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  • Search warrants sealed in investigation

    David Grieder - Staff|Updated Oct 7, 2019

    PORTALES — Search warrants were in progress but sealed in the ongoing investigation of human remains found last week in the trunk of a burnt vehicle in Portales, officials said. "They did a search warrant initially on the vehicle," District Attorney Andrea Reeb told The News on Saturday. "I think everything's been sealed to protect this investigation." The 9th Judicial District's Major Crimes Unit was activated Wednesday afternoon after law officers in Roosevelt County discovered human remains in the trunk of a burnt v...

  • Local invited to national rodeo

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    CLOVIS - In his first season as a professional rodeoer, Shad Mayfield is learning you don't need to be the best roper every single time you show up at an event. You just need to be a professional, defined as somebody who gets paid for what they do. Big checks, little checks and everything in between added up, and they secured Mayfield an invite to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo scheduled Dec. 8-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayfield, who lives south of Clovis, was of course...

  • Committee approved to consider air service

    David Grieder - Staff|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    CLOVIS — Commissioners on Thursday approved the formation of a committee to evaluate five proposals for a new Essential Air Service for the city of Clovis. Their review and recommendations are scheduled to go back before the commission at its Oct. 22 meeting. Among five proposals are three that were submitted through the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s request for proposal: Advanced Air, LLC, Sky West Airlines, Inc and Key Lime Air Corporation, doing business as Denver Air Connection. Two additional proposals were sub...

  • Election important one for Curry

    Updated Oct 5, 2019

    New Mexico has 33 counties. Of those, only two — Curry and Roosevelt — are dry, meaning alcohol sales are not permitted in the unincorporated areas of the counties. Over the past several years, Curry County has received phone calls, been approached by developers and has received inquiries as to why alcohol sales are not permitted in the unincorporated areas of the county. And so the Curry County Commission earlier this year unanimously approved moving forward and putting before the voters three questions pertaining to alcohol...

  • System still works, but we must remain vigilant

    Updated Oct 5, 2019

    To anyone who doesn’t live here, America may seem like a land of confusion. Much of what we do in the public square is riddled with contradictions. We’re known as a place where law and order reign supreme, yet we spend months arguing for criminal justice reform that includes pathways to early release. It may not make sense until you hear from Matthew Charles, as those attending the American Legislative Exchange Council’s recent annual meeting in Austin, Texas, did. His story, as one of the first people in America to benef...

  • Biden dealings the bigger scandal

    Michael Reagan|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    Please help me get the importance of this infamous Trump-Zelensky phone call. The Democrats and their soulmates in the liberal media are seriously getting ready to impeach the president — again — because President Trump asked Ukrainian President Zelensky for a couple of favors? Apparently, given the hysteria, it’s the first time in U.S. history that our president has asked the leader of a foreign country to do a favor for him that might help him politically at home. Presi...

  • Supporting alcohol measure on ballot is vote for freedom

    David Stevens - Staff|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties are being asked whether alcohol sales should be permitted in the unincorporated areas of the counties. Let’s hope they approve. Yes votes don’t mean alcohol is good. Yes votes mean private business owners get to decide what’s best for their businesses. And we might even see a few more private businesses pop up around the region. The language on the Nov. 5 ballots will be the same in both counties: • Do residents wish to allow the sale, service and consumption of alcoholic beverag...

  • Stranger danger morphs over years

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    Quick, what’s the first lesson your parents taught you when you were little? I’m going to assume, for the purposes of this column to go smoothly, that it was the classic, “Don’t talk to strangers.” At some point in life, this philosophy butts up against everything else you’re told to do growing up. Trying to sell Girl Scout cookies or Boy Scout popcorn? Strangers have money. It’s Oct. 31? Put this costume on. Strangers have candy. Soon, “don’t talk to strangers” morphed into something else with my parents: Don’t buy...

  • Curry to hold special meeting

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    CLOVIS — The Curry County Board of Commissioners will be holding a special meeting Tuesday at 9 a.m. where it will receive a report from the Road Department and vote on an application to install fiber optic cable on Curry roads. The application would cover work, excavation, boring, cross cuts and other cuts by Plateau Telecommunications to install fiber optic cable on Curry Road 7, Curry Road L, Curry Road 5, Curry Road 6, Curry Road M and Curry Road N. The board will also discuss a request for direction from County Clerk A...

