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Articles from the June 2, 2019 edition

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 By David Grieder    News    June 2, 2019

Pioneer Days kicking off

CLOVIS - A "big month ahead" for Clovis kicks off this week with the 49th Annual Pioneer Days programming across Curry County. "There will be lots of boots, chaps and cowboy hats this week," said Clov...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Sports    June 2, 2019

Texas A&M-Kingsville hires Portales native Madrid

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Michael Madrid avoided his midlife crisis while he was still in college. Three years into his accounting studies at Eastern New Mexico University, the Portales native got a call from an old friend needing some help with junior...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    June 2, 2019

Leslie Candy Co. shutting down

CLOVIS - You could see it, couldn't you? Homer Simpson holding treats from Leslie's Candy in one of his yellow paws, saying "Mmmmmm, cinnamon suckers." Alas, Homer is a fictional character, a cartoon....

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    June 2, 2019

Roping event slated

If there’s a heaven, John D. Holleyman is probably thundering across it, a rope twirling high above his head, a hardy steed below him. In life, Holleyman considered it heaven-on-earth to be roping and ranching, so it makes sense to think he’d spe...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    June 2, 2019

Landall's Box Office closing

PORTALES - Landall Goolsby loves movies. The idea that he'll no longer own a business that rents them is difficult regardless of the words he chooses to define it. "We're retiring the Box Office,"...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 2, 2019

Police charge woman in bicyclist's death

PORTALES — Police have filed petty misdemeanor charges for careless driving against the woman who struck and killed a bicyclist early last month on the highway outside Portales. Kimberly Potters, 43, of Clovis, faces a penalty of “no more than...

 

What's Happening - June 2

The 2019 Lady Wildcats Basketball Camp is open to girls entering grades 1-9 for the 2019-2020 school year. The camp will be 8 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Registration is $60 and includes a camp T-shirt and...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    June 2, 2019

Nusser leaves dream job as Ram baseball coach

Dusty Nusser came out of Portales High School, unlike a lot of graduates, knowing exactly the career path he wanted to follow. "I wanted to teach and coach football and baseball," Nusser said. He's...

 

Meetings calendar - June 2

Tuesday • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Chambers, Curry County Administration Complex, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 • City of Clovis Civil Aviation Board — 5:30 p.m., Clovis Municipal Airport Terminal...

 

Vacation Bible School calendar - June 2

Vacation Bible Schools Today through Wednesday • “The Incredible Race: One Family, One Race, One Savior” — 5:45-8 p.m., Floyd Baptist Church, 314 South Roosevelt Road AG, Floyd. Open to ages 6-12. Information: 575-226-0153 Monday through Wedn...

 

Events calendar - June 2

Monday • Launch Day 2019 Portales Summer Reading Program — 10 a.m.-12 noon, Portales Public Library, 218 S. Ave. B, Portales. Theme: “A Universe of Stories.” Registration open all summer long. Information: 575-356-3940 • Clovis Summer...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    June 2, 2019

Parents raise violence concerns at meeting

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education began its transition from retiring Superintendent Jody Balch to incoming Superintendent Renee Russ on Tuesday, approving a pair of contracts for Russ during its Tuesday meeting. If the crowd...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 2, 2019

Roosevelt commissioners pass asylum seeker resolution

PORTALES — Commissioners on Thursday narrowly passed a resolution opposing the potential relocation of asylum seekers at the border to Roosevelt County and calling upon border patrol to re-open checkpoints in New Mexico and west Texas. Roosevelt...

 

Curry to consider environmental gross receipts tax redesignation

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission will consider asking for a redesignation of $1 million in environmental gross receipts taxes it pays to the city of Clovis during its Tuesday meeting. The county and city agreed just over a year ago for the...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    June 2, 2019

Sound of sirens means 'Danger!' - not just potential

The city of Clovis is an easy target for criticism, and it’s often deserved. Last week’s “failure” to activate tornado warning sirens did not warrant the disapproval expressed by those...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Voices    June 2, 2019

My best game was under house rules

My entire life was a lie. It was an innocuous Twitter post, but it stung like I’d found out my parents were getting a divorce, or that Blue Bell was no longer making Cookies and Cream. “If you don’t have a card to play, you only have to pick...

 

Import reliance is Achilles' heel

What is not on the Trump Administration’s list of Chinese goods slapped with a new 25 percent tariff is far more revealing than what is. Omitted from the latest volley of the trade war are rare earths and other strategically important minerals...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    June 2, 2019

Robert Mueller's performance won't age well

In the end, by-the-book Robert Mueller departed wildly from the book. He invented an extraconstitutional legal standard for his obstruction investigation and acted, at best, in violation of the spirit of the special-counsel regulations. His...

 

Another viewpoint: Media, Democrats underplay scope of immigration problem

The Democrats running the House of Representatives have gone insane — and they prove it every day. Despite the conclusions of the Mueller Report, Nancy Pelosi and her deranged Democrat underlings in the House have not given up their fight to...

 

Another viewpoint: Four-day school week may cause more problems than it solves

According to NBC News, a growing number of school districts (especially in rural areas) are experimenting with a four-day week. In many cases, school boards can’t raise the funds for competitive salaries and improvise by using the nontraditional...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 2, 2019

Sheriff 'shocked' following former deputy's arrest

FARWELL — Parmer County’s sheriff said he felt “shocked and betrayed” following the recent arrest on child sex crime charges in Curry County of a former deputy in training with his office. “We’re doing the very best that we possibly can...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 2, 2019

DA stands by volunteer panel system used in officer-involved shooting

CLOVIS — Marco Serna acknowledged “it takes longer than we would like, and it’s not a perfect system,” but stood by the volunteer panel system through which he evaluated last year’s officer-involved shooting in Clovis. Serna, district...

 

Pages past - June 2

On this date ... 1974: Cooks, located at 21st and Mitchell streets in Clovis, was ‘Your Father’s Day Gift Headquarters.” • Walkie Talkies were $9.99 per set. • A Panasonic AM/FM portable radio was $19.88. • Short-sleeve sport shirts were...

 

Old Fort Days set to start this week

FORT SUMNER — Look out this week for “Old Fort Days” in Fort Sumner from Wednesday through Sunday, celebrating the town’s own diverse portion of western history. The schedule starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday with a “cowboy camp meeting” of...

 

Public record - June 2

The following marriage licenses were filed through Thursday at the Curry County Clerk’s Office: • Zachary Petersen, 22, of Clovis, and Cara Erin McMullen, 21, of Twin Falls, Idaho • Christopher Alonso Paz Blanco, 18, and Julia Maria Ruiz, 17,...

 

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