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Articles from the August 5, 2020 edition

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 By Kevin Wilson    News    August 5, 2020

Masked rider sending a message

PORTALES - Louella Bourbeaux' 1999 Buick Park Avenue has been a good car to her, almost a companion. Since she first got it 12 years ago, she's driven about 170,000 of its total 269,000 miles. It's...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    August 5, 2020

One local business' story: 'A sad year'

CLOVIS - Danny Jariwala has seen tough times. During the financial freefall of 2008, Jariwala was the general manager of a Howard Johnson's hotel in Brooklyn. These COVID-19 times, though, are more th...

 

Vern Witten: Remembering a workhorse

Seven years ago - on a February evening in 2013 - the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce surprised Vern Witten by naming him Workhorse of the Year. "To be honest," he told the Portales News-Tribune...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    August 5, 2020

Court rules in governor's favor

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled the governor is authorized to impose stiff fines for violations of the state’s public health order during the coronavirus pandemic. The decision from the bench arrived after about an hour...

 

NM native to become brigadier general

A New Mexico native with Clovis ties is a selection to become a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force. Col. Neil Richardson recently began his new position as chief of the Air Force Senate Liaison Division in Washington, D.C. He relinquished his...

 

Curry seeking road input

CLOVIS — Curry County is seeking public input for its five-year plan on roads. The county prioritizes future projects and improvements for county roads, and uses the plan as a guide when applying for grants and legislative appropriations. The plan...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    August 5, 2020

Senator asking governor for restriction amendments

The pandemic has resulted in halting one of the fastest growing parts of New Mexico’s economy — the outdoor recreation industry. A New Mexico senator is asking Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to amend some restrictions in her public health order and...

 

Plenty of new faces on ENMU baseball team

PORTALES — It’s a pretty safe bet you’ll need a program to recognize most of the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team the next time it takes the field. That’s because the team that anticipates joining Greyhound coach Riley Price for...

 

Opinion: Feeling a little envy as rover escapes to Mars

Let’s get out of here. Who hasn’t thought that at some point in the past four months, as we hunkered down in our homes, brooding and restless but with no place to go? The pandemic shuttered our offices and made the idea of venturing anywhere...

 

Opinion: Let's adapt to something positive

Humans are adaptable. More so than any creature other than, possibly, cockroaches. It’s our greatest strength. We have adapted to living almost everywhere on the planet and, soon, with the right tec...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 5, 2020

Opinion: If virus goes, it will be by science

Past behavior predicts future behavior. We’re creatures of habit but we’re also capable of learning from our mistakes and improving our behavior. Right now, with this pandemic, we could go either way. We could learn from our missteps and do a bet...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    August 5, 2020

A little bit about that time Selena played in Clovis

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Augusts past: • Aug. 1, 1901: The first newspaper in the Clovis-Portales area was published in Portales. The...

 

Michael Walton named Hall of Honor nominee

PORTALES — As both a coach and a player, Michael Walton protected the house for the Eastern New Mexico University football program. Now he’s been invited into the Lone Star Conference’s house. The LSC named Walton as a 2020 LSC Hall of Honor...

 

Wright transferring to University of New Mexico

CLOVIS — After just one season of Division III athletics, former Clovis Wildcat Montez Wright is making the jump to Division I after announcing over the weekend he would transfer to the University of New Mexico. Wright, a two-sport star at Clovis...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    August 5, 2020

Faith: Lots of love, laughter and baked goods in my family

Gavin the Wonder Kid has joined the world of kid messenger. I didn’t know such a thing existed until a neon green oozy background popped up on my phone, and The Dad’s mini me filled the screen....

 

Faith: Please bring on the merciful needles of dental work

“I think I made a mistake.” Those, I’m told, were the words on a note a dying 20-something-year-old wrote to his nurse before he expired. He was referring to his, as it turns out, suicidal...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    August 5, 2020

Teens prep for stock show

It's showtime. Future farmers across Curry County are hustling to get their livestock ready after their stock show was approved and finalized by the Curry County Commission on July 28. While the...

 

Education digest - Aug. 5

Expo to be held as drive-through event Pattern Energy will hold its third annual back to school expo as a drive-through event Friday. The event will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the 1,000-bag supply is exhausted, at the Clovis Civic Center....

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    August 5, 2020

Curry officials talk fire departments, infrastructure

CLOVIS — With four meetings in July, the Curry County Commission had already knocked out most of the business it otherwise would have tackled in its first August meeting on Tuesday morning. With a light agenda, commissioners spent most of the...

 

Local municipalities receive total of $26,270 in grants

SANTA FE — Three local municipalities received a total of $26,270 in New Mexico Clean and Beautiful grants for the 2020-21 fiscal year. New Mexico Arts, the state’s arts agency, announced the funding as part of $1.5 million in state and federal...

 
 By Don Williams    Sports    August 5, 2020

Wayland Baptist coach dies at 100 years old

Harley Redin coached Wayland Baptist for the back half of its national record 131-game winning streak and had his powerhouse teams inducted last year into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of...

 

Pages past - Aug. 5

On this date ... 1970: Bill Southard, a native New Mexican who had edited the newspaper in Pratt, Kansas, the past three years, had been named managing editor of the Clovis News- Journal. News-Journal Publisher Charles Fischer said Southard would...

 

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

Clovis City Commission Regular Meeting: 5:15 p.m. Thursday, North Annex, Clovis-Carver Library, Clovis Agenda: ∞ RECEIPTS OF PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS Clovis Board of Realtor's Housing Update, President Gayla Brumfield, Vicki Reyes ∞ CONSENT...

 

Jail log - Aug. 5

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Jerry Ingram, 24, child abuse - intentional, criminal sexual penetration in the fourth degree ∞ Michael Morales, 54, driving while license suspended or revoked ...

 

Relaxation on long-term care visits to start next week

SANTA FE — A partial relaxation will begin next week for family visits at New Mexico long-term care facilities. The changes were announced during a Thursday update on the COVID-19 pandemic from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office. The goal is... Full story

 

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