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Articles from the January 12, 2020 edition

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Clovis mayor center stage at banquet

CLOVIS - The rotating spotlights shone outside the Clovis Civic Center Friday night, with shimmers in the light from rain that would graduate into snowfall by the time the evening was complete. On...

 

Roosevelt chamber looks back at decade

PORTALES - Inside the Yam theatre, at tables adorned with clocks, hourglasses and all other manner of timepiece sat members of the Roosevelt and Portales community celebrating another successful 10 ye...

 

Five after Clovis mayor's seat

CLOVIS — Five people will vye to replace David Lansford as Clovis’ mayor, and all five of the city’s other municipal positions on the March 3 ballot are contested. A total of 20 candidates signed up for Clovis’ municipal elections, including...

 

Vehicle crashes through hotel

CLOVIS - A Clovis hotel got an unexpected guest Thursday afternoon, and what the owner estimates to be $100,000 in damage as a result. The Colonial Heritage Hotel, just southwest of the Cameo and...

 

State fines Air Force nearly $1.7 million

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department on Thursday fined the U.S. Air Force nearly $1.7 million for failing to monitor potentially cancer-causing pollution discharged at a base near Clovis and allowing a wastewater permit to lapse. The...

 

Meetings calendar - Jan. 12

Monday • Portales Municipal Schools board — 6 p.m., Board Room, L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices, 501 S. Abilene, Portales. Information: 575-356-7000 • Clovis Astronomy Club — 7 p.m., Room 143 or 145 (look for signs), Clovis Community...

 

Portales, Roosevelt focusing on roads, infrastructure

The City of Portales and Roosevelt County have a lot on their plates this year as they focus on their ongoing road improvements and infrastructure capital improvement projects. In Roosevelt, there are three major projects the county will pursue this...

 

Legislators preview session

CLOVIS - State Rep. Randy Crowder shared one of his key 2020 legislative session mantras during Wednesday's Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast. "Calvin Coolidge said it's...

 

A look at 2019's weather

Temperatures ranged from 104 degrees on July 21 to 8 degrees on March 4. And it rained a lot — New Mexico State University’s Agriculture Science Center at Clovis recorded 25.16 inches of moisture in 2019; that’s almost 7 inches more than the...

 

Region still making stars in pro rodeo

Eastern New Mexico and our Texas neighbors have produced some of the world’s greatest athletes. Hank Baskett (2006-2010) and Jerry Nuzum (1948-1951) played pro football. Bubba Jennings was a major college basketball star (Naismith Award winner in...

 

Closet audit got a little dusty this year

On Sunday, I found myself doing laundry that was probably three years overdue. Don’t worry, the shirt I’m wearing is laundered and smells quite fresh. My concern was with the clothing I hadn’t worn recently and had put into what we’ll call...

 

Democrats facing vital questions

With former housing secretary Julian Castro departed, the oversized Democratic presidential field reaches a critical point: More candidates have dropped out than remain in the race. But that still leaves 14 — a bulky ballot as the marathon moves...

 

Celebrating a century of the ACLU

Did you realize that Jan. 19 marks the 100th birthday of that indefatigable advocacy group the American Civil Liberties Union? People have a visceral reaction to the inescapable headlines about the ACLU; you either love it or hate it. (As in “Yay!...

 

Another viewpoint: Slow creep of power needs to be reversed

It didn’t take long for “World War III” to become a trending topic on Twitter in the hours after news broke that a drone strike by U.S. forces resulted in the death of a top Iranian military commander. Almost simultaneously, those who’d...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    January 12, 2020

United States has been force against colonialism, oppression

In the torrent of idiotic commentary unleashed by the killing of Qassem Soleimani, Colin Kaepernick’s deserves a place of honor. The NFL washout and Nike persona who makes sure the company doesn’t produce any overly patriotic sneakers tweeted,...

 

Portales starts year with policy updates

PORTALES — The first meeting of the year was a brief one for the Portales City Council as it addressed only a few items before wrapping up. To start the new year, the city made some changes to its Portales Area Transit Passenger policy, which was...

 

Blessed with great, strong role models for grandmothers

I was blessed with strong women for grandmothers. They were great role models to me and to my parents as well. Just knowing what they’d been through and what they regularly did meant you weren’t...

 

Hand-painted signs, 3D scrapbooking ahead on show

Information on hand painting signs using Oramask stencil film, making three dimensional items to use in scrapbooks, and benefits of fresh and dried figs will be the featured topics on “Creative...

 

School menus - Jan. 12

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — Spaghetti and meatballs, garden salad, mini carrots, ranch, orange smiles, homemade wheat roll, fresh veggies. Tuesday: Breakfast — Waffle. Lunch — Turkey and cheese...

 

Senior calendar - Jan. 12

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory St., Clovis Sunday: 2 p.m. Gospel singing. Monday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 8 ball pool, 8:30 a.m. exercise class, 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. canasta, 1 p.m. line dance, 5 p.m. social night, 5 p.m. business meeting,...

 

Club notes - Jan. 12

Curry County Association of Educational Retirees The CCAER met Tuesday with a two-fold program. First, Clovis City Commissioners Fidel Madrid and Chris Bryant presented a petition regarding city resolution 2019-98, which requests a repeal of state...

 

On the shelves - Jan. 12

These books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: “Live a Little” by Howard Jacobson: At the age of ninety-something, Beryl Dusinbery is forgetting everything. Her tongue, meanwhile, remains as sharp as ever. She spends her days...

 

In tribute: B.J. Pierce 'always wanted to help young people'

B.J. Pierce’s life may have been very different if he’d been born a few decades later, but if you ask those who he mentored, taught and entertained over the years with a collection of stories from his rodeo days, he may not have had it any other...

 

Events calendar - Jan. 12

Monday • Rural Bookmobile East in Grady — 10-11:30 a.m., Grady Municipal Schools, 100 Franklin St., Grady; 11:35 a.m.-12 noon, Grady Post Office, 406 W. Main St., Grady. Information: 575-461-1824 • Produce to People — 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.,...

 

Minor injuries in motorcycle crash

A motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of State Road 245 and State Road 311 Thursday at approximately 1:15 p.m. Deputies from the Curry County Sheriff's Office, members of the Clovis Fire Department and officers from the New Mexico State...

 

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