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Articles from the January 13, 2021 edition

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 By Lily Martin    News    January 13, 2021

Roosevelt passes pro-life resolution

PORTALES — The new year was off to a busy start for the Roosevelt County Commission at their first meeting of 2021, with Rodney Savage welcomed to the commission and the commission unanimously declaring Roosevelt a pro-life county. During a...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    January 13, 2021

Snow brings moisture to area

Eastern New Mexico received some much-needed moisture this past weekend. Snowfall reports from the National Weather Service in Albuquerque show areas in Curry County receiving 0.5 to 2.8 inches, and...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    January 13, 2021

Curry selects new chair, vice chair

CLOVIS — With a little bit of disagreement, and some degree of concession, Curry County Commissioners transitioned into 2021 year with a new chairman and one new commissioner aboard. The commission’s Tuesday meeting, which stretched just over 90...

 

Curry, Roosevelt likely to remain in red

When the state posts its “Red to Green” county gating material today, it is anticipated both Curry and Roosevelt counties will remain in the red. But both counties are showing improvements in test positivity. The state in December created public...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    January 13, 2021

Portales superintendent's contract extended

PORTALES — The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education took about 30 minutes in December to evaluate Superintendent Johnnie Cain in closed session. It appears the time was positive, as board members took just over a minute Monday night on a...

 

Pentagon Federal Credit Union closing its Clovis branch

CLOVIS — The Pentagon Federal Credit Union, generally known as PenFed, will close its Clovis branch on Friday. The Clovis location had been operating as drive-through only due to the pandemic, and will continue to do so until Friday. Those who...

 
 By David Stevens    News    January 13, 2021

Pages past - Jan. 13

On this date … 1931: Hundreds of family and friends had packed Clovis’ First Methodist Church, leaving the balcony and vestibule overflowing, to say goodbye to Walter Stalcup, 45. Stalcup was...

 

State bar offers workshop

ALBUQUERQUE — The State Bar of New Mexico is offering a consumer debt and bankruptcy workshop virtually Jan. 27, according to a bar release. The two-hour workshop will begin at 6 p.m. on Zoom. The meeting ID is 876 6283 5113, with passcode 995637....

 

Construction closing street

CLOVIS — Construction on a new water main next week will require closure of a portion of Echols Avenue for three weeks, according to a city release. J&H Services will begin the work Monday, and close the portion of Echols between Sandia and...

 

Clovis seeking representative

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis is seeking a citizen representative on its Water Policy Advisory Committee, according to a city release. The committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month to make recommendations to the Clovis City Commission...

 

Man arrested on sex charges

CLOVIS — A Clovis man was arrested Monday on allegations of repeated sexual activity with a 9-year-old girl. Jorge Delavega, 41, remains in the Curry County Adult Detention Center on 11 counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor, two counts of...

 

NM ranked high for auto theft

CLOVIS — If you live in New Mexico, you’re more likely than residents of 48 other states to have your car stolen someday. Fortunately, it’s not quite as likely if you live in eastern New Mexico. A look at five years of auto theft numbers from...

 

Curry man in midst of property battle

CLOVIS — A Curry County man is in the middle of an unusual property battle with Catron County that has stretched for nearly four years. Greg Nash, who lives north of Ranchvale, owns about 280 acres of mostly farmland in Catron County, which is in w...

 

Opinion: Hong Kong raids took advantage of US dysfunction

Dozens of pro-democracy politicians and activists in Hong Kong were rounded up around dawn last Wednesday as the U.S. Congress was preparing for a contentious fight over the Electoral College vote — a fight that would soon prompt a mob of President...

 

Opinion: Let Jan. 6 events be wakeup call

Are you prepared enough? No, you aren’t. Neither am I. It’s a trick question. There is no such thing as being prepared enough. Recent events in Washington, D.C. — the “District of...

 

Opinion: Herrell helped enable insurrection

Yvette Herrell got more votes than Xochitl Torres Small in the 2nd Congressional District, but since I voted for Torres Small I don’t think I’ll accept the results. That may sound anti-democratic, but hey, I’m just following Herrell’s lead....

 

Channeling my mother on these snowy days

When my mother arrived in New Mexico as a bride in 1957, she brought two items that I doubt were in many ranch homes at that time: a pair of ice skates and a set of snow skis. She was a native of...

 

Faith: At times like this, we should unclench our fists

I’m writing this column on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. That matters. I don’t know if henceforth all one will have to do is say “1/6” to bring forth images of a terrible assault on our nation;...

 

Jail log - Jan. 13

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis • Gabriel Morin, 41, battery against a household member • Jaden Baldwin-Carr, 22, assault, criminal damage to property • Jasmen Thoe, 31, expired registration plate,...

 

COVID-19 variant confirmed in New Mexico

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health confirmed on Wednesday the state's first resident to test positive for the B117 variant of COVID-19, according to a DOH release. The subject is a male in his 60s who is associated with travel to the... Full story

 

State update: 31 of 33 counties in red designation

SANTA FE — The state’s newest data in its “Red to Green” framework has 31 of 33 counties still in the red, but 15 counties showing overall improvements on daily COVID-19 cases and test positivity. Curry County had 61.4 daily cases and 15.11%... Full story

 

One killed in Wednesday crash

CLOVIS — A Portales man was killed in a Wednesday morning crash on N.M. 467, according to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Travis Foster, 85, died at the scene of the crash at mile post 13. According to the CCSO release: • A...

 

Pet food recall expands to New Mexico

LAS CRUCES — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert on a pet food recall, with New Mexico among the states that received the products. According to the release, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., on Monday expanded a recall it first ann...

 

Governor issues emergency order

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday issued an executive order “declaring an emergency due to the threat of riots and insurrection.” Executive Order 2021-002 takes effect immediately, and will remain in effect until rescinded. Th...

 

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