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Articles from the April 28, 2024 edition


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  • Clovis school board unanimously approves master plan

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    The Clovis Municipal Schools Facilities Master Plan will go into effect as planned after school board members approved it by a 5-0 vote Tuesday. Approval means the closure of Cameo Elementary School in May 2025, consolidating the system's dual language program to La Casita school (this August), changing Lockwood Elementary to an early childhood center (this August), moving the Freshman Academy to the Clovis High School Campus (August 2025), creating an I-Academy at the former...

  • Board member airs complaint about Portales Council water procedures

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 29, 2024

    A Portales Water Advisory Board member is calling Monday’s City Council meeting “a procedural train wreck.” Mike Davidson, who also serves on the city’s Public Works committee, said Council members did not follow their own drought contingency plan among other issues when they voted 4-3 to relax water restrictions, moving from the “Stage 3” plan to a scaled-back version of “Stage 2.” “They wanted to move to Stage 2 yet not follow those restrictions (either),” he wrote in a letter to The News. “The mayor pro-tem, who opposed...

  • Meetings calendar - April 28

    Updated Apr 27, 2024

    Monday *Clovis-Carver Library Board – 5:30 p.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: Margaret Hinchee at 575-769-7840 *Roosevelt County Electric Coop annual meeting – 5:30 p.m., Ballroom, ENMU Campus Union Building, Portales. Buffet meal at 6 p.m.; business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Information: 575-357-4491 Wednesday *Clovis Community College Board of Trustees – 8 a.m., CCC, 417 Schepps Blvd., Room 512, Clovis. Information: http://www.clovis.edu/about/administration.aspx or 57...

  • School menus - April 28

    Updated Apr 27, 2024

    Clovis Monday: No School. Tuesday: Managers Choice Wednesday: Breakfast: Breakfast Bread. Lunch: Steak Fingers, Mashed Potatoes w Gravy, Seasoned Green Beans, Fresh Orange & WW Roll-Cookie or (grades 6-12) Pizza or Bacon Cheeseburger and Fries or Chef Salad. Thursday: Breakfast: Egg Patty/Cheese & Tortilla. Lunch: Meat & Cheese Nachos, Spanish Rice, Cucumber Slices, Carrots w/Dressing & Chilled Fresh Fruit or (grades 6-12) Pizza or Burrito & Fries or Chef Salad. Friday: Breakfast: Breakfast Round. Lunch: Fiesta Pizza, Mini...

  • Ask the News - April 28

    the Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    With the use of license plate cameras locally, will laws for not covering vehicle license plates be enforced? Vehicle license plate covers (clear or otherwise) are a form of withholding vehicle operator identification and substantially hinders law enforcement. Covering a license plate is illegal, according to Clovis Police Department Deputy Chief Trevor Thron. “Yes, any kind of tinted license plate cover or any decorative border going around the plate that obstructs the view of the plate or the registration sticker is i...

  • Heavy winds and weeds herald spring in New Mexico

    Karl Terry, Local columnist|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    In some parts of the world, the arrival of spring may be a bit subtle. Here in eastern New Mexico, it’s pretty plain. Just look for a brown tinge to the sky and reduced visibility. The wind is a given in the springtime around here and because it arrives before enough rain arrives to establish ground cover the dust starts to blow and we have sandstorms. Some years the rain doesn’t arrive and we can have brown skies all the way through May. That might sound a bit like I’m of th...

  • Our people: Sculptor aims for 'common-sense' gun laws

    Grant McGee|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    When Corey Pickett says he's a sculptor, a picture may pop up in one's mind of the man working in stone, wood, metal and such. But Pickett's works are in textiles and upholstery materials, and he creates firearms. The News learned more about Pickett's art and his life in a Thursday conversation. Q: You were born in Georgia. What do you remember about that area? A: I was born in Brunswick, Ga. I remember water on the coast, a slow pace of life and just freedom to explore my...

  • On the shelves - April 28

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    The books listed below are now available for checkout at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The library is open to the public, but patrons can still visit the online catalog at cloviscarverpl.booksys.net/opac/ccpl or call 575-769-7840 to request a specific item for curbside pickup. “How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss” by Jenny Proctor. When one of THE Hawthorne brothers hires me to be his virtual assistant, I do everything I can to keep him firmly in the work zone. But even if I do have a crush, I can’t catch real feelings for a...

