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Articles from the May 20, 2020 edition

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Clovis Dillard's location planning to close

CLOVIS - After two decades of dressing eastern New Mexico, Dillard's department store is planning to close its North Plains Mall location. Dillard's has been the southside anchor for the mall since 20...

 

Weekend sees spike in COVID-19

The weekend was a dark one for eastern New Mexico in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. On Saturday, the region set a one-day record for new cases and two local nursing homes reported confirmed cases. But officials said there is little reason...

 

COVID-19 detected at Heartland CCC

PORTALES — When the Heartland Continuing Care Center resident first learned on Friday that she’d tested positive for COVID-19, she was none too happy about it. “She gave us an earful,” Heartland CEO Ranelle Tweedy said of the 96-year-old...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    May 20, 2020

Jaden Phillips commits to UNM

CLOVIS - Jaden Phillips is a New Mexico native. And his residence status isn't expected to change until at least mid-decade. Late last week, the Clovis High defensive end/wide receiver announced that...

 

One injured in Sunday house fire

CLOVIS — The Clovis Fire Department battled a house fire Sunday evening, with the department reporting one person suffering minor burns. Lt. Chris Elam of the CFD reported the call came in about 5:30 p.m. The blaze at 1604 Axtell, a single-story...

 

Xcel resumes in-person reading

Xcel Energy resumed in-person meter reading in New Mexico on Monday following more than a month of meter estimates, according to a company release. In-person readings were put on hold April 14 due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The release...

 

Virtual cancer retreat to be held

ALBUQUERQUE — Cancer Services of New Mexico will hold a free virtual family cancer retreat June 6-7, according to an organization release. More than 250 people from 100 families in New Mexico that are coping with cancer are expected to attend. The...

 

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...

 
 By Peter Stein    Sports    May 20, 2020

Might be more commits to come for Clovis

Recruitment is an exciting time for high school athletes. No exception locally, as Clovis High’s Chance Harris and Jaden Phillips committed to play Division I football during the past week. Harris will play quarterback for Colorado State; Phillips...

 

3 positive for COVID-19 at Retirement Ranch

CLOVIS — Following positive tests for two of its employees over the weekend, Retirement Ranch has tested all of its residents and staff and early returns showed one positive resident test. Trisha Gross, social services director at the facility,...

 

Opinion: How will we respond to PFAS threats?

The quality of our water in eastern New Mexico is threatened by man-made chemical compounds named Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, commonly known as “PFAS,” used by the U.S. Air Force at Cannon Air Force Base as fire-fighting foam. These chemicals are...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 20, 2020

Opinion: Market needs freedom to flourish

The world’s economy is being damaged by this pandemic, or, more accurately, it’s being damaged by government reactions to the pandemic. The damage is adding up; getting worse with time. The only...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 20, 2020

Opinion: Opportunities exist in this moment

It’s been said that if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. The future is always an uncertainty, but it’s especially acute for this year’s graduating classes. Not only did the pomp and ceremony surrounding their milestone...

 

Texas reopening - except Amarillo area

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continued this week to reopen businesses that had closed to slow the spread of novel coronavirus. Phase 2, as he calls it, will allow tattoo parlors, bars and daycare centers to begin reopening. But the dates vary by each...

 

Pages past - May 20

On this date ... 1970: Clovis’ Reese Cagle had received the Lobo Award of Distinction, characterized as the “most cherished” award presented by the University of New Mexico Alumni Association. Cagle was just the fourth person to receive the...

 

Candidate Q&A: Roosevelt County probate judge

PORTALES — Three candidates, one the incumbent, are on the June 2 primary ballot to be the Republican nominee for Roosevelt County probate judge. The winner of the primary does not have any general election opposition from the Democratic or...

 

Candidate Q&A: Roosevelt County Commission District 2

PORTALES — There are two candidates in the June 2 Republican primary for the District 2 slot on the Roosevelt County Commission. The winner faces no opposition in the November general election. Matthew Hunton, the incumbent, is running against...

 

Opinion: Air conditioning became essential in summertime

I’m writing this on a warm morning, settled in near the air conditioner with outside temperatures already well past 90 degrees and climbing. This was always a hopeful time of year when I was a kid....

 

Opinion: Let's hope for fair-ly good rain storm

Rich, poor, tall, short, masked, unmasked — most of us have one thing in common: We love a good county fair. Let’s hope it happens this year. Curry County commissioners in the next few weeks will have to decide if the COVID-19 pandemic will preve...

 

Opinion: 'Judge not' makes most sense of any rule

Just for the record, it might be worth mentioning that “sheltering in place” is what we’re not doing. Forgive me, please. I am far too much in love with freedom to turn anyone over to the...

 

Curry approves preliminary budget

CLOVIS — There’s still plenty of data Curry County has no idea about for the 2020-21 fiscal year. But there’s no question the county will have less money to work with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Commissioners approved on Tuesday a pre...

 

Commissioners get COVID-19 insight

CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners got no guarantees on what state public health orders would be a few days from now, let alone the next few weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic. But commissioners did get some insight from Brian Moore, co-chair of...

 

Clovis to look at refinancing bonds

CLOVIS — City commissioners will look at more than $500,000 in savings to refinance two bonds over the next 22 years, and an opportunity exists to frontload the savings. Their 5:15 p.m. meeting at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library will...

 

Jail log - May 20

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday - Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Sally Flath, 43, out of state fugitive ∞ Daniel Guerrero, 40, driving while license suspended or revoked ∞ Deon Cleare, 29, out of state fugitive ∞ Priscilla Nunez...

 

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