  • ENMU phone system has outage

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    PORTALES — The phone was busy last week at Eastern New Mexico University, no matter who you dialed. But nobody was talking on any of the phones. The campus phone system went out Tuesday, and wasn’t restored until late Friday after CenturyLink installed new lines for the campus. Clark Elswick, the system chief information officer for ENMU, said crews worked on the assumption the phone system was knocked out due to the heavy rains that hit Portales on Tuesday. The crews, Elswick said, simply installed new phone lines ins...

  • CCC to receive update on president search

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    CLOVIS — Following what was easliy its busiest week of 2019, the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees goes right back at it Monday morning, with its October meeting set for 8 a.m. at CCC Room 512. The meeting was originally scheduled for last Wednesday, but the trustees moved it due to their weeklong interviews of five finalists for the college’s presidential position. Each weekday included a special board meeting that was essentially a two-hour closed-door interview with that day’s finalist. Ray Mondragon, board secre...

  • Trees to come down on Clovis' Main Street

    David Grieder - Staff|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    CLOVIS — They’re not the first trees to come down and they won’t be the last. City officials are pointing to the oak trees’ roots at the roots of the issue necessitating their removal from South Main Street last week. “The tree roots have caused the sidewalk to buckle and create a hazard,” City Manager Justin Howalt wrote in an email on Thursday. Those sidewalks are being replaced, part of an effort to bring them up to compliance with standards from the Americans with Disabilities Act. Similar work was completed on South Main...

  • Ag 50 members pass on mantle of leadership

    Mathew Brock - Staff|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    PORTALES — A flood of new members attended the Ag 50 of Eastern New Mexico committee meeting Tuesday afternoon, showing interest in revitalizing the committee as older members turned over the mantle of leadership to a new generation. Founding member Sid Strebeck turned over the chairman position to T.J. Curtis, who was elected Tuesday. “It’s exciting to lead an organization of this caliber,” Curtis said. “I’m excited about cultivating relationships, making new acquaintances and broadening a positive message about agriculture...

  • Portales approves improvement project change

    Mathew Brock - Staff|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    PORTALES — The Portales City Council on Tuesday approved a change for the Johnson Hill Water Tank Improvement Project. The order authorizes the disposal of AC pipes and the addition of transition fittings to connect to 16-inch AC pipe to complete the yard piping portion of the project, as well as adding racking panels to the chlorination building to provide the proper disinfection process to the systems. The cost of these additions will not exceed $18,000 plus general revenue tax and will revise the total contract amount to $...

  • Health council sponsoring germ fighting drive

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Health Council is sponsoring a germ fighting supply drive for schools in Roosevelt County. Debbie Gentry of the council said the drive will continue through October, with a donation box set up at Portales City Hall, 100 W. First St. Organizers are seeking disinfectant spray and wipes, along with hand sanitizer and tissues. Information: Gentry is at 575-356-4453, extension 6367....

  • Lea issues notice of contract termination

    Mathew Brock - Staff|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    Lea County issued a notice of termination for a contract with HB Construction on Thursday, claiming HB's work failed to conform to the requirements of their contract documents. HB is also in a contract with Curry County for the renovation and construction of facilities at its Adult Detention Center. Lea County issued a letter stating it was considering declaring HB in default of the contract on Feb. 28, after which it held a meeting with HB on March 20 to develop a framework for which HB could complete the project by April....

  • Pages past - Oct. 6

    Updated Oct 5, 2019

    On this date ... 1969: Stansell’s Highland Super Market offered the following specials: • Morton’s Cream Pies, 29 cents • Hawaiian Punch, 3 for $1 • Shurfine shaving cream, 59 cents • King size Lemon Joy, 59 cents • Jimmy Dean Pure Pork Sausage, $1.59 • Shurfresh crackers, 19 cents. Stansell’s was located at Main and Manana streets. Open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day except Sunday, when hours were 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tendercrust Coupons could be redeemed for fishing gear, dolls, basketballs and more. Pages Past is compiled...

