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Articles from the October 21, 2018 edition

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 By David Grieder    News    October 21, 2018

Jouett enters guilty plea

CLOVIS — Seated calmly Wednesday beside his attorney in the Curry County Courthouse, it took Nathaniel Jouett more time to listen to a judge go through all 30 of his felony charges than it did for...

 

Letter to the editor - Oct. 21

Racino losing proposition for Clovis There are a lot of opinions about a racino in Clovis. Everyone has an opinion. But, they don’t have a right to voice one for anyone else. This includes our elected officials. Gambling is addictive. Some can...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    October 21, 2018

Jail addition taking shape

CLOVIS — As you can see from driving or walking down Main Street, the renovation project at the Curry County Adult Detention Center is well underway. And the framework of the new addition is...

 
 By David Grieder    News    October 21, 2018

Officials, residents seek answers on contamination

In the days following public announcement of a chemical contamination in area water wells, residents and public officials are asking for answers, action and accountability. Potential health effects to residents, livestock and dairy production were...

 

Opinion: Here's what $1.6 billion can get you

Nobody was lucky Friday night, so the Mega Millions jackpot is at $1.6 billion for Tuesday night’s drawing. That’s 1.6 billion, with a B. That’s 1,600 millions. It’s 1.6 million thousands. It would take you 18 days to count that many...

 

Our people: Helping people (and dogs) in need

My name is Dustin Caroland. I was born in Albuquerque and moved to the Clovis/Portales area when I was 15-years-old. I am a graduate of Portales High School and will be graduating from Eastern New...

 

Opinion: Espanola scores in playing game without fans

High school football can build character. There is little doubt the sport teaches young people the value of work ethic, discipline and camaraderie. And when emotions spiral out of control, there is another lesson the game can convey to its players,...

 

Gluten-free meals, sleep apnea ahead on show

Information on preparing gluten-free main dishes for two, creating a fun flip-up card and learning how to eliminate sleep apnea will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on...

 

Opinion: Smaller government better path to ethical behavior

Appearing on New Mexicans’ ballots this fall is Constitutional Amendment 2, which would create an ethics commission. To New Mexico’s advocates for “good government,” it’s easy: With an...

 

Club notes - Oct. 21

Portales Women’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met on October 10th with President Amber Hamilton presiding. There were 18 members and four guests present. Hamilton introduced Charles Broz, associate professor of culinary arts at Eastern New Mexico...

 

Opinion: Bee law a flawed effort

One of the myths of the Old West is the concept of rugged individualism — the idea that it’s possible for one man to stand alone, being completely self-sufficient. It’s an attractive idea, because who among us hasn’t gotten fed up with their...

 

School menus - Oct. 21

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Bagel w/cream cheese. Lunch — Nacho chicken pasta, steamed broccoli and carrots, apple, whole wheat roll. Tuesday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — Sloppy joe on a bun, baked fries, veggie...

 

Opinion: On baseball, bubble gum, Buddy Biancalana

In 1987, Thomas Boswell wrote a column for the Washington Post listing 99 reasons baseball is better than football. • “Baseball has a bullpen coach blowing bubble gum with his cap turned around...

 

Senior calendar - Oct. 21

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory St., Clovis Monday: 8:30 a.m. exercise class, 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. line dance Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. exercise equipment, 8 a.m. quilting, 9 a.m. pinochle class, 10 a.m. beginning line dance, 1 p.m....

 

On the shelves - Oct. 21

The following are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “A Dangerous Game” by Heather Graham opens with criminal psychologist Kieran Finnegan wrapping up after a normal day at the office. Outside, she’s accosted by a...

 

Opinion: It's cacahuate time in eastern New Mexico

It’s cacahuate time or, if you live in eastern New Mexico, you may call it kakawate time. It’s our local version, in Spanish, of tomato or tomahto. The spelling of the local name for NM 202 came i...

 

Events calendar - Oct. 21

Today • Peanut Valley Festival —11 a.m.-5 p.m., Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, 705 E. Lime St., Portales. Information: 575-356-8541 • Axle Contemporary mobile photo studio — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, 705 E. Lime St.,...

 

Meetings calendar - Oct. 21

Monday • Clovis Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m., Assembly Room, City Hall, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Tuesday • Clovis Municipal School board — 5:30 p.m., Board Room, Central Office, 1009...

 
 By David Grieder    News    October 21, 2018

Date for racino decision penciled

It appears to be the home stretch: in just over six weeks, the New Mexico Racing Commission is tentatively scheduled to announce its award for the state’s sixth and final racino license. “I emphasize the word tentative,” NMRC Executive...

 

Jail logs - Oct. 21

Booked The following were booked into local jails Tuesday-Thursday: Clovis • James Henry, 25, probation violation • George Trujillo, 58, probation violation • Steven Lara, 49, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Joseph Sandoval, 45,...

 
 By David Grieder    News    October 21, 2018

Panel to review officer-involved shooting

CLOVIS — In the “Policies and Procedures” of the Clovis Police Department, the chapter on “Use of Force & Firearms” occupies 13 pages, only one of which deals directly with the “Use of Deadly Force.” That section draws straight from...

 

School board expected to act on policy changes

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education is expected to take action on several changes to board policy during Tuesday’s meeting. One of the changes — first introduced at the Sept. 25 meeting, per board policy — adds language...

 

Contract approved for Brown remodel project

PORTALES — The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education approved a contract with Formative Architecture to design a remodel project at the Brown Early Childhood Center during Monday’s meeting. Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the remodel...

 

Governor's race heats up political advertising

SANTA FE — A national GOP group has waded into New Mexico governor’s race, launching a television ad Wednesday that features familiar attacks against Democratic nominee Michelle Lujan Grisham. Meanwhile, Lujan Grisham launched a TV spot of her...

 

Election ballots

Nov. 6 General Election New Mexico U.S. Senator Martin T. Heinrich (D) Gary E. Johnson (L) Mick Rich (R) U.S. Representative District 2 Xochitl Torres Small (D) Yvette Herrell (R) District 3 Ben R. Lujan (D) Christopher Manning (L) Jerald Steve McFal...

 

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