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Articles from the March 8, 2020 edition

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Roosevelt to canvass votes

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission will hold a special meeting Monday to canvass Tuesday’s elections. The commission will review the elections in Portales, Causey, Dora, Elida and Floyd. Afterward the canvass, notable items on the agenda...

 

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...

 

Portales seeks Easter egg candy donations

PORTALES — The city of Portales is seeking donations for its annual Easter Egg Hunt, according to a city release. Donations of candy will be taken at City Hall through April 9, with the hunt scheduled for April 12. City Hall will be closed April...

 

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...

 

Animal rescue head seeks answers from city

PORTALES — Monica Eppinger wants to save as many Portales animals as she can from euthanasia at the local shelter. She even founded the non-profit Labor of Love Project to help do that. But she faces one major problem: The Labor of Love’s...

 

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,...

 

Portales council files complaint on burned site

PORTALES — Brady Brunson said he’s been doing his best to clean up the aftermath of a structure fire on his property from last summer. But progress has been slow-going and the Portales City Council has decided to take action to clean up the...

 

Youth sent to Lubbock after near-drowning

CLOVIS — A 2-year-old boy pulled from Dennis Chavez Lake on Friday afternoon was resuscitated and rushed to the Clovis hospital, officials said. Clovis Fire Department Battalion Chief Joel Gershon said the child was flown to Lubbock about 7:20...

 

Meetings calendar - March 8

Monday • Roosevelt County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Room, Roosevelt County Courthouse, 109 W. First St., Portales. Information: 575-356-5307 • Clovis Astronomy Club — 7 p.m., Room 143 or 145 (look for signs), Clovis Community College,...

 

Election reminder: Most citizens don't vote for anybody

The best words spoken by a candidate during the municipal elections in Clovis came from the city’s new mayor, Mike Morris. “I won with about 34 percent of the vote,” Morris told The News Editor Kevin Wilson. “Most of the citizens didn’t...

 

Hansen: Give credit where due, event to Trump

Well, President Trump’s first reaction to the Center for Disease Control’s announcement two weeks ago that a coronavirus epidemic was nearly inevitable was his usual stamping of feet. He denied facts that disagreed with his gut, which is...

 

Purcell: Candidates losing sense of humor

At least Michael Bloomberg gave it a try. Having done poorly in a prior debate, he joked during the Charleston, South Carolina, debate that he was surprised the other candidates showed up — because he “did such a good job beating them last...

 

Lowry: Sanders test of American religiosity, resistance to socialism

Once upon a time, Bernie Sanders would have had another political vulnerability besides his socialism — namely, his atheism. In 2016, a Democratic National Committee staffer had to apologize after the WikiLeaks hack exposed an email he wrote that s...

 

Wockner: Truth about Colorado River dam alarming

The magnitude of the Colorado River’s decline (because of climate change) as outlined in the Science paper is “eye popping.” — Brad Udall, senior scientist at Colorado State University The latest research about the Colorado River is alarming...

 

Reagan: Establishment still holds power

Everyone talks about the power of the Republican and Democrat party establishments. It’s real — just ask Bernie. He quickly found out how powerful the Democrat establishment is last week when Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar both called it quits...

 

In Tribute: Schutte Tucumcari's go-to lawyer for many years

Donald Schutte, a longtime lawyer and a former assistant district attorney and district court judge in Quay County, died Feb. 25. He was 72. Attorney Roger Bargas, with whom Schutte shared a law office in Tucumcari, said he suddenly took ill at his...

 

75 years ago: Remembering war

Editor’s note: On April 22, 1945, U.S. Army Cpl. Hayley Dandridge of Dora wrote a letter to friends about the horrors he witnessed at the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp near Weimar, Germany....

 

Terry: Signs of spring are literally in the air

In our part of the world a person can tell spring is in the air without looking at the calendar because the signs of spring are literally in the air. A short drive in the country will tell you what I mean. Before you even see the black and white...

 

Craetive living: Party themes, cuff bracelets ahead on show

Information on creating party themes, making custom cuff bracelets and making fun greeting cards for any occasion will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain). Susan Legits,...

 

Events calendar - March 8

Today • Daylight saving time begins — turn clocks ahead one hour   Monday • Rural Bookmobile East in Grady — 10-11:30 a.m., Grady Municipal Schools, 100 Franklin St., Grady; 11:35 a.m.-12 noon, Grady Post Office, 406 W. Main St., Grady. Info...

 

School menus - March 8

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Orange muffin top. Lunch — Battered waffle chicken bites, au-gratin potatoes, steamed carrots, fresh tangelos, whole wheat roll, veggie bar. Tuesday: Breakfast — Homemade sausage egg, cheese burrito and...

 

On the shelves - March 8

These books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Definition: cozy mystery. A comedic, lighthearted murder mystery with plenty of humor, no graphic violence or sex, and an amateur sleuth from a close-knit community who solves crimes,...

 

Senior Calendar - March 8

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory St., Clovis Sunday: 2 p.m. Gospel singing. Monday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 8 ball pool, 8:30 a.m. exercise class, 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. line dance, 1 p.m. canasta, 5 p.m. social night, 5 p.m. business meeting,...

 

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