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Clovis school board to hold meeting on reopening

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting Wednesday to consider how the district will reopen with the COVID-19 pandemic anticipated to weigh heavily on the 2020-21 school year. The 5:30 p.m. virtual...

 

Former deputy in training sentenced

DALLAS — A former Parmer County sheriff’s deputy in training was sentenced to life in federal prison Friday, following his conviction last November for transporting minors with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. The sentence for...

 

Athletes continue work

As professional sports get organized for their return, high school sports continue to make the long trek back as well. In New Mexico, that trek is going slowly, with practices moving forward as...

 

Fireworks display set for Saturday

CLOVIS — An Independence Day fireworks display, without the traditional large gatherings, is scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday. The city released information about the show Monday. This year’s fireworks display, normally funded by donations from...

 

Longtime Clovis physician PRMC's new medical director

CLOVIS — Longtime Clovis physician Dr. Albert Kwan has been selected as Plains Regional Medical Center’s new medical director. Kwan, who will assume the position in mid-July has been president of the PRMC medical staff since 2010. He will...

 

COVID-19 concern closes Clovis city hall

CLOVIS — City Hall in Clovis is closed to the public after an employee displayed symptoms of COVID-19, according to a city news release. “While the employee did not have contact with members of the public, out of caution, City Hall will be...

 

Rain chances in weekend forecast

It looks hot and dry out there. Eastern New Mexico was under a “red flag” warning on Tuesday, meaning “critical fire weather conditions” persisted, according to the National Weather Service. But there is hope for moisture on the horizon. As...

 

Pages past - July 1

On this date ... 1950: Law officers in Roosevelt and Chaves counties had to use a tape measure to determine who had the most jurisdiction in a case involving a stripped truck. The cattle transport...

 

Opinion: Election may hinge on votes of independents

A defining feature of the Trump presidency has been the seemingly rock-solid support of his partisan base. When Donald Trump declared at a January 2016 campaign event in Iowa that “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 1, 2020

Opinion: People responsible for own actions

You bear no guilt for things you had no part in. Don’t accept guilt you didn’t earn. I’m not going to blame you for things you have no control over, nor will I accept blame for the same sort of...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 1, 2020

Opinion: New Mexico has patriotic heritage

Independence Day is a time for celebrating the birth of these United States. Here in the state of New Mexico, we have the history, heritage and diversity to do it up right. At first, Native American tribes shared this harsh and enchanting landscape,...

 

Opinion: World could use a dose of Will Rogers right now

I don’t know about you, but I think what our world needs right now is a heaping dose of Will Rogers. When he and his pilot friend Wiley Post died in a crash in Alaska in 1935, headlines at the time...

 

Opinion: Davy Crockett song still in our heads

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee, the greenest state in the land of the free, he was raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree. And he killed him a bear when he was only 3. Davy, Davy Crockett, was the king of the wild frontier — and every...

 

Q&A: Some policies changing in July

CLOVIS — Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Drew Dostal, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, provides weekly updates to The News. Here are parts of a Q&A conducted Monday with Dostal: You have some visitor policies that will...

 

Railroad crossing to be closed

PORTALES — The city of Portales is notifying residents the railroad crossing at North Main Street will be closed much of Thursday for surface crossing work by BNSF Railways. Roadsafe Traffic Systems anticipates the closure will go from 7 a.m. to...

 

Opinion: Sleep is as necessary as eating or drinking

The segment actually aired several years ago, but I still remember a fascinating piece 60 Minutes produced on sleep. (About sleep. Not while sleeping.) Since sleeping is one thing I’ve always been...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    July 1, 2020

Opinion: 'May his memory be a blessing'

Last week, the community came together to help a family locate their elderly relative, Bob Casey, who had gone missing. Sadly, Casey was found several days later, deceased. The grief from his family...

 

Clovis officials to begin service charge review process

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission plans to take the first step Thursday to beginning its biannual process to review what it charges for various services with appointment of the Revenue Review Committee. The 5:15 p.m. meeting at the North Annex of...

 

Chambers distributing free masks

It’s now a month into Phase 2 of re-opening in New Mexico, with businesses trying to reclaim some kind of normal. “I think that things are settling down with local businesses,” Curry County Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos said. “I...

 

Events planned for special session wrapup

CLOVIS — A pair of events are planned for the next week to wrap up the recent special session of the New Mexico Legislature. On Thursday, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce will hold a legislative breakfast. The breakfast is set for 7:30...

 

Education digest - July 1

Schools to offer challenge exams CLOVIS — Public schools in Clovis will offer challenge exams July 14-15, according to a district release. The exams will be 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. July 14 for New Mexico history, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. July 15 for...

 

Man sentenced to 27 years in prison

PORTALES — A Portales man was sentenced Monday to 27 years in prison for habitual drug trafficking, according to a release from the district attorney’s office. Ruben Lozano, 49, was found guilty last November of trafficking methamphetamine,...

 

Roosevelt resident selected as delegate

PORTALES — A Roosevelt County resident was selected as one of 10 delegates to represent New Mexico Republicans during the GOP’s Quadrennial Convention held virtually over the weekend. Roosevelt County party chair Tina Dziuk will be one of 22 New...

 

Jail log - July 1

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Elias Lopez, 24, probation violation ∞ Shiana Molett, 30, public affray ∞ Nathan Hendren, 26, kidnapping, interference with communications, child abuse - negligently...

 

Hounds, Cowboys cancel Sept. 3 football opener

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands have agreed to cancel their football game that was scheduled for Sept. 3 at Greyhound Stadium. The move will help the Greyhounds curvthe regular season to 10 games — the maximum number of...

 

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