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Articles from the May 17, 2020 edition

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 By Peter Stein    News    May 17, 2020

Reopening their doors

It's certainly not time to rejoice, but it's something. Dee Madrid is happy to be back to work. This weekend, after being closed for two months, she was able to re-open her sports memorabilia store...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    May 17, 2020

Residents weigh in on mask mandate

CLOVIS - When most of us were children, our only masks were of the Halloween variety. Surely no one could have imagined a future that involved being required to wear masks - the surgical kind or banda...

 

June 2 primary ballots

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...

 

Meetings calendar - May 17

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns   Monday • City of Clovis Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m., teleconference. To obtain a call-in number or for more information: 575-763-9654   Tuesday ...

 

Events calendar - May 17

Area high school graduation-related events continue to be rescheduled on short notice, and many are by invitation only. For current information, contact schools or a 2020 senior.   Tuesday • Blood drive — 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Ingram Room,...

 

To our readers - May 17

Beginning Monday, The Eastern New Mexico News customers are welcome to access our office again though we continue to encourage emails, phone calls and internet communication as well. Those who choose to enter our office will be required to wear a...

 

Clovis schools give status update

CLOVIS — Public school officials in Clovis are still working on many initiatives, including still-to-be-determined plans for a Clovis High School graduation. But they updated residents Friday on how the school year is winding down. District...

 

Pages past - May 17

On this date ... 1960: Jim Bob Altizer of Del Rio, Texas, had won the 11th annual Curry County Mounted Patrol championship calf-roping contest. Altizer was the defending world champion calf roper. He tied five calves in 82 seconds to win about...

 

Opinion: Governor edicts aren't helpful in combating virus

A few thoughts on the pandemic, the state’s latest directives, and being responsible for ourselves: • The governor on Wednesday announced she’s relaxing more of her public health orders aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. Most retail...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Voices    May 17, 2020

Opinion: Coronavirus deadlier to businesses

The disease experts and the panic-pushing media initially scared the pants off California’s 40 million people with their predictions about the death toll of the coronavirus pandemic. They said 25 million people in the state would become infected...

 

Opinion: Reopen? How strong is your hospital?

Looking at the positive COVID-19 numbers around the state, I have to sympathize with people in Lincoln, Sierra or San Miguel counties, which at this writing have two, one, and six cases, respectively. Lea and Eddy counties, with just 14 cases each,...

 

Even legal immigration harms workers

No matter how beaten down American workers are or how dim their employment prospects, the White House and Congress continue their relentless insistence on importing hundreds of thousands more foreign-born workers. At the same time, legal immigration...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    May 17, 2020

Without NY, epidemic would be different

New York is the greatest city in the world. It also is uniquely suited to the spread of the coronavirus. As the national debate over re-opening continues and the political blame game intensifies, it’s worth considering the scale of New York’s...

 

Federal budget needs to be reined in

The country was steamrolled by the coronavirus, and the economic stimulus packages to help businesses and individuals have been staggering in costs. Admittedly, the aid was necessary. But it has left the nation with a mammoth $3.7 trillion deficit....

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    May 17, 2020

Clovis' cross country head coach has experience in community

CLOVIS - Elizabeth Hita-Ledezma spent her autumns in the late 1990s and early 2000s playing soccer for Clovis High, not running cross country. And yet she seems a natural fit to replace the retiring...

 

NMAA votes to give students clean slate

Plenty remains to be decided regarding prep sports in New Mexico, but the New Mexico Activities Association has indicated when they do return, every student will have eligibility. The NMAA board voted Friday to give all students a clean academic...

 

Texico golfer hits hole-in-one

FARWELL - Many golfers go their entire lives without hitting a hole-in-one. Texico's Grace McDaniel did it as a high school junior. McDaniel hit her first ace while golfing with her family Sunday at...

 

Mall anchors struggling in pandemic era

JCPenney on Friday filed for bankruptcy and announced it will “reduce our store footprint to better align our business with the current operating environment.” A company spokesperson declined to say if the Penney’s in Clovis’ North Plains...

 

Candidate Q&A: Curry County Commission District 2

There are two candidates in the June 2 Republican primary for the District 2 slot on the Curry County Commission. The winner faces no opposition in the November general election. James D. Ridling and J. Albin Smith are running for the seat currently...

 

Candidate Q&A: Curry County Clerk

There are two candidates in the June 2 Republican primary for the position of Curry County Clerk. The winner faces no opposition in the November general election. Annie Hogland is running to keep the position against Sarah Renae Smith. Hogland has...

 

Public record - May 17

The following marriage licenses were recently issued at the Curry County clerk’s office: • Leroy Delon Wilson III, 20, and Aarial Leonyae Murrell, 21, both of Clovis • Russell Lee Trollinger, 50, and Sami Renae White, both of Clovis • Juan...

 

Roosevelt plans budget workshop

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission has planned a budget workshop for 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to a county notice. The meeting will be held via teleconference due to state public health orders limiting public gatherings during the COVID-19...

 

Grand jury indicts former Portales couple

PORTALES — A Roosevelt County grand jury has indicted a former Portales couple on charges related to furniture missing from Ashley’s furniture store. Darius Vonschriltz, 25, now of Las Cruces, is charged with larceny over $20,000, possession of...

 

Jail log - May 17

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis • April Bisig, 26, receiving/transferring stolen motor vehicles, failure to appear on a felony charge • Brandi Chavez, 27, aggravated driving while under the influence of...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 17, 2020

Drive-ins were great nights

Just hearing about the effort to revive drive-in movies during this pandemic set off a wave of nostalgia and memories of going to the drive-in movie in a bread truck. I guess the first thing to do is...

 

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