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Articles from the April 19, 2020 edition

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Jail log - April 19

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis ∞ Edwin Valasquez, 63, battery against a household member ∞ Marcos Romero, 20, failure to appear on a felony charge ∞ Chancy Marez, 31, unlawful taking of a motor...

 

ENMU president leaving this week

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University Chancellor and Portales campus president Jeff Elwell on Friday tendered his resignation, effective at the end of this week. The ENMU board of regents accepted the resignation in an emergency meeting, and...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    April 19, 2020

Greenhouse hits road to stay open

Surely you've seen it, the neon sign just below the sign for Traci's Greenhouse, flashing the date and time as well as other nuggets of information for those making their way along Clovis' Mabry...

 

Curry fair adds musical act

CLOVIS - The Curry County Fair has added another musical act to its Aug. 15 concert lineup. Texas-based Josh Ward has been confirmed to play Saturday with Aaron Watson headlining in the Saturday...

 

City wants small-biz open

CLOVIS — Randy Petty said he put his life savings in his downtown Clovis furniture store because he believes in the community and its strength to survive. But his survival is being challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic and state public health orders...

 

Airports get grant monies

WASHINGTON — Local municipal airports received nearly $100,000 in grant monies as part of the recent coronavirus response package, according to a release from the New Mexico congressional delegation. The funding is part of $25.2 million going to...

 

Roosevelt to begin road work

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Road Department will begin an anticipated two months of work on various county roads on Monday, according to a county release. Work will upgrade the roads from dirt to caliche, and will include: • South Roosevelt...

 

Curry to chip seal road

CLOVIS — The Curry County Road Department will chip seal a section of Curry Road K Monday and Tuesday, according to a county release. The work will go from Curry Roads 14 to 17 and will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Motorists are...

 

State rolls out COVID-19 website

The state rolled out a new webpage last week that gives more detailed data on how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting each county in New Mexico, such as the ages of those infected and the breakdown of patients by gender. The page also provides a...

 

Events calendar - April 19

Saturday • Women Empowering Women Virtual Expo — 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m., online at https://www.facebook.com/events/670926983478959/. Hosted by Clovis Civic Center and Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce – CIDC. Facebook Live events throughout...

 

Meetings calendar - April 19

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns Monday • Roosevelt County Commission special meeting — 9 a.m., teleconference. Any person interested in listening to the meeting can go to http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EE56DC80874F30...

 

Council meeting likely to be brief

PORTALES — The Portales City Council will conduct what should be a brief meeting Tuesday evening, with all action items listed on the consent agenda. The meeting is virtual due to state public health orders regarding mass gatherings during the...

 

Draggin' Main event budget cut

CLOVIS — The music part of the annual Draggin’ Main Music Festival is off, and the event’s budget has been slashed by 2/3, but organizers are still hoping to salvage some summer fun. The June 13-20 festival will still include classic drive-in...

 

Pages past - April 19

On this date ... 1970: A series of tornadoes over a dozen communities had left 23 dead and multiple homes destroyed across eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle. The violence began the night of April 17, while many were sleeping. One F4 twister...

 

Opinion: Be on the lookout for man-eating sharks (and the government)

In-person voting is safe. So are overflowing parking lots at big-box retailers. But it’s too dangerous for a small nursery to sell Easter lilies to individuals curbside. And if you see any suspicious activity downtown — say an alley door closing...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    April 19, 2020

Opinion: Think carefully before opening up

An irony of the coronavirus debate is that the more successful lockdowns are in squelching the disease, the more vulnerable they will be to attack as unnecessary in the first place. A growing chorus on the right is slamming the shutdowns as an...

 
 By Greg Southard    Voices    April 19, 2020

Opinion: Governor needs to lift stay-home order

Hot spots have developed in New Mexico as the daily reporting of COVID-19 cases continues. Many of those cases and deaths have occurred in San Juan and McKinley counties, home to the vast Navajo Reservation. There, extended families often live...

 

Letter to the editor: Compared to politics of fear, virus is nothing

I was wearing a face mask grocery shopping the other day. I wish I had a sign on my back expressing my ignorance and accompanying biases. The sign would read: I am wearing the politically correct mask of surrender to my socialist governor and her...

 

Opinion: Another viewpoint: Be kind, thoughtful - and sacrifice a little

You know why they call people my age Boomers? Because we were the Baby Boom, the explosive result of all those soldiers coming home from World War II and all those women who were happy to see them. We were born out of relief that the war was over, th...

 

State rejects primary by mail

SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court — in an unprecedented hearing by video link — rejected an emergency petition Tuesday that would have shifted New Mexico’s June 2 primary to an election by mail. The decision came after more than two dozen...

 

Curry expected to close juvenile jail

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission is expected to close its juvenile detention center when it meets Tuesday morning. The long-discussed issue is one of numerous items on the 9 a.m. meeting agenda. The meeting will be streamed at currycounty.org...

 

Roosevelt holding special meeting

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 9 a.m. Monday. The virtual meeting can be joined at anymeeting.com/PIID=EE56DC80874F30, and a recording will be posted to the county website following the meeting....

 
 By Peter Stein    News    April 19, 2020

PE teacher trying to keep kids active

TEXICO — Kristen Scanlan will take cabin fever over coronavirus any day. But that doesn’t mean Scanlan, a Texico elementary school physical education teacher and high school volleyball and golf coach, isn’t frustrated with how this spring is...

 

Public record - April 19

The following marriage licenses were recently issued at the Roosevelt County clerk’s office: • Hunter Everrett Smith, 20, and Kennah Ambrie Rodriguez, 18, both of Portales • Royce Eli Montgomery, 26, and Samantha Villanueva, 23, both of...

 

COVID-19 survivor: Ventilator 'tough stuff'

When Nazareth's Ralph Albracht was first diagnosed with COVID-19 in March, he thought it was a death sentence. "I'm 78 years old and they were saying that the older you are, the less chance you...

 

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