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Articles from the March 22, 2020 edition

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ENMU regents postpone spring commencement; rescheduling TBD

PORTALES — Everybody at Friday’s Eastern New Mexico University regents meeting believed spring commencement was an important event for students, their friends and families they didn’t want to see canceled unless absolutely necessary. They also... Full story

 

Q&A on latest public health order

Click Here for Updated PDF SANTA FE - The public health order issued Thursday by Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel temporarily strengthens earlier orders to include additional mandatory... Full story

 

Two attorneys self-quarantine as precaution

CLOVIS — Two local attorneys have self-quarantined following a court appearance in which a public defender reported experiencing flu-like symptoms, officials said. "On Tuesday morning an attorney arrived at the courthouse and self-reported” his... Full story

 

Council agrees on emergency resource expansion

PORTALES — The Portales City Council on Tuesday made a tentative agreement with Elite Medical Transport to expand local emergency resources for the Portales Fire Department. Fire Chief T.J. Cathey said the agreement would provide a valuable...

 

Senior menus - March 22

Meal service carry-out only CRSMA Senior Diner’s Club 901 West 13th St., Clovis Monday: Sloppy joe on a bun, potato wedges, mixed veggies, tropical fruit. Tuesday: BBQ chicken, scalloped potatoes, blended veggies, dinner roll, margarine, spiced...

 

Sports Briefs - March 22

ENMU’s Prock finalist for D-II coaching award PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Josh Prock is one of four finalists for the Division II World Exposure women’s head coach of the year. Prock led the Greyhounds...

 

Law enforcement hopes people do what's right

Don’t gather with 10 or more people. Don’t go to the gym. Don’t go to the movies. Don’t eat inside a restaurant. It’s been a lot to keep up with during the COVID-19 pandemic, with state guidelines seemingly changing as soon as everybody... Full story

 

Four shot, one killed in various incidents

Four people were shot and one man died in a violent six days for Clovis last week. All the victims were between 16 and 22 years old. Details of a Saturday morning shooting death were not immediately clear, but police said a 22-year-old man died...

 

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

 

Portales closes library

PORTALES — The city of Portales announced Wednesday it will close the Portales Public Library until further notice. The decision was made “to best protect the health of its patrons and employees until further notice,” according to a city news... Full story

 

Pages Past - March 22

On this date ... 1970: Officials were estimating a weekend fire in the Grady school gymnasium had caused about $4,000 in smoke damage. That did not include damage to the locker room, which was preventing students from using it. Repair work started...

 

Meetings calendar - March 22

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns   Thursday • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 3 p.m., ENMWUA Offices, Sitterly Professional Center, 801 Pile Street, Clovis. Information: 575-935-4262 • Clovis City...

 

Events calendar - March 22

Events are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns   Tuesday • Blood drive — 11 a.m.-3 p.m., ENMRSH, 2700 E. Seventh St., Clovis. Bloodmobile will be parked outside of location. Information: 575-625-9743, ext. 2100   Wednesday • Blood...

 

Cancellations and postponements - March 22

Monday-Friday • Curry County Youth Services “Help Yourself to Positive Empowerment” (HYPE) program for students — postponed until summer   Tuesday • Free preschool screening clinic sponsored by Regional Educational Cooperative No. 6 at...

 

Public Record - March 22

The following marriage licenses were recently issued at the Curry County Clerk’s office: • Manuel Molina-Olivas, 51, and Katherine Terry Lopez, 56, both of Clovis • Kolton Lane McCasland, 25, and Haley Nicole Crocker, 20, both of Melrose ...

 

To our readers: We're making changes, too

Most of us don’t know anyone gravely ill from COVID-19. At least not yet. But the world pandemic has left us all feeling ill, or at least apprehensive, because of its economic impact. Schools are closed, restaurants are limited to take out and... Full story

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    March 22, 2020

Lowry: Profit least of COVID-19 problems

A specter haunts progressive America — the possibility that a company might make too much money solving the world’s coronavirus problem. At the last Democratic debate Bernie Sanders called the leaders of the pharmaceutical industry “a bunch of...

 
 By John Micek    Voices    March 22, 2020

Micek: Don't waste crisis with fear, paranoia

Shortly after Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel got into a bit of hot water when he observed to an interviewer, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” A decade-and-a-half ago,...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    March 22, 2020

Business leaders trying to limit damages

CLOVIS — The coronavirus is affecting every phase of life everywhere, especially businesses that have had to alter hours or in some cases just flat out close. Local Chambers of Commerce are...

 

Terry: Keep faith, and this will pass

We’ve all been called this week to hunker down. We’re all learning that is easier said than done. We’re used to going to work or school every weekday and going to a restaurant or a store nearly...

 

Club notes - March 22

Portales Woman’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met March 11 with 21 members and four guests — Rose Robbins, Darla Reed, Debbie Hill and Terry Lancaster. President Sheryl Borden called the meeting to order following lunch. Gaynelle Thomas led the...

 

Creative Living: Moroccan Tagines coming up on shows

Information on what perfection looks like, cooking with Moroccan Tagines, and an online craft magazine will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all...

 

Cannon monitoring about 100 airmen, dependents

Cannon Air Force Base has about 100 airmen and dependents who are self-monitoring while isolated in quarters, though it has had no confirmed cases of the coronavirus so far. Representatives from the base said it is important to differentiate between... Full story

 

Churches adjusting to COVID-19

Coronavirus concerns will force many churchgoers to stay home this weekend. But larger churches will be doing what they can to bring Sunday morning service to the comfort of their members’ homes.... Full story

 

Three Clovis patients test negative for COVID-19

CLOVIS — Three Clovis-area patients have been tested for COVID-19, and all three tests have come back negative for the virus. That’s according to Dr. Albert Kwan, president of the medical staff at Plains Regional Medical Center, who spoke with... Full story

 

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