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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...

 

Teacher improvises to help with math

Editor's note: This is the final in a recurring series on local teachers trying to maintain normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic. CLOVIS - The coronavirus' effect on teaching has shown how far the...

 

Health officials, restaurant owners adapting to 'new normal'

As New Mexico and states around the country gradually re-open, there’s been much talk of a “new normal.” People certainly miss the old normal, but that may be gone, if not forever, then at least for the foreseeable future. Plains Regional...

 

Wildcat top athletes named

CLOVIS - The 2019-20 Clovis High School sports season was humming right along. The Wildcats' football team reached the 6A semifinals. Jerrick Maldonado finished second at the state cross country...

 

High school sports to return to play

High school sports in New Mexico will start to re-surface this summer after grinding to a halt in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And it appears athletics will initially look a lot different than when they were last permitted in late winter. Thur...

 

Courts getting ready to reopen

Court will soon be in session. An order issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday lifted the suspension of jury trials in criminal and civil cases that had been in effect since March. Courts are permitted to resume jury trials between June...

 

Giving goes on throughout pandemic

COVID-19 shut down just about every aspect of normal life. But good will in the community has continued on, under restrictions. The local not-for-profits, though being somewhat curtailed by social... Full story

 

State eyes contact tracing at eateries

As Phase 2 of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s re-opening plan looms, restaurants, bars, movie theaters and casinos may be allowed to unlock their doors Monday. There’s no doubt sanitation and social-distancing guidelines will be part of any... Full story

 

Portales teacher: Circumstances 'uncharted territory'

PORTALES — Wade Fraze knows history. It’s the reason he teaches social studies at Portales High School. “I’ve always loved history,” Fraze said. “I’m a history nerd, I guess. So I was just drawn to it.” Now he has the opportunity of...

 

Salon owner hits walls with small business money

CLOVIS — Lisa Holt just wants to cut hair. She has made her living at it for 25 years and has owned Main Street Barber Shop for almost 20. But Holt, like every barber shop and salon owner in New Mexico, was ordered to close last month under the...

 

Plainsman production continues

CLOVIS — It probably seems peaceful, relaxing, if you close your eyes and picture the White Sands near Alamogordo. It will be easier to picture for those who purchase Clovis High School’s 2020... Full story

 

"New school" creates new challenges

CLOVIS - Augustine Martinez never thought he would be teaching from long distance when he entered the profession. To be fair, there was no Skype, no Zoom, no Google Classroom, when Martinez became a... Full story

 

Uncertain times ahead when sports return

Think spending time in isolation is frustrating? Think of how spring coaches feel. These were supposed to be the days they were teaching and leading their teams. These were the weeks and months when s... Full story

 

Car dealers trying different ideas during COVID-19

Who doesn’t like making their way around the car lot, checking out all the car models and their shiny new paint? Who doesn’t like the smell of the showroom, and of course that new-car scent when you climb inside one? In recent weeks, though, all... Full story

 

Texas finding same COVID-19 challenges as New Mexico

MULESHOE — Talk of COVID-19 is everywhere. And seems to be impacting everything. Even more so across the state line in Texas than in New Mexico. While New Mexico — through Saturday morning ... Full story

 

Residents weigh in on virus

A week ago, life was relatively normal. Now, not so much. Self-quarantining and social distancing have become things people are supposed to do. Bathroom tissue has become white gold. All thanks to...

 

Title shots gone for Hound athletes

PORTALES — There they were, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball players and coaches, hanging out together on campus Thursday afternoon, a day before they were supposed to visit Lubbock for a game against Texas A&M-Commerce in...

 

Coronavirus halts Texico's drive for five

TEXICO — Maybe if enough people cross their fingers, there will be a 2020 high school baseball season. Texico’s baseball team, a four-time defending state champion, must wish it were just that easy, wish that simply crossing fingers could make...

 

Barred from arena, Melrose fans celebrate from school

MELROSE — There’s that saying, ‘You can’t keep a good man down.’ In Saturday morning’s case, you could have also included women, teenagers and children to the phrase. In the common section...

 

Clovis softball hopes to keep up pace

The Clovis High softball team is off to a 3-1 start this season, but can’t get too comfortable. After all, last year’s Lady Wildcats began 3-0 but wound up 5-19. So, there’s still a long way to go this year. But 3-1 is 3-1, a good foundation...

 

Wildcats advance past Bears

CLOVIS — Saturday night was the first Clovis boys basketball state playoff game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium since 2013. And the Wildcats’ last game there, period, for another nine months. Clovis mar...

 

Clayton holds on late to shock Texico girls

TEXICO — Every basketball season comes to an end. The Texico girls basketball players were just hoping theirs didn’t end quite so soon. The sixth-seeded Lady Wolverines sure fought hard to avoid...

 

Texico boys make way into 2A quarterfinals

TEXICO — The Texico boys basketball team saved what may have been its best performance of the season for its last home game of the season. Playing sharp in the first half and looking poised in a suddenly iffy fourth quarter, the seventh-seeded...

 

ENMU women cruise in Lone Star tournament opener

PORTALES — It was truly a Super Tuesday for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. Even with everything that transpired later in the Lone Star Conference tournament at...

 

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