Alcohol abuse not moral lapse

The postcard from a Portales church urging me to vote “No” on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants inadvertently reminded me to vote. “In addition to the economic impact (of alcohol abuse), we see an enormous social impact. Domestic violence, alcohol related diseases, and drunk driving all affect more than just the bottom line,” the card […]

Portales says yes to Sunday alcohol sales

Portales voters approved Sunday alcohol sales by a narrow margin in a referendum Tuesday. The final total was 311-278 for allowing sales of alcohol on Sunday at local restaurants. Election officials described the flow of voters as steady most of the day, but only a fraction of the city’s 6,007 registered voters ended up casting […]

Voters should support Sunday alcohol sales

Portales restaurant owners should decide what’s best for their restaurants. Not the mayor. Not the city council. Not a preacher. Not anyone else. That seems pretty basic to freedom lovers: Run your business as you see fit. But the law doesn’t allow for that common-sense interpretation. So Portales is holding an election Tuesday to see […]

Portales has long history of opposing alcohol sales

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Robin Fornoff: Freedom New Mexico Calvary Baptist Church pastor Brad Morgan says he will actively oppose Sunday sales of alcohol at restaurants in Portales if a petition drive succeeds in forcing a special election. By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Mark it as another chapter in a long and storied struggle over demon alcohol in […]

Our people: I’m going to let it shine

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Liliana Castillo: FNM correspondent Randy Gomez is a Clovis native and spent six years in the Air Force. Clovis native Randy Gomez started the Beacon of Light Church after separating from the Lighthouse Mission in April of 2007. Gomez and his wife established a new name and location and adopted the Recovery Program. Gomez said […]

Committee endorses golf course zoning change

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Darwin Bailey of Clovis addresses the planning and zoning committee during its meeting Wednesday afternoon at city hall. The committee approved a zoning change that would allow for alcohol sales to continue at the Colonial Park Golf Course when it is purchased by the city. Kevin Wilson A recommendation to […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 6 a.m. April 3 an officer assisting with a traffic stop in the area of First and Connelly observed a young male fall while he was walking and attempting to step onto a curb. The officer made contact with the youth, […]

District attorney to present fatal crash case to grand jury

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Family and friends of Mary Castillo protested in front of the courthouse, police department and district attorney’s office Thursday, frustrated by lack of progress in the case involving the 56-year-old woman’s death. Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday he will ask a grand jury to decide if a […]

County to launch alcohol abuse program

CNJ staff This month, Curry County is launching an alcohol abuse program to area elementary students involved in afterschool programs. Titled “Protecting You, Protecting Me,” the program is part of MADD’s latest nationwide effort to prevent alcohol use by youth, according to a press release. The program includes eight classroom-based lessons for each grade level […]

County approves alcohol sales during fair concerts

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Curry County commissioners on Wednesday said OK to the sale of alcohol during two concerts at the Events Center during the county fair. Commissioners unanimously approved the measure. Events Center Manager Kevin Jolley said alcohol will be sold in a roped area during the events — one on a Thursday […]