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 By Peter Stein    News    April 1, 2020

'We keep you on the road'

Editor's note: The coronavirus pandemic has changed our world in ways most of us could never have imagined. The Eastern New Mexico News is reflecting those changes in a series of stories and photos th... Full story

 

Positive cases in NM get near 300

The number of positive coronavirus cases in New Mexico neared 300 and the virus’ death total reached four in the state, health officials said on Monday. The most recent deaths were a woman in her 90s and a woman in her 70s. Both died Monday in... Full story

 

School districts highlight learn-at-home models

School districts across eastern New Mexico have worked over the last few days on learn-at-home models, following a Public Education Department decision to close schools for the remainder of the school year. The following includes highlights of... Full story

 

RGH implements new procedures

PORTALES - Effective Monday morning, Roosevelt General Hospital established new screening procedures for visitors in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hospital staff is manning a screening ce... Full story

 

Clerks ask for primary by mail

More than two dozen county clerks in New Mexico — including two in eastern New Mexico — have asked the state Supreme Court for an order that would allow the June 2 primary be conducted by mail. But on Tuesday, the Republican Party of New Mexico... Full story

 

New commission to resolve license issue

CLOVIS - The new Clovis City Commission will have a liquor license issue to resolve and a healthcare emergency to consider when it meets for the first time with a new mayor and two new commissioners...

 

Pages past - April 1

On this date ... 1970: A district judge ruled a pair of Eastern New Mexico University students would be permitted to inspect pending faculty contracts and salaries. Ernest Sanchez of Clovis, editor of the university newspaper, and Arthur Dula, an...

 

Events calendar - April 1

April 8 • Blood drive — 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Bloodmobile, Roosevelt General Hospital, 42121 Highway 70, Portales. Register online at http://www.bloodhero.com. Information: 877-258-4825 April 10 • Blood drive — 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Bloodmobile,...

 

Meetings calendar - April 1

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns Thursday • Clovis City Commission — 5:15 p.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Will be streamed on Facebook at City of Clovis, NM, and on...

 

Opinion: I don't want to wait to graduate, but I may have to

When we college seniors think back to Jan. 1, we were anxious and excited for our last semester. We’d worked so hard for everything; all the tears, struggles, and late nights had finally paid off and we were only months away from walking that... Full story

 

Opinion: School may look different for now, but it's moving ahead

The past two weeks have definitely been the most unusual we’ve ever experienced. Week before last we were hanging on every word we heard; every piece of news, every update — both nationally and... Full story

 

Former Ready Roast plant manager hired on by non-profit

PORTALES — A door closed on Portales’ Jim Lucero late in February. Less than a month later, a new door opened on the square. Lucero, recently laid off as plant manager for Ready Roast following its acquisition by Hampton Farms, is staying in...

 

Food distribution being held

PORTALES — The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is partnering with Los Abuelitos de La Casa Senior Center for a Friday drive-through food distribution. The distribution will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or until supplies run out, at 1515 W. Fir. Clients must... Full story

 

Opinion: We will come out stronger for coronavirus

On March 4, 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt uttered these famous words: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” This was the president’s attempt to reassure Americans they had it within themselves to defeat the Great...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    April 1, 2020

Opinion: 'Papers, please' now our reality

I’m not happy with the petty tyrants who have done away with any pretense of respecting the rights of Americans. They are using this pandemic as an excuse to twist the police state tighter around ou...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    April 1, 2020

Opinion: Remember, we're in this together

As we attempt to face this coronavirus crisis collectively, we're handicapped by a loss of trust in our institutions. Many if not most Americans no longer believe in our government, our leaders, the media, our churches, science and even our charitabl...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    April 1, 2020

Coffee shop business 'extremely slow'

CLOVIS - COVID-19 has altered life. And perhaps how we choose to live our everyday lives, how we choose to relax and spend our down time, were aspects of life that were most taken for granted.... Full story

 

Opinion: Join me on a virtual morning stroll this spring

A disclaimer: This is not a column about viruses, nor is this an April Fools' joke. We have more than enough about the former, and I've never been a fan of the latter. Instead, I invite you to lace...

 

Opinion: Service station burglaries and giant rattlesnakes

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Aprils past: • April 3, 1945: Bill Vance of Portales announced his dog, Buzz, had been poisoned. Vance said he would pay a $25 reward if someone could identify...

 

Opinion: Lord has plenty to teach us through all this unpleasantness

Like most humans with a few years on them, I’ve had an occasion or a few (not too terribly many) to mention to the Lord that, in this distress or that difficulty, I have at least two requests. Jesus...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    April 1, 2020

Opinion: We'll get through this time of uncertainty together

These are the moments that define us. We’re all doing the best we can navigating our way through this new normal of “shelter-at-home.” It’s an uncertain time, and that can be pretty nerve... Full story

 

Southwest roundup - April 1

County approves loan for new jail FORT SUMNER — The De Baca County Commission on March 23 approved a resolution for financing of a new county jail. On a 2-1 vote, the commission approved a resolution to borrow $2,726,361 for construction of the...

 

Lawmaker: Revenue could fall $1.5 billion short of projections

A key New Mexico lawmaker on budgetary matters said state revenue could fall short of projections by $1.5 billion to $2 billion amid the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices — a bigger hole than legislators anticipated just two weeks ago. Sen.... Full story

 

Jail log - April 1

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Jose Escoto, 47, concealing identity ∞ Onesimus Skywater, 28, driving while license suspended or revoked, no proof of insurance, failure to obey traffic control devices...

 

State updates COVID-19 numbers

The New Mexico Department of Health delivered an update on the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday afternoon, reporting 315 positive tests in the state and a fifth death from the virus. So far, there are 26 people designated as recovered from COVID-19. The 35... Full story

 

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