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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...

 

Officials respond to questions on school reopenings

With more than a month to go before area schools are set to open for fall instruction, there are still more questions than answers regarding COVID-19. “That’s the million-dollar question,” Floyd Superintendent Damon Terry said Monday when The...

 

Legislators share thoughts

CLOVIS - During a pandemic which has left little certainty on anything, eastern New Mexico legislators provided two certainties to business leaders Thursday. First, the rocky financial road the state...

 

Mayor takes stand on masks

CLOVIS — New Clovis Mayor Mike Morris had weeks ago told residents he planned to wear face coverings as positive reinforcement when they were recommended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Now with the masks required in public, Morris took a s...

 

Board: School year to go on as planned

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools 2020-21 school year, with classes beginning Aug. 17 and ending May 27, will go on as planned. At least that’s the plan. The lack of a change was made official at a Wednesday evening CMS Board of Education mee...

 

Clovis school board to hold meeting on reopening

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting Wednesday to consider how the district will reopen with the COVID-19 pandemic anticipated to weigh heavily on the 2020-21 school year. The 5:30 p.m. virtual...

 

Longtime Clovis physician PRMC's new medical director

CLOVIS — Longtime Clovis physician Dr. Albert Kwan has been selected as Plains Regional Medical Center’s new medical director. Kwan, who will assume the position in mid-July has been president of the PRMC medical staff since 2010. He will...

 

Q&A: Some policies changing in July

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: You have some visitor policies that will...

 

County officials tour jail expansion

CLOVIS - It is often said it takes a village to raise any generation. Should their paths go astray, the criminal justice system has secure villages more commonly known as detention centers. Curry...

 

Committee talks traffic flow, recycling bin relocation

CLOVIS — After meeting for the first time since January, the city of Clovis’ Public Works Committee decided it would need at least an additional meeting to take care of much of its leftover business. The committee met Wednesday morning at the Nor...

 

ENMU athletics director updates board on reintroduction plans

PORTALES — Matt Billings has been the athletic director for Eastern New Mexico University for roughly five months. Less than two months into the job, he no longer had athletic events to oversee due to COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns. Friday, he...

 

ENMU updates regents on plans to reopen

PORTALES — With the caveat that plans will certainly change based on state guidance and whatever public health orders exist as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Eastern New Mexico University staff updated regents on plans Friday to resume in-person...

 

Water authority cautiously optimistic about capital outlay award

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority had optimism, albeit cautious, a $1 million capital outlay award it received from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in February would survive a coronavirus-fueled budget cutting special session....

 

ENMU board discusses presidential searches

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s board of regents on Friday discussed a pair of presidential searches, one underway and one needing to start soon. Regent Dan Patterson discussed the need to start the process to replace Jeff Elwell, who...

 

Coronavirus shakes dairies, but the outlook is improving

The dairy industry was just humming along in early January. Milk prices had been holding steady around $17.50 per hundredweight - roughly 15.625 cents a pound - and producers were making a decent...

 

Plans for ENMU president's house take hit

PORTALES - The 1600 Cherry Street building that has housed Eastern New Mexico University presidents since 1973 will continue in that regard for the foreseeable future. The $650,000 in capital outlay...

 

Roosevelt officials consider weather damages

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission heard both extremes when it came to precipitation during its regular meeting Tuesday morning. About a dozen people, mostly county officials, filled out a socially distanced Jake Lopez Building and heard...

 

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