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Lansford pitches groundwater effort

CLOVIS - Over the last few months, Clovis Mayor David Lansford has spearheaded an effort to "put skin in the game" and try to get $90 million in funding to complete an interim underground pipeline to...

 

New Mexico beginning coronavirus preparations

While New Mexico has yet to see any coronavirus cases, authorities and hospital officials are preparing for the worst. “People are worried about the unknown and this is a new virus,” said Dr. Michael Landen, the state epidemiologist for the New...

 

Early voting up in Clovis, slow in Portales

It’s a tale of two cities when it comes to municipal election turnout. In Clovis, there are 19 candidates running, with five people running for the open mayor position, seven others running for an open District 1 commission spot and four of the...

 

Meetings calendar - March 1

Monday • Curry County DWI Task Force — 4 p.m., Commission Chambers, Curry County Administration, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Special meeting; open to the public. Information: 575-763-6016 • Portales Municipal Schools board — 6 p.m., Board Room,...

 

Municipal election ballots - March 1

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...

 

Public record - March 1

The following marriage licenses were recently filed at the Curry County Clerk’s office: • Kevvan Deion Young, 25, and Auryana Laeandra Gonzales, 23, both of Clovis • Ernesto Pachi Avila, 66, and Tomasa Hernandez Hernandez, 50, both of Clovis ...

 

Bill closes loophole on military license transfers

SANTA FE — James Burns spent months pushing for the New Mexico Legislature last year to pass a bill that would allow occupational licenses from one state to be accepted in New Mexico for incoming military spouses, only to see it die during the...

 

Fair to feature Gold Star wall

CLOVIS — The Curry County Fair will feature an exhibit honoring those fallen in recent military conflicts, according to a county release. The Gold Star Tribute Wall, a 67-foot memorial, will be on display Aug. 13-15 at the Curry County Fairgrounds...

 

Board to receive travel details

PORTALES — The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education will receive details on a Portales High School senior/junior trip to Lubbock on May 6 during its regular meeting this week. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the district... Full story

 

CCC board to talk fees, contract

CLOVIS — The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees will meet for the first time Wednesday morning with its new president aboard. Charles Nwankwo is slotted for presidential remarks as part of the 8 a.m. meeting at CCC Room 512. He began his...

 

Portales to mull special use permit

PORTALES — The Portales City Council will meet Tuesday to consider a special use permit to operate a daycare at 1637 E. Brazos. Claudia Reza would be the daycares operator. The meeting will be at the Memorial Building in Portales and starts a 6:30...

 

Pages past - March 1

On this date ... 1965: Clovis voters approved a $2.3 million bond issue intended to finance school construction. Voters approved the measure by a 6-1 margin after rejecting a similar proposal two years earlier. The latest bond issue was for...

 

Roosevelt County walking line between liberty, bureaucracy

Congratulations to the Roosevelt County Commission. That was some impressive politicking it did on Tuesday. Commissioners seem to have successfully walked a fine line — supporting the county sheriff who doesn’t want to enforce the state’s...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    March 1, 2020

Any Democrat better than Trump

Michael Bloomberg may not be my first choice for president, but I very much object to some of the objections that have been raised against him. Let me take those one at a time: 1. He’s rich: Yes. He...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Voices    March 1, 2020

Media sensationalizing coronavirus

Two weeks ago, I was happily sailing on a huge cruise ship in the Indian Ocean. My wife Colleen is a travel agent and I was tagging along with her and her group on a Celebrity Cruise Line ship as it sailed from Dubai to Singapore and back with 2,300...

 

Trump, supporters don't fear Sanders as 2020 opponent

Bernie Sanders’ sweeping win in the Nevada Democratic caucus will surely prompt the Russians to pop Champagne. They’ve been reportedly boosting Bernie behind the scenes, having calculated that a 78-year-old socialist with a tricky ticker in his...

 
 By Paul Gessing    Voices    March 1, 2020

Voters will weigh in on spending binge

When the 2018 election results were tallied and it was clear that New Mexico had moved into the “progressive blue state” category, it was destined to be a tough couple of years for fiscal...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    March 1, 2020

Sanders making excuses for adversaries

Bernie Sanders may be on the verge of gaining an insurmountable lead in the Democratic nomination fight, but he’s not letting that get in the way of his socialist principles. Asked in a “60 Minutes” interview about old statements praising...

 

County board receives audit

CLOVIS — Curry County’s fiscal year 2019 financial audit came back mostly clean this year, with just a few suggestions for county improvements to note. The Curry County board of commissioners received a presentation by Bobby Cordova of Cordova...

 

Jail log - March 1

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday - Friday): Clovis ∞ Joan Ramirez, 20, failure to pay fines ∞ Jaime Marin-Portillo, 23, driving under the influence of liquor, no drivers license ∞ Alec Chavez, 19, false imprisonment...

 

Water authority reports biggest awards from federal, state governments

CLOVIS — In the last few weeks the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority received its biggest federal award in project history with $15 million, and its biggest award from the governor’s office with $1 million. Chairman David Lansford hopes...

 

Clovis gives preliminary approval for liquor license transfer

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission on Thursday gave preliminary approval for a liquor license transfer to a reborn Clovis eatery. But the item might come back to the commission again, depending on the definition of a school. By a 7-1 vote, the com...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    March 1, 2020

Hard to worry about coronavirus when you have flu

It’s really hard to get worried about a worldwide pandemic when you’re already suffering from the flu. As the fear surrounding the coronavirus spread last week so did the symptoms my body was...

 

Fund raising, homemade soap ahead on show

Information on fund raising and making homemade soap will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain). Patty Waid is an event planner and...

 

School menus - March 1

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Bean and cheese burrito. Lunch — Chicken smackers, baked tater tots, mini carrots, celery, ranch dressing, chilled mixed fruit, veggie bar. Tuesday: Breakfast — Breakfast bowl and salsa. Lunch ...

 

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