election between George Bush and Al Gore, Pat Davis was a rookie officer with the United States Capitol Police Department. He remembers freezing on the cold streets as disgruntled voters...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    January 10, 2021

Hospital notes fewer patients

CLOVIS — Plains Regional Medical Center was in no way out of the storm that is the COVID-19 pandemic. But Interim Administrator Jorge Cruz said the waters were a little calmer last week. Cruz told the Clovis City Commission during its Thursday...

 

Tort claim filed on Roosevelt inmate death

PORTALES — A tort claim has been filed on behalf of the family of a man who reportedly committed suicide Nov. 11 at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. The claim from the law office of Eric Dixon names the Roosevelt County Commission, its...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    January 10, 2021

Wastewater superintendent congratulated on retirement

CLOVIS — Durwood Billington, coworkers surmised, knows more about wastewater and takes more pride in it than most people do about anything. The longtime superintendent of the city’s wastewater treatment plant was congratulated on his retirement...

 

Public defender's office to pay $750,000 to former employee

The state Law Offices of the Public Defender will pay $750,000 to a former employee who said her supervisor — then second in command of the agency — sexually assaulted her and, when she reported it, the agency chose to protect him instead of her....

 

Schools to resume hybrid education

CLOVIS — Clovis and Melrose school officials announced that they would resume hybrid education the week of Jan. 18, assuming they are still cleared to do so by existing health orders. Melrose Schools will return to hybrid mode for prekindergarten...

 

Man arrested in connection with crash that killed Portales resident

ROSWELL — A Portales resident was killed in a vehicle accident Christmas Eve in Roswell, and a man was arrested in connection to the crash. Devany Brunk, 31, died at the scene of the two-car accident, which also saw her mother Cindy Stone airlifted...

 

Jail log - Jan. 10

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis • Shawn Hubbard, 40, probation violation, parole violation • Tiffany Martinez, 25, failure to appear on a felony charge • Christina Lopez, 25, larceny • Victor Loya,...

 

Public record - Jan. 10

The following marriage licenses were recently issued at the Curry County Clerk’s office: • Robert Joe Ellis, 50, and Noelia Lira Morales, 31, both of Clovis • Sisco Julian Trevino, 19, and Tashawnda Josephine Rose Salazar, 29, both of Clovis...

 

Opinion: 'Stain on democracy' can become rallying point for GOP future

There is a bright side for Republicans who still believe in smaller, more conservative government. Wednesday's events at our nation's Capitol cannot be justified or defended, but maybe they offer a...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    January 10, 2021

Opinion: Riot failure in Trump's leadership

There’s a reason we expect presidents of the United States to say that they support the peaceful transfer of power. Donald Trump has never committed to it, and we saw the bitter fruit on Wednesday...

 

Opinion: Trump's legacy tearing down Capitol

Wednesday was a sad day for America. We watched the mob violence and lawlessness in Washington with a tear in our eye. We saw images of the Capitol stormed by hundreds of yahoos who fought with...

 

Letter to the editor - Jan. 10

Climate change means more in drought I wonder what ranchers in De Baca and Chaves counties think of Rich Lowry’s advice to husband their water sources better or just move away from their family’s parched land because it can’t sustain their...

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices    January 10, 2021

Opinion: Another viewpoint: New year cause for celebration

This is the time of year when people all over the world join in a collective wish that next year will be better than the last one. Never in my lifetime has that bar been set so low. Former children’s TV host Fred Rogers famously passed along the ad...

 

Opinion: Left's behavior toward death of congressman-elect toxic

My father had terminal lung cancer. He fought like a Spartan at Thermopylae, his body riddled with chemo and radiation, his stomach filled with macrobiotic foods lovingly prepared by my mother, his...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    January 10, 2021

Portales approves two items on consent agenda

PORTALES — The Portales City Council met in a matter of minutes Tuesday night to approve two items on their consent agenda. The first item was to declare Jan. 18 as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the township. On the agenda was included a...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    January 10, 2021

Vega holds off Farwell

FARWELL - Vega's girls may not have quite closed out Friday's District 3-2A matchup in style. Nonetheless, Lady Longhorns coach Randy Henderson was glad to take the win. Vega scored the game's first...

 

ENMU adds two prospects

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico added a pair of prospects for the 2022 season, according to a pair of releases from the university. Signings announced were high school pitcher Juan Milera and junior college infielder Juan Chaparro. Milera, a...

 

Pandemic has been rough road for local musicians

The past year has been a strain for local musicians, both financially and emotionally. In March, they went from performing on a weekly basis to not performing at all or seldom. "We were going crazy...

 

Looking forward to son getting more comfortable with driving

My son Gideon certainly had a high-octane understanding of the theory of driving last winter. As far as the rubber meeting the road, not so much. My wife and I were relieved that he was enrolled in drivers education in high school, under the...

 

Nutrition recession ahead on show

Information on nutrition recession, food and wine pairing and learning to do smocking will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain). Mary Lee Chin is a registered dietitian and...

 

On the shelves - Jan. 10

The books listed below are now available for checkout at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The library has reopened to the public, but patrons can continue to visit the online catalog at clovis.polarislibrary.com or call 575-769-7840 to request a...

 

Cause of Saturday house fire remains under investigation

CLOVIS - The Clovis Fire Department needed about an hour to knock out a house fire Saturday morning on the 1900 block of Howard Drive. The home was a total loss, along with some vehicles on the...

 

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