  • Meetings calendar - Oct. 6

    Updated Oct 5, 2019

    Monday • Clovis Community College Board of Trustees — 8 a.m., CCC, 417 Schepps Blvd., Room 512, Clovis. Information: 575-769-4001 • Clovis Civil Aviation Board — 4:30 p.m. at Clovis Municipal Airport Terminal Conference Room, 459 CR 11.5, Texico. Tuesday • Curry County Special Commission Meeting — 9 a.m., 417 Gidding Commission Chambers. Information: 575-763-6016. • U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., staff mobile office — 11 a.m. to noon, De Baca Family Practice Clinic, 546 N. 10th St., Fort Sumner. Information: 57...

  • Events calendar - Oct. 6

    Updated Oct 5, 2019

    Today • Clovis City Comic Con II Anti-Bullying Expo — 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Roy Walker Community Building, 316 W. 2nd St., Clovis. Presented by Xtreme Force Productions. Information: 850-612-2849 • ENMU Department of Theater & Digital Filmmaking presents: “On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning” —2 p.m., University Theater Center, ENMU, Portales. A comedy directed by Anne Beck. General admission $7; free to ENMU students with ID. Information: 575-562-2711 • Then Sings My Soul: A Worship Celebration — 6:30 p.m., Central Baptist...

  • On the shelves - Oct. 6

    Updated Oct 5, 2019

    The following books are available for checkout: Clovis-Carver Public Library “Home Again” by Shirlee McCoy dishes up a sweet, funny, heartwarming romance with its friendly, small-town setting. Ex-Navy SEAL Porter Bradshaw faces his toughest challenge ever upon returning to his hometown to cope with family tragedy and care for six grieving nieces and nephews. As he and a family friend work to comfort the young Bradshaws, Porter finds a renewed sense of commitment and unexpected romance. “Game of Snipers” by Stephen Hunter...

  • Club notes - Oct. 6

    Updated Oct 5, 2019

    Curry County Association of Educational Retirees The Curry County Association of Educational Retirees held its monthly meeting Tuesday. The program included a review of the recent New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees conference in Raton by club president Eileen Masseey. The presentation started with a video created by Jason Davis to showcase Clovis for the upcoming NMAER 2020 Convention. Massey spoke spoke about the keynote speaker address concerning Social Security and Medicare issues. Dianne Davis related informat...

  • Senior calendar - Oct. 6

    Updated Oct 5, 2019

    Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory St., Clovis Monday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 8 ball pool, 8:30 a.m. exercise, 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. line dance, 1 p.m. canasta, 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. exercise equipment, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 8-ball pool, 8 a.m. quilting, 11 a.m. line dance, 1 p.m. pinochle, 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. exercise equipment, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 8-ball pool, 8:30 a.m. exercise class, 9 a.m. sew days, 1 p.m. needle gang Thursday: 8 a.m. biscuits, gravy, eggs, $5, 8:45 a.m. pinochle 101, 8:45...

  • Interior design, embellishing garments ahead on show

    Sheryl Borden|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    Information on interior design and using Paintstiks to embellish ready-made garments will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain). Interior designer Kim Bailey knows that opposite personalities attract but when you’re trying to design a home together, conflict can often arise. She will share some tips on ways to create a beautiful home that both parties can enjoy and love. Bailey is President of Kim Bailey Inter...

  • School menus - Oct. 6

    Updated Oct 5, 2019

    Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast, egg and cheese croissant, fruit, juice, milk; Lunch, teriyaki blasters, scalloped potatoes, seasoned green beans, chilled fruit, whole wheat roll, veggie bar, milk Tuesday: Breakfast, pancake sauage on a stick, fruit, juice, milk; Lunch, popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, mini carrots & ranch, pasta salad, chilled mixed fruit, veggie bar, milk Wednesday: Breakfast, bean and cheese burrito, fruit, juice, milk; Lunch, chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese sandwich, garden salad, ranch...

  • Rainy weather recalls some family history

    Karl Terry|Updated Oct 5, 2019

    Before the week was out I had started to envy Noah a little bit. Maybe the dude knows what he’s talking about. I don’t have a great big ark or even a little boat but I was starting to wish for one last week. After staying more or less dry all growing season the heavens opened as harvest was under way and rain was only useful for rangeland. But that’s the way it goes with rain in these parts — feast or famine. If you’ve lived in eastern New Mexico you know where water sta...

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