Articles from the December 23, 2018 edition

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Opinion: Dear, little Elijah: Always remember to show kindness

Ruby Spurlock felt the icy cold wind that morning as she rushed to her car to meet a friend for coffee at Muleshoe's Dinner Bell. As she drove onto the road, she saw a young man she knew as her...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    December 23, 2018

No license - yet

ALBUQUERQUE - With a request for an injunction still pending in a courtroom, the New Mexico Racing Commission on Friday refrained, as expected, from awarding a coveted sixth horse-racing license to ap...

 

Opinion: Coffee table books make statement

One usually doesn’t feel this kind of joy in the “Everything’s $1” store. But you don’t question it when it shows up. I came to the store looking for nothing in particular, but would leave satisfied with enough items to fill the final...

 

Opinion: Martinez did a lot of good in office

After eight years of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in office, what is her legacy? She was the first Latina governor in America soon to be followed by Michelle Lujan-Grisham who will be the second...

 

Reader reaction - Dec. 23

A judge last week determined Clovis library shooter Nathaniel Jouett will be sentenced as an adult. Punishment ranges from probation to spending the rest of his life in prison. Here are some of the reader comments posted on our Facebook page: Linda...

 

Opinion: Another viewpoint: Right decision on Family Dollar store

We applaud the unanimous decision of the Taos County Commission recently to deny a construction permit for a Family Dollar store in Ranchos de Taos. It was the right decision. We say this not because we oppose dollar stores as a whole. They provide...

 

Events calendar - Dec. 23

Monday • Dessert party — 1-3 p.m., Wheatfields Senior Living Community, 4701 N. Prince, Clovis. Coffee and cocoa available. Information: 575-762-8700 Friday • Blood drive — 1-4:30 p.m., Bloodmobile, Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main,...

 

Meetings calendar - Dec. 23

Friday • Community Development Block Grant public hearing — 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 100 W. First St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662, ext. 1 Dec. 31 • Community Development Block Grant public hearing — 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 100 W. First...

 

Holiday faith calendar - Dec. 23

Today • Light & Wonder family Christmas services — 9 a.m.-10 a.m., 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Faith Christian Family Church, 3401 N. Norris St., Clovis. Information: 575-762-7751 • Christmas Cantata — 9 a.m., Kingswood United Methodist Church, 2600 N....

 

Adapting to the times

CLOVIS - As times change, so do schools. The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education on Tuesday discussed ways the district can augment its educational offerings to adjust to the changing times....

 

Jail logs - Dec. 23

Booked The following were booked into local jails Tuesday-Thursday: Clovis • Justina Wilson, 29, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer • Donald Lopez, 52, failure to appear on a felony charge, failure to appear at time and place stated in...

 

Man faces 10 years for repeat DWIs

CLOVIS - Convicted Friday on his 10th impaired driving charge, Randall Pruit now faces up to 10 years in prison. A Curry County jury returned its verdict after a long day of trial but less than an...

 

Pages past - Dec. 23

On this date ... 1962: Former New Mexico governor and newspaper founder Thomas J. Mabry died in his adopted home of Albuquerque. He was 78. Mabry was New Mexico's 14th governor, serving from 1947 to...

 

Water authority considers mission statement

CLOVIS - With contractors on site for its interim pipeline project, it's as good a time as any for the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority to start thinking on a mission statement. That was...

 

Woman accused of embezzling from dairy

CLOVIS — Police last week arrested a woman accused of embezzling more than $55,000 in a 16-month period from a Clovis dairy where she worked as a head bookkeeper. Sunni Castillo, 33, was charged with more than 100 counts of fourth-degree felony for...

 

Portales considers broadening use of funds

PORTALES - The city of Portales may soon enough apply its economic development funds more broadly, following action Tuesday evening by commissioners on their lone agenda item. Approving the...

 

Portales man dies in rollover

PORTALES — A Portales man died late Monday night in a rollover trucking accident east of Vaughn, according to a news release from New Mexico State Police. Francisco Ornelas, 31, died at the scene after NMSP responded just before midnight near mile...

 

Man faces 16 years in shooting

CLOVIS — No one was injured, but a man convicted Wednesday of shooting at his neighbor’s house while a young girl slept inside faces over 16 years in prison, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney. Xavier Loving, 25,...

 

Locals weigh in on border wall

The proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico, President Trump’s signature campaign promise during the 2016 election, returned to the headlines this week. Without funding allocated to pay for the wall, the government entered a...

 

Second MVD employee sentenced in embezzlement

FORT SUMNER — The second of two Motor Vehicle Department employees charged in January with embezzling thousands from customers was sentenced last week to 4 1/2 years probation and a restitution order per a plea agreement. Tianna Gallegos, 25,...

 

Woman sentenced to more than 10 years in drug case

CLOVIS — Past offenses enhanced two drug convictions Wednesday for a Clovis woman to a sentence of more than 10 years in the Department of Corrections, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney. Kaitlyn Martinez-Arington,...

 

Our people: Professional student

My name is Joe Strickland. I am the deputy superintendent of instruction for Clovis Municipal Schools. I have been with the district for about 20 years, previously working as a teacher at Parkview...

 

'A Christmas Story' full of life lessons

Everything I ever needed to know about life I learned from “A Christmas Story.” All right, for all you math whizzes, who vaguely know my age — I didn’t learn much about life until my late 20s...

 

Transforming scarves, play clay ahead on show

Information on transforming scarves into wearable garments, making play clay and melding succulents and dried grapewood into floral designs will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at...

 

On the shelves - Dec. 23

The following are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “The Noel Stranger” by Richard Paul Evans opens with Maggie Walther feeling like her world is imploding. Divorced and isolated, a friend insists she embrace Christmas. As...

 

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