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  • Students seek travel approval

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 14, 2019

    PORTALES — After beating the best New Mexico had to offer, a quartet of Portales High students is ready to take on the nation. They just need the permission of the Portales school board, and they’re a shoo-in to get it when the board meets 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Portales Municipal Schools administration building. Approval is sought for out-of-state travel for the FFA floriculture team, with departure Oct. 29 for the national competition in Indianapolis and a return date of Nov. 2. The team — composed of seniors Abi Camer...

  • Road scheduled for chip seal overlay

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 13, 2019

    PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Road Department plans to start a chip seal overlay Tuesday on a portion of South Roosevelt Road 2, according to a county release. The portion of road set for the overlay runs from NM 236 to South Roosevelt Road AD. Work is anticipated to continue through Thursday. Motorists are advised to drive slowly through work areas and watch for equipment and personnel. Information: 575-356-5942...

  • Two arrested in Aug. 18 armed robbery

    David Grieder - Staff|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    CLOVIS — Two women charged in the Aug. 18 armed robbery of an elderly woman in a Clovis church parking lot have been arrested. Cherry Anaya, 43, and Jamie Vega, 36, on Wednesday entered no plea to charges of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and six counts of unlawful use or theft of an ATM or debit card, according to court records. Anaya and Vega were arrested Tuesday and remained in custody without bond awaiting a preliminary examination Oct. 21, according to court records. They were each charged Aug. 21 t...

  • Our people: Sharing the word

    Updated Oct 12, 2019

    Jerry Stokes said he doesn't want publicity, but he approached The News last month to share his story during the last day of a murder trial for a man he'd assisted in baptizing early this year through a jail bible study program. Stokes, who turned 80 on Sept. 14, has since 2002 met on a weekly basis with inmates at jails in Clovis and Portales. Before that, he served 13 years of his own in prison after being convicted in the late 1980s of operating what contemporary newspaper...

  • A look at a few stories you might have missed

    Rich Manieri|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    Sure, I could write about impeachment again this week, and probably for countless weeks to come. But I think we all could use a diversion, what with the 24/7 news coverage, analysis, and editorializing that passes for news coverage. It makes you wonder if the earth is still turning on its axis. So, I thought it a public service to highlight some news stories you might have missed because they were barely covered or buried somewhere within the depths of your favorite online news outlet. Here they are, in no particular order:...

  • Jail log - Oct. 13

    Updated Oct 12, 2019

    Booked The following were booked into local jails Tuesday-Thursday: Clovis • Cherry Anaya, 43, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, unlawful use or theft of an ATM or debit card, theft of identity, fraud, failure to pay fines • Dereke Hall, 36, criminal trespass • Zachery Looper, 18, probation violation, non-residential burglary • Frank Robles, 50, probation violation • Jeremy Claudio, 29, failure to appear on a felony charge • Marcello Garza, 43, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge, failure to appear on a...

  • NBA's kowtowing to China gutless disgrace

    Rich Lowry|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    Little did Dr. James Naismith know when he invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891 that, more than a century hence, it would become beholden to its Chinese overlords. The NBA disgraced itself kowtowing to Beijing after the general manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, tweeted his support for Hong Kong protesters. The words he associated himself with — “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” — would seem uncontroversial. Who doesn’t...

  • Another viewpoint: Trump incapable of presidential duties

    Updated Oct 12, 2019

    President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, opening the way for a possible incursion by Turkish forces, is everything his critics say it is: impulsive, unwise and a betrayal of the Syrian Kurds on whom the United States relied in the war against Islamic State. Characteristically, the president is now engaging in damage control. This fiasco began last Sunday when the White House issued a statement after Trump spoke by phone to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The statement said Turkey w...

  • Partisan politics vicious, stupid

    Michael Reagan|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    A Jeb Bush tweet last week got me thinking about some of the ways our nasty partisan politics has been hurting our kids. Paraphrasing Jeb, he asked, “How can parents teach their children that using bad language is wrong when we have a president and members of Congress who constantly use profanity to talk about each other?” Jeb’s tweet also reminded me of something a wise Sunday school teacher of mine said once: “There are more things ‘caught’ than ‘taught.’” I often quote that...