  • Portales firefighters facing staffing challenges

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    The massive fire at Hampton Farms outside Portales on April 15 did more than destroy the peanut processing plant. It also exposed staffing challenges at the Portales Fire Department. Firefighters from around the region responded to help PFD at the peanut plant, but the facility continued to burn for days, requiring personnel to keep an eye on it. The night of April 17, with the peanut mill still requiring oversight, responders received a call for a house fire in the 700 block of North Avenue M. Four minutes after that, an...

  • Portales band hosts 3rd annual fundraiser

    the Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    The Portales band is set to host its third annual Mattress Fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Portales High School. Custom Fundraising Solutions will have “25 different mattress styles on display in all sizes for customers to try,” according to its news release. Pillows, bed frames and mattress protectors will also be for sale and delivery is available. Custom Fundraising Solutions has nearly 100 locations and works with more than 3,000 schools annually. “The unique business model helps schools raise thous...

  • Motorcycle officer involved in crash

    the Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    A Clovis motorcycle police officer was involved in a crash late Tuesday afternoon on Grand Street near Main Street. Police said no serious injuries were reported, but Motor Officer Jared Herrington went to Plains Regional Medical Center as a precaution. “He (Herrington) went to the ER to get checked out but he’s fine,” said Police Sgt. Sanford Wagner. “He was up and walking around.” Wagner said the driver of the other vehicle involved, a black passenger car, was not injured. The vehicle sustained “very minor damage,” he...

  • Clovis man sentenced to 4 years in prison

    the Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    A Clovis man on Wednesday was sentenced to four years in prison following his conviction for drug trafficking, according to a news release from District Attorney Quentin Ray. A Curry County jury on March 22 found David Brown, 53, guilty of the second-degree felony. Brown was arrested after probation officers on Jan. 25, 2023, found methamphetamine, black tar heroin, Xanex and fentanyl pills in his hotel room, the release stated. District Judge Fred Van Soelen sentenced Brown to five years supervised probation in addition to...

  • Parkview names new principal

    the Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    Shelly Smith last week was named principal at Parkview Elementary School in Clovis. She has been principal of Cameo Elementary since 2023. Cameo is slated to be shuttered at the end of this school year as part of district consolidation, according to a Clovis schools news release. Smith has worked 20 years in Clovis schools, mostly as an elementary school teacher. She is a Clovis High School graduate and has a master’s degree in education from Wayland Baptist University. The reassignment was created by the retirement of P...

  • CMS names language initiatives coordinator

    the Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    Lockwood Elementary School Principal Rodolfo Arceo has been named coordinator of English Language Initiatives with Clovis Municipal Schools. A school news release stated Arceo began his career with CMS in 2011 as a Spanish teacher at Clovis High. He has also worked with bilingual families through the Bilingual Summer Institute and Migrant Mentor Program, and served as an English Language Learner case manager. His newest mission is to “expand language services for district students,” the news release stated. Lockwood Ele...

  • Plateau announces 2024 scholarship winners from educational foundation

    the Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    Plateau last week announced 38 area scholars who are sharing $201,000 in scholarships awarded from the Education Foundation at Plateau. Winners include: $8,000 Robert M. Harris Memorial Scholarships Heidi L. Macfarlane – Melrose Camryn Dawn Cantrell – Logan Taylee Sours – Texico HS $8,000 Evelyn Patterson Memorial Scholarships Madison Marie Hodges – Texico Isabella Elena Coronado – Logan $5,000 Banner Scholarships Bailey Jo Cline – Clovis Lily Macfarlane – Melrose Cade Paul Figg – Texico Morgan Ryleigh Thatcher – Texi...

  • Curry County gearing up for summer internship program

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    For the fourth year, Curry County will administer the summer internship program for high school students, ages 16-18. “The goal of this program is to provide career exploration in a field that the intern may have an interest in,” said Darian Roybal, the county’s human resource director. Among 33 counties in New Mexico, Roybal said Curry County is one of 14 that take on the grant that makes it possible. “This began as the New Mexico Public Education Department College and Career Readiness Bureau Summer Enrichment Program...

