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Articles from the May 27, 2020 edition

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Giving goes on throughout pandemic

COVID-19 shut down just about every aspect of normal life. But good will in the community has continued on, under restrictions. The local not-for-profits, though being somewhat curtailed by social... Full story

 

State eyes contact tracing at eateries

As Phase 2 of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s re-opening plan looms, restaurants, bars, movie theaters and casinos may be allowed to unlock their doors Monday. There’s no doubt sanitation and social-distancing guidelines will be part of any... Full story

 

NMSP shuts down barber

CLOVIS — Shaves and haircuts may cost a Clovis barber $100. That’s because she’s been cited by state police for violating a public health order brought on by COVID-19. The Hotel Clovis Barber Shop has been closed since May 16. The citation... Full story

 

Business Digest: Curtis named to USDA post

Local businessman and rancher Blake Curtis was appointed as the new state director for USDA Rural Development, according to a USDA release. Curtis, a former state legislator and current regent for New Mexico State University, began his role on Tuesda...

 

CFD: Grass fire claims about 400 acres

CLOVIS — The Clovis Fire Department estimated about 400 acres burned during a Saturday evening grassfire in Curry County. Chief Mike Nolen said a cause wasn’t determined for the fire, and it was probably something small like a cigarette. Crews...

 

Water authority to meet Thursday as six-member board

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will meet Thursday for its first time as a six-person board. The 3 p.m. meeting at the Sitterly Professional Center will be conducted via conference call due to public health orders on mass...

 

Portales school board special meeting today

PORTALES — The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education will tackle a few loose ends during a special meeting this afternoon. The 1 p.m. meeting will be held virtually due to public health orders banning mass gatherings during the COVID-19...

 

Roosevelt OKs reduced preliminary budget

PORTALES - Roosevelt County, with so much still in the air financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, had clearance from the state to submit its prior year budget to meet its statutory requirement for...

 

Pages Past: May 27

On this date ... 1970: Clovis and Curry County were celebrating “one of the healthiest growths in New Mexico over the past decade,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Mayor Chick Taylor said unofficial Census figures showed the county’s...

 

Editorial: Ratcliffe should get chance to serve

During the long national struggle that is coronavirus, the grinding wheels of Washington have moved that much more slowly — something that in normal times we might mark as a good thing under the old adage that the government that acts least acts...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    May 27, 2020

McManigal: No idea what government good for

Many problems in modern societies happen because people confuse political government for something it isn’t. They expect it to do things it can’t do and isn’t suited for. To do things right you...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 27, 2020

McDonald: 202 seniors looking to future

The defining national/international event for the infamous baby boomer generation was the Vietnam War. It was America’s longest war at the time, with combat fueled by soldier boys ages 18 and up. About 58,000 Americans died over our eight-year...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 27, 2020

Stevens: Before Bluitt became a ghost town

If you’ve ever been to Bluitt, you probably didn’t know it. It’s located about 48 miles southeast of Portales, or at least that’s where the Bluitt Cemetery is located. That’s about all...

 

Williamson: Sauce surplus means time to share

Whatever else we humans can or cannot find consensus on right now, maybe we can agree on this: When the going gets tough, the tough … um … er … the tough turn to comfort food. If that comfort...

 

Shelbunre: Mobs never easy to trust

Mobs. I never have cared much for them. Personality — mine, that is — explains part of this. I’m not particularly freaked out by large crowds, I just don’t enjoy them and am happy to avoid...

 

Jail logs - May 27

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday - Tuesday): Clovis • David Galvan, 29, criminal trespass • Coniel McDaniel, 43, out of state fugitive, failure to appear on a felony charge, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge,...

 

Local 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...

 

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