  • Sanders' wealth tax an attack on everyone

    Updated Oct 12, 2019

    Sen. Bernie Sanders recently proposed a “tax on extreme wealth.” Under his plan, the federal government would annually siphon off up to 8% of the assets of the wealthiest individuals. Way to stick it to those robber barons, right? Unfortunately, the senator grossly misunderstands how wealth is created. He also seems unaware of the state of the middle class, as well as the negative economic consequences of a wealth tax — which actually amounts to an attack on all of us. Sanders claims the growth in wealth of the top 1% is du...

  • Don't chase votes you'll never get

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    Our family befriended another family in my hometown. We’ll call them the Milsons. The Milsons visited the Wilsons for dinner and game nights, and the Wilsons visited the Milsons for dinner and game nights. After they moved across the state, we traveled to be part of a surprise Milson anniversary party. Milsons came to our high school graduations. The Milsons did a few things quite differently from us. Every Halloween, while I was trying to convince my parents Alex Trebek would be a great Halloween costume, the Milsons were po...

  • Pages past - Oct. 13

    Updated Oct 12, 2019

    On this date ... 1974: Ten area cyclists had ridden their bikes from Clovis to Melrose and back to raise money for Curry County United Way. The bikers each had sponsors who paid them $1 per mile for the trip. Officials said they raised about $550 for the cause. Riders were Dick Reeves, Ray Kimbrell, Ken Light, Tom Vincent, Dallas Anderson, Phil Anderson, Susan Totoritis, Larry Razlera, Jeff Gray and Les Baldock. Pages Past is compiled by David Stevens. Contact: [email protected]...

  • Roosevelt to discuss auctioning off windmills

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday to discuss auctioning off several of the fairground’s windmills that have fell into disrepair. The board will also receive reports on the county’s probate, detention center, healthcare and manager. Other action items to be addressed at the 9 a.m. meeting at the Roosevelt County Courthouse include: • A request to approve Darius VonSchriltz and April Rutter to the Roosevelt County Management Relations board. • Consideration of the proposed 2020 Roosevelt...

  • CCC board to hold special meetings

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    CLOVIS — The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees has two special meetings this week, and hopes to emerge from the second with a choice for its next president. The trustees will meet at 8 a.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Wednesday at CCC Room 512. The agendas only have executive sessions to discuss personnel matters. The trustees and the college spent the week of Sept. 30 interviewing five finalists, which was whittled down from a field of 62 applicants: • Michael Fitzpatrick, vice president of instruction at Pratt Community Coll...

  • Public record - Oct. 13

    Updated Oct 12, 2019

    The following marriage licenses were recently filed at the Curry County Clerk’s office: • William J. Massengill, 66, and Sandra Jean Ayers, 59, both of Clovis • Isaac Elijah Bennett, 24, and Tayelor Lee Chavez, 23, both of Clovis • Arturo Reyna Islas, 48, and Dolores De La Paz Lopez, 65, both of Clovis • Matthew David Marez, 27, and Anica Monique Chairez, 27, both of Clovis • Nathan Leo Lovett, 52, of Clovis, and Nikki Jamois McDermid, 46, of Texico • Marcos Antonio Loredo Gallegos, 19, and Abril Anahi Castaneda San...

  • Curry to receive report on fair, events center

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    The Curry County Board of Commissioners will receive the 2019 Curry County Fair report and a presentation on the Events Center and fairgrounds financial statements during their regularly scheduled Tuesday morning meeting. Fair attendance was up this year at 29,353 attendees, nearly 5,000 more than last year. Total revenue was up nearly $10,000 over last year at $72,866.19. After the presentations, the board will take action on a request to transfer $50,000 to the Curry County Events Center fund to make improvements to the mou...

  • Portales to take action on loan and grant agreement

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    PORTALES — The Portales City Council on Tuesday will review and take action on a resolution to authorize a water project fund loan and grant agreement between the New Mexico Finance Authority and the city of Portales. Cost of the agreement would be $1,562,652. This would include a loan of $156,265 to finance the cost of the construction of water storage system improvements on the East Johnson Hill tank project. Improvements include interior and exterior painting, hatches, ladder, vents, overflow and drain piping. Other notabl...

