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Articles from the February 16, 2020 edition

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Crowded field at forum

CLOVIS - It's pretty rare for a political forum to be held for one specific district on the Clovis City Commission. But it's just as rare to have a candidate field as crowded as this District 1. All...

 

Jazzoo alcohol variance approved

CLOVIS — The animals of the Hillcrest Park Zoo have seen plenty from the people who travel the sidewalks of their residences, from Christmas light displays to Halloween crowds of kids. They’re about to get a cocktail party, as the Clovis City...

 

Sheriff to ask for gun bill resolution

PORTALES — Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker will bring a resolution Tuesday asking the Roosevelt County Commission to oppose the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act — the red-flag gun bill. The regular Roosevelt County Commission meeting for...

 

No injuries in structure fire

CLOVIS - Motorists heading south of Clovis had a smoke-filled and possibly detoured drive Friday, as Clovis fire crews spent the morning fighting a blaze just south of the Prince Street Overpass....

 

Curry to take step on juvenile detention center

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission on Tuesday will take the first big step in deciding whether or not it will close its Juvenile Detention Center. The commission will receive a presentation from Grace Philips on the current status of JDCs across...

 

Meetings calendar - Feb. 16

Tuesday • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Chambers, Curry County Administration Complex, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Information: Tanya Henderson at 575-763-6016 • Portales City Council — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building, 200 E. 7th...

 

Pages past - Feb. 16

On this date ... 1975: Eastern New Mexico awoke to find itself under a blanket of snow. Roads were slick and hazardous and visibility was near zero on the highway between Fort Sumner and Santa Rosa, officials said. The Clovis News-Journal reported...

 

Public record - Feb. 16

The following marriage licenses were recently filed at the Curry County Clerk’s office: • Alvino Lopez III, 36, and Orlinda Ethel Martinez, 35, both of Clovis • Joshua Ray Bryan, 28, and Christina Renee Gallegos, 27, both of Clovis • Joe...

 

Commission tables house demolition request

CLOVIS — City commissioners on Thursday tabled a request to condemn a home on the 900 block of Purdue Street. Building Safety Director Pete Wilt said the home had been without utilities for years, and the person living there had set fires inside...

 

Suspect jailed in shooting of 69-year-old

CLOVIS — A 69-year-old Clovis man was shot Wednesday night and his alleged assailant is in the Curry County jail. Police in a news release said Carlos George Sena reported Iisha Silva shot him at Sena’s residence at 1121 Rencher. The release...

 

Municipal elections seem focused on growing government

A few thoughts on Clovis’ municipal elections: n Where did anyone get the idea crime in Clovis is rising, as several candidates have suggested? Clovis police statistics show calls for service have been dropping steadily since at least 2014. Police... Full story

 

Dems' best bet to vote moderate

Some observations on the presidential campaign so far: • Making predictions on the outcome of the Democratic nomination race based on results from two small, non-representative states is like... Full story

 

Study shows church keeps you healthy

CNN issued a study a while back that found regularly attending church may increase a Christian’s lifespan, while at the same time help “them stay grounded and (provide) spiritual guidance.” I’m guessing this positive benefit results from the...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    February 16, 2020

Sanders likely to go way of UK's Labour Party

The Democratic Party could soon be taken over by a leftist who has never formally been a member. If it’s any consolation to Democrats, it’s a version of the same wrenching dislocation that has beset the center-left throughout the Western world....

 

Romney last bastion of Republican courage

When historians look for the last, documented instance of Republican political courage in the Trump imperium, they’ll look to one man: Sen. Mitt Romney. In one extraordinary speech on the floor of the United States Senate, the Utah senator made...

 

Hoping for lots more people like my dad

“Middlebrow.” I sit typing this column on the 20th anniversary of the massive heart attack that took the life of my father, and “middlebrow” is one of the words that pops into my mind when remembering Dad. Except for learning the skills of a...

 

Officials grill treasurer about lost interest

CLOVIS — Curry County missed out on about $2,700 in interest earlier this year when it took a month to get excess funds moved into a savings account. County commissioners on Feb. 6 grilled County Treasurer Debbie Spriggs for 30 minutes about the...

 

Events calendar - Feb. 16

Monday • Presidents’ Day   Tuesday • Black History Month Celebration — 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Commons, Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Experience history of the arts and important figures of African American history while tr...

 

18 heading for forum

CLOVIS — A packed candidate field means a packed forum, and likely an extended one on Tuesday night. All 18 candidates from contested Clovis municipal races have accepted invites to attend the KTQM political forum, which will be broadcast starting...

 

Our people: Single mom striving for healthy life

Elena Flores is a part-time instructor at Eastern New Mexico University, teaching methods and curriculum in physical education and other introductions to health and wellness. Flores obtained a master'...

 

Politics need a little peace, compromise and politeness

I started pondering Chief Ouray the other day and wondered what he could teach us in this politically charged day in which we’re living. For those of you who never lived on the banks of the...

 

Furniture arrangements, sewing techniques ahead on show

Information on furniture arrangement and sewing techniques for making a perfect bag will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain)....

 

School menus - Feb. 16

Clovis Elementary Monday: No school. Tuesday: Breakfast — Waffle. Lunch — Hamburger on a bun, baked french fries, sliced cucumbers, ranch dressing, sidekicks, fresh veggies. Wednesday: Breakfast — Sausage biscuit. Lunch — Mini tacos and...

 

Senior calendar - Feb. 16

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory St., Clovis Monday: Closed. Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. exercise equipment, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 8-ball pool, 8 a.m. quilting, 11 a.m. line dance, 1 p.m. pinochle, 6 p.m. Trivia Mania. Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. exercise...

 

CCC board welcomes president, new trustee

CLOVIS — Plenty of transition was either happening, or about to happen, as the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees convened for the first time in 2020 on Thursday morning. Members welcomed incoming college President Charles Nwankwo, marked...

 

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