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Articles from the July 15, 2020 edition

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Local restaurants participate in #LetUsServe protest

With the coronavirus it seems like it's been one step forward, two steps back. And some area restaurant owners are particularly frustrated with the dance. "It's definitely bad for the industry, bad...

 

Remembering the man under the hair

Perhaps you've never heard of August Doyle, but his hair was famous. His story played out 50 years ago, which makes today a good day to remember the former airman at Cannon Air Force Base. Doyle grew...

 

Portales board sets schooling plan

PORTALES — The 2020-21 school year in Portales will begin as a mix of in-school and at-home instruction. That’s the plan for now, as approved Monday by the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education, in a meeting held via web conference....

 

Q&A: PRMC admin answers COVID-19 questions

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: Q: How many COVID-19 patients are in PRMC...

 

Curry planning special meeting on expo

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission is planning a special meeting Friday morning to request public health order modifications that would allow the Curry County Expo to continue as planned. The 9 a.m. meeting at the Curry County Administrative...

 

Officials to consider new subdivision

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission will consider a new subdivision — just northwest of where 21st Street and Humphrey Road intersect — in its regular meeting Thursday. The 5:15 p.m. meeting at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Librar...

 

Education digest - July 15

Dora student selected A Dora student was one of 60 seventh-grade girls from across the state selected for a camp for Tech Trek — a series of Science, Technology, Math and Engineering classes, workshops and field trips. The American Association of...

 

Opinion: Measures must account for both sides of ledger

If only it were that simple. There is no question Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s tough measures to combat COVID-19 have kept New Mexico’s death toll relatively low — although we collectively mourn the tragedy of more than 500 lives lost to the...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 15, 2020

Opinion: Government makes crisis worse

America is in crisis. Nearly everyone agrees on this point; they only disagree over what the crisis is. Fewer still agree over what caused the crisis they can’t agree on, so they can’t agree on...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 15, 2020

Opinion: Flaws need recognition, not honor

Change is in the air. So is resistance to change. And in the tug-o-war between these two opposing forces, I’m hanging my hopes on change. The idea that we will return to the normalcy in place before the COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd’s death...

 

Opinion: Do stick together - even 6 feet apart

With all that is going on in our nation and our world — not to mention this brain-frying heat — I found myself turning this week to some wise words penned several decades ago by Robert Fulghum....

 

Jail log - July 15

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday - Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Crystal Alvarado, 38, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, battery against a household member, criminal damage to property ∞ Jessica Pina-Garcia, 31, probation...

 

ENMU coaches eye return to practice

PORTALES — Pro sports are rearing their head, with Major League Soccer back last week, Major League Baseball due back next week, National Football League training camps and the National Basketball Association starting the week after. College...

 

ENMU has 140 on LSC honor roll

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University had 140 student-athletes represented on the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the spring semester, according to a school release. The honor roll includes student-athletes who were on an...

 

Softball season canceled

CLOVIS - After holding on for as long as it could to see if the answer would be yes, the Clovis Softball Association told its coaches and players on Monday the answer was no on a summer league...

 

Opinion: God isn't short of grace, peace, power and comfort

The drips and the crickets. My brother Jim has long said that those are the sorts of things that finally drive you “over the edge” when you’re already under stress. Along the same line, we...

 

Retirement Ranch employee tests positive for COVID-19

CLOVIS — Retirement Ranch had an employee test positive for COVID-19 on Friday, finding itself back on a state list of nursing homes with positive cases in the last 28 days. Trisha Gross, the nursing home’s social services director, said the...

 

Republicans ask governor to reconsider restaurant decision

More than 20 Republican lawmakers have asked New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to reconsider her decision to shut down restaurant dining rooms. “Your recent decision to restrict dine-in service at restaurants could very well be the death...

 

NMAA releases sports schedule

Gridiron championships in early May, not December. Fall sports seasons that don't begin until September. Spring sports championships that extend weeks beyond some of the participants' graduations. That's the plan for now, as the New Mexico Activities... Full story

 

Roosevelt deputy charged with receiving stolen property

TUCUMCARI — A Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputy was fired Monday and arrested Wednesday in Quay County after being accused of receiving stolen property. Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker on Wednesday also issued a press release in which he... Full story

 

Portales residents asked to curb outdoor water usage

PORTALES — The city of Portales is asking residents to stop outdoor water usage over the weekend and into early next week. The brief announcement from city administration said outdoor water usage includes but is not limited to lawn and garden...

 

Baby suffers multiple fractures; 3 arrested

CLOVIS — A 2-month-old Clovis baby has suffered multiple bone fractures and the boy’s parents and a grandparent have been charged with abandonment or abuse of a child. Charges were filed Wednesday against the child’s mother, Lachel Johnston, fa... Full story

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    July 15, 2020

More charges filed against ex-Roosevelt County deputy

Criminal allegations against a former Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputy are increasing. Chris McCasland, 34, was arrested Wednesday on stolen property charges connected to his time working as a police officer in Angel Fire. On Thursday, charges of... Full story

 
 By DavidStevens    News    July 15, 2020

State police: No more verbal warnings for those who violate public health orders

New Mexico State police will no longer issue verbal warnings or "cease and desist" orders to businesses that violate the governor's public health orders. That's according to Lt. Ramon Terrazas, who informed officers under his command in an email... Full story

 

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