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Articles from the March 29, 2020 edition

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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


School closure extended

SANTA FE — When the New Mexico Public Education Department closed schools for three weeks due to COVID-19, it did so with the hope an April 6 return to normal instruction would be safe. Two weeks in, “We know we haven’t reached the peak of... Full story

 By Peter Stein    News    March 29, 2020

'Non-essential' businesses feel strain

PORTALES - Diane Gallegos already had a full plate. The Portales resident is a small-business owner and a single mother of two daughters, the younger of which has Down syndrome. COVID-19 made the... Full story


Guadalajara liquor license waiver tabled

CLOVIS - When the state Alcoholic Beverage Control office did a preliminary site review of the Master's Centre for a liquor license transfer, the nearest church and elementary school were both found...


Roads to be closed for repairs

CLOVIS — Curry County Road 4 between Rd L and Rd K South of Clovis will be closed from 8 a.m. April 6 to 6 p.m. April 7 so that BNSF Railroad can make repairs to the railroad crossing in that area. RoadSafe Traffic Systems will have detours in...


Swearing-in adjusted for virus

CLOVIS — New Clovis Mayor Mike Morris, four newly elected Clovis city commissioners and the municipal judge will be sworn in Monday afternoon, but the ceremony will take a little longer than normal due to mass gathering restrictions with the... Full story


Roads closing for chip seal

CLOVIS — Curry County will close sections of two county roads for chip seal and overlay work this week. The county will work Monday through Wednesday on chip-sealing Curry Road 13 from Curry Road G to NM 108, and on Thursday will work on overlay...


Meetings calendar - March 29

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns   Monday • Clovis swearing-in ceremonies for newly elected officials — 2:55 p.m., City Hall, 321 Connelly St., Clovis. No public access; event will be streamed on Facebook live at City...


Events calendar - March 29

April 8 • Blood drive — 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Bloodmobile, Roosevelt General Hospital, 42121 Highway 70, Portales. Register online at Information: 877-258-4825   Ongoing • Portales Creative Group artist for March...


Cancellations and postponements - March 29

Today • Home, Garden, and Lifestyle Show at the Curry County Events Center — canceled   Tuesday • Free Family Night at the Interactive Science Museum — canceled • ENMU Friends of Music scholarship auditions at Buchanan Hall — postponed...


Pages past - March 29

On this date ... 1960: A fire had destroyed a double-car garage near Ranchvale, but “the wind direction kept it from the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Noel Compton, located only a few feet away,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Two visitors were...


Clerks encourage voters to prep for election

Though county clerk’s offices are closed to the public, clerks are still encouraging citizens to prepare for the June 2 primary elections. The state deadline is May 5 to register to vote or make changes to an existing voter registration. Residents...


Water authority proceeding as usual

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is proceeding as usual, even though everything in the world around them is anything but. The authority had its monthly meeting Thursday at its offices, with much of the participation...


Q&A: Roosevelt General Hospital on COVID-19

The News spoke Tuesday afternoon with representatives of Roosevelt General Hospital regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. There are currently no Roosevelt County positive tests, with 191 positive tests reported statewide as Saturday morning. The hospital... Full story


Public record - March 29

The following marriage licenses were recently issued at the Curry County Clerk’s office: • Joe Aaron Harbin, 46, and Veronica Mitchell Levacy, 43, both of Floydada, Texas • Jordan Taylor Palmer, 27, and Katlain Leeann Phillips, 27, both of...


Reflections of stress: Let's hope COVID-19 more bark than bite

The coronavirus has hit home. Hard. Hundreds of businesses across eastern New Mexico are closed or limited in services they can provide. Schools have been closed for two weeks and soon switching to a... Full story

 By Rich Lowry    Voices    March 29, 2020

Virus shutdowns not sustainable

Countries have experienced economic depressions before, but not usually as a matter of choice. The nationwide coronavirus shutdowns over the past few weeks have ground parts of the country to a halt....


Trump not to blame for COVID-19

Every 4-year-old knows the official coronavirus drill by now. Wash your hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes and don’t touch your face. And also practice “social distancing,” stay away...


U.S. Census carrying on with new online option

The U.S. Census is still in full swing despite national shutdowns to combat COVID-19, with the option for anyone to file online available for the first time. Census letters began arriving March 12, with national Census Day taking place April 1. If...


RGH board meets digitally for usual monthly business

PORTALES — The Roosevelt General Hospital board met digitally Tuesday evening to take care of its usual monthly business, with Chief Executive Officer Kaye Green giving a brief update on the hospital’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 outbreak....

 By Peter Stein    News    March 29, 2020

Military retirees no longer allowed on Cannon grounds

Kathy Branfield was already a social-distancer, long before the second week of March when it all of a sudden became a thing everyone was being urged to do. Branfield was already immune-suppressed and suffering from asthma. And then along came... Full story


Curry County declared 'emergency area' in response to COVID-19

CLOVIS — Curry County is now an “emergency area” in response to COVID-19 concerns. That means officials have laid groundwork for potential state and federal funding to help with ongoing shutdowns. The Curry County Commission met Friday morning... Full story

 By Peter Stein    News    March 29, 2020

Chambers of Commerce still available

Despite all the COVID-19 turbulence, the local Chambers of Commerce are open for business. Just not in the traditional sense. As far as literal doors being literally unlocked and literally open, no, the Roosevelt County and Clovis/Curry County...


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