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Articles from the February 5, 2020 edition

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Cold weather to continue

That cold snap that started Tuesday should continue into tonight, and eastern New Mexico residents can expect cold nights for the foreseeable future. Tuesday saw several inches of snowfall across the...

 

Officials to consider new tax on liquor

CLOVIS — With the sale of alcohol approved in Curry County, county officials are looking to introduce a new tax on sellers to help cover expected service costs. The Curry County Board of Commissioners will consider imposing a new $250 a year liquor...

 

Courts to celebrate Valentine's Day

CLOVIS — Valentine’s Day stands out as a day for couples to celebrate their love. The Ninth Judicial Court District in Curry and Roosevelt counties has decided to go the extra mile to make it a little more special for some couples. The local...

 

Clovis holding Census celebration

Once every 10 years, the U.S. conducts its countrywide Census, gathering data that will be used to make major decisions over the next decade. That includes deciding where over $800 billion in federal funding will end up. The city of Clovis and Curry...

 

Education digest - Feb. 5

Plateau offering scholarships CLOVIS — Plateau’s Education Foundation is offering college scholarships to graduating high school seniors and current college students. Scholarships available for graduating seniors include the $8,000 Evelyn Patters...

 

Meetings calendar - Feb. 5

Today • Clovis Community College Board of Trustees — 8 a.m., CCC, 417 Schepps Blvd., Room 512, Clovis. Information: 575-769-4001   Thursday • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Chambers, Curry County Administration Complex, 417...

 

Municipal election ballots

Municipal election ballots 7 a.m.-7 p.m. March 3 City of Clovis Mayor • Raymond Mondragon • Michael A. Morris • Stephen B. North • R.L. Rube Render • Sandra Taylor Sawyer City Commission District 1 • George Talmadge Jones • Kenneth R. L...

 

CCC meetings to include updates on capital projects

CLOVIS — The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees is set to meet for the first time in 2020 and the first time in its spring semester Feb. 12. The 8 a.m. meeting at CCC Room 512 was previously scheduled for this morning, but was moved back a...

 

Police investigating Sunday shooting

CLOVIS — Police are investigating an early-Sunday incident in which three men were shot. A police news release states officers responded to a “shots fired” call at 3:20 a.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of Westchester Avenue in Clovis. All three...

 

Convenience Center closed

PORTALES — The city of Portales closed its Convenience Center from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday due to staffing issues and plans to close from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday for training. The center is located at 1230 N. Avon Ave., and is intended for...

 

Portales woman gets 18 years

PORTALES — A Portales woman was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison on charges of kidnapping, burglary and aggravated battery. Esperanza Tarango, 24, was found guilty in December by a Roosevelt County jury. She will be required to serve at...

 

Took a virtual trip to Africa

The other day I traveled to Africa and talked to a teacher and his students in Kenya. Actually, this wonderful experience was thanks to a phenomenal fourth-grade teacher at Mesa Elementary, Silvia...

 

Special interests helping widen our divisions

A popular trope in the news these days is the idea of polarization: conservative and liberal; rural and urban; rich and poor. Writers and opinion leaders tell us that our communities have been irrevocably divided over politics, community and income....

 

'Red flag' laws violate human rights

New Mexico politicians are hopping on the “red flag law” bandwagon; scheming to commit wrong in the name of imagined “safety.” Red-flag legislation is all the rage, politically. I don’t...

 

Some good, easy-to-miss reporting

I’m mostly busy running my own newspaper these days, but I still have a weekly news service on the side. More than six years ago, I named it the Community News Exchange (CNEx) and have been running it ever since. These days, I mostly leave it in...

 

Jail log - Feb. 5

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Veronica Holland, 33, failure to appear on a felony charge ∞ Jessie Suniga, 50, failure to appear on a felony charge, probation violation ∞ Mykael Telles, 27, failure...

 

Pages past - Feb. 5

On this date ... 1970: Cooks Discount Department Store in Clovis was open daily at West 21st and Mitchell streets. The week’s specials included: • Vegetable or flower seeds, 6 cents per package • Oil filters, 96 cents • Slumber bags for...

 

Events calendar - Feb. 5

Today • Preschool storytime “It Wasn’t Me” — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library, 218 S. Ave. B, Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 • Free haircuts — Noon-4:30 p.m., Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 Thornton, Suite A, Clovis. Information:...

 

Catching up with the resilient Brittany Kanmore

A year after the accident that almost took Brittany Kanmore's life and landed her on many local prayer lists, I caught up with this resilient young woman over coffee to hear about how she's doing...

 

L as in Librado - builder of early Clovis

Newcomers to Clovis might misinterpret the name of L. Casillas Boulevard near the Lighthouse Mission as Las Casillas — as in The Casillas. That’s not far off. Librado Casillas was the Casillas who helped build Guadalupe parish, a mission of Sacre...

 

Partnership isn't about effort alone

I never really agreed with the whole “marriage is 50-50” thing. Thinking about it, I probably thought it meant that a marriage is an equal partnership, hence the 50-50. But something just...

 

Focus on Jesus to find genuine freedom, joy

A good many folks believe that if you do everything right, you might live to be well over 100. Two glaring presuppositions shine forth from this belief. One is that you actually might want to live to...

 

Several expected to sign with colleges today

A pair of area athletes could sign today with Division-I football programs, and several others are looking at Division-II and junior college teams. The signing period for all college football programs begins today for the 2020-21 school year. Athlete...

 

ENMU roundup: Women jump to No. 7 in region

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s women moved up one notch to seventh in this week’s NCAA Division II South Central Region rankings. ENMU (15-5, 9-5 Lone Star Conference) stretched its winning streak to four games with dominating wins...

 

Wolverines split with Santa Rosa

TEXICO — Saturday was Feb. 1, when high school basketball games get all the more important. In other words — kinda-sorta crunch time. And it was not a good start to the month for Texico’s boys...

 

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