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Articles from the March 25, 2020 edition

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PRMC reports positive COVID-19 test

CLOVIS — COVID-19 has officially arrived in Clovis, where Plains Regional Medical Center reported a positive test on Monday. Presbyterian Healthcare Services spokeswoman Amanda Schoenberg said the patient lives in Curry County and has been... Full story

 

Governor announces business closures

SANTA FE — With the coronavirus spreading across New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced the closure of all “non-essential” businesses statewide and delivered a blunt message to state residents. The message: Stay home and... Full story

 
 By Peter Stein    News    March 25, 2020

Hoarding strains suppliers

CLOVIS - Thomas Paine wrote in 'Common Sense:' These are the times that try men's souls. If Payne had been alive to write about the coronavirus he might have referred to these times as trying men's... Full story

 
 By Peter Stein    News    March 25, 2020

Funeral homes limiting mourners as virus measure

The coronavirus has its grip clenched on every aspect of life — and death. An important and necessary part of the human experience is what happens at the end of it, and funerals are a prime example of events where people gather in large groups,... Full story

 

Educators prep to teach remotely

Most local educators aren’t taking the chance that the coronavirus shutdown will end by April 6. They’re preparing to teach remotely. From Portales to Texico, teachers are beginning to arrange lesson plans via online teaching platforms, putting... Full story

 

Portales council meeting canceled

PORTALES — A Portales City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday on whether or not to approve a tax hike was canceled after a new public health order from the governor. The hearing would have allowed the public to speak before the council decided...

 

Pages past - March 25

On this date ... 1970: Clovis police briefs as reported by the Clovis News-Journal: • A Cannon Air Force Base airman reported he’d lost his wallet “somewhere between the Copper Penny and the BZB Cafe.” • A Cannon airman reported one of his...

 

Meetings calendar - March 25

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 25

Events are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns   Today • Blood hero blood drive hosted by Clovis Fire Department and Clovis-Carver Public Library — 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Bloodmobile, Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St.,...

 

Officials adjusting meetings to comply with health order

CLOVIS — Just two weeks ago, you risked getting laughed out of the room if you called the average public meeting a mass gathering. How things have changed with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the latest effort to slow the virus’ spread, a Monday New... Full story

 

Clovis commission meeting attendance limited

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission will technically meet Thursday evening at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex. Due to state restrictions of mass gatherings, however, the meeting site will be closed to the public and attendance...

 

Jobless claims jump with virus closures

About 11,000 people filed for new unemployment claims in New Mexico last week. For perspective, officials said the state’s average number of new claims in a week is about 800. With COVID-19 shutdowns in full swing, many workers have found their... Full story

 

Local public defender tests negative for COVID-19

CLOVIS — A local public defender who self-quarantined after experiencing flu-like symptoms has tested negative for COVID-19. That’s according to a spokeswoman for the New Mexico Law Offices of the Public Defender, Maggie Shepard. District... Full story

 

Legal process short on ethics, transparency

We celebrated Sunshine Week (March 15-21) by looking at the disgraceful manner in which our state’s budget is produced. The process by which the state’s budget is finally formed is a complicated one, punctuated with many committees and sub...

 

Government more deadly virus

Do you know what I’d rather not think about? The coronavirus panic. Do you know what it seems no one, including me, is thinking about? Anything other than the coronapocalypse. People think about...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    March 25, 2020

Are we borrowing against future?

By the time President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, nearly half the nation’s governors had already declared health emergencies of their own. The states, not the federal government, have been leading the battle against COVID-19....

 

Curry special meeting Friday

CLOVIS — A special Curry County Commission meeting is scheduled Friday via teleconference to declare Curry an emergency area. Most Curry County offices have shut down this week to comply with new restrictions laid down by Gov. Lujan Grisham on...

 

Golf course to close today

CLOVIS — Colonial Park Golf Course is scheduled to close, beginning today, in response to a recent New Mexico Public Health Order. A news release from the city of Clovis stated maintenance activities will continue during the closure. “While we... Full story

 

Guidance from NM Department of Health

It has been another busy week here in New Mexico tracking COVID-19 cases and we are promoting social distancing everywhere. The Lujan Grisham administration is doing everything we can to protect New Mexicans. But the majority of questions that get... Full story

 

Q&A: NM Human Services Department

Editor’s note: Jodi McGinnis-Porter is communications director for New Mexico’s Human Services Department. The Q&A that follows is unedited and complete. The op-ed she references is published above this Q&A. Q from The Eastern New Mexico News: Ho... Full story

 

MainStreet director enthusiastic for future

If you need a bracing dose of good cheer or a stiff shot of feel better, this is a fine time to check in with Crystal Pritchett. The new executive director of Portales MainStreet and founder of the...

 

Cancellations and postponements - March 25

Through Friday • Curry County Youth Services “Help Yourself to Positive Empowerment” (HYPE) program for students — postponed until summer   Thursday • Portales Senior Citizens Center potluck — canceled • Prime Pursuits cattle marketing...

 

Life's biggest blessings are the smaller ones

I’ve long thought that, in so many ways, the biggest blessings of life are the small ones. The weeks we’re living through right now underline that, don’t they? If, just a few weeks ago, you...

 

Clovis mayor responds to COVID-19

CLOVIS – Mayor David Lansford on Tuesday responded to the first case of COVID-19 confirmed in Clovis. “It was inevitable there would be cases in the area,” Lansford said in a city news release. “We must remain calm and think of our... Full story

 

NM records first COVID-19 death

New Mexico health officials on Wednesday announced the state’s first death related to COVID-19. A man in his late 70s died Sunday at Artesia General Hospital, according to a news release from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. According to the release: "... Full story

 

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