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Articles from the May 10, 2020 edition

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 By Peter Stein    News    May 10, 2020

Looking forward to stepping out

A regular customer of The Happy Place & Courthouse Café in Portales was likely speaking for a lot of people when describing a brief respite from her quarantine. "'I went into the out today,'" Julie...

 

Officials weigh in on times ahead

It’s clear that public entities see rough times ahead, with the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on commerce, oil prices and anything else you can imagine that funds governments. What the rough times specifically mean, however, is still tough to tell....

 

NM return to work will include masks

SANTA FE — The next stage of New Mexico’s battle to curb the COVID-19 outbreak will be waged with masks and expanded testing. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is imploring state residents to stay vigilant to avoid new spikes of confirmed cases. Specif...

 

Events calendar - May 10

Friday • Free one-hour webinar sponsored by the New Mexico Behavioral Health Planning Council — 12:30-1:30 p.m. at https://zoom.us/j/97235303059. “The Vagus Nerve and Worthiness: From Depression to Strength.” Includes meditative music from Ly...

 

Meetings calendar - May 10

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns   Monday • Portales Municipal Schools board — 1 p.m., virtual meeting. Join: https://meet.google.com/fcf-hmuo-ojd +1 314-433-5615 PIN: 281422811#. Information: 575-356-7000   Tuesday...

 

Area graduations - May 10

Saturday • Clovis Christian School — 4 p.m., parking lot by Faith Christian Family Church, 3401 N. Norris, Clovis. All attendees remain in cars; graduation broadcast over jumbotron and church radio station. Information: 575-935-2278   May 17...

 

Fair to feature lawn mower race

CLOVIS - The Curry County Fair will feature an exhibition race by the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association, according to a county news release. Admission to the event, slated for Aug. 14-15,...

 

Road work to begin Monday

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Road Department will start work on South Roosevelt Road P on Monday, according to a county release. The work will be between South Roosevelt Roads 11 and 13, and the road will be enhanced from dirt to caliche....

 

Clovis seeking board applicants

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis is seeking applicants to fill four citizen positions on the Clovis-Carver Public Library Board. The board meets quarterly on the last Monday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the library. Applications will be accepted until...

 

Programs looking for support cards

CLOVIS — The Curry County Retired and Senior Volunteers and Foster Grandparents programs are encouraging residents to join in an effort to show support to patients battling COVID-19 alone in New Mexico hospitals. Cards can be dropped off in the...

 

Roosevelt needs help with weeds

PORTALES - The Roosevelt Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking community help to eradicate noxious weeds in Roosevelt and surrounding counties. The district has a High Plains Cooperative...

 

Opinion: Countries must partner to get through crisis

As President Harry Truman announced the Nazi surrender on May 8, 1945, he remained cautious. The war was still going on with Japan. He said, “Our victory is only half over,” reminding Americans that many of their husbands, brothers, neighbors and...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Voices    May 10, 2020

Opinion: Protesters are American heroes

A month ago I said it will be the public that makes the decision to reopen America, not the government. It took too long, but that’s exactly what has happened. From the beaches of Southern...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    May 10, 2020

Opinion: Flattening curve not eradication

We will be in a fight against the coronavirus for months, if not years, and yet it is time to declare mission accomplished on one important goal. The lockdowns of much of the country were undertaken...

 

Opinion: High-speed internet no longer a luxury but a necessity

Access to high-speed broadband internet is not simply nice to have, it is a necessity in the 21st century. Investing in the expansion of rural broadband is as vital as the rural electric and telephone networks were decades ago. The coronavirus...

 

Opinion: Too soon for special session

In recent weeks, some have called for a special session to address the urgent challenges facing New Mexico. I share their sense of urgency. New Mexico — along with the rest of the world — is facing a public health emergency unlike anything we...

 

Opinion: 'Modey Show' bad look for Grants, state

Mayor Martin “Modey” Hicks made national news lately for defying both the coronavirus and the governor by ordering businesses in Grants to reopen. Down the road in Gallup, where cases have exploded, his counterpart begged the governor for a lockd...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    May 10, 2020

Melrose teacher roots for the underdog

MELROSE — You might say Kevin Lackey has always rooted for the underdog. Growing up, Lackey’s next-door neighbor was a girl with Down Syndrome. “I think I’ve always kind of had a heart for some of those kids who have had things stacked...

 

Portales board to hold public hearing for budget

PORTALES — The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education on Monday will have a public hearing for its tentative 2020-21 budget and consider both the budget and salary scales, along with the district’s plans for a Portales High School...

 

Plateau gets $19.2 million grant for rural broadband

CLOVIS — Plateau has received a $19.2 million Reconnect grant as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service, according to a company release. The money, which largely went to Plateau, is part of a $23 million New Mexico all...

 

La Casa to sponsor food service

La Casa Family Health Center will sponsor a Summer Food Service Program in both Clovis and Portales, according to a release from the health provider. The program, administered by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, is designed to...

 

Pages past - May 10

On this date ... 1960: E.T. Hensley retained his district judge seat while Nelson Worley was elected Curry County sheriff in a landslide. Worley, who had been appointed sheriff during the winter, had more than twice the number of votes as his...

 

Plan released for gradual state reopening

SANTA FE — A reopening plan released by the state offers a peek at how New Mexico might gradually relax its business closures and stay-at-home instruction throughout the summer. If disease transmission is low enough, for example, New Mexicans...

 

Economic downturn on tap for Legislature

SANTA FE — There are headaches and heartburn on tap at the Roundhouse, as a new report issued last week indicated New Mexico’s revenue outlook will be bleak for the foreseeable future. Specifically, a double whammy of collapsing oil prices and a...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 10, 2020

Opinion: Let's not lose human touch

After two months of working at home I do believe our society may come away changed forever. Many of us knew for a long time most of our job could be done anywhere we had a phone and a WiFi...

 

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