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Articles from the July 8, 2020 edition

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Commissioner says he won't wear mask

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission was pretty much in consensus that the new adult detention center was money well spent and a step in the right direction. As far as wearing face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the debate was a little...

 

Businesses: Few mask problems

A few angry customers have been turned away, but local small business officials said they haven’t seen many issues with a public health order mandating face coverings in public. The requirement was announced last week after infection rates rose in...

 

Heat wave to bring triple-digit temps to area

CLOVIS — Recent days across eastern New Mexico have seen the heat of July, with a little bit of cooling from the rains. This week brings more of the former, and very little chance of the latter with triple-digit highs predicted through Monday by...

 

To market, to market

PORTALES - As an avid planter of pretty much any fruit, vegetable or flower the eastern New Mexico climate will allow, Margie Plummer knows there are cycles when it comes to growing food. The same...

 

Life's-blood events lost to COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has torn through American life like a boll weevil, disrupting just about everything in its path. Locally, most events have been canceled, sending hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars out the window. Clovis lost its...

 

Schools' competitive marching band season canceled

CLOVIS — The Clovis High marching band’s eight-year winning streak at the Zia Marching Band Fiesta is on hold, and the entire competitive band season with it, due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns. The decision to cancel the schools’ competitive...

 

Pages past - July 8

On this date ... 1940: City Motor Co. in Portales was promoting the Olds Sixty, which was “lots more car at but little more money.” “You get handling ease second to none. You get Oldsmobile’s celebrated Rhythmic Ride. And you get Oldsmobile...

 

Opinion: Ruling a step back on church, state separation

The Supreme Court last week needlessly poked a hole in Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation between church and state.” By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled in a case from Montana that if a state provides a tax break that benefits students at a...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 8, 2020

Opinion: Mask fine theft by government

When a politician makes a mistake and makes a problem worse (or creates a problem out of thin air), they rarely change course. Instead, they double down. It’s hard for them to admit they did the wro...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 8, 2020

Opinion: Not your right to infect others

Stop signs are an infringement on my freedom as an American. There are four of them between my house and my work, along a half-mile stretch of neighborhood streets through this little town of Santa Rosa. It’s almost always safe enough to coast...

 

Opinion: Recipe books a step back through time

With a little more time at home these past few months, I’ve found myself flipping through some of the vintage cookbooks that fill a couple of shelves in one of my bookcases. Two of my favorites are...

 

Opinion: Historic bakery coming back to life

The Roosevelt Brewing Company Tap Room becomes a part of Clovis history at noon on Friday. That's when owner Justin Cole said he plans the next grand opening for the building at 515 N. Main St. You...

 

Officials respond to questions on school reopenings

With more than a month to go before area schools are set to open for fall instruction, there are still more questions than answers regarding COVID-19. “That’s the million-dollar question,” Floyd Superintendent Damon Terry said Monday when The... Full story

 

Ford not selected for Texas position

BURNET, Texas — The former police chief in Cedar Park, Texas, has been named chief in Burnet, Texas, officials said this week. Clovis Police Chief Doug Ford had been one of four finalists for the job, but Burnet City Manager David Vaughn said the...

 

Greyhounds add D-1 transfer Amand

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s basketball program wrapped up its signing class for 2020, with the addition of Dallas post Jemesia “MeMe” Amand. The 6-foot-3 Amand comes to the Greyhounds with one year of eligibility...

 

Opinion: If you can't trust a turtle, who can you trust?

Well, I guess the turtle was right, and rain was on the way. If you can’t trust a turtle, the epitome of slow, faithful plodding, who can you trust? Not flighty or flitting, manic or depressive,...

 

Education digest - July 8

Officials seek family input CLOVIS — Officials with Clovis Municipal Schools are seeking family input for reopening plans in the fall. A survey is available at clovis-schools.org/ COVID-19.html Separate surveys for families of students in grades...

 

Q&A: DoT answers health advisory questions

As questions continue following New Mexico’s latest public health order, New Mexico Department of Transportation officials put together this Q&A: The state of New Mexico is under a mandatory health advisory issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to...

 

Jail log - July 8

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Thursday-Tuesday): Clovis • Damian Apodaca, failure to appear, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, felony possession of a firearm (two charges), resisting, evading or obstructing...

 

PRMC records first COVID-19 death

CLOVIS — Plains Regional Medical Center on Wednesday confirmed its first death related to COVID-19. Presbyterian Healthcare Services spokeswoman Amanda Schoenberg said the death occurred on Tuesday. No additional information was provided. She said... Full story

 

Police seek help in locating shooter

CLOVIS - Police are asking for public assistance in locating a dark blue Dodge Stratus involved in a shooting on Tuesday night. According to a police news release, a CPD detective was in the area of... Full story

 

Portales enters second stage of water conservation plan

PORTALES — The city of Portales on Thursday entered the mandatory water rationing stage of its contingency plan, according to a city release. The city had the prior week entered a voluntary water conservation phase, and asked residents to do the...

 

State: Indoor dining to halt, mask restrictions to tighten Monday

SANTA FE -- Citing continued upward trends on New Mexico positive COVID-19 cases, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham rolled back indoor restaurant dining and tightened restrictions on face coverings in public places, and noted fall contact sports at schools... Full story

 

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