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Articles from the April 26, 2020 edition

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Back-in-business plan: gradual, purposeful

The governor’s Economic Recovery Council is looking for “low-hanging fruit” out the gate as it tries to refuel the economy as quickly as safely possible in the wake of COVID-19. Members of the advisory council said Friday they expect New...

 

Elwell: Health issues factor in resignation

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University will pay outgoing Chancellor Jeff Elwell nearly six figures following a resignation he attributed to “serious health issues,” effective Friday. Documentation on Elwell’s departure was acquired through...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    April 26, 2020

It's time to ride ... into sunset

CLOVIS - If you were ever inside High Plains Harley-Davidson in Clovis you could probably imagine it: See the Old Chicago brick, then picture the bar that once stood in front of it. See the hardwood...

 

Curry to take steps on tax restrictions

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission is expected to take the first step Monday in removing restrictions from a gross receipts tax that has been on the books for nearly 30 years. The 10 a.m. meeting at the Curry County Administrative Complex is...

 

Pages past - April 26

On this date ... 1960: It was "fun to ride the train," especially, "when it's the San Francisco Chief," according to promotional advertising by the Santa Fe Railway. An ad in the Clovis News-Journal...

 

Events calendar - April 26

Monday • Virtual seminar: “Open for Business After Covid-19” — 1-2 p.m., via Zoom. Hosted by the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce & Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. Information includes infection prevention strategies. To...

 

Meetings calendar - April 26

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns   Monday • Curry County Commission special meeting — 10 a.m., teleconference. Information: https://www.currycounty.org/open-government/meeting-portal or 575-763-6016   Tuesday ...

 

Water authority to transition to six-person board

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will see some changes to its makeup less than four weeks from now. It spent some time Thursday preparing for just that. Effective May 20, the board will transition to a six-person board to...

 

Clovis school board to hold virtual meeting Tuesday

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet Tuesday night in regular session, with the meeting its first since the Public Education Department shifted to a learn-at-home model for the remainder of the school year. The 5:30...

 

Portales couple charged in connection with stolen furniture

PORTALES — 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,...

 

Opinion: Unemployment fix is 'essential' to most of us

The state deemed you “nonessential” and told you to go home and stay there. You still have bills to pay but no work and no paycheck. OK, you say, it’s a public health emergency. But if the state is going to do this, surely that same government...

 

Opinion: Politicians scarier than COVID-19

I don’t know what daily life is like during our Great National Shutdown in states like Pennsylvania, where I hear golfing is verboten, all liquor stores are closed and masks must be worn into retail stores. But out here in sprawling Los Angeles,...

 

Opinion: There are better uses for phone tracking

In 1995 I purchased my first cell phone, a Motorola flip with a thick battery and extendable antenna. By 2005 I was using a flat, bar-shaped Nokia. Those 10 years shared one common theme — the phones served one purpose and were rarely taken out of...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    April 26, 2020

Opinion: Kushner plan for ventilators clearly worked

At a coronavirus task force briefing at the beginning of April, White House adviser Jared Kushner explained the approach that would — as events proved — get the country through its ventilator crisis. He was relentlessly pilloried, mocked and...

 

Opinion: Another viewpoint: Let reason guide us through crisis

In an instantly iconic image of the coronavirus pandemic, a man in scrubs blocked the path of a pickup truck taking part in an open-the-economy rally in Denver. The man, who later identified himself as a healthcare worker, stood stoic while a woman o...

 
 By Paul Gessing    Voices    April 26, 2020

Opinion: Governor should face coming challenges

For all intents and purposes New Mexico is closed for business until at least May 15. Whether you agree with the way Michelle Lujan Grisham has handled the COVID 19 crisis or if (like me) you think...

 

Students honored for contributions to their teams

PORTALES — Brook Leger and Mazin Richards didn’t wait long before making solid contributions to their Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound teams. And each was honored as the school’s top freshman athlete for the 2019-20 athletic year,...

 

Meal services to be consolidated

CLOVIS — Effective Monday, Clovis Municipal Schools will consolidate some of its to-go meal service for school-aged children. The move was announced Thursday in a release with several small updates on school matters. According to the release, Gatti...

 

Portales meeting goes quickly

PORTALES — The Portales City Council moved quickly through its Tuesday meeting, approving routine bills and four other items on a consent agenda in less than 10 minutes. The meeting began with a message of support from Mayor Ron Jackson, noting...

 

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 Baldridge, 20, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy...

 

Public record - April 26

The following marriage licenses were recently issued at the Curry County clerk’s office: • Ethan Michael Ludema, 24, and Kachine Nickole Jackson, 25, both of Clovis • Austin Christian Schreck, 29, and Reilley Kendall Cook, 22, both of Clovis...

 

Number of patients hospitalized jumps 24 percent

SANTA FE — The number of New Mexico patients hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms jumped 24% on Friday — reaching 152 people, with 38 patients on ventilators to help them breathe. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, in a press briefing, also said six...

 

Governor clarifies nursery rules

After confusion surrounding the operation of plant nurseries that prompted some temporary closures, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office has made it clear: nurseries selling live plants are allowed to stay open, but only through curbside or...

 

Food bank to receive $13,200 as part of grant

CLOVIS — The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico will receive $13,200 as part of a $550,000 statewide grant to help meet food demands for unemployed New Mexicans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and...

 

Jail log - April 26

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis • Rodney Johnson, 59, aggravated assault against a household member • Maria Mann, 60, false report, criminal trespass • Stephanie Beacham, 27, failure to appear • Lean...

 

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