Articles from the August 19, 2020 edition

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NM Civil Guard, speakers drop out of rally

CLOVIS — A rally asking New Mexico voters to unite for a “legal peaceful protest” has lost support from most of its key speakers and one of the groups it planned to honor. The New Mexico Civil Guard announced on its Facebook page it would not...

 

Third care facility reports positives

CLOVIS — A third area long-term care facility has reported COVID-19 positive cases, and one of the original two facilities has reported additional positive tests. In addition, on Monday Curry County reported its third death related to COVID-19....

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    August 19, 2020

Virtual impact

PORTALES - On the surface, the Do Drop In pretty much looks the same in August as it did before the COVID-19 pandemic hit five months before. The menu board still features various sandwiches,...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    August 19, 2020

Officials don't expect problems with mail-in voting

Voting by mail may be a hotly contested political issue, but local county clerks say mail-in ballots are a secure and safe way to participate in the 2020 election. “Absentee voting is very secure. The trouble we have seen in the past is two-fold:...

 

Two-day expo hoping to generate funds

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Show is set to take place this week under similar guidelines that the youth livestock expo in Clovis operated under last week. But Roosevelt County is doing it all in just two days. Students in...

 

Clovis to consider salary increases

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission will look at an estimated $850,000 in salary increases as part of an update to its 2017 employee compensation study when it meets Thursday evening. If approved, the salary increases would be effective Sept. 6...

 

Ute Lake to remain closed after positive tests

LOGAN — Ute Lake State Park in Logan will remain closed through at least Tuesday after several park employees tested positive for COVID-19, according to a park news release. The park closed last Wednesday after several employees showed...

 

Business digest - Aug. 19

Disaster loans being offered The U.S. Small Business Association is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small non-farm businesses in 21 New Mexico and Texas counties to offset economic losses tied to droughts. Small non-farm businesses,...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    August 19, 2020

Curry commissioners table events center marketing plan

CLOVIS — A discussion of sponsorship goals for the Curry County Events Center and Fairgrounds quickly became a referendum on what exactly the county is paying its management company to manage during a pandemic. The county commission, by a 4-0 vote...

 

Opinion: Access to oral arguments should continue

For years the Supreme Court has resisted calls to let the public outside the courtroom listen in on its oral arguments. But live audio streams finally became a reality in May when the coronavirus pandemic forced the justices to hold two weeks...

 

Opinion: Attempts to govern irresponsible

There’s a lot of irresponsibility and selfishness in the world around us. We can choose to not be part of it. People who litter or dump their trash are childishly irresponsible. People who leave...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 19, 2020

Opinion: Census deadline coming up sooner

If you haven’t filled out your census yet, please do it sooner rather than later. Same with voting this fall. I suggest you vote early or in-person, despite the pandemic. The deadline to fill out your census form, so you and your family can be...

 

Searching for memories of Pep

I’ve been searching the past few weeks for a vintage photograph of my hometown of Pep. Once a bustling little burg, by the 1960s Pep was mostly housed in one building, a combination store/post...

 

Farwell founder man of faith

You can't really do justice to Texas history without mentioning John Villiers Farwell. The last name is familiar to most of eastern New Mexico. The tiny Parmer County community just east of the railro...

 

Chip seal planned Wednesday in Clovis

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis’ public works department is planning a chip seal of Prince Street between McDonald and Brady streets Wednesday, according to a city release. The work will take place between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Residents are asked to...

 

Service disruptions to resume in Portales

PORTALES — The city of Portales on Sept. 1 will resume normal policies of service disruption for customers with outstanding balances, according to a city notice. The city stopped service disruption for non-payment in April, briefly after the...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    August 19, 2020

DNA ties suspect to 2012 clinic fire

TUCUMCARI - A Tucumcari man, presented with DNA evidence, recently confessed to setting a fire in 2012 that killed more than 70 animals at a local veterinarian clinic. However, the man has not been...

 

Jail log - Aug. 19

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis ∞ Nelson Blackburn, 42, failure to appear on a felony charge ∞ Clea Roberts, 36, failure to appear on a felony charge ∞ Roy Kincaid, 28, failure to appear on...

 

Faith: Thankful for the gift of Mondays

Well, here we are again. Monday morning. At least, in my corner of the universe. I mean, of course, as I’m writing this. I don’t know when you’re reading it. Whenever it is, I do very much...

 

ENMU adds Wildcat

PORTALES - Eastern New Mexico University's men's basketball program has added a Clovis Wildcat among five players for its 2020-21 roster, according to a university release. Guard DeWayne Dawson is par...

 

Fraudulent mask cards being distributed

The New Mexico Department of Health reported last week fraudulent cards are being distributed to the public that assert the holder is exempt from wearing a facemask despite public health orders requiring it. These cards falsely purport to be issued...

 

Clovis man found guilty of felony charges

CLOVIS - A Clovis man was found guilty Monday of felony charges of battery on a police officer, according to the district attorney's office. Tyler Phillips, 35, was sentenced to 18 months in the New...

 

Clovis resident killed in one-vehicle crash

CHAVES COUNTY -- A Clovis resident was killed Wednesday night in a single vehicle crash northeast of Roswell, according to the New Mexico State Police. Laura Curtis, 58, was the driver of a 2013 Chevrolet traveling west on U.S. 70, according to the...

 

Saturday rally canceled, but other events planned

CLOVIS — A rally that was planned for Saturday morning at the 2400 block of Ashford is not happening. But, other events in support of President Trump are set to take place. A rally asking New Mexico voters to unite for a “legal peaceful protest...

 

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