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Articles from the September 29, 2019 edition

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Gerardo Marquez found guilty in 2018 slaying

PORTALES - An emotional week of jury trial ended Friday with the second-degree murder conviction of Gerardo Marquez for the slaying last year of Erika Zamorano, a crime prosecutors described as an "in...

 

Regents near final design of residence

PORTALES — Designing a house can be difficult for a newlywed or even a long-married couple, between the discussions on materials, the floor layout and what rooms serve what purposes. But compromises are made because at the end of the day, the...

 

Teacher requirements changing

CLOVIS — Teachers for Clovis Municipal Schools will no longer need to obtain a master’s degree or face the prospect of losing their jobs following a decision at Tuesday’s board meeting. The board voted to omit Board Policy G-3600, which...

 

Meetings calendar - Sept. 29

Monday • Community interview with Clovis Community College president finalist Gregory South — 4-5 p.m., Room 101, Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis Information: 575-769-2811 Tuesday • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m.,...

 

Pages past - Sept. 29

On this date ... 1969: The Eastern New Mexico University Symphony was preparing to make its season debut at the annual Pops Concert Banquet in the Campus Union ballroom. Symphony director was Arthur Welker. He planned to present selections from...

 

Taxpayers are unsung heroes of economy

“The industry is investing in workforce development and programs, which will lead to better careers for our students and more jobs in New Mexico.” — Economic Development Secretary Alicia J. Keyes Consider it a case of the reviews not quite matc...

 

Oreos remain mainstay of my life

“Kevin, you look like you’ve been chewing.” I had some pretty dumb things said to me during high school, but this was one of the dumbest. Yes, the principal is clearly going to think I am a fan of chewing tobacco, which discolors your teeth, ma...

 

Congress, president stuck in past

I remember when every office in Congress had at least one calendar on the wall. That is either not the case now or, if they have calendars, no one is turning the pages. Democrats currently running Congress appear to be stuck in December 2016, wonderi...

 

Suicide doesn't have to overtake family's future

I never met my great-grandfather, although I’ve seen pictures of him. The one I treasure most is a family photo, similar to those images on an Ancestry.com commercial, where he is sitting with his wife and older daughters. (The sons would arrive...

 

Letter to the editor - Sept. 29

Feels like I have less time than I need I was going to title my letter “I don’t have time for this.” It was going to be about how time is speeding up, and not just for my generation. But for the sake of scientific accuracy, I guess I can’t sa...

 

Another viewpoint: Lottery board needed dressing down

We need Think New Mexico Executive Director Fred Nathan in the journalism business. He spanked the New Mexico Lottery Sept. 3 when he called out New Mexico Lottery Authority Board Chair Dan Salzwedel regarding the board’s recent decision to give...

 

The kids will be fine, even in a warming world

Greta Thunberg needs to get a grip. The celebrity teen climate activist addressed the United Nations and excoriated the assembled worthies for coming “to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your...

 

Curry to discuss tort claim against U.S. Air Force

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission will discuss a tort claim against the U.S. Air Force that seeks $5 million in damages from PFOS/PFOA contamination during its Tuesday morning meeting. According to the claim, the use of firefighting foam has...

 

Roosevelt to consider state tourism grant

PORTALES — Roosevelt County Commissioners will this week consider approving a state tourism department grant to the tune of $9,425. The funds are through the "Litter Control and Beautification Act" and detail a "state-coordinated plan of...

 

Board approves easement agreement

PORTALES - Another easement agreement down and a few more outstanding. They all count, as discussed at Thursday's meeting of the board of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority. The board...

 

Officials discuss traffic on Sandia Drive

CLOVIS — The figures say one thing, the residents say something else. It will take some additional review before more action can come to a stretch of road in northwest Clovis. Officials in the city’s Public Works Committee meeting on Wednesday...

 

Committee lays groundwork to support census

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Complete Count Committee held its first official meeting Thursday morning to lay the groundwork to support the 2020 United States Census. Darla Reed was appointed to serve as committee secretary. The committee began...

 

CCC schedules meetings with president candidates

CLOVIS — In line with public and private interviews for its next president, the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees has scheduled six special meetings for October and moved its regular meeting. The board will hold a special meeting 2 p.m....

 

Curry awarded grant from state

CLOVIS — Curry County has been awarded a $1.458 million grant from the New Mexico Department of Transportation, according to a release from the county. The project was one of four approved for NMDOT District 2, which includes Curry, Roosevelt, De...

 

Jail log - Sept. 29

Booked The following were booked into local jails Tuesday - Thursday: Clovis • Bernard Parson, 55, probation violation • Ronald McDonald, 21, battery against a household member, failure to appear • Augustin Gonzales, 41, failure to pay fines,...

 

Committee approves land for subdivision

The zoning and planning commission met Thursday afternoon to approve a 14.874 acre tract of land for the Curtis Subdivision plat. The approved plat is located in the northeast quarter at Section 31, west of North Prince Street, north of Walmart....

 

Our people: Happiest behind the mic

Rick Keefer is a fixture in Clovis, though many people wouldn't know him by his face. Keefer, general manager of Zia Broadcasting in Clovis, has been on the air for decades at various stations....

 

Seasons are changing in more ways than just one

Once upon a time we had seasons of all sorts. These days things sorta just run together like melted Neapolitan ice cream dropped on a summer sidewalk. This past week as I set out to the store I asked...

 

Making cards, wardrobe planning ahead on show

Information on making cards and wardrobe planning will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain). Susan Legits, an independent...

 

School menus - Sept. 29

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast, bagel and cream cheese, fruit, juice, milk; Lunch, corn dog, seasoned corn, mini carrots, ranch dressing, apple, veggie bar, milk Tuesday: Breakfast, mini pancakes, fruit, juice, milk; Lunch, chicken nuggets,...

 

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