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Lawsuit challenges daily fines

SANTA FE — A Clovis business owner is one of about a dozen challenging the authority of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to issue daily fines for health order violations during the COVID-19 pandemic. A lawsuit filed Wednesday in the 9th Judicial...

 

Two regional festivals canceled

Two regional summer entertainment staples have fallen victim to coronavirus. Heritage Days in Portales and the UFO Festival in Roswell won’t happen in 2020, organizers announced last week. “After a consecutive run of 35 years, we are going to...

 

Governor: Eateries may open by June 1

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says the state expects to allow dine-in restaurants, salons, gyms, malls and other businesses to reopen by June 1 as COVID-19 numbers continue to improve. New Mexico is now meeting the majority of its...

 

Texas reopening - except Amarillo area

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continued this week to reopen businesses that had closed to slow the spread of novel coronavirus. Phase 2, as he calls it, will allow tattoo parlors, bars and daycare centers to begin reopening. But the dates vary by each...

 

Local numbers still low

Staff and wire reports Curry and Roosevelt counties have had just 26 positive cases of COVID-19 reported between them as of Saturday morning, with no deaths. That's the good news. The bad news comes f...

 

More than 90,000 New Mexicans file unemployment

More than 90,000 New Mexicans have filed initial unemployment claims over the past four weeks. According to unofficial numbers released Friday by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, 20,085 more New Mexico residents filed for...

 

NM sets coronavirus records

New Mexico on Friday set unwelcome single-day records for positive tests of COVID-19 and for deaths from the disease. State officials also projected the virus will kill between 2,100 and 4,700 New Mexicans over the next 12 months — a prediction... Full story

 

Positive cases in NM get near 300

The number of positive coronavirus cases in New Mexico neared 300 and the virus’ death total reached four in the state, health officials said on Monday. The most recent deaths were a woman in her 90s and a woman in her 70s. Both died Monday in... Full story

 

COVID-19 numbers up across New Mexico

The numbers have a story to tell. First, New Mexico’s number of residents who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 was up to 191 on Saturday morning. Friday saw the most positive tests in a single day — 55, including a Cannon Air Force Base airman... Full story

 

Tucumcari DA held in contempt

Tucumcari’s district attorney said he was held in contempt of court after “heeding the governor’s declaration of a public health emergency” and failing to attend a hearing in Carlsbad earlier this month. Timothy Rose is asking the New Mexico... Full story

 

Ex-Clovis attorney tests positive for COVID-19

A former Clovis attorney, now a public defender in Santa Fe, says she has tested positive for COVID-19. Jennifer Burrill, who moved to Santa Fe from Clovis in 2016, told The Santa Fe New Mexican that... Full story

 

Chains announce closures, changes

Several New Mexico businesses and local branches of national chains have announced temporary closures or changes to their hours in response to efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. Among those who’ve made announcements: • Bath & Body Works...

 

Governor vetoes road fund legislation

SANTA FE — Amid fears of declining oil prices, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday vetoed legislation that appropriated $50 million to various transportation projects throughout the state. Senate Bill 232 included $1.635 million for Curry and... Full story

 

Lobbyists, clients report $151,000 in spending on dinners, receptions

SANTA FE — Lobbyists and their clients reported about $151,000 in spending this session — more than $5,000 a day on dinners, receptions and other goodies for New Mexico lawmakers. And that’s just part of the spending. More-detailed reports are...

 
 By Wire reports    News    February 26, 2020

Grant awarded to Portales airport

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than $1 million in federal grants to New Mexico airports, including $150,000 to Portales Municipal Airport to perform pavement sealing and crack repair of the existing taxiway. Airports in...

 
 By Wire reports    News    January 26, 2020

Kobe Bryant killed in copter crash

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant and his daughter are among nine dead in a helicopter crash Sunday morning near Los Angeles, multiple local and national media outlets have confirmed. Bryant was on his way... Full story

 

A look at the waste materials vaping leaves behind

In her office at the high school in Boulder, Colorado, the assistant principal has a large cardboard box where she can toss the spoils of her ongoing battle with the newest student addiction. “This is what I call the box of death,” said Kristen L...

 

Incoming front to bring cold temperatures

A strong cold front is expected to bring snow to northern New Mexico and send temperatures plunging throughout the state over the next few days. Eastern New Mexico can expect its first hard freeze Thursday night and Friday morning, according to the...

 

Massive rotor travels through Clovis

A 460,000-pound piece of equipment was successfully transported Friday from Los Alamos National Laboratory to Clovis, passing through the heart of Santa Fe, on its way to a repair site across the...

 

Walmart stopping gun sales

CLOVIS — In a few weeks, you can cross the state’s largest retailer off of your list for firearms purchases. Effective July 27, Walmart plans to stop selling firearms at all New Mexico locations, including its stores in Clovis and Portales. The s...

 

Tornado season whirling in

Eastern New Mexico received its first tornado scare of the season on March 12 when watches were issued throughout the region. Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties avoided the twisters that night, but...

 

AG's office, New Mexico Environment Department file suit against Air Force

The state Environment Department and Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday morning filed a lawsuit seeking to compel U.S. Air Force officials to acknowledge, address and remediate contamination caused by discharge of per- and polyfluoroalkyl...

 

Between Editions: Feb. 19, 2019

Welcome to Between Editions, our online update for the latest news from eastern New Mexico and around the region. We'll do this as often as we can in effort to keep readers of The Eastern New Mexico News informed beyond our print editions, which publ... Full story

 

District 63 race going into recount

SANTA FE — As expected, the House District 63 race is going into a recount. The Secretary of State’s Office currently has Clovis Republican Martin Zamora holding a 27-vote lead over incumbent Democrat George Dodge — 2,982-2,955. It’s one of...

 

Reports: Matthews to sign with Jets

NEW YORK — Former Clovis High receiver Rishard Matthews will soon be back on an NFL roster, as he has reportedly agreed to sign with the New York Jets. ESPN reported the news Tuesday morning. The 29-year-old was released by the Tennessee Titans in... Full story

 

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