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Articles from the May 13, 2020 edition

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Counties: Cargill not virus hot spot

Parmer County’s per-capita rate for COVID-19 cases is well above Texas’ state average. But county officials are not tying those cases to the Cargill meat-processing plant near Friona. “I can’t tell you how many total cases have come out of...

 

Cannon salutes local healthcare workers

The skies above Clovis and Portales thundered with appreciation on Monday evening. "Over the last few months healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential employees have selflessly...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    May 13, 2020

Curry preps for possible reopening

The countdown is on to Friday when New Mexico residents and businesses hope that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will start easing the state from COVID-19 restrictions into some early form of re-opening....

 
 By Peter Stein    News    May 13, 2020

Roosevelt looking to opening with cautious optimism

PORTALES — It’s been a rough spring for everyone, with life almost drawing to a halt due to the coronavirus and restrictions put in place to contain it. New Mexico has been under a stay-at-home order from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham since March...

 

June 2 primary ballot

June 2 primary ballots Federal U.S. President Republican • Donald J. Trump Democratic • Elizabeth Warren • Tulsi Gabbard • Joseph R. Biden • Deval Patrick • Bernie Sanders • Andrew Yang Libertarian • Lincoln Chafee • Arvin Vohra...

 

Four GOP candidates vie for District 3 nomination

Republicans are fighting to turn a historically blue U.S. House district red with potential wedge issues. But first, one of four GOP candidates must win the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District on June 2. Since the district’s...

 

Seven Democrats battle for Ben Ray Lujan's seat

In Northern New Mexico’s U.S. House race, a packed primary could come down to hefty checkbooks and pricey TV ads. At a time when everyone is a potential vector of a deadly disease, a crowded field of candidates in the 3rd Congressional District is...

 

DoT urging 'zipper merge'

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is urging motorists to begin adopting what it is calling the "zipper merge" in construction zones. Motorists in construction zones have traditionally done...

 

Student hoping for CCC welding facility's reopening

CLOVIS — Christopher Rousseau came to Portales four years ago with his family, and he hopes he can move to Fort Worth with his family again with a new welding career lined up. However, the Clovis Community College student is finding his plans...

 

Opinion: Rules changes reasonable, curb some excesses

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos decided to revisit the rules governing sexual assault accusations at colleges, some victims’ advocates feared she would make it too difficult to hold assailants responsible. But the rules released Wednesday...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 13, 2020

Opinion: Time to let people take own risks

I would expect, given the record of failure, this coronavirus experience would cause people to reconsider their belief in the credibility of government. From past experience, I know hope — or someth...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 13, 2020

Opinion: Anti-socialism won't win election

Chris Mathys is basically a fringe candidate in the Second Congressional District of New Mexico, as if there’s such a thing as a fringe candidate in Donald Trump’s Republican Party. It’s almost laughable how Mathys and his party opposition ...

 

Q&A: Lt. Gov. Howie Morales talks COVID-19 mitigation

CLOVIS — Lt. Gov. Howie Morales spoke to The News on Monday regarding the state’s continued mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The interview with Morales, edited for brevity and clarity, follows: Q: The governor’s office over the last few...

 

Congratulations, graduates - pandemic or no

School administrators are regularly required to make those “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” decisions. You know the kind I am talking about: Wondering if the buses will have time to run...

 

Buster Blakey's well wasn't any good in 1955

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Mays past as reported by newspapers in Portales: • May 2, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald reported Portales...

 

Board talks budget, graduation

PORTALES — The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education spent about two hours Monday afternoon discussing and approving a 2020-21 budget they knew wasn’t going to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, and a Portales High School graduation they...

 

Education digest - May 13

New principal selected Rodolfo Arceo has been selected as new principal at Lockwood Elementary, according to a release from Clovis Municipal Schools. Arceo, who first joined the district in 2011 as a Spanish teacher at Clovis High School, will begin...

 

La Casa receives grant for COVID-19 relief

PORTALES — La Casa De Buena Salud in Portales has received a $402,649 grant as part of a $6.6 million award to 16 community health centers in the state for COVID-19 relief and testing, according to a release from the New Mexico congressional...

 

Programs rolled out to help ag producers

The federal government rolled out programs to help agricultural producers during the pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it will use about $16 billion from the CARES Act to directly support farmers. But navigating new rules is...

 

DoH announces free testing for all workers in state

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health has announced free COVID-19 testing is available for all workers in the state. A state news release specified government employees, utility and construction workers, grocery and pharmacy employees,...

 

Business digest - May 13

Four ag producers receive grants Four Clovis-based ag producers received emergency grants from the New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association, according to an association release. The money is part of $110,000 given to the first round of applicants...

 

Pages past - May 13

On this date ... 1970: Doctors offices at 1217 Pile had been extensively damaged by fire. Clovis police investigators said a back door to the building had apparently been pried open with a tire iron. The would-be burglar then “rifled through...

 

Jail log - May 13

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Markus Hidinger-Novo, 20, probation violation ∞ Beannder Alford, 26, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge, failure to pay fines ∞ Roy Kincaid, 28, criminal trespass...

 

Opinion: Our church back at church - even if things are a little weird

Our church went back to church on Sunday. Our governor had said that we could, within some COVID-19 guidelines. Our little bunch chose to wait a week longer than required and, just speaking for me,...

 

Governor sets COVID-19 update for Wednesday

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and other state officials have planned a remote news conference for Wednesday afternoon, “to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts and emergency public health orders in New Mexico,” according to a news...

 

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