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Articles from the September 22, 2019 edition


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  • Opinion: All God's creatures have something valuable to say

    David Stevens - Staff|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    John Calvin for president. Our nation could use some leadership from a guy like the owner of the Casa Rondeña in Albuquerque. Calvin’s winery made news last week when it hosted a group of President Trump’s political supporters and — in response — a prominent Democrat called for a boycott of the business. Calvin’s response should make you proud to be an American. “We have been supporting anybody who wants to speak, anybody who wants to use our constitutional right for free speech ever since this place came to into being,...

  • Addressing water worries

    David Grieder - Staff|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    CLOVIS - Presenters told the south Clovis residents in attendance Tuesday that their concerns with water access were not forgotten and encouraged them to keep active in letting those concerns be known. The meeting Tuesday evening, held at the Clovis-Carver Public Library's North Annex and coordinated by the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, was centered on the recent establishment of infrastructure from water utility provider EPCOR. Representative Mark Huerta spoke to...

  • Dealing with discouragement, tacos ahead on show

    Sheryl Borden|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    Information on dealing with discouragement, preparing raw taco meat and making artist trading cards will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Sharon Barnes is a therapist for Sensitive and Gifted children and adults, and she will explain “The Hero’s Journey for Highly Creative People” who may suffer from discouragement. She will tell about the four stages and talk about coping tools and skills that may be helpful. Barnes lives in Lit...

  • Country music has evolved over the years

    Karl Terry|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    It was the music we loved to hate. Or was it the music we hated to love. It’s been tough all my life deciding where I really stand on country music but the thing I know for sure is I’ve been exposed to the genre in all its various iterations all my life. I’ve been tuning into the Ken Burns PBS special series Country Music this past week and I’m not sure if it’s helped me work that out in my mind but it has brought up lots of memories. I have to admit I was worried how well...

  • Portales hopes to bolster program for teacher hopefuls

    David Grieder - Staff|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    PORTALES - There were hugs, smiles and many words of encouragement Wednesday for a cadre of aspiring educators from Portales High School. Educators Rising is a national organization established as a pipeline for students interested in becoming teachers. Locally, a new mentorship program and curriculum at PHS aims to bolster it with a mentorship program. Science department chair and freshman honors biology teacher Rebekah Mitchell leads an elective class with college credit...

  • Roosevelt to hold a special meeting Monday

    David Grieder - Staff|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission will convene in a special meeting Monday afternoon to fulfill an annual requirement of updating property tax rates imposed by the state's Dept. of Finance and Administration. County Manager Amber Hamilton on Saturday referred questions as to changes in those rates from past years to the assessor's office. Commissioners will discuss and consider the item in the 3:30 p.m. meeting at the chambers in the first floor of the county courthouse, but it's not the only item on the agenda. A...

  • Clovis schools to discuss bond sale

    the Staff of The News|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will discuss its recent $3 million bond sale and get a heads-up on several policy revision suggestions when it meets Tuesday evening. The board approved a Sept. 17 sale of $3 million in bonds, coming from $20 million approved by voters in 2017. The money will be pooled with $2 million already set aside by the district for renovations at Barry Elementary, Cameo and Mesa elementary, roofing for the Clovis High School G building, central office HVAC upgrades, various u...

  • Police arrest suspect in armed smoke shop burglary

    David Grieder - Staff|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    CLOVIS — Police last week arrested one suspect in the armed nighttime burglary of a local smoke shop. Angelo Lopez, 18, of Clovis, was charged with six counts including felony aggravated burglary, battery and assault and misdemeanor impersonating a peace officer in connection with the Sept. 2 incident. Savanah Sena told The News this month that three men in the dead of night broke into her establishment on the 100 block of North Pile street, initially claiming to be Clovis police officers and then fighting with her inside w...

