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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...

 

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...

 

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

 

State claws back money for new ENMU presidential residence

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 o...

 

NMSP shuts down barber

CLOVIS — Shaves and haircuts may cost a Clovis barber $100. That’s because she’s been cited by state police for violating a public health order brought on by COVID-19. The Hotel Clovis Barber Shop has been closed since May 16. The citation... Full story

 

County commission opposes all-mail primary

CLOVIS — In a special meeting scheduled to weigh in on an argument to the New Mexico Supreme Court, the Curry County Commission opposed an appeal by county clerks to hold the June 2 primary as an all-mail election. The state’s highest court was... Full story

 

Q&A: Drew Dostal PRMC Administrator

CLOVIS — Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Drew Dostal, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has agreed to regular discussions with The News. Here are parts of a Q&A conducted Monday: Q: Are there any COVID-19 patients in the... Full story

 

ENMU president leaving next week

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University Chancellor and Portales campus president Jeff Elwell tendered his resignation from the school, effective April 24. The ENMU board of regents accepted the resignation in an emergency meeting Friday, and...

 

Law enforcement hopes people do what's right

Don’t gather with 10 or more people. Don’t go to the gym. Don’t go to the movies. Don’t eat inside a restaurant. It’s been a lot to keep up with during the COVID-19 pandemic, with state guidelines seemingly changing as soon as everybody... Full story

 

Clovis board OKs bond refinancing, informed on expanded meal services

CLOVIS -- Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 on March 11, and the NBA decided four minutes later to suspend its season, effective after ongoing games concluded. The next day, the state of New Mexico announced public schools... Full story

 

ENMU women heading to D-II national tournament

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico women’s basketball team stepped off a bus from Frisco, Texas on Sunday, confident but not convinced they’d have at least one more road trip on the season....

 

Lansford seeks "skin in the game" effort on water supply

CLOVIS — Mayor David Lansford has argued for months that “putting skin in the game” was eastern New Mexico’s best shot at getting federal funding for a major infrastructure component of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. Then the...

 

State officials: Take coronavirus seriously, but don't panic

CLOVIS — No one in New Mexico had tested positive for coronavirus, at least as of Saturday. But it was in 28 states and the number of confirmed cases, and deaths, continue to rise around the...

 

Lovett, Rowley, Boan win seats; Casaus, Bryant, Kelley re-elected

CLOVIS — Voters on Tuesday picked first-time office seeker Mike Morris as their new mayor. But downballot races ran all across the spectrum of experience as Clovis voters retained two incumbents and added two new commissioners who are Clovis High...

 

Morris picked new Clovis mayor from field of five

CLOVIS — City voters chose a new direction Tuesday, selecting Mike Morris as their next mayor. Morris, a longtime insurance agency owner in Clovis, took a five-way race with 33.6% of the vote. He...

 

New CCC president optimistic in first meeting

CLOVIS — Charles Nwankwo’s first board of trustees meeting as president at Clovis Community College was a short one, with board members joking they may hold him to that standard. The trustees met for 20 minutes Wednesday morning at the college,...

 

Rush signs with Luna CC baseball

GRADY — Chisum Rush didn’t dream of playing college baseball a few years ago, but striking out the side for six consecutive innings tends to change things. That happened Rush's sophomore year, he had an even better junior year and now Rush is...

 

Three Wildcats sign; Cabeldue joins Kansas

CLOVIS — Wildcat football coach Cal Fullerton started Wednesday’s college signing celebration by noting he tells his players to leave things better than how they found them. With Bryce Cabeldue, Ethan Culiver and Malik Phillips aboard, the Wildca...

 

Four Rams sign with colleges; Blidi joins Red Raiders

PORTALES — Any given year in New Mexico prep football, a team in Class 4A with one of the best five players in the state is a good bet to win a state championship even with an average supporting cast. Philip Blidi was certainly that for the...

 

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