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Articles from the April 29, 2020 edition

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Roosevelt sheriff vows he won't enforce governor mandates

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said via its Facebook page it won’t enforce public health orders that have closed many small businesses. The post also encouraged... Full story

 By Peter Stein    News    April 29, 2020

Post-pandemic world likely short of milk

Many of us remember carrying that tray in the school cafeteria, the one that had the food and the little half-pint cardboard container of milk. Plenty of adults use milk in their coffee, and some even like a cold creamy glass every once in a while.... Full story


Peanut shelling facility closed

PORTALES — Hampton Farms, the Borden peanut shelling facility in Portales, is temporarily closed after “several positive tests for COVID-19,” according to a news release from Severn Peanut Company, the parent company for Borden. Company... Full story


Opinion: 'Your' truth an opinion, not to be confused with real truth

I was scrolling through some news and ran across a completely nonsensical “headline” in the midst of much “non-news.” Some popular actress or other generic celebrity (I don’t remember her na...


Opinion: Pandemic good time to dig up memories

Stuck at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Phyllis Roeder has decided to write her life’s story. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for 25 years, since I retired,” she said. So that’s what got her started thinking about her childhood...


Opinion: Man on hunt for a few damaged playas

Christopher Rustay is on the hunt for a few good playas in the Clovis area. Well, not really. In truth, Rustay is looking for a few damaged playas in the Clovis area, and he's bringing some serious fu...


Opinion: Pandemic good time to bring copper back

In the battle against pandemics, one material that could go a long way toward reducing infections and preventing the spread of pathogens has been largely overlooked. It’s so effective that we would be remiss not to make greater use of it. No one...


Opinion: Smallest actions can have big effects

It’s a quirk of human nature that a crisis can bring people together, bring out our best, and give our lives meaning. Sure, it can also bring out the worst in some damaged people, but we can...

 By Tom McDonald    Voices    April 29, 2020

Opinion: How are you adapting to new abnormal?

So, how are you doing, really? I ask with the concern of a therapist. OK, I’ll leave the therapy to the professionals, but it doesn’t take a shrink to see how this pandemic is having an emotional impact on people with vastly different...


Curry takes step toward redirecting tax

CLOVIS — A gross receipts tax increment first put in place 20 years ago is still in place, but Curry County Commission members have taken a first step toward redirecting its use. By a 5-0 vote Monday, the commission introduced an ordinance covering...


Jail log - April 29

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis • Dazzmen Bonney, 20, probation violation • Mike Johnson, 60, failure to appear on a felony charge • Domingo Garcia, 35, failure to appear at time and place stated in...


Meal service discontinued at Sandia Elementary

CLOVIS — Citing a potential risk of exposure to COVID-19, Clovis Municipal Schools will discontinue meal service at Sandia Elementary School for the remainder of the year, according to a release from the district. The release noted the district... Full story


Community night to be held on Facebook live

PORTALES — A community night to promote 2020 Census efforts in Roosevelt County will be held Saturday on Facebook Live, according to a release from the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. The event is scheduled to go from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and... Full story


ENMU honors senior football player

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has honored senior football player Tyler Lynch and junior women’s soccer player Caitlyn Schmidt as its academic Greyhounds of the year, according to a school release. One athlete was nominated from every s...


CCC canceling summer Kids' College program

CLOVIS — Despite early optimism it would go on as scheduled, Clovis Community College has decided to cancel its summer Kids’ College program. A statement from Al Potthoff, organizer of the program, expressed regret in disappointing all of the... Full story


Area temperatures on the rise

Just two weeks ago, eastern New Mexico was in the deep freeze — temperatures in the 20s and snow people in front yards. This week, weather forecasters say we could see temperatures near triple digits. “Record-breaking temperatures will ... pose...

 By Peter Stein    News    April 29, 2020

Health biggest concern for NM workers

Business owners’ opinions on the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdowns resulting from it have been fairly consistent — they’re losing their livelihoods and they’re not happy. But what about the employees of businesses, essential and...


Officials take step toward redirecting tax

CLOVIS — A gross receipts tax increment first put in place 20 years ago is still in place, but Curry County Commission members have taken a first step toward redirecting its use. By a 5-0 vote Monday, the commission introduced an ordinance covering...


Pages past - April 29

On this date ... 1970: A Portales restaurant had caught fire for the second time in three days. Officials said a Sunday night fire had "gutted" the Troy Dee Steak House. Firefighters believed the...


Accused vehicle thief hospitalized

An accused vehicle thief was hospitalized Sunday after crashing a pickup as police pursued, officials said. Hagerman Police Chief Rachelle Bateman said Abery Miller, 30, of Roswell was flown to Lubbock after the incident near Hagerman. Bateman said...


GOP lawmakers send protest letter to NM governor

Two dozen Republican lawmakers on Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham alleging she is “trampling” residents’ “civil rights and livelihoods.” The letter tells the governor there is “growing restlessness in communities... Full story


Texas back in business this week

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said his statewide stay-at-home order on coronavirus will expire on Thursday as scheduled, while Texas malls, stores, movie theaters and restaurants may open the next day — with 25% occupancy. Barber shops, hair salons,... Full story


Amarillo mayor: City not ready to reopen

AMARILLO — City of Amarillo officials, as well as local medical professionals, spoke about the possibility of the Amarillo City Council extending the city’s disaster declaration order during its meeting Tuesday. According to state health... Full story


COVID-19 drive-thru testing set for Saturday in Portales

PORTALES — Roosevelt General Hospital and the New Mexico Department of Health will host a drive-thru testing Saturday for COVID-19, according to an RGH release. The event will be held 7 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Greyhound Stadium parking lot. The... Full story


Clovis police foil burglaries

CLOVIS — Police in Clovis on back-to-back days made arrests following reports of burglaries in progress, court records show. The burglaries, reported on Monday and Tuesday, do not appear to be related. Four people were arrested in the two...


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