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Articles from the August 2, 2020 edition

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 By Kevin Wilson    News    August 2, 2020

ENMU starting semester online

PORTALES - Eastern New Mexico University announced Tuesday evening it would begin the fall semester as it ended the spring semester - online while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. A message to...

 

Virus hits second city nursing home

New Mexico’s business restrictions and face-covering mandate are set to remain in place until Aug. 28, as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday it’s still not safe to downshift amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Also Thursday, a second...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    August 2, 2020

Yesway closing Clovis Allsup's headquarters

CLOVIS — The company that purchased the Allsup’s Convenience Stores chain last year is beginning plans to close its corporate office in Clovis, with the first phase to include eliminating 18 positions in late September. Yesway, which acquired the...

 

Zoo open - with restrictions

If they put you in the zoo, friends and family can visit during regular business hours again. Clovis' Hillcrest Park Zoo had been closed to visitors since March 17 because of the COVID-19 pandemic....

 

County jails announce positive tests for COVID-19

Curry and Roosevelt county jails on Thursday announced employees have tested positive for COVID-19. An officer in the Roosevelt County Detention Center was tested on July 16, but results were not provided until Tuesday, according to a county news rel...

 

Supreme Court to hear restaurant case

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear a case Tuesday concerning the state’s authority to enforce public health emergency orders by imposing civil administrative penalties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lujan Grisham v. Reeb was first...

 

RGH to begin rerouting

PORTALES — Roosevelt General Hospital will on Monday begin rerouting emergency room visits by individuals and ambulances due to construction. The hospital anticipates construction of its new emergency department will require the rerouting until at...

 

Events calendar - Aug. 2

Monday  • Community Prayers with No Walls — 6-7 p.m., City Park, East Ninth Street, Portales. Non-denominational gathering in support of first responders and businesses. Information: Deborah Hahn at 575-810-5055    Tuesday  • “Deliberate...

 

Meetings calendar - Aug. 2

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns    Monday  • Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Trustees special meeting — 3 p.m., Fred Anthony Conference Room, RGH, 42121 US-70, Portales. Information: 575-359-1800    Tuesday...

 

Pages past - Aug. 2

On this date ... 1970: Sheila Garner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Garner of Farwell, had been crowned queen of the annual Border Town Days celebration in Texico-Farwell. Reporters estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people attended the three-day...

 

Opinion: Diversity of America source of deep pride

The Olympic Games are magic. I love watching the parade of nations on opening day. Every athlete has a smile wide as a mile because they are parading behind the flag of their country. The younger me did not care so much for the parade; give me the...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    August 2, 2020

Opinion: Never Trumpers too destructive

“Burn it down” is rarely a wise or prudent sentiment. A cadre of Republican opponents of President Donald Trump is nonetheless calling for a purifying fire to sweep through the GOP in the fall, taking down as many Republican officeholders as...

 

Opinion: Anarchists are scarier than virus

I have good reasons to be worried about catching the coronavirus. I fit the demographic profile for the most typical victim — I’m 75 and I have a serious medical precondition. And here in Los Angeles, where about 4,500 of the state’s 9,000...

 
 By Calvin DeWitt    Voices    August 2, 2020

Opinion: Opportunities exist - with assistance

As I opened my spring 2020 University of Houston College of Engineering magazine, I am reminded of an incident that occurred some time ago. Bobby, a friend of mine, challenged me to a shoestring tying contest. Bobby tied his shoestring so fast that...

 
 By Gordon Runyan    Voices    August 2, 2020

Opinion: Bible instructive on dealing with crime

The topics of prison and police reform are hot items, nationally. Lots of people are giving their opinions, whether solicited or not; but, no one is asking if the Bible gives us any guidance about these things. For the record, it does. As a bit of...

 

Letter to the editor - Aug. 2

Up to voters to regain control of country The First Amendment allows for “the right of the people to peacefully assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The keyword here is peacefully. What we’ve seen in Omaha,...

 

Places to go

With New Mexico being on lockdown for more than four months now, there may be more than a few residents eager for a getaway. But in the midst of a pandemic and lockdown, where does one go while...

 

Careful or you'll end up in my novel - or my column

Life isn’t just one big bowl of cherries for a small-town newspaper columnist. Some weeks it just doesn’t pay to hand in your copy. This week could be one of those weeks. Someone once told me to...

 

Embroidery, cabinets ahead on show

Information on the domains of manifesting, pulled and drawn thread embroidery, and updating kitchen cabinet hardware will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon...

 

On the shelves - Aug. 2

The following books are available for checkout at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: “Hard Ride” by Elmer Kelton offers a superb collection of stories of the West that showcase the strength and power of the western spirit. Stories that are filled...

 

Senior calendar - Aug. 2

Curry Resident Senior Meals Association 901 W. 13th St., Clovis 575-762-9405 All meals served with 2% milk and tossed salad w/dressing Monday: Sloppy joe on a bun, potato wedges, mixed veggies, cake w/ fruit Tuesday: BBQ riblet, mac & cheese,...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    August 2, 2020

School board details opening plans

CLOVIS — The superintendent for Clovis Municipal Schools, while detailing plans to open the year, summarized feelings for a lot of people. “Today,” Superintendent Renee Russ said at Tuesday’s board meeting, “sure has been a long week....

 
 By Lily Martin    News    August 2, 2020

Ag department issues seed warning

Don’t plant the mystery seeds. That’s the message from the United States Department of Agriculture as reports of unsolicited seed packages arrive at nervous doorsteps across the country. “I can tell you what USDA is thinking … (T)hey think...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    August 2, 2020

Roosevelt chamber initiates shop local campaign

In the Dr. Seuss classic “Horton Hears a Who,” the tiny citizens of a tiny society on a dust speck held tenuously in an elephant’s trunk get acknowledged by shouting in unison: “We are here, we are here, we are here!” Local business owners...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    August 2, 2020

Chamber touts success of pop-up patio initiative

CLOVIS — Crisis often spurs innovation. So, in these pandemic times, the Curry County Chamber of Commerce has had to be uniquely innovative. The Chamber’s initiative for pop-up patios — canopies that allow restaurants to seat customers outdoors...

 

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