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Residents divided on mask mandate

SANTA FE — Immediately after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced New Mexico would begin giving $100 fines to those who violate its face covering mandate for public settings, at least two things were clear: Enforcement of the more aggressive...

 

Legislators share thoughts

CLOVIS - During a pandemic which has left little certainty on anything, eastern New Mexico legislators provided two certainties to business leaders Thursday. First, the rocky financial road the state...

 

Fireworks stands have busy season

Generally speaking, it shouldn't be surprising when fireworks stands and tents are busy on July 3. You would just as much expect a supermarket to be jumping the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, a toy...

 

Mayor takes stand on masks

CLOVIS — New Clovis Mayor Mike Morris had weeks ago told residents he planned to wear face coverings as positive reinforcement when they were recommended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Now with the masks required in public, Morris took a s...

 

Meetings calendar - July 5

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns   Tuesday • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m., zoom meeting. Information: https://www.currycounty.org/open-government/meeting-portal or 575-763-6016 • Portales City Council — 6:30...

 

Events calendar - July 5

Tuesday • Portales Public Library Virtual Summer Reading Program — Alchemy and Art: “Paper Mosaics” — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library Facebook page. Crafts/experiments for second-sixth graders. Materials available in advance for...

 

Local entities cleared after virus issues

Clovis’ City Hall plans to reopen Monday and Roosevelt County’s detention center is free of COVID-19, according to news releases. City Hall in Clovis closed its doors to the public last week after an employee experienced symptoms of the virus....

 

Q&A: Health officials respond to order

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday that the state’s mask-wearing mandate would be enforced and that travelers entering the state — either by plane or car — must self-quarantine 14 days. Businesses must now require mask-wearing in t...

 

Curry to report on jail tour

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission will report on its recent tour of the renovated county adult detention center when it meets in regular session Tuesday. The 9 a.m. meeting at the Curry County Administrative Complex will be streamed at...

 

Board: School year to go on as planned

CLOVIS — The Clovis Municipal Schools 2020-21 school year, with classes beginning Aug. 17 and ending May 27, will go on as planned. At least that’s the plan. The lack of a change was made official at a Wednesday evening CMS Board of Education mee...

 

Pages past - July 5

On this date ... 1955: Five Clovis men were killed when two freight trains collided near Vaughn. The Portales Daily Tribune reported the trains collided head-on “and the ensuing holocaust cremated five crew members and injured three.” One of the...

 

Jail log - July 5

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday - Friday): Clovis • Lisa Gutierrez-Ruiz, 40, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge ∞ Matthew McClellan, 41, probation violation ∞ Ricardo Alvarado, 23, criminal damage to the...

 

Opinion: What if we had all started sooner in missing man search?

Josefita Griego wonders if we could have saved Bob Casey. What if a community search party had been organized at 10:30 that Wednesday night when the 83-year-old man was first reported missing? What if more people had known, sooner, that we all...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    July 5, 2020

Opinion: No way Trump will quit the race

After he’s repeatedly survived the unsurvivable, we are supposed to believe that President Donald Trump might quit the presidential race before it truly begins because of a spate of negative...

 
 By Michael Shannon    Voices    July 5, 2020

Opinion: National leaders need to go on record

I’ve been watching anarchy and lawlessness take control of our streets in major cities. I don’t imagine I’m alone, either. Viewers are exposed everywhere to scenes of mindless chaos. Meanwhile, on Opposition Media outlets, the carbon-intensive...

 

Opinion: Foolish to compete in 'oppression sweepstakes'

On Twitter the other day someone did what a lot of people have been doing lately: Comparing levels of oppression. In this case, it was all about the Philadelphia Inquirer’s decision not to use the term “Washington Redskins” in future columns...

 
 By Cleo Baker    Voices    July 5, 2020

Opinion: Stop treating police like the enemy

I would like to respond to the allegations of "systemic racism" and the need for police reform. I have been a police officer for over 25 years. I have worked for two agencies during that time. I can...

 

Opinion: Please wear a mask when you go out

Team Clovis-Portales (I have a thing for teams...), I'm writing to ask for your help. Since the end of World War II, the communities of Cannon Air Force Base (formerly Clovis Field), Clovis, and...

 

Letter to the editor - July 5

Show love — wear masks From Scripture: • “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” — Mark 12:31 • “Love ... your neighbor as yourself.” — Luke 10:27 This is not a political statement. I have loved the people of Roosevelt County...

 

Padres advisor looking forward to season

With Major League Baseball’s scheduled return less than three weeks away, oddsmakers are giving the Los Angeles Dodgers the best chance to win the World Series. If the Dodgers live up to that expectation, a lot of thanks will be owed to Logan...

 

Hounds' first game of season canceled

PORTALES — To accommodate an NCAA Division II mandate for schedule reduction, Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico Highlands have canceled a Sept. 3 football game at Greyhound Stadium that would have opened the season for both teams. The sc...

 

Opinion: 'First Lady of the Yankees' attended 'til the end

Most Americans know Lou Gehrig's tragic story. Fewer know how his widow, Eleanor, lovingly kept the baseball Hall of Famer's memory alive for decades after his untimely death. At a stunned, capacity Y...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 5, 2020

Opinion: Wishing for freedom to exercise my own good judgment

I’ve always thought that the holiday Americans celebrate on July 4 was and should be all about independence and liberty. As this holiday weekend draws to a close, hopefully now more than ever we...

 

Opinion: Scarves, painting ahead on show

Information on wearing scarves and painting embroidery work with Jacquard Textile paints will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain)....

 

On the shelves - July 5

The following books are available for checkout at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: “NYPD Red” by James Patterson was donated in memory of Anthony Joplin. When a world-famous movie producer is poisoned on the first day of a Manhattan film...

 

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