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Articles from the June 19, 2019 edition

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 By Kevin Wilson    Sports    June 19, 2019

Tellez named Ram baseball coach

PORTALES — Portales High didn’t have to go too far to find its next baseball coach, elevating assistant Ruben Tellez to the position on Monday. Tellez, a longtime Spanish and English as a Second...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    June 19, 2019

Custom Classic set for 36th go-around

CLOVIS — The Plateau Custom Classic has become as much a part of the local summer as heat, thunderstorms and more heat. Now in its 36th year, the Classic is still as big a summer tradition than...

 

What's happening - June 19

• The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will begin online sales June 26 of hunting licenses that were not allocated during the big game draw. The sale will begin 10 a.m. at wildlife.state.nm.us. Customers are advised to review their online acc...

 

Events calendar - June 19

Today • Clovis Summer Reading Program: Tiny Tots Storytime — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 • City of Portales Cultural Affairs Committee Juneteenth Historical Presentation — 10...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    June 19, 2019

Remembering the plane-train days

You could fly from Clovis to Kansas City for $47 in those days. If you were brave enough. Newspaper Editor Mack Stanton and Santa Fe railroader Charles Reichart were overheard discussing safety and he...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    June 19, 2019

Spring clean your life, not just your fridge

Spring came late and so, appropriately, did the annual deep cleaning of the refrigerator. A lot of stuff gets tucked into the refrigerator over the course of the winter. Obsolete condiments band together and take refuge deep in the corners. A...

 

Long live NM's unique and beautiful yucca

If the yucca wasn’t already New Mexico’s state flower, its show-stopping display this year would be a good argument for designating it as such. Those tall and distinctive stalks filled with lush...

 

Faith: Our children deserve better than world of selfishness

Believe me, I write this column as no sort of spiritual giant; I don’t know my own weakness as well as I should, but I surely know it enough to see warning signs pop up everywhere when I’m...

 

Curry alcohol sales go to November vote

CLOVIS — Two counties in New Mexico do not allow alcohol sales — Curry and Roosevelt. Curry voters will decide in November if they’ll be taken off that short list. In a unanimous vote, the Curry County Commission on Monday approved a...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 19, 2019

Inmate's mom: My son would not kill himself

PORTALES - Myra Abeyta and Ray Medrano still have far more questions than answers about what happened to their son, Manuel Silva Jr., 23, who died last week in the Roosevelt County Detention Center....

 

Clovis to consider vacancy

CLOVIS — Ladona Clayton isn’t leaving the Clovis City Commission until July 12. And when she does, the commission has 30 days to appoint another District 1 resident to fill the approximate eight months left on the term. But the commission...

 
 By Phil Mayes    News    June 19, 2019

County fairs due in August

Summer time: It’s simultaneously the carefree pinnacle of students' year and the Iditarod of parenthood. Unbridled freedom follows an unrecoverable nosedive to boredom and the impending zombie-child apocalypse. Still, more than any other season,...

 

Soapbox winner may not go to Akron

CLOVIS — John Bamforth had no idea how to race a soap box derby car a week ago, but he knew it looked fun. On Saturday, he bested the Clovis field and took the qualifier for the July 20 Great American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. “I was super...

 

Pages past - June 19

On this date ... 1959: The Clovis Bowling Club, at 2400 W. Seventh, was offering beginner bowlers • Free use of bowling balls • Free bowling instructions • Free use of bowling shoes. The club also promised free coffee on Mondays. The phone...

 

Meetings calendar - June 19

Thursday • Retirement reception for David Richards, Clovis city attorney — 3-5 p.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 • Clovis City Commission — 5:15 p.m., North Annex,...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    June 19, 2019

Unauthorized vehicle purchase resolved

CLOVIS — After two meetings and some legal wrangling, the Curry County Commission turned an unauthorized purchase into what its chairman called an opportunity. With a pair of votes Monday afternoon, the commission approved the purchase of a new...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 19, 2019

ENMWUA representatives to present hopes for project

PORTALES — For state officials with the money, and for any in the public with the interest, representatives of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will present this afternoon on their hopes with the Ute Water Project and the Interim...

 

Racing commission meetings cancelled until further notice

ALBUQUERQUE — A working session, committee and regular monthly meetings this week of the New Mexico Racing Commission were canceled until further notice, while the prolonged racino award selection process remains tabled indefinitely. “At this...

 
 By David Grieder    News    June 19, 2019

New president's house to be near current location

PORTALES — It’s yet to be determined if the old building will stay or go, but a location for the Eastern New Mexico University president’s new residence and “public event venue” was selected Tuesday as “in the general area” of the...

 

Firefighters serve in ways we don't expect

There is often a special relationship between communities and their firefighters. These are, after all, people willing to risk their own safety to protect lives and property in the face of out-of-control fire, something most of us find quite...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 19, 2019

Market regulated just right amount

I love watching the market work. I don’t call it “the free market” because if it’s not free it’s not a market. Under government rules and regulations what survives is a pale shadow of a...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 19, 2019

We could all use more heroes

“My heroes have always been cowboys, still are, it seems. Sadly, in search of, and one step in back of, themselves and their slow movin’ dreams.” — Sharon Vaughn, songwriter SANTA ROSA — Heroes are easy to find but hard to keep. Especially...

 

Roosevelt road work starting

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Road department will begin work today on two segments of South Roosevelt Road 3, and hopes to finish the work by Thursday. The segments of the road being upgraded from caliche to chip seal are between U.S. 70 and...

 

Some Relay for Life events set

PORTALES — There’s still no confirmed date for Portales’ Relay for Life. But a pair of preliminary events are already set, with the first coming Saturday to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. “We’re having the Relay Relaunch, which is our...

 

Clovis man dies in rollover

A Clovis man was killed in a one-vehicle rollover Sunday morning in Lincoln County, according to a release from the New Mexico State Police. Sotero Acuna, 19, was driving a 2011 Toyota with a 16-year-old male passenger who was not identified by the...

 

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