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Big payday for Clovis cowboy

ARLINGTON, Texas — Shad Mayfield has earned the nickname “Money” Mayfield. That’s because he seems to always come through when big money is on the line. The tie-down roper from Clovis lived up to it over the weekend, pulling in a $600,000...

 

Governor vetoes road fund legislation

SANTA FE — Amid fears of declining oil prices, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday vetoed legislation that appropriated $50 million to various transportation projects throughout the state. Senate Bill 232 included $1.635 million for Curry and...

 

Capital cuts could be on table

CLOVIS - The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce's Chowder with Crowder delivered on its title's two promises Tuesday. The event featured Rep. Randy Crowder, R-Clovis, and other lawmakers to...

 

Lions Club gun show starts Friday

Editor's Note: The event has been postponed, due to a state order banning large gatherings. Guns, knives, coins and more — even fudge — can be found this weekend at the Clovis Civic Center. The twice-annual Clovis Evening Lions Club Gun, Knife an...

 

Roosevelt approves building assessment

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission approved an assessment by RFP Architecture and Engineering Professional Services for the county courthouse to address several issues with the building during a special meeting Monday. County Manager Amber...

 

Commissioners to receive jail update

CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners are scheduled to receive an update on the Adult Detention Center during a special meeting Thursday morning. The update will cover a security camera change order, which addresses several cameras in the project...

 

Pages past - March 11

On this date ... 1970: Levines department store in Clovis offered a “March of Values” the included: • Men’s casual slacks — 77% cotton, 23% polyester — for $5. Sizes 28-40 included belt loops. • Tweed-style scatter rugs were $1.88 to...

 

Business digest - March 11

Turbine parts arriving in area HOBBS — Traffic between Hobbs and Dora is about to pick up, with turbine components bound for the Sagamore Wind Project starting to arrive in-state. Xcel Energy reported the components will be shipped to construction...

 

Meetings calendar - March 11

Today • City of Clovis Planning and Zoning Commission — 3 p.m., Clovis City Hall assembly room, 321 N. Connelly, Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828   Thursday • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Chambers, Curry County Administratio...

 

Bailey County incumbent sheriff to remain at post

Incumbent Richard Wills defeated longtime Muleshoe police officer Benny Parker in the race for Bailey County sheriff on March 3. Wills received 597 votes to Parker’s 334. Both candidates ran as Republicans. There were no Democrats on the ballot....

 

Officials: Boy recovering

CLOVIS — A 2-year-old boy who nearly drowned Friday at the Dennis Chavez Park lake is recovering, according to local officials. Clovis Fire Department Battalion Chief Joel Gershon said the child was expected to be weaned off of a ventilator...

 

Curry to hold public hearing

CLOVIS — Curry County will hold a public hearing Monday to get input about potential Community Development Block Grant projects. The hearings are scheduled for 4 p.m. at the commission chamber room of the Curry County Administrative Complex at 417...

 

Man indicted on arson charges

CLOVIS — A Curry County grand jury on Friday indicted a Clovis man on charges of stealing from a local business and setting it ablaze to cover up thefts. Daniel Aranda, 53, faces charges of arson, conspiracy to commit arson, larceny, burglary,...

 

Program to receive grant

The Curry County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will receive a $47,500 grant from The Corporation for National and Community Service as part of its 2020 grant competition. The Fiscal Year 2020 Senior Corps RSVP grant selected five award...

 

Clovis church to hold revival

CLOVIS — Prince Street Baptist Church has scheduled a revival, with special guests Paul and Vanessa Cherry, starting this weekend. The event will go from Sunday to Wednesday, starting with a Sunday morning service at 10:50 a.m. A Sunday night...

 

March month to celebrate reading

Back in 1998, the National Education Association launched an event called “Read Across America,” which has become “the nation’s largest celebration of reading,” according to its website. Few...

 

Changes need to be made to primary system

Being a voter in New Mexico during the presidential primary election is a little like being a Cleveland Browns fan during the Super Bowl. It’s interesting to watch, but it would be a lot more fun if we could participate. By the time we vote in...

 

Don't need rescue from everything

I’m surprised at how seriously people are taking the coronavirus. I’m even more surprised at how many believe government can save them from it, or that it’s even government’s job to do so....

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    March 11, 2020

Law could damage public access

The governor gives and the governor takes away. For transparency advocates at least, that’s what it felt like last week when Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law two bills related to government transparency. Let’s start with Senate Bill 64...

 

ENMU board meeting in Ruidoso

The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents will head west Friday, with its regular meeting set for its Ruidoso branch campus. The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. at ENMU-Ruidoso Room 102. Items on the agenda include: • Discussion and potent...

 

Education digest - March 11

Clovis schools to hold student aid event CLOVIS —Public schools in Clovis next week will hold an event for students and parents to learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Process. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 19 at the...

 

Lobbyists, clients report $151,000 in spending on dinners, receptions

SANTA FE — Lobbyists and their clients reported about $151,000 in spending this session — more than $5,000 a day on dinners, receptions and other goodies for New Mexico lawmakers. And that’s just part of the spending. More-detailed reports are...

 

Events calendar - March 11

Today • Tiny Tots — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 • Teens and Tweens spring break programming: “Game On: Xbox one free play and board games” (bring your favorite board games) — 2...

 

Pastor called to Elida

ELIDA - Cheston Fair believes God put him on the path to becoming a pastor 15 years ago and has now called him to Elida to serve in the role for the first time. Fair, 39, is a Portales native, but he...

 

Might have a few too many clocks in my life

I was thinking about clocks last weekend as I stumbled through my house resetting all the timepieces in compliance with daylight saving time. Even though we are annually admonished to “spring...

 

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