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The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is $43,285 short of reaching its fundraising goal of $521,714, according to a press release issued Thursday. The campaign ends today. To contribute, call 769-2103 or go to United Way of Eastern New Mexico • • • From the “Cat person-als” feature in the January-February newsletter of Sundance […]

One vote yes on Sunday alcohol sales

Another view on Sunday alcohol sales at Clovis restaurants, from Gerald Majewski, via e-mail: “Should have happened a long time ago. … That way, people in Clovis would stay here and have a glass of wine/beer with their meals instead of driving out of the state to acquire them.” • • • Rube Render is […]

Mayor candidate addresses public access

Rube Render is one of three mayoral candidates who have responded so far to an e-mail from Editor David Stevens about public access to governmental records. In response to the question, “In general, when is it OK to keep secrets from the taxpayers?” Render replied: “It is OK to withhold information from the public when […]

One vote no on Sunday alcohol sales

Count Clovis’ Christian Heller among those opposed to Sunday alcohol sales at Clovis restaurants. “I am not for prohibition, just some moderate limitation,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Not every person tolerates alcohol in the same manner. Some metabolize it differently. But it still has the same effect on the brain. Six days are plenty.” […]

A Greyhound headed for the Super Bowl?

Need someone to root for now that the football seasons have ended for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Clovis’ Hank Baskett? The San Diego Chargers have a local connection. Running backs coach Matt Simon earned four letters as a linebacker at Eastern New Mexico University in the 1970s. He’s a member of the ENMU […]

Mayor race produces strong feelings

Janet Mason is not excited about the choices for Clovis’ next mayor. “Gloria Wicker scares me,” she wrote in an e-mail. “I don’t feel there are any good choices. But of all of them, Gayla Brumfield is the lesser of all evils.” Clovis’ Frank Dalton has some pretty strong words related to the mayor’s race […]

Editor takes trip back in time

Billy the Kid is said to have been a frequent visitor to the Portales Springs, no doubt when he was stealing horses and driving them to sell at Old Tascosa in the Texas Panhandle. Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor Karl Terry brings the Springs to life in his latest Web log entry: Karl Terry’s blog • […]

Nothing progressive about Sunday drunks

Zane Dalton is a Clovis High School student with a viewpoint: He’s opposed to a proposal that would allow Clovis restaurants to sell alcohol on Sundays. “People are asking to be served alcoholic drinks on Sunday in the name of progress. And progress it would be – a quick progression to more DWIs and crashes […]

Web voters: No to Sunday alcohol sales

Sixty-three percent of voters in last week’s Clovis News Journal Web poll said they are opposed to Sunday alcohol sales at Clovis restaurants. Most of those votes were cast Saturday night. About 5 p.m. Saturday, the score was 36-9 in favor of Sunday alcohol sales. The final score was 63-37 opposed. The real election is […]

Letters to the Editor: Alcoholics no reason to restrict sales

Regarding the issue of Sunday alcohol sales in Clovis (“Citizens split over sales, Jan. 6 CNJ”): People against Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants should put up a better argument than stated in this article. Linda Teakell’s argument simply doesn’t float. I am a lifetime member of VFW Post 3280, but am not an advocate of […]

Personal choice, responsibilities at heart of alcohol sales vote

Freedom New Mexico Voters will decide March 4 whether Clovis restaurants should be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. We recommend they vote yes. A yes vote supports freedom of choice first and foremost. It affirms the rights of individuals of legal consent to decide whether they wish to sell alcohol in their business on […]

Citizens split over sales

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents will decide during the March 4 municipal elections whether to give restaurants the ability to serve alcohol on Sundays. While restaurant owners and managers say Sunday alcohol sales will help their bottom line, some Clovis residents argue the cost will be passed on to the community in […]

Sunday alcohol sales to appear on ballot

Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers A local group’s petition will allow Clovis voters to decide in the March 4 municipal election if they want alcohol sales on Sundays in Clovis restaurants. While some city officials think Sunday alcohol sales would be good for the city, others say they will leave it to the voters to decide […]

Events center losses predicted

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Officials with a Philadelphia-based facility management firm warned Curry County commissioners the county will lose about $500,000 during the Special Events Center’s first year of operation. Global Spectrum representative Neil McMullin said the county could continue to see losses of up to a $500,000 a year for at least […]

Alcohol petition turned in to city

CNJ Staff A group that wants city residents to vote on allowing the sale of alcohol by the glass on Sundays turned in its petition by the Friday deadline, according to City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon. The County Clerk’s office has until this Friday to verify signatures on a petition, Melancon said. She said the Clovis […]

Deadline to submit petition for alcohol sales draws near

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MCT photo: Bill Hogan Committee for Clovis Progress spokesperson Robin Howe said his group has collected about 2,000 signatures from patrons who want the issue of Sunday alcohol sales on the next election ballot. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The deadline to submit a petition proposing Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants and bars is […]

Quay woman sentenced in child drowning case

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — A Tucumcari woman convicted of giving alcohol to a 12-year-old boy who drowned a few hours later has been sentenced to five years probation. Crystal Cochran, during Thursday’s sentencing hearing, was also ordered to participate in a drug-abuse recovery program and undergo mental health counseling. Cochran pleaded […]

Petition gaining steam

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Several Clovis restaurants have become signature collection points to support a petition for alcohol sales on Sundays. The Committee for Clovis Progress started Wednesday its petition to collect 725 signatures from Clovis registered voters to put Sunday Alcohol sales on the March 4 municipal election ballot, according committee spokesperson […]

Letters to the Editor: Alcohol contributes to moral collapse

This letter is about the 725 names needed on a petition to call an election on Sunday liquor sales. I would like to see the names of those who cannot stand even one day to be free of alcohol sales. I sincerely hope I would not see any names from our police and fire personnel […]

Citizen starts petition for Sunday alcohol sales

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A city restaurant manager plans to distribute a petition by the end of October to push for Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. Robin Howe, who said he is part of a group called the Committee for Clovis Progress, hopes to garner enough signatures to have the proposal on the […]