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Articles from the June 5, 2018 edition

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  • Pioneer Days kicks off Wednesday

    David Grieder|Updated Jun 5, 2018

    CLOVIS — Hold on to your hats — the rodeo is coming to town. Entering its 48th consecutive year, the arrival of the annual Pioneer Days programming shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anybody. In fact, locally it’s as good a sign of summer as a Memorial Day remembrance or a rush of schoolchildren with time on their hands. “Pioneer Days is always special every year because it’s basically the kickoff to summer and it’s a celebration of our pioneer heritage,” said Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Direc...

  • Locals divided on baker issue

    Updated Jun 4, 2018

    CLOVIS — What is the boundary between discrimination and the exercise of First-Amendment freedoms? That was a topic Monday for eastern New Mexico, which along with the rest of the nation had the opportunity to again consider the rights of a business owner to refuse service to a potential client on religious grounds. Nationally, the answer is not as straightforward as it may seem, as evidenced by recent debates on the rights of certain assemblies in public spaces or speakers at college campuses. Even the U.S. Supreme Court c... Full story

  • Teen sentenced for school threats

    the Staff of the News|Updated Jun 4, 2018

    CLOVIS — A Clovis teen has received seven days in the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center, followed by supervised probation for a year, for a social media post that threatened school violence. The unnamed teen will also be required to complete 50 hours of community service work, write a letter of apology to the school and community, attend counseling, and complete a juvenile corrections program, according to a news release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. The news release said the adjudication took place on May 25. ... Full story

  • Pages past - June 5

    Updated Jun 4, 2018

    On this date ... 1993: Clovis' annual Pioneer Days Parade attracted hundreds of people and dozens of entries, as usual. What was unusual was the weather. "The thermometer hovered in the low 50s at parade time, and a slight wind and overcast skies gave Clovis the flavor of early autumn," David Molina wrote in his report for the Clovis News-Journal. "But all the weather did was bring out the coats ..." Clovis has been hosting Pioneer Days parades since 1935, when that first one... Full story

  • Jail logs - June 5

    Updated Jun 4, 2018

    Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday through Monday: Clovis • Rogelio Lopez, 19, aggravated battery (deadly weapon), resisting, evading or obstructing an officer • Alex Romero, 26, probation violation • Joann Caballero-Apodaca, 43, battery against a household member • Felipe Martinez, 32, failure to pay fines • Somchith Vongrasamy, 34, theft of identity, fraud violation of the remote financial service unit act, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Eloy Rocha, 23, larceny, burglary of a vehicle, ba...

  • Portales officials expected to declare Flag Day

    the Staff of the News|Updated Jun 4, 2018

    PORTALES — City councilors in Portales are expected to declare June 14 as Flag Day in Portales when they meet at 6:30 tonight. The meeting is slated for the Memorial Building Council Chambers at 200 E. Seventh St. in Portales. Also on the agenda: • A request for authorization to execute a grant between the Department of Finance & Administration/Local Government Division and the city of Portales for the DWI Program. • A resolution for participation in the Local Government Road Fund Program administered by New Mexico Depar...

  • Reporter's notebook: Farm to table

    Updated Jun 4, 2018

    Friendship Senior Center members will be showing off their green thumbs as the Friendship Garden Club meets for the first time this morning. Program Coordinator Sandy Pieratt said the club will maintain a vegetable garden located in the back yard between the senior center and Matt 25. Meetings will be held Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at Friendship Senior Center, 901 W 13th St, starting today. Pieratt said later in the summer the vegetables grown in the garden will be used for some farm-to-table nutritious food demonstrations at the...

  • Roosevelt County receives tire-disposal grant

    the Staff of the News|Updated Jun 4, 2018

    PORTALES — Roosevelt County has been awarded a New Mexico Environmental Department grant for the purchase of rubberized emulsion asphalt, made of recycled scrap tires. Roosevelt County Manager Amber Hamilton said in a news release the material will be applied as a fog seal application on approximately 11 miles of county-maintained roads constructed of chip sealed materials. There are approximately 120 miles of chip seal roadways in Roosevelt County, the release said. “Roosevelt County will work with the City, dairy pro...

  • Meetings calendar - June 5

    Updated Jun 4, 2018

    Today • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m. in the Curry County Commission chambers, 417 Gidding St. Information: 575-763-6016 • Portales City Council — 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Wednesday • Clovis Community College Board of Trustees — 8 a.m. in CCC Room 512, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-769-4001 • Clovis Board of Education Special Meeting — Noon at the Clovis Municipal Schools administration office, 1009 Main St., Clovis. Information: 57...

  • Events calendar - June 5

    Updated Jun 4, 2018

    Today • Theatre Arts and Drama Academy — 9 a.m. to noon for students in grades four through six and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for students in grades seven through nine at the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center. Tuition is $75 per student for one week. Information: 575-562-2711 Wednesday • Theatre Arts and Drama Academy — 9 a.m. to noon for students in grades four through six and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for students in grades seven through nine at the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center. Tuition is $75 per student for one...

  • Swallows may be worth cohabitation

    Sharna Johnson|Updated Jun 4, 2018

    It begins with a dab of mud in a discreet corner, easily passed by without drawing attention, yet over the course of a few days, the mud slowly builds upon itself and takes shape, eventually protruding from the wall like a naturally sculpted sconce. Along with the growing mud pile in the corner, from dawn to dusk the yard becomes stage to an ongoing dance of swooping arrow-shaped shadows that dive, climb, bank and swoop like miniature fighter jets. Congratulations, you are...

  • Repaving project short on money

    the Staff of the News|Updated Jun 4, 2018

    CLOVIS - Curry County's Community Development Block Grant project has hit a financial roadblock. And so the Curry County Commission will be asked to provide direction on how to proceed at today's meeting. Curry County Administrative Services Coordinator Doria Rey said cost estimates for the CDBG project, the paving of Curry Road 11 between Curry Road N and State Road 311, have come in higher than expected, between $1.3 million and $1.6 million. CDBG grants top out at...

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