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Articles from the February 9, 2020 edition

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 By Kevin Wilson    News    February 9, 2020

Mayor hopefuls make their pitch

CLOVIS - If the state decided to reopen the process to award a sixth racino license, there's a good chance the next mayor of Clovis will be on board with having it around. Four of the five candidates...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    February 9, 2020

Water project to receive $15 million

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, long known as the Ute Water Project, will receive its biggest federal award in the program’s decades-long history. The $15 million award from the Bureau of Reclamation for the 2020 fiscal year i...

 
 By Mathew Brock    News    February 9, 2020

Detention center renovation end date pushed back

CLOVIS — The end date of the Curry County jail renovation and addition project has been pushed back once again. And it seems Curry County will be expected to foot the bill for 29 additional cameras needed for the renovation, which will likely cost...

 
 By Mathew Brock    News    February 9, 2020

Curry approves liquor license tax

CLOVIS — The sale of alcohol is now legal in the unincorporated areas of Curry County, but aspiring sellers will need to pay a fee if they intend to start operating. The Curry County Board of Commissioners approved the Curry County Liquor License...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    February 9, 2020

Family hopes for closure in robbery

CLOVIS — Nearly five months after a brutal robbery attempt, a victim’s family is still hoping for closure in the case. Last September, Savanah Sena was with her girlfriend in the house adjoining her recently opened Dirty Curry Creations smoke...

 

Pages past - Feb. 9

On this date ... 1960: A huge dust storm roared through the region with wind gusts clocked at 70 mph flipping airplanes and limiting visibility to a few feet. Two planes were upside down at Clovis Municipal Airport and one was upended at the...

 

Meetings calendar - Feb. 9

Monday • 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 • Portales Municipal Schools board — 6 p.m., Board Room, L.C. Cozzens Administrative...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    February 9, 2020

Court reverses whistleblower decision

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Court of Appeals has reversed a verdict in favor of Curry County in a Whistleblower Protection Act lawsuit brought by a former detention center administrator. The Curry County Commission, by a 4-1 vote, fired Gerry Billy a...

 

Former detective arraigned Friday

CLOVIS — Former Clovis police Detective Francisco Hernandez, 33, was arraigned Friday morning on misdemeanor charges of embezzlement and tampering with evidence. Hernandez is accused of taking $166 from a criminal suspect arrested on unspecified...

 

School board to receive bond sale details

PORTALES — The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education will receive details of its upcoming general obligation bond sale, and discuss submitting another bond question to voters in 2021. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the...

 

County to hold two grant meetings

CLOVIS — Curry County will be holding two Community Development Block Grant meetings this week to solicit ideas from the community on how to spend this year's CDBG funds. Both will take place at the Curry County Administrative Complex on 417...

 

Public record - Feb. 9

The following marriage licenses were recently filed at the Curry County Clerk’s office: • Richard Orosco Jr., 39, and Alma Delia De La Cruz, 35, both of Clovis • Cassandra Danielle Chavez, 28, and Maria Griselda Chavez, 34, both of Clovis ...

 

Lawmakers should take care with bills' wording

Three “tough-on-gun-crime” bills sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Rehm, a retired Bernalillo County Sheriff’s captain, and backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham deserve serious consideration by state lawmakers. House Bill 35 would increase the...

 

Democrats finally ready to fight

Last week marked a turning point in the already strained (an understatement) relations between Democrats and Republicans. After the Republicans in the Senate ignored the Democrats’ thorough...

 

Busy week leaves Trump on top

It started Sunday night with an exciting and hard-fought Super Bowl game, which I was happy to see end with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the San Francisco 49ers. Then the next day came the Iowa caucus, aka the Democrat Party’s Iowa fiasco. For...

 

Bernie worst choice to run against Trump

What a dire scenario: A corrupt Republican president soaked in scandal wins re-election in part because dimwitted Democrats decide to nominate a small-state senator who’s way too left-wing for the American mainstream. But enough about how Richard N...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 9, 2020

Trial last act in 2016 election

And so 2016 finally draws to a close. It’s been the longest election year in American history. It ran from Feb. 1, 2016, the date of the Iowa caucuses, to the Senate vote to acquit President Donald Trump last week. It’s true that Nov. 6, 2016,...

 

Trump missed chance to make strong immigration statement

A triumphant but low-key President Trump took to center stage Tuesday night at the U.S. Capitol to deliver his third State of the Union address. The president had recently returned from maligned Iowa where, in the Republican caucus, he smothered his...

 

Jail log - Feb. 9

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis ∞ Annaelvira Saucedo, 19, failure to appear on a felony charge ∞ Vladimir Draper, 28, breaking and entering, battery against a household member ∞ Carlos Parraz, 68,...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    February 9, 2020

In tribute: Longtime educator cared about the details

Jim Turner cared about the details, and he cared about people as well. Friends said local education, and eastern New Mexico at large, were better for both of those reasons. Turner, who served as president and nearly anything else you could name at...

 

Our people: Keeping Alumni Affairs in order

Melissa Sena, 55, is a native to the Portales area. She works at Eastern New Mexico University in the Alumni Affairs office as their administrative assistant. She has been married to her husband...

 

Sometimes no avoiding snow, even in New Mexico

I think I moved back to New Mexico to escape driving in and shoveling snow. This year that plan was working out well until the dang groundhog reared his head. I found myself in the mountain enclave...

 

New safety products, bag making ahead on show

Information on new products for the home that help with safety, and bag making will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain). As...

 

School menus - Feb. 9

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Orange muffin top. Lunch — Battered waffle chicken bites, au-gratin potatoes, steamed carrots, fresh, fruit, fresh veggies. Tuesday: Breakfast — Homemade sausage, egg, cheese burrito w/salsa. Lunch ...

 

Senior calendar - Feb. 9

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory St., Clovis Monday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 8 ball pool, 8:30 a.m. exercise class, 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. canasta, 1 p.m. line dance, 5 p.m. social night, 5 p.m. business meeting, 5:30 potluck, 6 p.m. games. Tuesda...

 

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