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Articles from the December 4, 2019 edition

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Parades set to light up night

Little says Christmas more than an after-dark parade with floats full of festive lights and adorned with holiday decorations, topped off with a tree lighting along the way and a visit from the big...

 

Commission votes to retain management

CLOVIS - If a unanimous vote could be done begrudgingly, it certainly was Tuesday morning at a brief Curry County Commission meeting. By a 4-0 vote, with reservations noted, the commission approved a...

 

Clovis officials to make decision on tax hike

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission will decide on a potential tax hike locally Thursday, while asking the state to consider lowering another tax in a few months. The commission will consider final approval of Ordinance 2127-2019 to amend a .25%...

 

Participants pageant-ready

PORTALES — Local girls have been hard at work over the last month, raising money to support local holiday festivities and getting ready for the 2019 Little Miss Merry Christmas Pageant. The pageant will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Yam Theatre and...

 

Former director pleads guilty

CLOVIS — The former director of Clovis’ senior meals program pleaded Tuesday morning to embezzling from the organization last year. Cherisse Perez, 35, faces up to seven years in prison for the charge — three years for the initial charge and a...

 

Pages past - Dec. 4

On this date ... 1969: Eastern New Mexico University football coach Howard White had resigned, saying he was displeased with the school’s financial commitment to the program. White, whose teams were 10-18-1 in his three seasons, said the programs...

 

Meetings calendar - Dec. 4

Today • Clovis Community College Board of Trustees — 8 a.m., CCC, 417 Schepps Blvd., Room 512, Clovis. Information: 575-769-4001   Thursday • Curry County DWI Task Force — 4-5 p.m., Curry County Administration, 417 Gidding St., Suite 100,...

 

Roosevelt officials discuss capital requests

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission meeting was sparse Tuesday morning with only three commissioners attending. During the meeting, the commission discussed capital requests for its fiscal year 2020 budget and went over its previously...

 

Planned coyote-killing contest briefly raises concerns

A planned coyote-killing contest last week captured the attention of New Mexico’s attorney general, but officials said the event took place in Texas, not Curry County as had been reported. AG Hector Balderas said in a news release issued Friday tha...

 

Billy the Kid film screening Saturday in Fort Sumner

FORT SUMNER — The film “In Their Own Words, Billy the Kid & the Lincoln County War” is scheduled for a special screening on Saturday in Fort Sumner. Tickets are free, but must be obtained in advance through the film producer’s website at:...

 

Municipal election deadline today

CLOVIS — If you’re considering a run for the March municipal elections, today is the deadline to have your voter registration information current with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office. Anybody wishing to run in the March 3 election...

 

Education digest - Dec. 4

Program to host fundraiser The Portales Municipal Schools Gifted and Talented Program will host a pancake fundraiser Saturday morning at the Memorial Building. The event, scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., is $10 a plate and raises money for...

 

Non-confidential info in shooting should be released

Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales is either determined to cover up the actions of his department in the tragic shooting death of Elisha Lucero as long as he possibly can — or maybe he’s just a really slow learner. Lucero, a 28-year-old...

 

Still a sentimental fan of holidays

It’s the holiday season. This is the time of year when people can celebrate — or not — however they like. It’s also when those who feel they are better than you and assume the moral authority...

 

Got to know a good soul years back

In my formative years, I worked for the Appalachia Service Project, a home repair ministry affiliated with the United Methodist Church. We went into the poorest areas of Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee and used donated money, supplies and volunteers...

 

'Dog day' magical experience for students

Vicki Guiffre is a fifth-grade teacher at Parkview Elementary, who recently shared an interesting story. A year ago, she bought a Great Pyrenees puppy for the family. Knowing she would need some help...

 

Governor endorses pension system overhaul

SANTA FE — A complex proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s chronically underfunded pension system for public employees won endorsement Tuesday from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and a host of Democratic legislative leaders. The proposal — set for a...

 

Events calendar - Dec. 4

Today • Tiny Tots — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 • Preschool storytime “Armadillo Shuffle” — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library, 218 S. Ave. B, Portales. Information:...

 

Days ahead full of seasonal events

When Thanksgiving happens on its latest possible date — as it did this year — it feels as if we are plunged headfirst into the deep end of the Christmas pool almost before the turkey has been...

 

A look back at Decembers past

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Decembers past: • Dec. 1, 1971: Tucumcari District Attorney Vic Breen was shot to death outside his home by a mental patient Breen helped commit to the state...

 

Both cats and dogs have their good points

I love cats and dogs. I know there are people who prefer one animal over another. No one knows for sure why that’s the case. I am more of a cat person and I don’t know why. I have two dogs and yet I prefer cats a little more. This doesn’t make...

 

Nice to know I'm headed in the right direction

My husband Peter and I are returning from Spain by boat. The whole idea started when Peter read a book about the sinking of the Lusitania. “That sounds like fun,” Peter told me, as he read. “Death at sea?” I asked. “No, the part before...

 

This year's odd calendar comes with a fine lesson

For just a moment, ponder this year’s calendar. You’ve already noticed, I’m sure, that it is playing tricks on us this time around. Thanksgiving and the turkey, dragging their heels, showed up...

 

About a million wishes for the holiday season

I have about a million wishes for this holiday season. Big ones and small ones. As I watch Christmas movies filled with sugar plum fairies and dancing snowflakes, I wish I didn’t fail out of ballet...

 

Hounds set to make home hoops debuts

PORTALES — It may seem strange, the confines of Greyhound Arena, at least in a game situation. This week, for the first time this season, Eastern New Mexico’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will be doing something other than practicing in...

 

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