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Portales takes steps to bump salaries

PORTALES - Members of the Portales City Council took the first steps to increasing the salaries for their positions. But they'll have to win another term to reap any benefit. Councilors, by a 6-0...

 

Officials weigh in on potential NDAA veto

CLOVIS — President Trump has produced a laundry list of justifications in his threat to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, including border wall funding. New Mexico’s congressional delegation has chosen to focus in on one particular...

 

Ronny Cox: Fugitive from junior high justice

Editor's note: Actor Ronny Cox, who graduated high school and college in Portales, is working on a book. Here's a chapter about growing up in New Mexico. I've read a lot of autobiographies by actors...

 

Historic Pages - July 14

July 14, 1959 60 years ago: Switchblades were against the lawClick Here to Download...

 

New commander to take helm at base

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE - A new commander for Cannon Air Force Base's 27th Special Operations Wing will take the helm this week. Col. Robert A. Masaitis , previously stationed at CAFB as its Operations...

 

Curry to hear financial report

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission is slated to hear a report on financials for the Curry County Fairgrounds and Events Center during its Tuesday morning meeting. The 9 a.m. meeting at the Curry County Administrative Complex will also include a r...

 

Meetings calendar - July 14

Tuesday • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Chambers, Curry County Administration Complex, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 • Friends of Clovis-Carver Public Library — 11:30 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library,...

 

Pages past - July 14

On this date ... 1959: Today marked the anniversary of the death of the outlaw Billy the Kid. “Perhaps New Mexico’s most famous — or infamous — resident met his death 78 years ago,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. The newspaper reported...

 

Cannon gets radar systems upgrade

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE - The first step in a $138 million national weather radar systems upgrade got its start earlier this year at Cannon Air Force Base. Through a program managed by Hanscom Air Force...

 

President's residence another step closer

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University regents on Thursday took one more step toward a new president’s residence at the college. Now the challenge is taking long enough to do the project right and getting the project started before the year clo...

 

CHS hosting kickoff days

CLOVIS — Clovis High School will host its 2019-20 kickoff days in just over two weeks, according to a release from Clovis Municipal Schools. The event is an opportunity for students to receive student ID cards and, when necessary, parking passes...

 

Bella Vista position filled

CLOVIS — Clovis Municipal Schools has returned Jennifer Longley to a principal position, as she accepted the vacancy at the Arts Academy, according to a release from the district. She replaces Shelly Norris, who was promoted to director of...

 

If it's politics, it's complicated (and misleading)

Politics is complicated. And politicians are champions at confusing voters and taxpayers even more than necessary in efforts to sway support. Take, for example, President Trump’s recent threat to veto the National Defense Authorization Act. New...

 

Support women's sports with wallet

A little more than a year ago, I decided to look up the streaming package for the Women’s National Basketball Association. I had already planned to purchase NBA League Pass later in the year, and thought there might be a group discount. I knew NBA...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    July 14, 2019

Biden far from 'Middle-Class Joe'

The American middle class just got a lot richer. Joe Biden, who invariably and tiresomely refers to himself as “Middle-Class Joe,” made $15 million the first two years after the end of the Obama administration. This hardly qualifies as a...

 

DOD has responsibility to clean up after itself

Last year, the U.S. Air Force confirmed that firefighting foam containing toxic PFAS chemicals used around Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases in New Mexico had contaminated nearby groundwater supplies. The contamination at Cannon affects several...

 

Another viewpoint: Sweet deal unlikely for Epstein this time around

Did R. Alexander Acosta mishandle the case a decade ago of Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy and politically connected financier who was accused of sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of underage girls at his pink waterfront mansion in Palm Beach,...

 

Continuance granted in embezzlement case

CLOVIS — Curry County's former senior meals director, charged in February with embezzling thousands from the program, was scheduled this week for a trial in September. The matter was set to go to trial later this month, but a continuance was grante...

 

Public record - July 14

The following marriage licenses were filed through Thursday at the Curry County clerk’s office: • Marissa Christina Cruz, 29, of Clovis, and Lorna Reyes, 27, of Amarillo • Quran Tikal Wiggins, 26, and Amanda Nicole Hernandez, 29, both of...

 

Lodgers tax disbursements discussed

CLOVIS — When one private entity gets three times as much taxpayer disbursement as another private entity, supporters of the latter are sometimes inclined to disagree. That took place during the Thursday Clovis City Commission meeting, with a back-...

 

City councilors talk alley trash in Portales

PORTALES — In a discussion about as lengthy as the rest of the meeting combined, Portales city councilors expressed frustration about alleyways overloaded with trash. Portales City Manager Sammy Standefer conceded issues with large items left next...

 

Senior services division approves survey release

CLOVIS — The city’s senior services division is hoping to hear from the people it serves. The Clovis Senior Citizens Service Committee gave approval during its Thursday meeting for Senior Services Director Barbara Riggan to release a survey that...

 

Jail log - July 14

Booked The following were booked into local jails Tuesday - Thursday: Clovis • Joey Petty, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, criminal damage to property, open container, speeding • Brandon Brooks,...

 

Our people: For the children

My name is Annalyn Cooper. I have been married for 11 years to my husband, Paul Cooper. We have three children: Angelo, 10; Leon, 8; and Ryu, 7. I moved to the United States from the Philippines in...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 14, 2019

Have you thought about what your pet is thinking?

Did you ever stop to consider what is going on in your pet’s brain? I found myself contemplating just that one morning recently. I was seated in a rocker at one end of the patio while my little dog...

 

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