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Events calendar - Dec. 19

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

 

Jouett to be sentenced as adult

CLOVIS - In what prosecutors called a "huge step" and perhaps the last in almost 16 months of adjudication for library shooter Nathaniel Jouett, a judge ordered this week that the juvenile gunman be...

 

Meetings calendar - Dec. 19

Thursday • City of Clovis Economic Incentive Board — 7:30 a.m., Assembly Room, Clovis City Hall, 321 Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 1 p.m., ENMWUA Offices, Sitterly Professional...

 

Holiday faith calendar - Dec. 19

Today • Christmas on the Amazon chili supper — 6:30 p.m., Portales Church of God, 1427 E Amazon St., Portales. Free. Information: 575-791-9251 Thursday • Christmas on the Amazon family fun night — 6:30 p.m., Portales Church of God, 1427 E...

 

Opinion: Solar shouldn't be forced on city

I’m in favor of solar energy. I’m not in favor of city commissions spending money on it, or on anything else. The news that the Clovis city commissioners want to spend your money for land on...

 

Opinion: Memories much better than gifts

In terms of pure economics, our biggest national holiday is, of course, Christmas. I read somewhere that Halloween comes in as a strong second, but I’d be surprised if it’s anywhere close to the money we Americans spend for the yuletide. Perhaps...

 

Opinion: Crime bill must be balanced, thought out

The 60-day legislative session in Santa Fe is still a few weeks away, but lawmakers are already crafting laws New Mexico residents will need to keep an eye on. Among the proposed bills is a massive “omnibus” crime package being crafted by...

 

Opinion: Another viewpoint: Trying for more animal-friendly turns of phrase

“Don’t you have bigger fish to fry?” That was the typical, not exactly enlightened, response after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals shook up the Twitterverse with our list of animal-friendly phrases to use in place of common...

 

Opinion: Rural US still has a lot to offer nation

The New York Times ran an “op-ed” piece, an opinion not that of the newspaper, this week by an economist named Eduardo Porter. It’s about the declining state of rural America and what to do...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    December 19, 2018

Opinion: Investigation seeking any material to keep ball rolling

The most legally fraught part of the Russia probe now revolves around payments to an American porn star. As of yet, instead of a dastardly scheme to participate with the Russians in the hacking of Democratic emails to subvert the election,...

 

Pages past - Dec. 19

On this date ... 1973: Louie Augustinos, longtime owner of Clovis' Coney Island Cafe, died from complications following a stroke. Augustinos was born in Greece in 1894 and came to America in 1929. He...

 

Jail logs - Dec. 19

Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday-Monday: Clovis • Tres Grissom, 32, assault upon a peace officer, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer • Angelo Rodriguez, 24, parole violation, probation violation • Miguel...

 

Clovis swim team picks up more qualifying times at Belen

BELEN — Clovis might have gone into Saturday’s meet at Belen a little shorthanded, but the people who did swim had a pretty good Saturday. Clovis coach Gordy Westerburg said most of the Wildcat...

 

Dairy owner airs water concerns

CLOVIS - The owner of a local dairy on Tuesday addressed the Curry County Commission about issues his business is facing as a result of water contamination near Cannon Air Force Base. Art Schaap, owne...

 

Wind tops Roosevelt agenda

PORTALES — Wind energy came up twice in Tuesday's Roosevelt County Commission meeting — once for the past, and again for the future. In a new business item, commissioners approved the creation of the county's Windmill Museum Steering Committee,...

 

Cannon airmen gather, donate toys

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE - Airmen from Cannon donated children's toys to several nearby community centers on Monday. After pooling together the donated gifts, 27th Special Operations Force Support...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    December 19, 2018

Racing commission schedules special meeting for Friday

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Racing Commission has scheduled a special meeting for Friday morning, but the commission is unlikely to award a sixth horse-racing license during the meeting. Three applicants in Clovis, one in Tucumcari and one in...

 

Quarter paid for a local, historical treasure

For the cost of a quarter, I picked up a treasure at the most recent used book sale hosted by the Friends of the Portales Public Library: a slim paper-bound stapled volume, 81 photocopied pages long....

 

Education feature: Catching up on tech

CLOVIS - Now in its fourth year at Clovis Christian Schools, the 3-D printing program has expanded this year thanks to a new technology lab that includes newer equipment. The new printers and...

 

ENMU women remain fifth in regional rankings

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Eastern New Mexico women's basketball team, idle during the week leading up to this week’s D2SIDA South Central Regional Poll, stayed in the fifth spot when the...

 

Portales librarian retires

PORTALES - Denise Burnett has overseen plenty of changes in over three decades serving the Portales Public Library. But there's plenty she expects will stay constant for the community institution....

 

Oklahoma Christian hands ENMU women first D-II defeat

EDMOND, Oklahoma — The Eastern New Mexico women’s basketball team didn’t go into its Christmas break in holly-jolly fashion, enduring a heartbreaking 97-96 loss to Oklahoma Christian on the road...

 

Three Cats named All-State

CLOVIS — Three Clovis seniors received Class 6A all-state football recognition this week, with Montez Wright receiving first-team designation from the New Mexico High School Coaches Association....

 

Faith feature: Church to carry on with midnight service

PORTALES — Even without a minister, First Presbyterian Church in Portales is continuing its annual tradition of a midnight Christmas eve service. Beginning at 11 p.m. on Monday, Yvette Howl said the service will include a message about the season...

 

Hounds adding transfers in early signing period

PORTALES — This week’s early college football signing period is largely one for Division-I schools to get an early commit from the blue-chip prospects, so they can focus on getting the undecideds...

 

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