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 By Ron Warnick    News    January 16, 2019

Racino license back on agenda

The possibility of awarding a sixth racetrack license is on the agenda for the regular meeting Thursday of the New Mexico Racing Commission, but it remains unclear whether commissioners will make a decision because of a pending lawsuit filed by one...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 16, 2019

MLK events gearing up

Martin Luther King Jr's dream of nonviolence will once again take center stage in eastern New Mexico over the coming days as several events are planned in Clovis and Portales to celebrate the...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 16, 2019

Melrose superintendent retiring

MELROSE — When former Melrose High School teacher Joe Reed told Superintendent Jamie Widner several years ago he planned to retire, Widner said he tried to talk Reed out of it. Reed wasn’t swayed, and told Widner a simple thing: When it’s time...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 16, 2019

Portales school board honors teachers

PORTALES - The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education had a bit larger crowd than normal on Monday, moving its monthly meeting to the junior high cafeteria to account for the dozens of...

 

Commissioners to consider pending legislation

CLOVIS — In its first meeting since the New Mexico Legislature opened Tuesday morning, the Clovis City Commission will take a stand on various pending legislation at its Thursday meeting. Up for consideration at the 5:15 p.m. meeting at the...

 

No injuries in pair of fires

CLOVIS — Local crews battled a pair of fires Monday afternoon, with no injuries reported at either. Units from Clovis, Melrose, Texico and Cannon Air Force Base took a little more than an hour to knock out a brush fire near the intersection of...

 

Interim pipeline groundbreaking scheduled

CLOVIS — Dust off the golden shovels: a groundbreaking for a phase of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority’s interim pipeline is scheduled for late next month, with details to be discussed in the board’s regular meeting Thursday...

 

Business digest - Jan. 16

Scholarship applications open The application period is open for 2019 Foundation for Rural Services College Scholarship Program. The FRS in cooperation with the NTCA — The Rural Broadband Association, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of...

 

Roosevelt requests investigation assistance

PORTALES — Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker this weekend requested assistance from New Mexico State Police on an internal investigation into a report of cash missing from the county evidence room, according to a news release. Once an employee...

 

Jail logs - Jan. 16

Booked The following were booked into local jails Friday-Monday: Clovis • David Childress, 45, driving while license suspended or revoked • Aubrie Philley, 27, failure to pay fines • Luis Natividad, 31, failure to appear on a felony charge ...

 

Legislators could be set to spend

SANTA FE — After several years of tight budgets, political barbs and bottled-up bills, this year’s New Mexico legislative session has all the trappings of a Roundhouse geyser that’s set to explode. Consider the following: There’s a new...

 

Legislative panel unveils $7 billion budget plan

SANTA FE — A key New Mexico legislative budget panel has unveiled a $7 billion spending plan for next year that would utilize tax dollars from a spike in oil production to increase teachers salaries, send more money to classrooms with high numbers...

 

United Way to continue TEFAP food distributions

PORTALES — The United Way of Eastern New Mexico will continue with local TEFAP, or The Emergency Food Assistance Program, food distributions in 2019, with the first scheduled for Saturday at Central Christian Church in Portales, 1528 S. Main....

 

Pages past - Jan. 16

On this date ... 1969: Murder suspects Dennis and Penny Carlton testified they saw two people running away from the Portales drug store where Elbert Muncy had been killed, but said they were not...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 16, 2019

Faith feature: Rev. Buddy Moore serving as interim pastor in Portales

PORTALES - Rev. Buddy Moore said he first heard the call to the church when he was 17, but he turned instead to a life in the armed service and later a job in the oil and gas industry. Moore said he...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 13, 2019

Lawmakers from area to oppose legal weed

The state Legislature is expected to consider a bill during the upcoming 60-day session that would legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico. But it won’t be due to the support from legislators on the eastern side of the state. Six local...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 13, 2019

Events center to celebrate 10 years

CLOVIS - This is setting up to be a make or break year for Curry County's foray into the concert business. With the 10-year anniversary of the Curry County Events Center on the horizon, the Curry...

 

Events calendar - Jan. 13

Monday • Produce to People — 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Memorial Building, 200 E. 7th St., Portales. Free in-season fruits and vegetables; no proof of income necessary; bring your own bags. Information: 575-763-6130 • FAFSA (Free Application for...

 

Meetings calendar - Jan. 13

Monday • Portales Municipal Schools board — 6 p.m., Board Room, L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices, 501 S. Abilene, Portales. Information: 575-356-7000 Tuesday • City of Clovis Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board — 5:15 p.m., Clovis City Hall asse...

 
 By David Grieder    News    January 13, 2019

Chamber goes Hollywood

PORTALES - If it seemed a little dark Thursday night in Roosevelt County, that's because most of its local stars were together in the Yam Theatre for the Chamber of Commerce's "Portales Goes...

 
 By Jamie Cushman    News    January 13, 2019

Portales council promotes MLK events

PORTALES - Mayor Ron Jackson on Tuesday night read a proclamation declaring Jan. 21 as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Portales. He called on citizens "to join us in our efforts to follow in Martin Luth...

 

Medical events stall trials

CLOVIS — The wheels of justice can turn slowly. Two jury trials were continued last week due to medical events; a two-day trial scheduled to start Thursday was canceled after defendant Shannon Jackson’s counsel “was taken to the Emergency Room... Full story

 

Plea conference for former guard delayed

CLOVIS — A plea conference last week for the former jail guard charged with assisting the escape last summer of three inmates has been delayed. The case was pushed to later this month due to a scheduling issue with her defense attorney. Sarina...

 

Shooting charges dismissed for now

CLOVIS — Charges filed last year in connection with a shooting that hospitalized a Clovis man have been dismissed pending further investigation. But officials last week said they “very likely could” be refiled. Ruben Lopez, 23, was charged...

 

Environment Department provides contamination fact sheet

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Environment Department has provided a fact sheet about groundwater contamination surrounding Cannon Air Force Base, but the update provides little new information. The...

 

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