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Our people: A jack of all trades

My name is Bill Aylesworth. I was born in Plainview, Texas and have lived in Clovis since 1963. I served in the United States Army during the Korean War. I worked at the Safeway Milk Plant for 25...

 

Our tolerance for bad weather needs work

I’m not too sure if climate change is for real or not, but there’s no doubt the weather is going to change. We say it about the High Plains and I’ve heard it elsewhere as well: “If you don’t...

 

School menus - March 17

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — French toast. Lunch — Soft taco w/salsa, seasoned pinto beans, seasoned corn. Tuesday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — French bead pizza, veggie cup w/ranch, chilled fruit. Wednesday: Brea...

 

Senior calendar - March 17

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

 

Club notes - March 17

Curry County and Area Republican Women The Curry County & Area Republican Women's Group met on Tuesday at K-Bob’s Steakhouse with President Annie Hogland presiding. Sue McDowell gave the invocation and Karen Bair led the Pledge of Alliance. There...

 

On the shelves - March 17

The following are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “Summit Lake” by Charlie Donlea steps into North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains to a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by horror. Yet following the brutal...

 
 By David Grieder    News    March 17, 2019

WindsDay to remember

The windy season is upon us. Sustained 50-mph winds, with gusts near 80 mph, blew across the region on Wednesday, creating widespread outages and property damage. A power company lineman was killed wh...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    March 17, 2019

Local lawmakers take stock of session

SANTA FE — If we didn’t know 60 days ago, we know now: New Mexico is under Democrat control. “I feel like the state of New Mexico turned left,” Rep. Randy Crowder, R-Clovis, said as the state Legislature wrapped up its annual session on...

 

Meetings calendar - March 17

Tuesday • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Chambers, Curry County Administration Complex, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 • Roosevelt County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Room, Roosevelt County Courthouse,...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    March 17, 2019

New company reaches out to golfers

CLOVIS — New operators of Clovis’ Colonial Park Golf Course touted an impressive list of credentials during a Tuesday meet-and-greet, with a management company the National Golf Foundation named as one of golf’s top 100 businesses. But...

 

Pages past - March 17

On this date ... 1969: Hundreds of fans had welcomed home the NAIA basketball champions to Portales. Eastern New Mexico University, seeded 12th in the 32-team field, won its first and only national basketball championship, 99-76, on March 15. The...

 

Curry to consider road closure

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission is expected to consider the closure of 2.28 miles of Curry Road 6 during Tuesday’s meeting. Road viewers who met Wednesday recommended the road be closed and a yield sign be placed at the intersection of CR 5...

 

Roosevelt set to discuss financial matters

PORTALES — A trio of financial matters make up most of the agenda for Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, with the commission expected to hold a board finance meeting with Treasurer Layle Sanchez before providing her direction...

 

Portales loan agreement to go before council

PORTALES — The city of Portales’ annual loan agreement with the National Museum of the Air Force will go before the city council at Tuesday’s meeting. City Manager Sammy Standefer said the city has hosted the F-111 jet displayed just north of...

 

Clovis school board to talk changing calendar

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education on Tuesday will discuss moving from a 260-day calendar to a 238-day calendar for 12-month employees. Superintendent Jody Balch said the change would not affect any employee salaries, it...

 

Jail logs - March 17

Booked The following were booked into local jails Tuesday - Thursday: Clovis • Jose Sena, 44, probation violation • Eugene Foster, 42, failure to pay fines • Josette Anaya, 37, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • James Sanchez, 32, poss...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    March 17, 2019

Time to applaud those oft-forgotten first responders

“I am a lineman for the county “And I drive the main road “Searchin' in the sun for another overload …” — Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” They gather annually to compete for fun,...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    March 17, 2019

Wage arguments just don't hold water

A minimum wage increase was on the way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk, and this column was due before her expected signature. Every time a wage increase is discussed, I hear the same arguments. • “Minimum wage increases will mean...

 

Letters to the editor - March 17

Jury made wrong decision in case I am writing about the recent jury decision that found Benjamin Pritchett guilty of a years-old supposed sexual assault of a child. Juries make darned wrong decisions sometimes and this case was no exception. I know...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    March 17, 2019

Bill true affront to Constitution

The same Democrats outraged by Donald Trump’s alleged offenses against the First Amendment passed, as their first priority, a speech-restricting bill opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union. Trump shouldn’t call the media “the enemy of...

 

Two time changes better than 50 time zones

It really has come to this: Americans can’t even agree on what time it is. As most of us were springing our clocks forward and feeling like we were robbed of another hour of sleep last weekend, debates on the wisdom or folly of daylight saving...

 

Minimum wage proposal heads to governor

SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers are sending Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham a proposal that would raise the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023. It’s the product of a late-night agreement struck in the final days of the legislative...

 

Lawmakers reject anti-abortion law repeal

SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers on Thursday rejected a proposal that would have repealed the state’s 1969 anti-abortion law — an issue that emerged as one of the most emotional of the session. The legislation, backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Gris...

 

Income tax hike proposal wins approval at eleventh hour

SANTA FE — A proposal to raise income taxes on high-earning New Mexicans — as part of a broader tax package — won approval in the final minutes of the 2019 legislative session. The last day also included final passage of legislation for a new...

 

Governor urged to veto parole bill

Darci Pierce in 1987 kidnapped a woman who was 8 months pregnant. She drove her to a remote area in the East Mountains where she strangled her, cut out her baby with a key, then tried to pass the baby off as her own. Frank Martinez and two other men...

 

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