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Articles from the March 18, 2020 edition

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Melrose boys edge Maxwell for three-peat in 1A

ALBUQUERQUE - For much of the second half, Melrose's bid for a Class 1A state three-peat seemed a likely possibility. At the end, though, Buffaloes coach Kevin Lackey admitted he was on pins and...

 

ENMU update: LSC, GNAC extend football agreement

The Lone Star Conference and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference have extended a deal for a non-conference scheduling alliance into the 2022 and 2023 seasons. The conferences will formally begin that agreement this season. The now four-year...

 

Wildcat track gets in last meet before suspension

CLOVIS — Last Thursday, Clovis High’s track and field team snuck in one last meet just as the sports world was about to go dark because of COVID-19. The Clovis boys captured first place in the Plainview Bulldog Relays at Greg Sherwood Memorial...

 

Teen jailed on multiple charges in shooting

CLOVIS — Two people were shot and a 16-year-old boy was jailed on multiple charges, while a dramatic intervention by Clovis police ended the violence early Monday morning. The teenager was in Clovis’ juvenile detention center Tuesday. A...

 

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...

 

Clovis zoo, library closing through April 6

Following a directive to state agencies to accelerate remote-work initiatives, local entities have taken their own steps in reducing face-to-face interaction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic....

 

Schools offering free meals

Public schools in Curry and Roosevelt counties are offering free meals during the state-mandated school shutdown. More information is at: newmexico.gov/education n Clovis Municipal Schools: Breakfast...

 

Restaurants limiting service hours

CLOVIS — Area restaurant owners were already seeing the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic with the general public practicing social distancing. Then the New Mexico Department of Health acted early this week, ordering restaurants fill no more than...

 

Pages past - March 18

On this date ... 1970: A Clovis hog farmer watched while officials killed five of his hogs, which may have eaten grain treated with mercury fungicide. John Liston said he was given little choice in the matter, though his animals had not been tested...

 

Meetings calendar - March 18

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns Tuesday • Roosevelt County Commission — 9 a.m., Commission Room, Roosevelt County Courthouse, 109 W. First St., Portales. Information: 575-356-5307 • Roosevelt General Hospital Board...

 

Events calendar - March 18

Events are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns   Thursday • New Mexico True Hemp Tour farmer education event — Local event canceled but may be replaced with an online webinar. Free program to learn about the hemp industry, sponsored...

 

Hospitals prepare for virus patients

New Mexico had 23 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning. None were in eastern New Mexico, but Roosevelt General Hospital and Plains Regional Medical Center continue to ready themselves for a potential flood of patients. For now, officials...

 

Curry jail bans visitors

CLOVIS — Visitors have been banned from the Curry County jail. “We take our responsibility to protect staff, detainees, very seriously, and are taking actions based on our desire to prevent them from being in harms’ way as a result of COVID-19,...

 

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...

 

Take time to learn how to spot fake news

If it’s on Facebook, it must be true. Right? Wrong. Even though the social media giant has said it’s taking steps to monitor fake news stories, the proliferation of such stories makes it unlikely they’ll be squelched. Older Americans may be...

 

Keep healthy habits, help others

How will you spend your time now that civilization has been canceled by executive command? Is it time to brush up on your stone-age skills? This would be a good time to familiarize yourself with the...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    March 18, 2020

Last week one for history books

Last week was one for the history books. On March 10, Joe Biden became the Democratic Party’s heir apparent with his big win in Michigan. The textbooks haven’t been written yet, but I think it’s safe to say it will go down in history as the...

 

Clovis seeking citizens to serve on boards

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis is seeking several citizens to serve on its various lower boards and committees. Fifteen slots are available. Applications for all bodies are available at the city manager's office and will be received through March 27....

 

Not having Joe Blair around will take getting used to

Even though I knew better, I thought Joe Blair was going to live forever. Last Thursday, he proved me wrong. It's going to take some getting used to. Like many of you who knew and loved this icon of...

 

1918 flu pandemic shut down Clovis

Myrtle Gurley was the first to die, on Oct. 7, 1918. She left two small children and a husband. Ten days later, Clovis’ number of influenza deaths had swelled to 23. “This is by no means whatsoever a large death rate, considering the hundreds of...

 

School boards discuss coronavirus measures

PORTALES - When the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education first announced Monday morning's emergency meeting on the COVID-19 pandemic, members readied for a planning session. The meeting,...

 

Court suspends new criminal jury trials

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended all criminal jury trials that have not started, according to a news release from the Administrative Office of the Courts. The court also imposed additional precautionary measures against...

 

Missing security cameras will extend renovation

CLOVIS — Security cameras missing from the Curry County Adult Detention Center plans in December will cost the county an extra $226,535 and extend the renovation and addition project about 151 days. Travis Coker, chief operating officer for HB...

 

Street closing for fiber optic installation

CLOVIS — Elite Communications will close the westbound lane between Walnut and Sycamore on 14th Street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, according to a city of Clovis news release. Elite Communications will be installing fiber optics for Plateau...

 

Coronavirus threat, too, shall pass

Truth be told, this week’s article presents a bit of a challenge. Our general mission is to share examples of innovative and wonderfully creative educational happenings in classrooms across our...

 

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