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Articles from the November 17, 2019 edition

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Ground broken on new fire substation

PORTALES - Fire coverage is an important part of any city's infrastructure, and station location is key. The city of Portales will soon have a new fire substation that will cover to the northwest...

 

Family files suit against state

PORTALES — The family of a girl who died in 2017 after being left in a hot car at a Portales daycare is suing the state, alleging shortcomings in training and supervision contributed to the death. The case, filed in U.S. District Court, lists...

 

Portales bids farewell to fire chief

PORTALES — The Portales City Council will bid farewell to Fire Chief Gary Nuckols while welcoming newly appointed Chief Timothy J. Cathey to the post during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. “It’s bittersweet, but I’m very happy to be...

 

Clovis FFA team finishes in top 10

CLOVIS — A team of Clovis High and CHS Freshman Academy students made their way to a top-10 national finish during the Future Farmers of American national competition. Junior Grant Palla, sophomores Cara McWilliams and Robert Gage Myers and...

 

Curry to hear water presentation

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission will hear plenty about water and financial obligations when it meets Tuesday morning. Clovis Mayor and Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority Chair David Lansford is scheduled to give a presentation on...

 

CCC to look again at residence renovations

CLOVIS — The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees will take a second look at renovations to its presidential residence in a special meeting Wednesday morning. On Nov. 6, trustees tabled a request for renovations at the residence on 1621 E....

 

NM Department of Health investigating 20 vaping cases

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating 20 cases of individuals who were hospitalized with lung illness after using e-cigarettes or “vaping,” according to a release from the state. The cases originate in eight different...

 

Meetings calendar - Nov. 17

Tuesday • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Chambers, Curry County Administration Complex, 417 Gidding St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 • Roosevelt County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Room, Roosevelt County Courthouse,...

 

Ag 50 hears speaker on World Food Security

CLOVIS — The Ag 50 Committee opened its first quarterly meeting since its reorganization with a bang by inviting Tara Vander Dussen, a local dairy farmer, environmental scientist and global dairy industry advocate, to speak. Vander Dussen...

 

Lubbock man acquitted on battery charges

CLOVIS — A Lubbock man was acquitted Wednesday on battery charges in connection with the 2017 death of his son. David Plyler, 61, of Lubbock, received the acquittal following roughly a day-and-a-half trial, with attorney Dan Lindsey noting the...

 

Roosevelt to further discuss windmills

PORTALES — The collection of windmills at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds remain an ongoing issue for the county, with county commissioners taking time during their regular meeting Tuesday to further discuss what to do with them. Many of the...

 

Clovis schools to consider STEM curriculum

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will consider introduction of a STEM curriculum for its middle schools when it meets Tuesday evening. The STEM field includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The curriculum...

 

ENMU regents grant permission to refinance loan

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met for approximately 30 minutes Friday morning, granting permission to the owners of the San Juan and Sierra Vista housing communities to refinance a loan on the properties. The...

 

Public record - Nov. 17

The following marriage licenses were recently filed at the Curry County court clerk’s office: • Evan Blake Bigler, 19, and Ashley Kaylye Fletcher, 23, both of Clovis • Tedera Dwayne Graves II, 27, and Yajaira Karely Gonzalez, 26, both of...

 

Public opinion likely to drive impeachment

The day’s news brims with reports on the thrusts and parries of Wednesday’s U.S. House hearing, a possible prelude to the first removal from office of a sitting U.S. president. Weeks, perhaps months of public drama and decision-making have...

 

Let citizens decide on stadium

New Mexico United, by any metric, had a stellar first season in the United Soccer League. It went 11-10-13, made the United Soccer League Playoffs and led the USL in attendance with an average of more than 13,000 fans a game. Now, New Mexico United...

 

Impeachment going nowhere fast

Spoiler alert. The Democrats’ big dream of impeaching President Trump is going nowhere. Act I of the pathetic Trump impeachment hearings they are staging in the House for the next week was not just...

 

Impeachment process polluted by partisanship

I’m not sure who to believe anymore. House Intelligence Committee Chairman, and impeachment hearing ringmaster, Adam Schiff, D-Calif., says he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower. President Trump says he’s “too busy” to watch...

 

Letter to the editor - Nov. 17

Community involvement can bring change I am currently a student at New Mexico State University, persuing my bachelor’s degree in social work. I grew up in Portales for 18 years and was raised on the north side of town. This side of town is also...

 

Credit unions' tax-exempt status unfair

After decades of aggressive transformation at growth-obsessed credit unions and acquiescence by The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and the Independent Community Bankers of America recently launched a nationwide campaign calling on...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    November 17, 2019

Democrats need more than 'troubling'

If the impeachment effort isn’t taking the nation by storm, the Democrats have an answer — blame it on Latin. The use of a Latin term, quid pro quo, is now thought to be a damper on the...

 

Events calendar - Nov. 17

Today • Holiday Bazaar 2019 — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Free. Handmade gifts, organic food, ceramics, clothing, and more. Information: 575-935-5000 • ENMU Double-Reed Ensemble recital — 3 p.m., Buchanan...

 

Our people: Hoping for the best, planning for the worst

Dan Heerding considers himself a "transplant" to Clovis. His family moved to Clovis when his wife Joy was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. The Heerdings have been married for 20 years and share...

 

Glasses a defining part of my persona

You might have heard, I recently developed cataracts and now have a whole new meaning to the lyrics of the song “Doctor My Eyes,” by Jackson Browne. You know the song that starts out: Doctor, my...

 

Goal-setting, gluten-free flours ahead on show

Information on setting goals by creating a vision and using gluten-free flours in cooking will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times...

 

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