  • Pages past, April 28: Kid escapes jail and kills two

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    On this date ... 1881: Billy the Kid escaped from the Lincoln County jail, where he was being held and awaiting execution for the 1878 shooting death of Sheriff William Brady. The website aboutbillythekid.com reports the Kid saw his opportunity to get away about noon. One of his guards had taken other prisoners to lunch at a nearby hotel. The Kid convinced his only remaining guard to let him visit the outhouse. While details vary about what happened next, all agree the Kid...

  • Opinion: NATO a defense alliance, not sovereign state

    Rube Render, Local columnist|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    A sovereign state or nation is a country whose government has a supreme authority over its population and territory. No other nation or entity has authority over a sovereign nation or controls its territory. As of 2024, there are 32 member states in NATO. At times, while reading headlines, one could think that NATO is some sort of sovereign government, unto itself. An example of this is the story that NATO is considering taking control of the U.S.-led Ukraine Defense Contact...

  • Events calendar - April 28

    Updated Apr 27, 2024

    Today *Muleshoe Volunteer Fire Department hamburger fundraiser – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Central time), Muleshoe Fire Department, 215 S. First St., Muleshoe, TX. Annual benefit for the MVFD. Information: 806-272-4569 *Percussion Ensemble spring concert – 7 p.m., Buchanan Hall, ENMU Music Building, Portales. Emily Salgado, director. Free and open to the public. Information: 575-562-2377 Monday and Tuesday *Free tire dumping days for Roosevelt County residents – 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Roosevelt County Road Department, 1500 N. Boston, Porta...

  • Opinion: FISA declaration a war on liberty

    Kent McManigal, Local columnist|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    The enemies of America just scored another major victory against us. Did you notice? The reauthorization and expansion of the deceptively named “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act” (FISA) is an anti-American act. Both Democrat and Republican politicians were in on this crime. Any government that gives itself permission to spy on you is not on your side. Whether it’s China’s government, the government of Iran, or the U.S. federal government, it’s your enemy and is telling y...

  • Opinion: U.S. has enough resources to grow mining industry

    Jim Constantopoulos, Guest columnist|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    One reason geologists are unalarmed about U.S. dependence on imported minerals: They know major discoveries of critical minerals in the U.S. have hastened the day when our country will become more self-sufficient. That day can’t come soon enough because minerals undergird America’s national security and economy. While China has built a stranglehold on many essential mineral supply chains, U.S. lawmakers have wrung their hands over how to address our ballooning reliance on mineral imports. The tired message that we don...

  • Clovis Walmart hosts grand reopening

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    The Clovis Walmart held a "grand reopening" Friday, nearly eight months after an alleged arsonist caused $42 million in damages. An estimated 450 people turned out for the event, including Walmart store personnel, Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, Clovis police, fire and emergence-response personnel and area residents. Walmart store Manager Johnny Barajas thanked the community for all the help after the catastrophe and during the rebuilding. Walmart was...

  • Roosevelt County insurance rate hike $245k over 3 years

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    Roosevelt County will pay about $245,000 more for insurance over the next three years, County Manager Amber Hamilton told commissioners on Tuesday. The county currently pays $720,350 annually to the New Mexico County Insurance Authority pool for property, workers compensation and law enforcement liability, Hamilton said. New Mexico counties are self insured through the pool. Hamilton, who serves on the NMCIA board of directors, said the insurance market is challenging across the state. “It is just difficult,” Hamilton sai...

  • Braveheart Storytellers: A million things to like

    Betty Williamson, Local columnist|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    I spent an hour that went way too fast earlier this month with a troupe of pint-sized storytellers and their mentor, retired teacher Lynette Harris. When the time was up, I didn't want to leave. I don't think they did either. Our setting was a classroom in the Arts Academy at Bella Vista, a Clovis elementary school. For an hour or so every week, Harris collects her five first-grade storytellers from their regular classrooms and whisks them away for a session filled with...

  • Schools take PED to court over 180-day rule

    Staff and wire reports, Syndicated content|Updated Apr 27, 2024

    Public school officials representing more than 50 districts, including Clovis, Portales and most in eastern New Mexico, have filed a lawsuit against the state Public Education Department. They’re asking a court to halt the 180-instructional day mandate imposed in March. The lawsuit, filed April 18 in Curry County by the New Mexico School Superintendents Association and individual superintendents, comes as schools across the state attempt to draft budgets and academic calendars for next year — a process complicated by the new...

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