Bars included in Portales Sunday liquor sales

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Dawg Houze bartender Jennifer Kirby pours a rum and coke Thursday afternoon at the bar. Owner Chad Heflin said Sunday liquor sales were three times what he anticipated them to be in the bar’s first two Sundays open. Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors are unhappy after learning that Sunday liquor […]

Portales businesses upbeat on liquor sale approval

Alisa Boswell With Sunday liquor sales approved by voters on Dec. 13, businesses serving alcoholic beverages are already in the process of turning in their applications for Sunday liquor licenses, according to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “We called them all to make sure they all got the same information,” Martinez-Terry said. “The Bureau of […]

Friday morning briefing: A hot musical, books for cheap and illegal liquor

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Play time Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the musical “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. The musical follows Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of the Beanstalk), Cinderella and other […]

Portales restaurant owners petition for Sunday liquor sales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Cattle Baron bar tender Donovan Finley prepares a lime for a drink Wednesday at the restaurant. The restaurant is one of three in Portales collecting signatures on a petition calling for a vote on whether to continue the prohibition of liquor sales on Sunday. Argen Duncan A petition is calling […]

No trust left for elected officials

No trust left for elected officials When the city of Clovis changes the zoning on the golf course in Colonial Park so they are able to serve liquor, the cost to the city for that liquor license will be minimal — less than $100. If a local businessman tries to purchase a liquor license, the […]

Zoning change will allow liquor sales at Colonial Park course

Sharna Johnson Clovis is proposing a zoning change for the golf course at Colonial Park to allow for the sale of liquor at the facility. For 25 years while the club was privately owned, it was operating under a variance granted by the city, allowing it to sell alcohol even through it is within a […]

Governor signs law to allow guns in some liquor-serving restaurants

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — People licensed for concealed handguns can take their weapons into New Mexico restaurants serving beer and wine under a new state law. Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Wednesday. It takes effect in July. However, restaurants can stop people from bringing their handguns into […]

Shoplifter run over by getaway car

CNJ staff A woman trying to steal liquor was run over by her getaway car on Wednesday afternoon, according to Clovis police. A woman ran from a North Prince Street store with several bottles of liquor and a security guard on her heels, Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Another woman police believe was her accomplice […]

County says no to liquor

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners voted Tuesday in a special meeting against applying for a government liquor license for the fairgrounds and the special event Center. The vote was 3-2. County manager Dick Smith said the liquor license, which is similar to the one the city has for its civic center, […]

County to weigh liquor license for fairgrounds

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission will decide in a special meeting today whether to apply for a liquor license for the special events center and the fairgrounds. The license will be a governmental liquor license similar to the one the city has for its civic center and will be specified […]

March 29, 1937

The proprietor and an employee of Long Horn Café were facing charges they sold liquor to minors and sold liquor after designated hours. The arrests came on the heels of Clovis Mayor L.J. Stone’s promise to residents that the city would crack down on liquor regulations. … The entire region received 2 to 3 inches […]

1960 election in Clovis changed drinking habits

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Between 1943 and 1960, Clovis citizens called for a vote and we went dry, meaning no liquor sales. Curry and Roosevelt counties were the only dry counties in New Mexico. One had to go to De Baca, Quay or Chaves county or to Amarillo to buy legal liquor. The 1950s […]

Officials investigate liquor license for fairgrounds

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer County officials are researching obtaining a license to serve liquor at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Curry County Fairgrounds Manager Justus Anderson is gathering information on how county officials would acquire the license, he said during a Tuesday Curry County Commission meeting. Officials envision serving alcohol in a contained and […]

Jan. 21, 1934

City officials were working with law enforcement to clarify laws related to liquor sales. Bottle sales would require a special permit under the proposed new law. … Fifth-grade English classes at La Casita had organized a “Better English Club.” … The “Orient Express” was playing at the Mesa theater downtown. … And Clovis homemaker Ruth […]

Fixing all the right keys on the typewriter

Don McAlavy : Local Columnist A friend of mine, Jack Chambliss, and I had the fortunate luck to work with an honest man who would not accept $75 a week pay. This was at the old Clovis Printing Co., at 313 Main, where Chambliss worked in the typewriter shop in the back of the print […]

5/5 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: An officer called to the 1400 block of Oak Street at 8:30 p.m. Monday advised a person bitten by a stray cat to seek medical attention. The cat was taken to the animal shelter for a 10-day quarantine. • • • Officers […]

Regulations make beer and wine licenses hard to acquire

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers By Tony Parra Freedom Newspapers tony_parra@link.freedom.com PORTALES — A beer and wine license option for restaurants passed six months ago by Portales voters is having little impact. As of last week, no business owners had applied for the license, which is significantly less expensive than a liquor license but has […]

Bootleggers were two steps ahead of the law

Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Tom Jernigan began his professional career in Portales when he was elected sheriff of Roosevelt County in 1929. Those were the wild days of prohibition. There were quite a few shoot-outs and drunks being rounded up in the enforcing of the prohibition. You young whippersnappers don’t recall prohibition, but that was […]

Decision on sales of alcohol should rest with owners

Freedom Newspapers The recent rise in the number of Clovis restaurants selling beer and wine with meals alarms some people who see alcohol consumption of any amount as wrong. Not us. We see the change as market driven — owners who are responding to customer requests for a glass of beer or wine, and to […]

Liquor license requests on rise

By David Irvin:CNJ staff writer Clovis’ diners have more opportunity to drink alcoholic beverages with their meals these days. More than half of Clovis’ 12 restaurants licensed to sell beer and wine have received their licenses in the past 18 months, according to the New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Division. Only three of the city’s […]