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New COVID-19 measures coming Friday

SANTA FE — Four strikes will now mean two weeks on the bench for New Mexico businesses. And restaurants will be required to keep track of customers who choose to dine in. Those are two of many new measures that will be put into place Friday in...

 

Commission holds off on next steps for courthouse

CLOVIS - A renovation for the Curry County Courthouse is close to what everybody wants. The Curry County Commission is hopeful plans can get a little closer. The commission moved to table a request...

 

Release conditions change slightly for former daycare owners

PORTALES — A virtual bond hearing Wednesday for a pair of former daycare owners appealing their 2019 conviction was largely outlined last week by the New Mexico Supreme Court. However, some changes were made for Sandi and Mary Taylor, over... Full story

 

Regents name Caldwell ENMU chancellor

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met just 15 minutes in closed session Friday to discuss the path to selecting a permanent Portales campus president and chancellor for...

 

Commission conversation with state official gets heated

CLOVIS — State Human Services Secretary David Scrase spent about 30 minutes Tuesday morning with the Curry County Commission, and found himself on the wrong end of a few uncomfortable questions from commissioners. Scrase spoke for about 15 minutes...

 

Saturday rally canceled, but other events planned

CLOVIS — A rally that was planned for Saturday morning at the 2400 block of Ashford is not happening. But, other events in support of President Trump are set to take place. A rally asking New Mexico voters to unite for a “legal peaceful protest...

 

Schools to open with online-only instruction

SANTA FE — New Mexico’s public schools will open the year with online-only instruction, and will continue to do so until at least the Labor Day weekend. That was announced Thursday, during a press conference from Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham. The...

 

Clovis approves 2020-21 budget

CLOVIS — With 10 days left in the 2019-20 fiscal year, the Clovis City Commission met for 10 minutes to approve the 2020-21 final budget. The special meeting Tuesday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library didn’t last long,...

 

ENMU regents appoint president for Ruidoso branch

PORTALES — After a national search for a new president at the Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso campus was conducted, it was determined the best candidate was just down the hallway. The ENMU regents on Friday appointed Ryan Trosper as the...

 

Restaurant respite brief

CLOVIS — New Mexico restaurant patrons were able to eat indoors again on Monday. For a few hours anyway. Then the state’s Supreme Court ruled otherwise, sending diners back to covered patios or...

 

County reports solid financial footing entering 2020-21

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission received a slate of good news on the financial front Tuesday, with a quick rundown of the final quarter of the 2019-20 fiscal year. County Finance Director Carol Pipes told commissioners in the virtual meeting...

 

Livestock shows to be determined

CLOVIS - One way or another, Curry County commissioners and fair board members want youth livestock shows and a junior livestock sale, arguing such gatherings are not recreation but part of the...

 

City commission grants zoning change request

CLOVIS — After raising many of the same questions the Planning and Zoning Commission had a week prior, the Clovis City Commission also provided unanimous approval to requests paving the way for a new subdivision near 21st Street and Humphrey Road....

 

Update: Supreme Court blocks restraining order allowing indoor dining.

CLOVIS — New Mexico restaurants briefly got the chance Monday to take things inside, until the state Supreme Court said otherwise. On Monday morning, an Eddy County district court judge issued a restraining order for 10 days against the current... Full story

 

Portales board sets schooling plan

PORTALES — The 2020-21 school year in Portales will begin as a mix of in-school and at-home instruction. That’s the plan for now, as approved Monday by the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education, in a meeting held via web conference....

 

Q&A: PRMC admin answers COVID-19 questions

CLOVIS — Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Drew Dostal, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, provides weekly updates to The News. Here are parts of a Q&A conducted Monday with Dostal: Q: How many COVID-19 patients are in PRMC...

 

Renewed restrictions disappoint residents

CLOVIS — Some of the old COVID-19 restrictions are coming back, and they’re being joined by new ones. And it’s not at all unpredictable how local residents feel about it. “It sucks,” Ronnie Erwin said bluntly Friday, before adding some...

 

Officials frustrated by camera requirement

By fall, every New Mexico law enforcement officer must wear a body camera and keep the footage on hand for roughly four months. Officials are still looking into exactly how much it will cost them, and what they’ll need to do to be ready when the le...

 

Senior citizen programs at a standstill

CLOVIS - Senior citizens are an obvious high-risk population during the pandemic. And Clovis Senior Services Director Barbara Riggan said without a vaccine available it's possible senior centers...

 

Committee recommends zone change

CLOVIS — After hearing numerous concerns over what future homes would look like, and if they were even needed, Clovis planning and zoning committee members recommended Wednesday for a zone change allowing for a new subdivision at 21st Street and...

 

In tribute: Longtime Clovis resident always had kind word

CLOVIS — Rada Winkles always had a perfect stitch, a perfect story or just a kind word, locals who knew the longtime Clovis resident said. Winkles, who died June 2 at the age of 80, gained many friends along the way in a life spent in eastern New...

 

Commissioner says he won't wear mask

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission was pretty much in consensus that the new adult detention center was money well spent and a step in the right direction. As far as wearing face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the debate was a little...

 

Businesses: Few mask problems

A few angry customers have been turned away, but local small business officials said they haven’t seen many issues with a public health order mandating face coverings in public. The requirement was announced last week after infection rates rose in...

 

To market, to market

PORTALES - As an avid planter of pretty much any fruit, vegetable or flower the eastern New Mexico climate will allow, Margie Plummer knows there are cycles when it comes to growing food. The same...

 

Schools' competitive marching band season canceled

CLOVIS — The Clovis High marching band’s eight-year winning streak at the Zia Marching Band Fiesta is on hold, and the entire competitive band season with it, due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns. The decision to cancel the schools’ competitive...

 

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