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Articles from the April 15, 2020 edition

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ENMU president leaving next week

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University Chancellor and Portales campus president Jeff Elwell tendered his resignation from the school, effective April 24. The ENMU board of regents accepted the resignation in an emergency... — Updated 4/18/2020


Uncertain times ahead when sports return

Think spending time in isolation is frustrating? Think of how spring coaches feel. These were supposed to be the days they were teaching and leading their teams. These were the week... — Updated 4/15/2020 Full story


Car dealers trying different ideas during COVID-19

Who doesn’t like making their way around the car lot, checking out all the car models and their shiny new paint? Who doesn’t like the smell of the showroom, and of course that new-car scent when you climb inside one? In recent... — Updated 4/15/2020 Full story


"New school" creates new challenges

CLOVIS - Augustine Martinez never thought he would be teaching from long distance when he entered the profession. To be fair, there was no Skype, no Zoom, no Google Classroom, when... — Updated 4/15/2020 Full story


Williamson: Wooduls' garden grew crops, memories

The Farmer’s Almanac says we still have a few days to go before the “average” last spring frost date in eastern New Mexico. If you’re interested in specifics, it says Clovis folks should be safe after Saturday, while... — Updated 4/14/2020


PRMC head: Peak likely in early May

CLOVIS — In a Monday report to Curry County commissioners, the administrator of Plains Regional Medical Center commended his staff for its preparation and work in the “unprecedented times” brought to eastern New Mexico by... — Updated 4/14/2020 Full story


Jail log - April 15

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday - Tuesday): Clovis • Margaret Rodriguez, 46, probation violation • Tyrone Johnson, 22, disorderly conduct • Willie Hoggard, 43, aggravated driving while under the... — Updated 4/14/2020


Shelburne: Easter glory shines more brightly through darkness

A normal Easter Sunday. That’s pretty much exactly what this COVID-19 Easter Sunday 2020 wasn’t. For my family, it was already a “particularly special” holy day. It was the fifth anniversary of my granddaughter Brenley’s... — Updated 4/14/2020


Plateau gives local scholarships

CLOVIS — Fourteen students from area schools were selected to receive various scholarships from the Education Foundation at Plateau, according to a company release. The students are among 36 honored with more than $131,000. The... — Updated 4/14/2020


Quay Covid-19 patient no stranger to battling

TUCUMCARI — Richard Lewis has survived diabetes, two strokes, several heart surgeries and even being struck by lightning. Family members say he’s showing signs of surviving coronavirus as well. “He has nine lives, I’m sure,... — Updated 4/14/2020 Full story


Q&A: Drew Dostal PRMC Administrator

CLOVIS — Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Drew Dostal, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has agreed to regular discussions with The News. Here are parts of a Q&A conducted Monday: Q: Are there any... — Updated 4/14/2020 Full story


Lujan-Grisham: Debate on reopening a false choice

Right now, America faces greater economic pain than at any time since the Great Depression. Tens of millions of people have applied for unemployment — including tens of thousands here in New Mexico — and millions more face... — Updated 4/14/2020 Full story


McManigal: Making one more coronavrius prediction

I’m going out on a limb to make another coronavirus prediction. You can decide for yourself, with hindsight, how my previous predictions have held up — and hindsight will get clearer as more time passes. My newest prediction... — Updated 4/14/2020 Full story


County commission opposes all-mail primary

CLOVIS — In a special meeting scheduled to weigh in on an argument to the New Mexico Supreme Court, the Curry County Commission opposed an appeal by county clerks to hold the June 2 primary as an all-mail election. The state’s... — Updated 4/14/2020 Full story


Plainsman production continues

CLOVIS — It probably seems peaceful, relaxing, if you close your eyes and picture the White Sands near Alamogordo. It will be easier to picture for those who purchase Clovis High... — Updated 4/14/2020 Full story


Stevens: Remembering the year of the twisters

When old-timers talk about the deadliest tornadoes in our region’s history, the focus is usually on 1970. In just 24 days that spring, 49 people died in a series of twisters that also left hundreds hospitalized, destroyed... — Updated 4/14/2020


ENMU football slate finalized

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has finalized its football schedule for the upcoming season, with six home games and five away games. Much of the schedule is simply the 2019 schedule with home sites flipped, primarily it... — Updated 4/14/2020


Rotich, Terry named Greatest Greyhounds

PORTALES — The pandemic-related cancellation of spring sports at Eastern New Mexico University may have thinned the candidate pool. But it would be difficult to argue under any conditions that Paul Terry and Mercy Rotich... — Updated 4/14/2020


City commission eyes Purdue house

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission will take a third, and potentially final, look at a request to secure a home on Purdue Street when it meets Thursday evening. The 5:15 p.m. meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s... — Updated 4/14/2020


McDonald: We could use Prine's wit and humor

I doubt John Prine’s death would have gotten the attention it did had it not been for the coronavirus. He died from the disease at age 73 but, thankfully, his body of work didn’t. If you ask me, we could use some of his wit... — Updated 4/14/2020


Pages Past - April 15

On this date ... 1970: Mr. and Mrs. Truman Doolittle had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family reunion in Farwell. Those helping celebrate included sons Leon and Marvin Doolittle of Clovis and Keith Doolittle,... — Updated 4/14/2020


Chipseal to go through April

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Road Department began work Monday on South Roosevelt Road 4 between Roosevelt Roads N and O, according to a county release. The chip seal work, part of the county’s five-year road plan funded by... — Updated 4/14/2020


Kleyn-Kennedy: With necessity comes innovation

We’re there now! We have officially rolled out our entire educational system online within a short period of time. As Superintendent Renee Russ mentioned in her recent local radio interview; something like: give a problem to educ... — Updated 4/14/2020


Seventh Street opens again

CLOVIS - Residents driving around Hillcrest Park might have noticed something other than the snowfall of late - the reopening of Seventh Street. The most recent phase of renovation... — Updated 4/14/2020


ENMU regents to meet Friday

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents has called a special meeting for Friday afternoon. The 1 p.m. meeting will be held virtually due to state public health orders banning mass gatherings. Anybody... — Updated 4/14/2020


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