Articles from the June 3, 2020 edition

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 By Peter Stein    News    June 3, 2020

Thousands turn out to vote

Even a deadly virus couldn't stop democracy on Tuesday. Despite COVID-19 fears and restrictions, Tuesday was primary day in New Mexico and thousands of local voters turned out to exercise one of...

 

Fair staples up in the air

CLOVIS — One way or another, Curry County commissioners agreed Tuesday, there will be a county fair to celebrate the skills of residents young and old. Some fair staples like concerts and carnivals, however, will remain up in the air for about a...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    June 3, 2020

Still plannin' on Draggin' June 20

CLOVIS — The annual Draggin’ Main festival has become as much a part of Clovis as Wildcat football, windy springs and friendly people. Every year’s festival brings out the locals and brings in the visitors, and they come together to celebrate...

 

Back toward normal

Things aren't completely back to normal in eastern New Mexico, but the second phase of statewide reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic has people breathing a little easier - even as many wear a mask....

 

Portales student earns honors for bilingualism

PORTALES - Joseph Stroud isn't that different from anybody else in his graduating class at Portales High School. He wants to travel the world, and while he understands the COVID-19 pandemic he's...

 

Teacher improvises to help with math

Editor's note: This is the final in a recurring series on local teachers trying to maintain normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic. CLOVIS - The coronavirus' effect on teaching has shown how far the...

 

Education digest - June 3

Four to receive awards Two local administrators, a parent and a former school board member have been recognized as winners of the 2020 Excellence in Student Achievement awards, according to a release from the New Mexico School Boards Association....

 

Sheriff's deputy tests negative for virus

CLOVIS — A Curry County sheriff’s deputy — instructed to self-quarantine last Wednesday because of a possible COVID-19 exposure — has tested negative for the virus, county officials said. The deputy, who was not identified, notified county of...

 

CCC making plans to reopen campus to public

CLOVIS — The city’s community college is making plans to reopen its campus to the public, beginning Monday. According to the release from Clovis Community College: • The CCC Health and Fitness Center will be open 6 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m....

 

Vigil, protest planned in Clovis

CLOVIS — A vigil and protest in honor of the Minnesota man who died in police custody on May 25 have been scheduled for later this week. A Facebook group called “Clovis Vigil for George Floyd” has planned a 7 p.m. Saturday vigil at Greene...

 

Clovis to consider Dillard's motion

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission will consider a motion asking Dillard’s department store to rethink its planned closure, and possibly work with the state to incentivize a reversal. On the agenda for the Thursday commission meeting is a...

 

Opinion: Declaration will redefine China relationship

The last time we flew out of Shanghai, China, it was 2015 and we stumbled across a sign hanging from the airport ceiling that seemed like an historical relic even then. It gave instructions — in English — for all travelers on domestic Chinese...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 3, 2020

Opinion: Never hurts to make preparations

As the panic over coronavirus loses steam, and everyone who isn’t a political power junkie gets back to normal, remember the lessons you learned over the past few months. The virus wasn’t as...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 3, 2020

Opinion: Change needs to begin with police

The outrage is growing, and for good reason. It was a week straight out of hell. When the national death toll from the coronavirus topped 100,000, you’d think that would have captured our undivided attention. Instead, one death in Minneapolis took...

 

Jail log - June 3

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Corey Coley, 28, out of state fugitive ∞ Jared Torrez, 30, probation violation ∞ Jesus Magallanes, 27, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge, failure to appear on a...

 

Pages past - June 3

On this date ... 1960: The headline read “Red Birds, Panthers Win.” It summarized Clovis youth league baseball games from the night before. The Red Birds, also known as the Cardinals, beat the White Sox, 21-4. Coley Clay had a three-hit game,...

 

Opinion: Portales parade 'better than any medicine'

Of all the adaptations to tradition we humans have made in these past few months, I'll hazard a guess that one we may hold on to is the drive-by parade. These impromptu horn-honking, poster-waving...

 

Opinion: Pioneers, a lion and the 'Whoozit Gazette'

This weekend was supposed to celebrate the region’s trailblazers. The annual Pioneer Days parade, rodeo, reunions and more were scheduled Thursday through Saturday until we were all thrown by the coronavirus. So that makes today a good day to...

 

Opinion: People of good will can learn to love each other

The man we know as the prophet Amos wrote these words: “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet.” He said he was just a shepherd and a caretaker of sycamore trees when he was called by...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    June 3, 2020

Opinion: Reminder from Charlie to live in love

I’ve been thinking a lot about Charlie Broz lately. The most recent occurrence involved a kitchen incident and a chunk of salmon that may or may not have caught fire. As I was trying to extinguish...

 

One dead in crash west of Clovis

GRIER — One man died Tuesday morning in a truck-pickup collision on U.S. 60/84 near Grier, about 11 miles west of Clovis. According to a news release from the Curry County Sheriff's Department: "The investigation has determined that a 2020 Volvo... Full story

 

Incumbents mostly have tough night in local primaries

It was a difficult night for incumbents for contested Republican primary races in eastern New Mexico, with two of the three races involving an incumbent going to one of his or her challengers. Election results are as of 10 p.m. Tuesday on the New...

 

Portales police searching for shooting suspect

PORTALES -- The Portales Police Department are investigating a Tuesday night shooting, according to a PPD release. According to the release from Deputy Chief Christopher Williams: -- The department responded to a convenience store at the 1000 block...

 
 By DavidStevens    News    June 3, 2020

NM Civil Guard at protests to 'defend' citizens, property

They call themselves the New Mexico Civil Guard for Curry County. Their mission: Defend citizens and their private property. "We will not allow businesses in our community to be put through the pain... Full story

 

Q&A: Boogaloo movement about children's future

The Hawaiian shirt O'Rion Petty wears as a member of the New Mexico Civil Guard is not a coincidence. He supports the "boogaloo," an anti-government movement that Fox News and others have described... Full story

 

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