  • Portales adopts city clerk resolution

    Mathew Brock - Staff|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    PORTALES — The Portales City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday that formally made the city clerk the custodian of records responsible for responding to public records requests. The city clerk was already responsible for those requests as mentioned briefly in a 2009 resolution, but officials said the newly passed resolution restates those duties in “plain language.” Upon receiving a formal public records request, the city clerk is required to respond within three business days and allow inspection or provide copies of re...

  • Republicans should come to table

    Updated Sep 21, 2019

    The Republican search for reasons it’s just too hard to pass gun laws 90% of Americans support has found a new scapegoat: a Democratic presidential candidate who no longer holds any elected office. Referencing former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s “hell yes” debate pledge to get AR-15s and other weapons out of circulation via mandatory buybacks, President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, “Dummy Beto made it much harder to make a deal.” Hogwash. Democrats in the House and Senate want universal background checks, not gun confiscations...

  • Some hands aren't worth shaking

    Rich Lowry|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    In the “fire and fury” phase of Donald Trump’s presidency, everyone worried that he’d impulsively start a war with North Korea. The worry should have been that he’d, almost on a whim, step across the Korean DMZ in a chummy photo-op with Kim Jong Un. Richard Nixon famously had his “madman” theory of bringing our adversaries to heel by impressing on them his bellicose unpredictability. They’d better talk, otherwise the crazed anti-communist Nixon might nuke somebody. It’s easy t...

  • Democrats have ruined the Golden State

    Michael Reagan|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    Donald Trump visited enemy territory last week. He came out here to the deep blue state of California to raise a few million bucks at private fundraisers in Silicon Valley and Beverly Hills. He also went down to the border with Mexico to inspect the wall the federal government is building to stop illegal immigration and protect what no longer deserves to be called the Golden State. What the president couldn’t see while he was out here were all the wealthy and productive C...

  • Objectivity out for New York Times

    Rich Manieri|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    Never let the facts get in the way of a good vendetta. Words to live by for politicians and apparently for some news organizations. A New York Times story has reminded Democrats that they still hate Brett Kavanaugh and haven’t come to terms with the fact that he now sits on the Supreme Court. Last Sunday, The Times ran a story describing an incident of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh when he was in college. The alleged victim never spoke to reporters and told friends she didn’t recall the incident. This rather important tidbit...

  • Life echoes 'The Wonder Years'

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    A key to my early adolescence was a TV program you might remember called “The Wonder Years.” I didn’t grow up in the 1960s and 1970s like Kevin Arnold did. But I was also named Kevin, and that was enough for sixth-grade Kevin Wilson to relate. It was also enough for my non-creative friends. Whatever happened to Kevin on “The Wonder Years,” my friends applied it to me the next morning in school. The episode where somebody nicknamed him “Kev-bo” lived on for years. I liked the show even though I didn’t have a Winnie Cooper a...

  • Local crowned state fair queen

    Mathew Brock - Staff|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    CLOVIS - Deanne Guthrie has been competing in rodeo queen competitions since she was 5. Since then, she dreamed of becoming state fair queen, a dream that became a reality last weekend. Guthrie thought she reached a big milestone by achieving her goal of winning the horsemanship portion of the state fair queen competition. She also won the personality portion, but hadn't expected much else from this year's competition. Satisfied with those two achievements alone, she said she...

  • Clovis City Commission approves review study

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    CLOVIS — With little discussion, the Clovis City Commission on Thursday approved a $25,000 study to give its employee position review and salary study an update after two years in place. The study, which passed by an 8-0 vote, was anticipated. City Manager Justin Howalt told the commission during an August meeting he planned to bring the study up for another look, and that $50,000 was included in the 2019-20 budget for such purposes. “I felt it was time to ‘re-look,’” Howalt said, “and make sure we are competitive...

