Local Briefs (Dec. 20)

Salvation Army needs more help
Eastern New Mexico’s branch of the Salvation Army is “only halfway” to meeting the needs of area families, Capt. Tammy Ray said on Monday.

The Christian-based organization has angel trees set up at local stores to give residents the opportunity to purchase gifts for a specific child. “We have 520 children left who have not received presents on the angel trees,” Ray said.

The trees are located at Wal-Mart and North Plains Mall in Clovis.

Ray said the nonprofit organization also utilizes kettle donations in assisting families. “We raised $3,000 on Saturday due to volunteers from the three local Kiwanis clubs and the high school ROTC students,” Ray said. “One hundred percent of this money will be used to purchase holiday meals, gift cards and toys.”

Blessing Tree on square today
The Roosevelt County residents can donate $20 or more for an ornament to decorate the United Way Blessing Tree poster from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., today. People can are welcome to write their own blessing on the ornament they purchase. Proceeds will be utilized for people in need in Roosevelt County.

Petition seeks Sunday sales
Some Clovis residents are pushing for Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants and bars, saying it would benefit the local economy.

Petitioners require 733 signatures by Jan. 3 to put the question on the ballot during municipal elections March 12, said City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon.

Clovis residents rejected a proposal for Sunday alcohol sales 10 years ago, she said.

If the latest proposal makes it to the ballot and Clovis voters approve it, licensed bars and restaurants could begin selling alcohol on Sunday on March 18, the clerk said.
The head of a group called Committee for Clovis Progress, Robin Howe, believes people should have a choice of whether to drink on Sunday.

“If people choose to drink with their meal, they should be able to. Its legal six other days of the week,” said Howe, who works in a Clovis restaurant that is licensed to sell beer, wine and spirits.