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Articles from the January 16, 2019 edition

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 By David Grieder    News    January 16, 2019

Jail escapee gets almost 20 years

CLOVIS - Victor Apodaca spoke through tears Monday while "begging for mercy" from Judge Drew Tatum in a sentencing hearing on charges from a short-lived jail escape this summer. "I'm sorry for...

 

Events calendar - Jan. 16

Today • Tiny Tots — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 • Preschool storytime “Quiet as a Mouse” — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library, 218 S. Ave. B, Portales. Information:...

 

Sock drawer cleanup mentally cleansing

I cleaned out my sock drawer the other day. I realize this probably doesn’t qualify as big news, but it was cathartic for me. It turns out I had accumulated a large selection of socks that fell into one of three categories: socks that were...

 

Meetings calendar - Jan. 16

Today • Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents — 2 p.m., Hacienda Room, Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. Information: 575-562-2121 • City of Clovis Finance Committee — 2 p.m., Clovis City Hall small conference room,...

 

ENMU looking for help with championship anniversary

Eastern New Mexico University is preparing to throw a party inspired by the golden anniversary of its 1969 national championship men’s basketball team. And they are reaching out to the community...

 

Prescription drug promise needs keeping

The partial federal government shutdown has been the main focus in Washington over the past few weeks. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have struggled to reach an agreement over the president’s campaign promise to build a wall on...

 

Time to break government addiction

When an addict’s supply is cut off, it’s usually an agonizing journey through withdrawal to the other side of the addiction; where the poison finally loosens its grip on the person, giving him a...

 

Still believe we can change course

I’m always hoping things will turn out better than they appear to be headed. Take our future as a species as an example. Climate change and the polluting of our air, soil and water suggests that catastrophe is bearing down on us, and it doesn’t...

 

Reader reaction: Legalizing recreational weed: pros and cons

We asked Facebook readers what they think about the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana. Some responses: • John Pallaschke: I understand the struggle. I don’t drink and drive, nor should we smoke and drive. We just can’t afford to...

 

Trump's wall project should end before it begins

I have been thinking about walls lately, because I’ve been reading the news. President Trump is demanding a $5.7-billion wall between the U.S. and Mexico. That’s a $5.7-billion slap in the face...

 

Another viewpoint: Lawmakers' challenge maintaining economic perspective

Discussions about how government can and should work for the people almost always come down to measuring the distance between one point of view and another. Especially these days. But when the system works like it ought to, debate and discussion ...

 

QuiltStories - Nicole Warner

I made this Harry Potter quilt and a baby-sized one as well for my best friend who loves all things Harry Potter. She moved away from Clovis in 2017 after finding out she was expecting her fourth...

 

QuiltStories - Meredith Eaton

This quilt features cowgirl-themed fabric, which can be far more difficult to find than cowboy fabric. It was for my daughter's first "big girl" bed. She is the sweetest cowgirl I know and is so...

 

QuiltStories - Veronica Goff

This is my favorite quilt of almost 200 I've made over the years. I made this for my mom and dad's 50th anniversary in 2004. That was also the year we lost Mom to breast cancer. - Veronica...

 

QuiltStories - Melissa Perkins

This is my first completed quilt. It was given to my cousin who is married to a firefighter. - Melissa Perkins...

 

PetStory - Maya's a fetcher

This is my Maya. One of her "jobs" is retrieving the newspaper. We got her as a puppy. She's 11 years old now. She will also get the mail, and she has been great as a hunting dog, retrieving downed...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    January 16, 2019

Racino license back on agenda

The possibility of awarding a sixth racetrack license is on the agenda for the regular meeting Thursday of the New Mexico Racing Commission, but it remains unclear whether commissioners will make a decision because of a pending lawsuit filed by one...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 16, 2019

MLK events gearing up

Martin Luther King Jr's dream of nonviolence will once again take center stage in eastern New Mexico over the coming days as several events are planned in Clovis and Portales to celebrate the...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 16, 2019

Melrose superintendent retiring

MELROSE — When former Melrose High School teacher Joe Reed told Superintendent Jamie Widner several years ago he planned to retire, Widner said he tried to talk Reed out of it. Reed wasn’t swayed, and told Widner a simple thing: When it’s time...

 

Holidays fueling new beginnings

In education, we have the gift of new beginnings. The beginning of the new school year, of course, after staff and students are rested from the summer months; but, we also have the gift of the beginni...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 16, 2019

Portales school board honors teachers

PORTALES - The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education had a bit larger crowd than normal on Monday, moving its monthly meeting to the junior high cafeteria to account for the dozens of...

 

Commissioners to consider pending legislation

CLOVIS — In its first meeting since the New Mexico Legislature opened Tuesday morning, the Clovis City Commission will take a stand on various pending legislation at its Thursday meeting. Up for consideration at the 5:15 p.m. meeting at the...

 

No injuries in pair of fires

CLOVIS — Local crews battled a pair of fires Monday afternoon, with no injuries reported at either. Units from Clovis, Melrose, Texico and Cannon Air Force Base took a little more than an hour to knock out a brush fire near the intersection of...

 

Interim pipeline groundbreaking scheduled

CLOVIS — Dust off the golden shovels: a groundbreaking for a phase of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority’s interim pipeline is scheduled for late next month, with details to be discussed in the board’s regular meeting Thursday...

 

Business digest - Jan. 16

Scholarship applications open The application period is open for 2019 Foundation for Rural Services College Scholarship Program. The FRS in cooperation with the NTCA — The Rural Broadband Association, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of...

 

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