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Articles from the February 2, 2020 edition

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Candidates split on city priorities

CLOVIS - Recreational marijuana will soon be legal, whether they like it or not, and no one supported the idea of declaring Clovis a "sanctuary city" for hot-button political issues. But while they al...

 

About 400 gather for rally

PORTALES - One of New Mexico's most controversial bills was approved by the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday, prompting Second Amendment activists across the state to come together in...

 

Fans Super Bowl ready

CLOVIS - One's been a 49ers faithful before the team ever played in a Super Bowl, let alone won five. The other's gone through some rough patches as a Chiefs fan, but feels connections with the...

 

Superintendent contract extended

CLOVIS — After an hour of evaluation during an executive session, Clovis school board members decided they want Superintendent Renee Russ to stay in that position for at least the next two years. Members voted 5-0 to extend the contract for Russ th...

 

Pages past - Feb. 2

On this date ... 1970: Curry County commissioners announced a new arena and 2,170-seat grandstand would be constructed at the county fairgrounds. Commission Chairman Mack Hendershot said the facilities would be built with the cooperation of the...

 

Meetings calendar - Feb. 2

Tuesday • City of Clovis Civil Aviation Board — 5:30 p.m., Clovis Municipal Airport Terminal Conference Room, 459 CR 11.5, Texico. Information: 575-769-7890   Wednesday • Clovis Community College Board of Trustees — 8 a.m., CCC, 417 Schepps...

 

Portales to consider tax increase

PORTALES — City residents could see a gross receipts tax increase of up to 0.6125 percent this year after the city council adopted a notice of intent to consider it during a regular meeting Tuesday. If the max amount of 0.6125 percent is approved,...

 

Fire department gets grant

Construction on the Ranchvale Volunteer Fire Department broke ground late last year and the project recently received additional funding from the state to add water storage facilities. The fire department recently received $27,804.85 from the New...

 

Some voting changes in Curry County

CLOVIS — During local municipal elections, voters in Curry County will notice a few changes in how they vote, and some will have a change in where they vote. The Curry County Clerk’s Office reported in a release that upgraded voter machines were...

 

Railroad crossings to be closed in Curry

CLOVIS — Rail replacement work by BNSF will require closures Monday and Tuesday at two railroad crossings in Curry County, according to a BNSF release. The closings will be at Brady Street and Curry County Road 8. Detour routes will be indicated...

 

Chamber distributing branding survey

CLOVIS — The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is launching a community branding initiative, and asking residents to contribute through survey. The survey, distributed throughout the community and at clovisnm.org, is through Santa Fe-based...

 

Block grant public hearings scheduled

CLOVIS — Curry County has scheduled a pair of public hearings to get input about potential Community Development Block Grant projects. The hearings are set for 4 p.m. Feb. 12 and 9 a.m. Feb. 13, both at the commission chamber room of the Curry...

 

Construction closing Curry County C

CLOVIS — Curry County C between Curry roads 16 and 17 is closed due to its inability to act as a detour for nearby construction. A county news release states traffic is being diverted from a bridge reconstruction on NM 108, and all motorists are...

 

Public record - Feb. 2

The following marriage licenses were recently filed at the Curry County clerk’s office: • Luis Sanchez, 27, and Martha Cecilia Vargas Estrada, 25, both of Amarillo • Treye Lee-Eugene Vanderslice, 27, and Loretta Lynn Reynolds, 38, both of Clovi...

 

'Red flag' law won't make us any safer

Some New Mexico lawmakers are supporting a proposed “red flag” law they hope will protect us from crazy people. No, thank you. The idea that government can protect us from anything is crazy enough. Senate Bill 5 — which is being debated in the...

 

Haven't always had the best timing

Timing hasn’t always been my strength. Just ask Las Vegas. Two Mays ago, I was in Las Vegas. Not our Las Vegas, the one with lots of lights and tourist traps. A friend was getting married, and she wanted me to be there instead of sending a wedding...

 

Nothing new about policy differences

It doesn’t matter whether the impeachment trial of President Trump is already over by the time you read this, or it drags on for months. Two-thirds of the U.S. Senate is never going to find the president guilty of the House Democrats’ vague and...

 

The H-2B visa flawed, harmful to American workers

In what has become an annual display of businesses’ addiction to cheap labor, commerce leaders are lobbying the acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Chad Wolf, to increase the H-2B visa cap. The H-2B is a seasonal, temporary, nonagricu...

 

Letter to the editor - Feb. 2

We need to stand up to our representatives We the people are on the verge of being denied our civil rights. I refer to the circus playing out in our nation’s capital. I speak of our right to free speech, translated to mean freedom to have...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 2, 2020

New message: Old rules don't apply

The Democratic race is shaping up as most of the candidates expected at the outset, with the campaign appealing to the most fervent progressive wing of the party showing formidable strength. It’s just that Bernie Sanders is the one running that...

 

Candidate Q&As: Ward B councilor

The only contested race in Portales for this year’s municipal election will be in Ward B, where Daniel Boan has challenged incumbent Jessica Yi for the city council seat. Election Day is March 3, while early voting begins Tuesday. The News asked...

 

RGH board approves land sale resolution

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County General Hospital Board of Trustees has approved an official resolution for the sale of land to Goodlife for the construction of an assisted living facility near the hospital. The contract had been amended slightly...

 

Jail log - Feb. 2

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis ∞ Alan Volny, 26, failure to pay fines ∞ Dennis Johnson, 41, probation violation ∞ Fatima Stephenson, 63, failure to appear on a felony charge ∞ Geno Mendoza, 33,...

 

Our people: Mother to a big, furry family

Jessica Kurtz relocated from Missouri to eastern New Mexico when her husband was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. Roughly five years later, their family has grown to include six dogs and a son....

 

Rest in peace, Mr. Peanut - if you really are dead

May he forever roast in peace. Mr. Peanut is dead at 104. I couldn’t believe it either. Planters was actually killing off the mascot that has had goober-lovers shelling out for shelled peanuts since...

 

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