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Articles from the October 2, 2019 edition

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Curry approves motion to file claim

CLOVIS—The Curry County Board of Commissioners approved a motion to file a tort claim notifying of a potential lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force during its Tuesday morning meeting. The lawsuit in question would seek damages from groundwater...

 

Rain soaks region

CLOVIS —  Eastern New Mexico residents had a morning full of water, delays and road closures, as a flash flood warning was issued across both Curry and Roosevelt counties. According to the KVII...

 

Bands' seasons begin

The sound of notes bursting through base, the booms and rat-a-tats of drumlines and the whipping of colored flags in the air. Those sights and sounds have been a constant in the band halls and the...

 

Events center celebrating 10 years

CLOVIS — The Curry County Events Center celebrates 10 years of service this Saturday with free food, music, games and more. The event will be free with attractions for all ages including a corn hole tournament, lawn mower races, a car show, a...

 

Clovis commission to form task force

CLOVIS — Five companies have put their hat in the ring to be the new Essential Air Service provider at Clovis Municipal Airport, effective Feb. 1. The Clovis City Commission plans to make the decision less than three weeks from now between...

 

Pages past - Oct. 2

On this date ... 1959: Chilly weather and rain prevailed across the region and state for a fourth consecutive day. Low temperatures were reported in the 40s in Clovis-Portales, while rainfall totals were close to 1.5 inches over the spell. The...

 

Meetings calendar - Oct. 2

Today • Clovis Community College Board of Trustees special meeting — 2 p.m., CCC, 417 Schepps Blvd., Room 512, Clovis. Information: 575-769-4001 • Community interview with Clovis Community College president finalist Robert Riza — 4-5 p.m.,...

 

Fall health fair coming up

PORTALES — Roosevelt General Hospital will hold its fall health fair this weekend to help combat the impending flu season and educate community members about proper healthcare. “We've titled this fall's health fair 'Become a Flue Fighter' and we'...

 

Man arrested, charged with assault

CLOVIS — The bladed weapons were reported first as two large kitchen knives, then a sword and dagger. Police responded to five south Clovis locations in a span of as many hours Sunday morning before arresting a man armed with what they described...

 

Jail log - Oct. 2

Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday-Monday: Clovis • Iris Castro, 35, failure to appear on a felony charge • Stacy Martin, 42, aggravated driving while under the influence, driving while license suspended or revoked, open...

 

Seasonal flu shots available

CLOVIS — Presbyterian Medical Group will provide free seasonal flu shots to the community Saturday, according to a release from Presbyterian Healthcare Services. The shots will be offered from 8:30 a.m.- noon at 2200 W. 21st St. The vaccine will...

 

Town hall to be held

CLOVIS — The New Mexico Office of African American Affairs will hold a town hall Saturday at St. John Baptist Church in Clovis for feedback on how to improve community advocacy and policy. The town hall is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with...

 

Heinrich staff holding hours

Staff from the office of Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., will hold mobile office hours in eastern New Mexico this week, according to a release from the office. The office hours will be 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tucumcari Senior Citizens...

 

Local legislators seeking appeal

SANTA FE — Four local legislators are among 21 Republican state representatives who are seeking a multi-agency appeal of a U.S. District Court ruling on timber management. A letter from the lawmakers asks the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and...

 

Owl protection decision should be more just

A recent U.S. District Court ruling over the Mexican spotted owl is halting all “timber management actions” in New Mexico’s five national forests. That means no new permits will be issued for woodcutting for personal use firewood, vigas or...

 

My first car was an electric one

You may find it hard to believe, but my first car was an electric car. Nothing so fancy as a Tesla, though. It was a 1975 Sebring-Vanguard Citicar. That's us in the photograph, in the spring of 1980,...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    October 2, 2019

Country series carried me back

I made it a point to watch Ken Burns’ eight-part documentary series titled “Country Music.” I wanted to reconnect with a time in which I transcended rock and folk into the sounds coming out of Nashville, Tenn. In the 1970s, I became what you...

 

Presentation: Roosevelt health indicators overall positive

PORTALES - Trends in health indicators for Roosevelt County were overall positive in the past several years, but there's still work to be done in areas like obesity, sexual health, chronic lower...

 

Community's kindness beautiful

You would have to look long and hard to find a nicer person in eastern New Mexico than Bill Parson. Even if you don't know his name, chances are you've seen him. Parson was a long-time "cart pusher"...

 

Octobers past: Grady gunfight, folk singer gone

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Octobers past: • Oct. 2, 1933: Coleman De Laney, a 26-year-old farmer, was shot and killed outside the post office in Grady. Officials said De Laney and his...

 

Happy to get chance to bloom, even late

I realized that I might be a late bloomer — a little late, naturally. I love hearing about proteges: the 5-year-old drummer or the 16-year-old activist. I love hearing the 9-year-old who sings like an old soul and reading about the 14-year-old who...

 

God didn't paint over us but washed us clean

Let’s talk about paint. My wife and I have been involved in an upstairs bathroom renovation. She was mostly involved in, uh, “reminding” me regularly for several years (or maybe a decade) that...

 

Events calendar - Oct. 2

Today • Coffee with a Cop — 7:30-9:30 a.m., Daylight Donuts, 2201 N. Prince, Clovis. Presented by the Clovis Police Department. Community members invited to ask questions and learn more about CPD’s work. Information: 575-763-9469 • Tiny Tots...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    October 2, 2019

Even in the midst of loss and sorrow, love remains

Dictionary.com defines a ‘dork’ as: a silly, out-of-touch person who tends to look odd or behave ridiculously around others; a social misfit. If we’re truthful, we’ve all probably fallen into...

 

Greyhounds fall to 23rd in soccer poll

PORTALES — To no surprise, Eastern New Mexico’s men’s soccer team fell in the United Soccer Coaches Division II poll after suffering its first loss of the season. So did the team that hung the first loss on the Greyhounds, as the Tuesday poll...

 

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