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Events calendar - Jan. 20

Monday • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. symbolic walk & rally — 9 a.m., Potter Memorial Park, Grand and Upsilon St., Clovis. Walk to First Church of God in Christ, 3400 Vinton St., Clovis. Guest speaker: Pastor Robert Grimes, Jr. Information: Joyce...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 20, 2019

Crowd gathers to honor King

CLOVIS - It was a full house Saturday morning during the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast at the Clovis High School cafeteria, and that wasn't lost on the event's keynote speaker. "This...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 20, 2019

Still no decision on racino

ALBUQUERQUE - A pro-racino Clovis contingent in Albuquerque on Thursday morning for the New Mexico Racing Commission's first regular meeting of the new year oscillated from expectation to dismay and...

 

Meetings calendar - Jan. 20

Tuesday • Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents special telephonic meeting — 4 p.m., Regents Room, ENMU Administration Building, Portales. Information: 575-562-2121 • Renewal of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in Curry and...

 

Our people: Legacy of education

My name is Sarah Stubbs. I moved to eastern New Mexico with my family in 1997. My dad was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base before retiring and I had recently graduated from Simon Sanchez High...

 

Security upgrade hasn't caught anyone yet

I’ve never been the most security-minded person. I guess I just always felt like locking stuff up was just telegraphing to thieves that you had something worth stealing. A good portion of my life...

 

Leather jewelry, wood burning ahead on show

Information on making lightweight leather jewelry, wood burning boards and signs and adding protein to breakfast menus will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and...

 

School menus - Jan. 20

Clovis Elementary Monday: Closed Tuesday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — French bread pizza, veggie cup w/ranch, chilled fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast — Egg and cheese on a bun. Lunch — Teriyaki beef strips, au gratin...

 

Senior calendar - Jan. 20

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory St., Clovis Monday: Closed Tuesday: No beginning line dance, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. exercise equipment, 8 a.m. quilting, 9 a.m. pinochle class, 1 p.m. pinochle, 6 p.m. trivia mania Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. exercise...

 

On the shelves - Jan. 20

The following are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “What Blooms From Dust” by James Markert focuses on Jeremiah Goodbye, an escaped convict who survives a botched execution. On his journey home to Oklahoma to settle the...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 20, 2019

School board member pleads out

CLOVIS — A local school board member charged in May with inappropriately touching a restaurant employee was sentenced Friday to six months unsupervised probation through a plea agreement, in spite of the employee’s protests. Kyle Snider, 47,...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 20, 2019

Rare lunar eclipse tonight

No matter how you plan to spend your day today, your evening might be well spent looking to the sky. That’s where the “Super Blood Wolf Moon” can be found. Tonight’s astronomical event will be the first total lunar eclipse visible in eastern...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 20, 2019

Student earns Flight Academy scholarship

CLOVIS - For most people, it costs a lot of money to earn a private pilot's license. That won't be the case for Clovis High School senior Jason Garten. Garten was recently selected as one of 150 Air...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 20, 2019

Clovis student wins spelling bee

CLOVIS — A particular type of nut likely tasted extra sweet for one Clovis student on Friday. Angel Garcia, a seventh grader at Marshall Middle School, won the Curry County spelling bee after correctly spelling “cashew.” Linda D’Amour, the...

 

Public record - Jan. 20

The following marriage licenses were filed through Thursday at the Curry County Clerk’s Office: • Javier James Urteaga Jr., 31, and Jorden Elise Barcus, 26, both of Clovis • Juan Alfaro, 60, and Maria Guadalupe Gomez Mendoza, 60, both of...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    January 20, 2019

Officials vote to support proposed threat legislation

CLOVIS — After a brief discussion about scope and intent, Clovis city commissioners on Thursday gave their vote of approval to proposed legislation creating larger penalties for large-scale threats like Clovis experienced in 2017. Ninth Judicial...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 20, 2019

Water authority members discuss plans for pipeline groundbreaking

CLOVIS - It's almost time for a celebration: members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority on Thursday discussed plans for a groundbreaking ceremony for Finished Water 2, the seven miles...

 

Look out, citizens: NM's Legislature is back in session

Longtime state Sen. Stuart Ingle, the Republican from Portales, reminds us as often as he has the opportunity: We’re never safe when the Legislature’s in session. That’s never been more true...

 

An extra Our People for your time

I’ve written plenty of stories for the Eastern New Mexico News, and sometimes the “Our People” segment. I’m going to do one on myself today. Why? I thought it would be fun, and David Stevens beat me to the column I was planning to write. So...

 

Spending points to higher taxes

As the 2019 Legislature kicks off and budgets are issued by Governor Lujan-Grisham and the Legislature, New Mexicans should be worried about the future of their state. The $1.1 billion surplus...

 

Another viewpoint: Only thing needed to end shutdown is compromise

The government shutdown has no end in sight because our leaders in Washington don’t seem to want an end that doesn’t amount to political humiliation of the opposition. But imagine for a moment that President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    January 20, 2019

Getting Trump out of office will take beating him in 2020

The walls supposedly are always closing in on Donald Trump. The end is always beginning. He’s going to quit. He’s going to be impeached and removed. He’s going to decide not to run again. Somehow or other, he’s going to relieve everyone of...

 

Lawmaker hopes to block 'frivolous' record requests

SANTA FE — Public agencies in New Mexico would have the ability to block the release of public records in certain circumstances — and they could impose higher fees — under legislation proposed in the state Senate. The proposal, Senate Bill...

 

Ballots out to Texico voters in mill levy election

TEXICO — Ballots have been mailed to registered voters of the Texico Municipal School District for the district’s upcoming bond and SB-9 mill levy election. According to a pamphlet prepared by the district, the revenue from the proposed $2 millio...

 

Clovis closing intersection

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis is closing the intersection of 14th and Sycamore streets to westbound traffic for at least two weeks, effective 10 a.m. Monday. The closure is for J&H Services of Albuquerque to install pipe for the city’s effluent...

 

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