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Portales holds peaceful protest

PORTALES - Though the wind wasn't too cooperative, a protest about the death of George Floyd otherwise came off smoothly and peacefully Thursday night in front of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. A...

 

Clovis votes to fund fireworks

CLOVIS — Independence Day fireworks, courtesy of your local governments. With city officials stressing the decision was a one-time deal, the Clovis City Commission voted 6-1 in a Friday special meeting to provide $10,000 in lodgers’ tax dollars...

 

Officials postpone county fair until 2021

CLOVIS — Hello, Curry County Expo. See you next year, Curry County Fair. Curry County commissioners said both things, and plenty more during a 45-minute conversation in a Wednesday special meeting. Commissioners said they felt their hands were...

 

Supreme court upholds dismissal

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday ruled a Portales man’s conviction for fleeing law enforcement was correctly overturned. That’s because the Curry County Sheriff’s Office vehicle involved in the pursuit wasn’t adequately...

 

Meetings calendar - June 14

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns   Tuesday • Civic Center Policy Committee — 3 p.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Library, 701 N. Main, Clovis. The public is invited to view the meeting at www.cityofclovis.org, or on Face...

 

Events calendar - June 14

Today • Flag Day   Tuesday • Portales Public Library Virtual Summer Reading Program — Alchemy and Art: “Tangram Animals and Card Soldiers” — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library Facebook page. Crafts/experiments for second-sixth graders....

 

Clovis officer involved in shooting incident

CLOVIS — An attempt by the Clovis Police Department to serve a warrant Thursday afternoon resulted in an officer firing a shot at a suspect’s vehicle, records show. The Clovis Police Department sent out a release Thursday evening indicating...

 

Opinion: Let's celebrate - local governments wasting our money

Remember that time, just three years ago, when Clovis Mayor David Lansford told us there was no choice but to raise taxes? That was just so the city could continue operating without cutting services, he said. Thank goodness we don’t have money prob...

 

Opinion: Big-government political candidates not our preference

Our newspaper would never endorse a political candidate who champions big government. There’s a need to be clear about that today because a Republican candidate for Congress recently paid Facebook to link one of our newspaper’s news reports to...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    June 14, 2020

Opinion: Police work still difficult, dangerous

Four Minneapolis police officers are justifiably facing murder or aiding and abetting charges in the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died after enduring nearly nine minutes of Offic...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Voices    June 14, 2020

Opinion: Ending police won't solve anything

Getting rid of the police. Now there’s a brilliant, progressive way to improve the criminal justice system. There’s no question there are systemic problems with the way we police our cities that we need to address and fix. But when Black Lives...

 

Opinion: Turns out I'm actually a proud member of antifa

I have come to the realization that I am a member of antifa. This surprises me, since I’ve often been a huge critic of the mobs that rage in the streets and cause immense physical and emotional damage. I’ve written columns excoriating them,...

 

Opinion: Another viewpoint: More focus needed on far right dangers

In response to nationwide protests over the shameful death of George Floyd, President Donald Trump promises to go after antifa — as soon as he figures out what it is. No, that’s not exactly what the president announced. You have to read between...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    June 14, 2020

Opinion: Accusations of fascism against Trump make no sense

Confronted by a clear and present fascist threat, the staff of The New York Times rose up early this month to humiliate and punish quislings in its ranks. In a now famous op-ed, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton called for federal troops to quell riots and lo...

 

In tribute: Retired CPD officers had 'dedicated, honorable careers'

CLOVIS — It’s hard to find a workplace that wouldn’t value somebody who notices details too small for others to detect. Likewise, those same workplaces would love an employee who can draw people in through conversation. It seems, then, the...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 14, 2020

Opinion: Probably still have a little left to learn in role as husband

After 38 years in the role of a husband, you would think I should be getting better at it. I think I’ve probably got a little more to learn. If I don’t write about her in my column around our...

 

Opinion: Enzymes in food ahead on show

Information on making sure enzymes in our food work for our bodies instead of causing health issues, transferring images onto fabric, and the versatility of fresh and dried figs will be the featured t...

 

On the shelves - June 14

These books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: “Beyond the Valley” by Al Lacy travels west with journalists Adam Cooper and Doug McClain, along with their sweethearts, as they board a railcar to follow a dream — the chance to...

 

Senior menus - June 14

Curry Resident Senior Meals Association 901 W. 13th St., Clovis 575-762-9405 Monday: Salisbury steak w/mushroom gravy, baked potato, peas and carrots, dinner roll w/margarine, pineapple pudding Tuesday: Chicken and noodles, green beans, dinner roll...

 

Volleyball coach returns to position

CLOVIS — For Darrel Ray, it’s back to the future. Ray is now both the former and present head coach of Clovis High’s varsity volleyball team. His program was the class of District 4-5A when he coached its varsity from 2000-2010, and this past...

 

Detention officer tests positive

PORTALES — Roosevelt County Detention Center officials on Friday reported an officer has tested positive for COVID-19. The officer, who was not named, was tested on Tuesday and is quarantined at home. The positive test is the first confirmed by the...

 

Portales council to honor longtime firefighter

PORTALES — The Portales City Council plans to honor a longtime firefighter for the city department when it meets Tuesday evening in regular session. The 6:30 p.m. meeting at the auditorium of the Portales Memorial Building will feature a segment...

 

Melrose Old-Timers Day postponed until next year

MELROSE — 2020 has been a unique year, and mostly not in a good way because of COVID-19. There’s no exception for Melrose, or its old-timers. The Melrose School Alumni Banquet, originally scheduled for early August, has been postponed to next...

 

Curry delays mutual aid decision with Cannon

CLOVIS — Citing an apparent stalemate with the Department of Defense on the use of firefighting foam, Curry County put off a decision Wednesday on a mutual aid agreement between Cannon Air Force Base and county fire departments. Commissioners were...

 

Portales man charged in connection with shooting

PORTALES — A Portales man was charged Tuesday in connection to a shooting a week prior, according to court records. Oracia Ornelas, 38, was booked into the Roosevelt County Detention Center June 3 on unrelated charges of resisting, evading or...

 

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