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Articles from the April 8, 2020 edition

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 By Peter Stein    News    April 8, 2020

New challenge 'part of the job'

CLOVIS - On a breezy mild Monday, members of the Clovis Fire Department were shooting baskets behind the station house, waiting for a call to go rescue citizens in distress. Seemed like a normal day,...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    April 8, 2020

Small biz money could go quickly

CLOVIS — Sandra Taylor-Sawyer rarely gets a break these days. The director of the Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca County Small Business Development Center has been answering more questions than usual. Not surprising. These are not normal times for...

 

Easter services going digital

CLOVIS - The three biggest words one would expect to hear at area churches just days from now are "He is risen," the message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But most people will be hearing those...

 

Governor orders additional restrictions

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday afternoon ordered a series of additional restrictions on business operations to further prevent spread of COVID-19 — and she warned of increased enforcement efforts. The new order, which took...

 

Portales board approves schooling plan

PORTALES — The learn-at-home era is under way at Portales Municipal Schools. School board members met virtually for about an hour Monday afternoon. They gave a positive review and a 4-0 approval of the plan Superintendent Johnnie Cain and the PMS...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    April 8, 2020

Roosevelt declared emergency area

PORTALES — Roosevelt County is officially an emergency area. Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the measure via teleconference. The resolution allows the county to accept federal and state funding related to COVID-19 and also authorized...

 

Eight locals test positive for COVID-19

Eight local residents have tested positive for COVID-19, hospital officials said early this week. At Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, officials said 191 people had been tested with eight positive — seven from Curry County, one from...

 

ENMU regents to tackle budget items

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents will tackle various budget items for all three campus branches during its Friday afternoon meeting. The 1 p.m. meeting will be held virtually due to state restrictions on mass...

 

Pages past - April 8

On this date ... 1960: A Democratic candidate for governor said if he’s elected he would close the port of entry in Texico and “remove this trade barrier once and for all.” Joseph Bursey said he had been informed that “a great many potential...

 

Water main break results in brief service shut-off

CLOVIS — Residents near downtown Clovis might have noticed some water on the streets Sunday night and Monday morning, but there was no rain. EPCOR Water, which provides the municipal supply for Clovis, reported a break was discovered about 6:15...

 

Food bank keeping busy

CLOVIS - The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has provided and supported food programs for 37 years, and continues to do so at its Brady Street building just north of the city's Public Works and...

 

PRMC thanks locals for donations

CLOVIS — On behalf of Plains Regional Medical Center, Drew Dostal says thank you. The administrator of Clovis’ hospital said Tuesday that inspirational cards and letters, meals and prayers from the community have been greatly appreciated in...

 

Jail log - April 8

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday - Tuesday): Clovis • Tracy Margiotta, 54, assault, battery • Patricia Messier, 33, disorderly conduct • David Merrill, 59, possession of a controlled substance, probation violation,...

 

Educators and students must have patience

We are entering uncharted waters in the education field, here and across the entire state. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced that all schools in the state will be closed for the rest of the school year. From this point forward,...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    April 8, 2020

Socialistic policies only worsen economy

I appreciate those who are making a heroic effort to keep the economy running; putting their health and lives on the line for our benefit. They are trying to make sure food and supplies are available...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    April 8, 2020

Maybe it's time to look beyond luxuries

If you’re at home listening to the national hyperbole, you might think the nation is closed down. It isn’t. Just take a look at the list of “essential” services here in New Mexico, the ones allowed to remain open during these “stay at...

 

Keep looking for rainbows through storm

I’ve spent a lot of time lately looking for rainbows. It’s a lesson I learned from my daughter when she was a toddler. While I love a good thunderstorm as much as the next person, we do have a rar...

 

100th anniversary good time to remember Lyceum

Clovis has been home to movie theaters and/or vaudeville entertainment since Clovis began. The earliest theaters were less impressive than most living room entertainment centers today — small spaces, sometimes located in the second story of a...

 

Virus causing delays for Curry

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission dealt with three other Cs during its Tuesday morning meeting — COVID-19, cameras and control. When it comes to adult detention center renovations, the first is keeping the county from getting the second, and...

 

Shortage can make bad situation worse

Did you see the COVID-19 news conference the other day featuring a particularly noted, well-published, and often-quoted professor of epidemiology? Dr. Angus Jones-Brown has been studying virus transmi...

 

ENMU coach Tres Segler resigns position

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University will have one more coaching search this offseason, as Tres Segler resigned his position to accept a non-coaching opportunity in Texas. The university news release did not indicate what opportunity Segler...

 

Former Clovis attorney cleared to leave her house again

Immediately after being notified that she tested positive for COVID-19 last month, Jennifer Burrill began making a list of everywhere she’d been and everyone she’d come into contact with since March 3. That’s the date she first began...

 

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