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Life's-blood events lost to COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has torn through American life like a boll weevil, disrupting just about everything in its path. Locally, most events have been canceled, sending hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars out the window. Clovis lost its...

 

Fireworks stands have busy season

Generally speaking, it shouldn't be surprising when fireworks stands and tents are busy on July 3. You would just as much expect a supermarket to be jumping the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, a toy...

 

Padres advisor looking forward to season

With Major League Baseball’s scheduled return less than three weeks away, oddsmakers are giving the Los Angeles Dodgers the best chance to win the World Series. If the Dodgers live up to that expectation, a lot of thanks will be owed to Logan...

 

Athletes continue work

As professional sports get organized for their return, high school sports continue to make the long trek back as well. In New Mexico, that trek is going slowly, with practices moving forward as...

 

Chambers distributing free masks

It’s now a month into Phase 2 of re-opening in New Mexico, with businesses trying to reclaim some kind of normal. “I think that things are settling down with local businesses,” Curry County Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos said. “I...

 

Mixed reactions to police body cam law

In the wake of nationwide racial unrest, protests and rallies, a new law has been handed down from Santa Fe that requires New Mexico law officers to wear body cameras and keep them turned on. And not everyone is pleased with it. Count State Sen. Pat...

 

Clovis varsity softball head coach announced

CLOVIS - Braelyn Kruelskie loved lots of sports growing up in Oklahoma. "Volleyball, basketball, tennis, a little gymnastics," she said. "It always came back to softball." Ah, her true sports love....

 

Brewery extension planned for Sutton's Bakery location

CLOVIS - Sutton's Bakery has a history in Clovis as rich as the goods it used to sell at 515 N. Main St. Justin Cole is in the process of unearthing some of that history, researching the bakery's...

 

Clovis cruises on

CLOVIS - Take that, coronavirus. Though COVID-19 wiped out much of the annual Draggin' Main Festival, it couldn't stop people from cruising down Main Street literally - and Memory Lane figuratively -...

 

Aydan Everett trying for two in Kansas

Clovis already knows what Hesston, Kansas, is about to find out. Clovis High knows what it's like to have the services of Aydan Everett for both soccer and basketball, knows what a difference she...

 

Coronavirus delays new business

CLOVIS - The coronavirus, with all its dangers and restrictions, has even prevented people from being able to go out and enjoy a frosty cold one. Worse yet, in the case of Bandolero Brewery at 421 N....

 

Portales council holds meeting in person

PORTALES - Of anything that happened at Tuesday night's regular Portales City Council meeting, perhaps the most significant was the sign of some kind of normal. After months of Zoom and Facebook...

 

New season, new worries

Back in the days of yore, as in 2019, all coaches had to worry about during preseason practices were Xs and Os, game strategy, players showing signs of melding into a cohesive unit. In 2020, coaches...

 

The cruise is on

CLOVIS - There will be a Draggin' Main celebration this year, but what kind of event will it be? Concerts and nostalgia are usually the main entrées. But this is a most unusual year because of...

 

Region sees second COVID-19 death

A Roosevelt County woman has died from complications related to COVID-19, state health officials announced Monday afternoon. And the virus numbers are spiking in several area counties, records show. Roosevelt General Hospital CEO Kaye Green on...

 

Portales holds peaceful protest

PORTALES - Though the wind wasn't too cooperative, a protest about the death of George Floyd otherwise came off smoothly and peacefully Thursday night in front of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. A...

 

Volleyball coach returns to position

CLOVIS — For Darrel Ray, it’s back to the future. Ray is now both the former and present head coach of Clovis High’s varsity volleyball team. His program was the class of District 4-5A when he coached its varsity from 2000-2010, and this past...

 

Same place, new start

PORTALES - Ruth Chavez knew when it was time to come home. Chavez, a Fort Sumner native, had been living in Portales since her college days spent at Eastern New Mexico University. She had taught at...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    June 10, 2020

Roosevelt election results certified

PORTALES — Six days after New Mexicans voted in their primary, Roosevelt County’s election results were certified on Monday. County Clerk Stephanie Hicks said the seven provisional ballots were also OK, and the Board of Commissioners approved...

 

Protesters: 'Too much racism'

CLOVIS - The chants and the signs and the honking car horns will not magically bring George Floyd back to life. The purpose was to keep his memory alive. Hundreds of area residents on Friday came out...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    June 7, 2020

New order: Mourners permitted to gather in churches

A new public health order has allowed mourners to come inside houses of worships for funeral services. But social distancing is still imperative. Churches in general are mandated to go no higher than 25 percent capacity. “Funerals are pretty much...

 

ENMU athletes to vary on usage of extra year

PORTALES — Call it a silver lining for some involved in Eastern New Mexico University athletics. For others, it isn’t all that relevant. When the NCAA announced an extra year of eligibility for seniors who lost their final collegiate seasons due...

 

Portales approves relief funds resolution

PORTALES — Help is on the way. At Tuesday night’s Portales City Council meeting, a resolution was approved granting COVID-19 relief funds to local businesses hurt by the pandemic and the economic freefall resulting from it. Two dozen businesses a...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    June 3, 2020

Thousands turn out to vote

Even a deadly virus couldn't stop democracy on Tuesday. Despite COVID-19 fears and restrictions, Tuesday was primary day in New Mexico and thousands of local voters turned out to exercise one of...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    June 3, 2020

Still plannin' on Draggin' June 20

CLOVIS — The annual Draggin’ Main festival has become as much a part of Clovis as Wildcat football, windy springs and friendly people. Every year’s festival brings out the locals and brings in the visitors, and they come together to celebrate...

 

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