  • Groundbreaking ceremony to be held

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    RANCHVALE — Curry County will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday for the Ranchvale Fire Station, according to a release from the county. The new station is one of four rural stations funded by the county, joining Field, Broadview and Pleasant Hill. The new station is a 6,400-square-foot pre-engineered metal building with three garage bays for fire trucks, an office, a common area with a kitchen and a meeting room. The station was funded through $400,000 in capital outlay from the state, with the county c...

  • Portales High Band improves at district

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    PORTALES — The Portales High band finished its short marching season with a marked improvement at Tuesday’s district competition in Artesia. Of the nine bands attending the Southeast District competition, Portales was one of just three bands to receive a superior rating of 1, and was the only Class 4A band to do so. The other bands to receive a 1 rating were Carlsbad and Hobbs, said PHS Band Director Kelli Morrison. The Ram band, coming off a 14th-place performance at Amarillo’s High Plains Marching Festival, again perfo...

  • Heinrich staff holding office hours

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    PORTALES — Staff from the office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., will hold mobile office hours Monday in Portales. The office hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at La Casa Family Health Center Auditorium, 1515 W. Fir St. Staff can answer questions regarding Social Security benefits, Medicare, immigration, veterans benefits, student loans, and other federal programs. Constituents who cannot attend are encouraged to visit the Helping You section at: heinrich.senate.gov...

  • Curry County receives grant

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    CLOVIS — The New Mexico Tourism Department has issued a grant to Curry County as part of the New Mexico Clean and Beautiful program, according to a county release. The grant will allow the county to contract with civic organizations to collect litter at the rate of $5 per hour for each person under the age of 18. Any youth organizations, clubs or sports teams interested in using the opportunity as a fundraiser may contact Doria Rey at 575-763-6016 or email: [email protected]...

  • Meetings calendar - Oct. 13

    Updated Oct 12, 2019

    Monday • Clovis Community College Board of Trustees special meeting — 8 a.m., CCC, 417 Schepps Blvd., Room 512, Clovis. Information: 575-769-4001 • City of Clovis Water Policy Advisory Committee — 8:30 a.m., Clovis City Hall assembly room, 321 N. Connelly, Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 • United States Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) staff mobile office hours — 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., La Casa Family Health Center Auditorium, 1515 W. Fir St., Portales. Information: call Heinrich's Roswell Office at 575-622-7113 • Clovis As...

  • Event promises legal answers

    Mathew Brock - Staff|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    If you’ve ever had a legal question gnawing at you or find yourself in the midst of a legal situation with no direction, Thursday might be the perfect opportunity to talk to an expert, for free. The 9th Judicial District Pro Bono Committee and the Volunteer Attorney Program will be putting on the eighth annual Ask-A-Lawyer event at Yam Theater in Portales from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. The event provides first-come, first served access to free consultations with volunteer attorneys for citizens of Curry, Roosevelt and D...

  • Canine comforter

    David Grieder - Staff|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    CLOVIS - It's not a job for any dog. The 9th Judicial District already knows that, having tried once to bring a canine assistant into its courts. Kasey, a white retriever, lives now with a prosecutor in the district, but before that he was intended to assist in a therapeutic capacity for individuals testifying or giving safe house interviews. Kasey turned out to be more excitable than the sober-minded conditions of the court would require of him. Darwin will instead be that...

  • Retiree restrictions tightened

    Mathew Brock - Staff|Updated Oct 12, 2019

    Many retirees have found a place working support jobs in the school system. Those jobs supplement their pensions, whether that’s as a substitute teacher, bus driver, librarian or another role. There are some restrictions in place however and with the passing of House Bill 360 earlier this year, they’ve tightened. While not causing any major disruptions in the local school districts, these changes have affected several employees. HB 360’s focus was to increase employer contribution to Educator’s Retirement Fund (ERA) by amendi...

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