  • Pages past - Sept. 22

    Updated Sep 21, 2019

    On this date ... 1974: The air-conditioned Clovis Arena was promoting its TV Championship wrestling event — Mike the Judge vs. Terry Funk. The wrestling card for the upcoming weekend also featured Gorgeous George Jr. vs. Sieg Stanke, Les Thornton vs. Alex Perez and Kevin Sullivan vs. Greg Watson. All ringside seats were $3. General admission was $2.50. Children under 12 were admitted for $1. Pages Past is compiled by David Stevens. Contact: [email protected]...

  • Clovis man sentenced to 11 years in prison

    the Staff of The News|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    CLOVIS — A 39-year-old Clovis man was convicted Tuesday of three felonies and sentenced to 11 years in prison, according to a release from the district attorney’s office. A Curry County jury deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding Alfonso Rodriguez guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse and felony gun possession. According to the release, on April 29, Rodriguez became enraged while dropping his girlfriend’s kids off at their grandparent’s home. Rodriguez pulled a firearm and pointed it at the...

  • Trial in shooting death scheduled for Monday

    the Staff of The News|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    PORTALES — A murder trial for the shooting death last year of a Portales woman is scheduled to start Monday and last all week. Gerardo Marquez, 35, of Portales, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the second-degree murder charge for the April 2018 death of Erika Zamorano, according to prosecutor Jake Boazman. Marquez was indicted in June 2018 and remains in custody without bond. Marquez’s attorney Dan Lindsey said the trial was on track to start Monday directly after jury selection, following a status hearing Fri...

  • Police holding active shooter response training

    the Staff of The News|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    CLOVIS — The Clovis Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies, will conduct active-shooter response training this week, according to a department Facebook post. The training will take place on the campus of the former Parkview Elementary building on the 1100 block of Maple Street. Information: 575-769-1921...

  • Clerk's office taking part in voter drive

    the Staff of The News|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    CLOVIS — The Curry County clerk’s office will participate in a nationwide voter drive Tuesday as part of National Voter Registration Day, according to a release from Clerk Annie Hogland. The office will have staff available to register new voters, update current voter registrations or help citizens verify registration information prior to the Nov. 5 election. Information: 575-763-5591...

  • Former golf course operator turns self in

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    CLOVIS — The former operator for the Clovis Municipal Golf Course turned himself in to police Wednesday evening, and has pleaded not guilty to charges he withheld information on loan balances attached to equipment he sold the city in May. Carlos “Charlie” Maciel, 66, was booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center after surrendering himself to Clovis Police Det. Randy Pitcock, and released less than an hour after he was booked on a recognizance bond. He is facing a civil lawsuit from the city and a criminal charg...

  • 'Opportunity scholarship' on table

    Mathew Brock - Staff|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    Furthering one’s education is a big commitment, requiring an investment of both time and money. For many students, state and federal grants help alleviate some of the financial concerns of tuition and the associated fees, but soon the state of New Mexico may be covering the full cost for residents. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, a “last dollar fund” that would cover the remaining cost of college tuition for eligible New Mexico residents after applying state and f...

  • Meetings calendar - Sept. 22

    Updated Sep 21, 2019

    Monday • Roosevelt County Commission — 3:30 p.m., Roosevelt County Courthouse, special business meeting. Information: 575-356-5307. • City of Clovis Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m., Clovis City Hall assembly room, 321 N. Connelly, Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 • Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Trustees — 5:30 p.m., Fred Anthony Conference Room, RGH, 42121 US-70, Portales. Information: 575-359-1800 Tuesday • Clovis Municipal Schools board — 5:30 p.m., Board Room, CMS administration...

  • CCC president finalists named

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Updated Sep 21, 2019

    CLOVIS — The next president of Clovis Community College is in the hands of its trustees. The college’s search committee identified its five finalist candidates Wednesday to succeed Becky Rowley as president at the college. The finalists are, in alphabetical order: • Michael Fitzpatrick, vice president of instruction at Pratt Community College in Kansas • Charles Nwankwo, vice president of technology and business partnerships for Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Maricopa Community College in Arizona. • Robert Riza, pre...

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