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Articles from the June 10, 2020 edition

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Lights raised at vigil

CLOVIS - There was a hint of rain, and the wind that is no stranger to eastern New Mexico was no friend to the candles residents aimed to light Saturday in honor of George Floyd. But overall, there...

 

Same place, new start

PORTALES - Ruth Chavez knew when it was time to come home. Chavez, a Fort Sumner native, had been living in Portales since her college days spent at Eastern New Mexico University. She had taught at...

 

CHS commencement set for big screen broadcast

CLOVIS — Online and on the big screen, the Clovis High School graduation is set for 8 p.m. June 19. Clovis Municipal Schools unveiled its plans Monday to broadcast the commencement on three large outdoor screens exclusively for graduates and their...

 

School board OKs Ram summer workouts

PORTALES — The New Mexico Activities Association is referring to reopening summer workouts Monday as “Return to Play.” Portales Athletic Director Mark Gallegos sees it more as a return to normalcy for Portales High’s various athletes. “I...

 

ENMU coach adds to staff

PORTALES — New Eastern New Mexico basketball coach Brent Owen has added to his staff, naming Daven Vo as head assistant coach on Monday. Vo, who has spent the last three years at Butler Community College in Kansas, has 14 years of experience at...

 

Education digest - June 10

Clovis residents part of graduation SANTA FE — Three Clovis residents were part of the New Mexico Connections Academy’s statewide graduating class Friday, according to a release from the school. Timothy Davis, Allyson Dickerson, and Kianna Sena o...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    June 10, 2020

Roosevelt election results certified

PORTALES — Six days after New Mexicans voted in their primary, Roosevelt County’s election results were certified on Monday. County Clerk Stephanie Hicks said the seven provisional ballots were also OK, and the Board of Commissioners approved...

 

Cannon relaxes some COVID-19 restrictions

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Officials at Cannon Air Force Base have relaxed restrictions implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, with designated times created for retirees and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries to access services on base. As of Monday,...

 

Opinion: US strengthens China through WHO defunding

“Hide our strength, bide our time,” said Deng Xiaoping, China’s former leader. Xi Jinping, China’s current president, seems to believe the opposite. Shaking off his failures that let an outbreak in Wuhan become a global coronavirus pandemic,...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 10, 2020

Opinion: Rioting is wrong way to protest

There’s a correct way to protest injustice and there’s a wrong way. You may have recently noticed people in several big cities doing it the wrong way. Although, perhaps people pretending to side...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 10, 2020

Opinion: Time to turn back toward civility

For my pro-Trump friends and acquaintances, this column is for you. I want to appeal to your better nature. I know some intelligent people who support Trump. They like what he’s accomplished, even if they sometimes cringe at his boorish behavior....

 

Water policy committee hears project updates

CLOVIS — The Clovis Water Policy Advisory Committee met for the first time in three months, with mostly encouraging news on various water projects and conservation efforts. City Manager Justin Howalt shared news on the city’s use of effluent...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    June 10, 2020

Good Samaritans aid driver following wreck

After a big truck ran off the road Friday and wrecked west of Tucumcari, nearly a dozen Good Samaritans lifted the mangled cab off the driver, gave him first aid and comfort, then cleared a path...

 

Opinion: Our devices have kept us connected in isolation

I’ve been thinking about the phrase, “left to their own devices.” It’s been around in one form or another for a few hundred years, loosely defined as being able to handle a situation with no...

 

Opinion: Pandemic can't stop draggin' tradition

Insubordinate teenagers dragged Clovis Main Street for at least 50 years. Parents forbid the practice, cops harassed the perpetrators, the city even tried to make up laws to discourage the ritual — nothing worked, until gas prices started doubling...

 

Pages past - June 10

On this date ... 1960: Troy Jernigan of Portales was feeling thankful after a car accident on a rain-slickened U.S. 70 the night before left him with only a cut on his side. Jernigan and his cousin, Douglas Jernigan, were returning home from Clovis...

 

COVID-19 death toll hits 400

New Mexico’s coronavirus death toll has hit 400, after four additional deaths were reported Monday. The four deceased all lived in the state’s northwestern region, which has a high Native American population and has been hit hard by the COVID-19...

 

Jail log - June 10

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Alejandro Jimenez, 21, aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, careless driving, expired registration plate ∞ Manuel Lopez, 18,...

 
 By Curtis Shelburne    News    June 10, 2020

Opinion: Even through times of difficulty, we still come one day closer

A glance through the window on the other side of the room tells me that we’re “in for it” again. It’s mid-morning and the trees are already waving their branches maniacally, flailing arms...

 

Curry County postpones fair, will hold expo instead

CLOVIS -- Out with the Curry County Fair, in with the Curry County Expo. The Curry County Commission unanimously approved on Wednesday a pair of actions to deal with uncertainty over large public gatherings and the fair that was scheduled for Aug....

 

Supreme Court upholds overturned conviction of Portales man

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday ruled a Portales man’s conviction for fleeing law enforcement was correctly overturned because the law enforcement vehicle involved in the pursuit wasn’t adequately marked. The case of Roy Mon...

 

City, county looking to cover fireworks show costs

CLOVIS — There may be no official Smoke on the Water public gathering at Greene Acres Park this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Curry County and the city of Clovis may ensure there’s still a July 4 fireworks show. The entities are...

 

Roosevelt detention employee tests positive for COVID-19

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Detention Center reported Friday an officer has tested positive for COVID-19. The officer, who was not named, was tested on Tuesday and is currently quarantined at home. The positive test is the first confirmed by...

 

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