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Articles from the April 22, 2020 edition

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COVID-19 victim was 'a man of values'

TUCUMCARI — Warren Frost called him “the consummate farmer and rancher, always on the cutting edge of new developments.” Thom Moore said he was “a man of values. Just an upstanding citizen. A huge supporter of rural eastern New Mexico....

 

Roosevelt asks state to delegate authority

PORTALES — Add Roosevelt County to the list of entities looking to amend its own path forward dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. By a 4-0 vote, county commissioners on Monday approved a resolution asking the state to delegate authority to local...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    April 22, 2020

Chamber director: It's kind of settling into a grind

PORTALES — Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry had a good word last week when describing the new normal county residents have been dealing with for just over a month now. “It’s kind of settling into a grind,” Terry said....

 

Cargill employee tests positive for COVID-19

FRIONA — Cargill Meat Solutions officials on Monday confirmed an employee at its Friona facility has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, the company gave no information on the employee other than to say the employee was receiving...

 

Pages past - April 22

On this date ... 1970: White's, at 421 Main St. in Clovis, was geared up for summer. Self-propelled lawn mowers were as low as $77. A riding mower was $244. Lawn rakes were 33 percent off at 66 cents...

 

Curry County: One size does not fit all

CLOVIS — After approximately 45 minutes of discussion on how and why to send the strongest message possible to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Curry County Commission approved a resolution seeking a modification of public health orders for...

 

Harley dealership closing

CLOVIS — The High Plains Harley-Davidson dealership in Clovis is closing, according to a post on its Facebook page Tuesday morning. “Unfortunately the time has come to close High Plains Harley-Davidson and combine with Champion Harley-Davidson...

 

Opinion: Cutting off the WHO is the wrong response

President Donald Trump is not wrong to question the World Health Organization’s early response to the emerging coronavirus outbreak and its apparent deference to what we now know were false assurances by Chinese officials about the seriousness of...

 

Opinion: Government likely to make itself hero

What have you learned from the coronapocalypse so far? Has it changed you? The experience has shown me where my preparedness was good and where I could make improvements. I discovered the need for...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    April 22, 2020

Opinion: Pandemic may show us who we are

History doesn’t repeat itself, someone once said, but it often rhymes. There have been plenty of comparisons lately between our modern-day predicament and the Spanish flu of 1918-1920, and for good reason. If we can learn from that historic...

 

Opinion: Floral medication just what doctor ordered

How does one host a service club fundraiser during a global pandemic? Carefully. Very, very carefully. That’s the plan when the Kiwanis Club of Portales hosts its annual flower sale Saturday...

 

Opinion: Clayton showed her faith in stories

Joan Clayton wrote nine books, hundreds of articles for magazines and anthologies, 13 essays for the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series and — as many faithful readers probably know — more than 1,000 religion columns for this newspaper. She ne...

 
 By Joan Clayton    Voices    April 22, 2020

Opinion: Rabbits, a monkey and the Good Shepherd

Editor's note: Joan Clayton's column appeared weekly in the Portales News-Tribune from 1993 to 2014. This one was published Jan. 11, 2007. I believe animals are gifts from God and where would we be...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    April 22, 2020

Chamber members weigh in during Zoom meeting

It wasn't exactly Network's Peter Finch yelling out the window, "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take this anymore!" But New Mexico Chamber of Commerce members did get to express their...

 

Survey shows uncertainty among businesses, employees

CLOVIS — Businesses and employees surveyed locally have their own reasons, but they all share uncertainty as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce discussed a pair of surveys during its board meeting last...

 

ENMU sports roundup - April 22

ENMU promotes Acosta to senior woman administrator PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has promoted Elizabeth Acosta to senior woman administrator, according to a release from the college. The position is the highest ranking female position...

 

Opinion: Listening how we begin to talk to each other

A language problem. We have a language problem, writes geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Marc Agronin in the Wall Street Journal, which is “Why It’s So Hard to Talk to Your Parents About the...

 

Clovis approves public health order resolution

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission met quickly Tuesday afternoon, approving a resolution urging Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to reconsider public health orders that have shuttered local small businesses and non-profits during the COVID-19...

 

Water authority to consider contract

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will consider renewal of its contract with the Ute Reservoir when it meets Thursday afternoon. The 3 p.m. meeting at the Sitterly Professional Center is virtual due to public health orders on...

 

United Way creates fund

CLOVIS — With the help of a pair of local sponsors, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s board of directors has created a COVID-19 recovery fund for Curry and Roosevelt counties. The fund has started with $15,000 in donations — $10,000 from...

 

Jail log - April 22

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday - Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Johnny Vigil, 27, possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon ∞ Brenton Hager, 36, probation violation, out of state fugitive ∞ April Lucero, 34,...

 

Portales couple accused in furniture heist

A Portales couple is charged in connection with more than $20,000 worth of furniture and home décor officials say has gone missing from Ashley’s Homestore since June. Darius VonSchriltz, 25, was arrested Tuesday in Las Cruces, charged with larceny...

 

Portales man sentenced to 20 years

PORTALES — A Portales man involved in a homicide last April was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Korbin...

 

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