Voters to decide on alcohol sales in Bailey County

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bailey County voters will decide Tuesday on a proposal that proponents say will generate revenue for the county but opponents say could lead to increased alcohol-related arrests and promote underage drinking. A proposal to allow packaged sale of liquor, beer and wine will be listed in the general election […]

Commissioner tries to revisit alcohol sales

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Robert Sandoval begged his fellow commissioners Tuesday to revisit the issue of alcohol sales at the Special Events Center before three new commissioners take office next year. Sandoval said the county needs the extra $300,000 a year alcohol sales and sponsorships would generate for a facility that is projected […]

Alcohol waiver requested for Portales festival

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — The Portales City Council is considering approval of a resolution that will allow a downtown Beer and Nut festival. The topic was discussed at Tuesday’s City Council meeting and will come back at the Oct. 7 meeting in the form of a resolution. The MainStreet Program requested […]

Alcohol sales being considered by Texico officials

By CNJ staff writer: Gabriel Monte Texico city officials are looking into allowing alcohol sales in the city. Proponents say alcohol sales could increase city revenues. Detractors say burdens outweigh benefits. The idea was brought up last month during a roundtable discussion regarding the city’s budget, according to Texico City Clerk Carolyn Johnson. She said […]

DWI offenders need more jail time

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether DWI checkpoints are the most effective means of preventing alcohol-related accidents. Responses: • “I think that the checkpoints are fine but I would actually set up outside of bars where the drinking could go too far. It would be ideal to stop the driving before it happens, […]

DWI checkpoints: In-your-face confrontations

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether DWI checkpoints are the most effective means of preventing alcohol-related accidents. Responses: • “I don’t mind getting stopped, even though I don’t drink, if it will catch those few that do drink and drive. Of course, the state police could be more useful doing other things, but […]

Police cite 15 for drinking

CNJ staff A city woman is being investigated for providing alcohol to minors after police broke up a party Friday, according to police reports. Police also issued citations to 15 underage drinkers. Police encountered several suspects leaving the party around 11 p.m. while checking out an anonymous report of underage drinkers at a home in […]

Alcohol sales on Bailey County ballot

CNJ staff A Bailey County commissioner gathered enough signatures on a petition to add an alcohol sales proposal to November’s general election ballot. Bailey County Clerk Paula Benton said the county certified 747 signatures on Commissioner Juan Chavez’ petition earlier this month. She said Chavez needed 545 signatures to have the petition to allow packaged […]

Sunday alcohol sales already started in Clovis

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer The first Sunday of alcohol sales fell on Easter for Applebee’s. “It went really well,” said manager Dustin Barnes. He said the success of the sales was hard to gauge on a holiday that traditionally focuses on family gatherings. “People who didn’t have family to go to definitely enjoyed […]

Four apply for Sunday alcohol sales

CNJ Staff Applebee’s, Chili’s and the American Legion Post 25 have been approved for Sunday alcohol sales, according to the state regulation and licensing department. Robin Howe, manager of Chili’s, said the restaurant is waiting to receive its permit from Santa Fe. Sunday alcohol sales will begin the Sunday after the permit is received, he […]

Bailey County official favors alcohol sales

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A Bailey County Commissioner said he thinks it is time for the county to rethink its status as a dry county. Juan Chavez said he is circulating a petition to allow the sale of packaged liquor, beer and wine in hopes of getting the proposal on the Nov. 4 […]

Potholes before flowers

Editors asked for readers’ response to Tuesday’s municipal elections in which Gayla Brumfield became Clovis’ first female mayor and voters approved Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. Here’s what Maria Cheverez had to say: • “For me the alcohol sales on Sundays is a minor thing when we have bigger tumbleweeds to deal with. Congrats to […]

New mayor kinda snooty?

Editors asked for readers’ response to Tuesday’s municipal elections in which Gayla Brumfield became Clovis’ first female mayor and voters approved Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. Here’s what Anna Baucom had to say: • “The election (results are) fine with me but I do know some people that will be unhappy with Gayla’s win. They […]

Voters OK Sunday alcohol sales

By Gabriel Monte CNJ Staff Writer Clovis voters approved a proposal to allow Sunday alcohol sales in bars and restaurants in Tuesday’s municipal election. More than 55 percent of 5,264 votes cast addressing the initiative were in favor of Sunday sales that would be limited to purchases by the glass. City attorney Dave Richards said […]

Alcohol sales shouldn’t even need ballot

Freedom New Mexico By now you have heard every argument imaginable for and against Sunday alcohol sales in Clovis restaurants. Yes, alcohol abuse is a great evil in our community, state and nation. Yes, economic development could get a boost if area residents could have a glass of wine with their Sunday dinner out. But […]

Alcohol sales proposal on ballot

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sunday alcohol sales could boost the local economy and make Clovis more attractive to more businesses, according to proponents. But allowing one more day of the week to sell alcohol could lead to more alcohol-related crimes and sends the wrong message to the youth, according to critics. Voters will […]

Hobbs leaders reflect on alcohol sales effects

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sunday alcohol sales in Hobbs have helped increase revenues and made the city more appealing to new businesses, according to Hobbs Chamber of Commerce officials. Chamber President Ray Battaglini said restaurants in Hobbs are experiencing a boost in their revenue from alcohol sales on Sundays. Hobbs residents voted in […]

Police outline alcohol sales impact

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Sunday alcohol sales wouldn’t drastically affect DWIs in the city and county, law enforcement officials say. But it could affect other incidents that police and sheriff’s deputies respond to. “Basically, anytime you have an increase in an area, whether it’s alcohol sales or anything else, you’re going to see […]

Web site challenges

The Clovis News Journal experienced problems with its Web server for more than five hours Wednesday evening. We plan to restore the site to full functionally as soon as possible. • • • Ken De Los Santos, emergency management coordinator for Clovis and Curry County, reports a winter storm is headed this way. His press […]

One vote yes for Sunday alcohol sales

One vote in favor of Sunday alcohol sales: “I see nothing wrong with selling alcohol on Sunday,” Ardyth Elms wrote in an e-mail. “The majority of people drinking during dinner, or going to a bar to watch sports, don’t cause problems, and most people have a designated driver. Alcohol consumption problems are (caused by) people […]