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Articles from the June 24, 2020 edition

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Clovis cruises on

CLOVIS - Take that, coronavirus. Though COVID-19 wiped out much of the annual Draggin' Main Festival, it couldn't stop people from cruising down Main Street literally - and Memory Lane figuratively -...

 

Storm brings hail, winds to region

Hail, high winds, even one report of a funnel cloud near Floyd, reminded eastern New Mexico on Monday night that it's still storm season. And there was rain. Glorious rain. "I've heard discussion...

 

Plans for ENMU president's house take hit

PORTALES - The 1600 Cherry Street building that has housed Eastern New Mexico University presidents since 1973 will continue in that regard for the foreseeable future. The $650,000 in capital outlay...

 

Aydan Everett trying for two in Kansas

Clovis already knows what Hesston, Kansas, is about to find out. Clovis High knows what it's like to have the services of Aydan Everett for both soccer and basketball, knows what a difference she...

 

Bernet back for spirit squad

PORTALES — BJ Bernet is back for a second run as spirit squad coach at Eastern New Mexico University and is accepting online submissions for tryouts, according to a school release. Bernet first coached the program from 2005 to 2009, and has also...

 

Education digest - June 24

Program seeks host families The World Heritage Student Exchange Program is looking for local host families for high school students from more than 30 countries, according to a program release. Families can choose to host a student for a semester or...

 

Pages past - June 24

On this date ... 1970: Summertime was movie time in Portales, according to promotional advertising at the Tower theater. And the most popular movies were westerns. Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine were starring in “Two Mules for Sister Sara...

 

Education department releases guidance for schools

The New Mexico Public Education Department has released guidance for the upcoming school year, including a regional approach and a requirement for social distancing and face coverings for all students and staff. A message from Education Secretary...

 

Opinion: More important issues at hand than statues

It’s finally over. The bronze of Don Juan de Oñate astride his horse is gone. Native Americans, antifa, Black Lives Matter and everyone associated with the various and sundry movements can rejoice. Racism is over. Much like the questions of pro...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    June 24, 2020

Opinion: Politics reason behind a lot of anger

Why is there so much anger in the world? People fight over statues; over differing opinions on gender, race, and policing. Over masks and whether to end the shutdown or keep society imprisoned until...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 24, 2020

Opinion: Taking a look down the road at 2020

While hindsight is 2020, this year is moving so fast it’s a blur. It’s hard to keep up — and yet, if we focus on the bigger issues that have enveloped us, we can get a pretty good glimpse of what’s coming. So here I am, looking down the...

 

Roosevelt officials consider weather damages

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission heard both extremes when it came to precipitation during its regular meeting Tuesday morning. About a dozen people, mostly county officials, filled out a socially distanced Jake Lopez Building and heard...

 

Parks board optimistic about upcoming projects

CLOVIS — The city’s first Parks, Recreation and Beautification meeting since February gave board members new and old optimism about upcoming projects and improvements to existing city facilities. The committee met Monday evening at the North...

 

COVID-19 claims two Parmer County lives

New Mexico on Monday reported no deaths related to COVID-19 for the first time since April 15. But also Monday, the number of local deaths related to the virus doubled as two Parmer County residents were listed among Texas’ victims. And the Bailey...

 

ENMU regents to hear updates on president searches for two branches

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Regents will hear updates on president searches for two of its three branches when it holds a virtual meeting Friday morning. To attend the 9:30 a.m. meeting, the public can email kar...

 

Water board to talk new committee

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will discuss possible establishment of a groundwater development committee when it meets Thursday. The 3 p.m. meeting will be held at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex....

 

Q&A: PRMC admin answers COVID-19 questions

Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Drew Dostal, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has agreed to regular discussions with The News. Here are parts of a Q&A conducted Monday: Are there any COVID-19 patients being treated at PRMC?...

 

Albuquerque balloon fiesta postponed

ALBUQUERQUE — The coronavirus pandemic has officially claimed another victim. The 49th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has been postponed until Oct. 2-10, 2021, which means the 50th fiesta will now be pushed back to 2022. The fiesta is...

 

Opinion: Dollie Gordon, pillar of the Floyd community

If you are my age or older and grew up in rural Roosevelt County, I’ll venture a bet that you spent at least a nickel or a dime — maybe even a quarter or a dollar — at some point in your youth i...

 

Opinion: Harry the Horse made Landall Goolsby famous

It’s a mortality check, I know, but if you remember these things from 25 years ago today ... you might be an old-timer: • The Dora Cafe was open for business. It had been vacant for months. Newlyweds Jim and Jolene Wall opened on June 12 and were...

 

Jail log - June 24

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Danielle Parks, 21, failure to appear at time and place stated in citation ∞ Naomi Owen, 21, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge ∞ Jaime Sanchez, 25, aggravated...

 

Legislators make call on police cameras, loans

SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers concluded a historic special session Monday by granting final approval to legislation requiring police officers to wear body cameras and authorizing up to $400 million in low-interest loans to help small businesses...

 

Opinion: Take a stroll into a mine field with me

By writing today’s column, I am breaking a promise, one that I made to myself. I didn’t make myself take an oath aloud or sign anything. I suppose it was less a promise than a mental warning not...

 
 By DavidStevens    News    June 24, 2020

Clovis still searching for missing man

CLOVIS - For years, Bob Casey has been searching Clovis for recyclable cans. This weekend, most of Clovis has been searching for Bob. Dozens of volunteers in at least three different groups on...

 

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