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Articles from the August 26, 2020 edition

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 By Kevin Wilson    News    August 26, 2020

Roosevelt County clerk 'cherished'

PORTALES - Roosevelt County lost more than a county clerk on Sunday. With Stephanie Hicks, county officials said, they lost a friend. Stephanie Hicks McMath, who had been in the office since November...

 

Sisters making a statement

PORTALES - It's hard to miss on the highway from Portales to Clovis. Eighteen chairs, set up together atop a small hill near the Roosevelt-Curry county line. Where are those chairs supposed to be?...

 

Letter from 1956 reunites women in 2020

Almost 64 years ago, LaWanda Smith and her husband, Bobby, were a young couple living in Hobbs where they attended Rock Chapel Baptist Church. As Christmas approached, LaWanda remembers the church...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    August 26, 2020

G.C. Ross had 'passion for education'

CLOVIS - To tell the story of longtime Clovis educator G.C. Ross, an average person could exhaust themselves and still admit they didn't come close to including everything that was noteworthy. Ross,...

 

COVID-19 testing offered

CLOVIS — The New Mexico Department of Health will offer a Saturday drive-up COVID-19 testing at the Clovis Public Health Office. The testing will be 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the office, located at 1216 Cameo St. Anybody wishing to test is...

 

Pages past - Aug. 26

On this date ... 1935: Portales residents had access to the first daily newspaper in the city's history. The Portales Daily News featured a front-page cartoon by Ray Jolly depicting a diaper-wearing newspaper carrier yelling “Extra!” It was...

 

Business digest - Aug. 26

Fall forum reservations open FARMINGTON — The New Mexico Economic Development Corp. is accepting registrations for the 2020 outdoor economic fall forum, scheduled for Oct. 1-2 in Farmington. Over the course of two days, the Outdoor Recreation...

 

Supreme Court restaurant case to be streamed

SANTA FE — A New Mexico Supreme Court case concerning state authority to close restaurant and businesses during a public health emergency will be streamed this afternoon. Oral arguments in Lujan Grisham v. Romero will begin at 1:30 p.m. and be...

 

Railroad crossing to be closed to traffic

MELROSE — The State Department of Transportation is partnering with BNSF Railways for repair work today at the N.M. 267 crossing in Melrose. The work, which will require the crossing be closed to traffic, will go from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m....

 

Opinion: Best to keep politics out of retirement funds

There’s good reason why New Mexico Educational Retirement Board policies don’t give staff the authority to pick and choose stocks from market-determined index funds. Index mutual funds are generally considered ideal core portfolio holdings for...

 

Opinion: New information will change minds

Quick, name something you really and truly believe even though you know it’s wrong. You can’t, can you? If you knew your belief was wrong, you’d change it. It’s the same for every person on Ea...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 26, 2020

Opinion: Biden's DNC speech well-delivered

When Joe Biden began to lay out, in his Democratic remote convention acceptance speech, the “four historic crises” America is now facing, my first thought was that “Donald Trump” would be one of the four. But he wasn’t. Instead, Biden named...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    August 26, 2020

De Baca County staying COVID-19 free so far

Only one New Mexico county has made it through the pandemic without a single reported case of COVID-19. While this could be due to De Baca County’s demographics — approximately 2,300 square miles of land with 1,800 residents, and the one major...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    August 26, 2020

Roosevelt County Republicans chair attends RNC

Tina Dziuk, chairwoman of the Roosevelt County Republicans, said the Republican National Convention is off to an energized start. She is attending the RNC in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a national delegate and was in attendance during the roll call...

 

COVID-19 cases surface at education sites

SANTA FE — Coronavirus cases have surfaced at dozens of school and education sites in New Mexico this month, even without the return of traditional in-person classes, according to state records. They’ve popped up across the state, from Albuquerqu...

 

Jail log - Aug. 26

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis • Lachrisa Johnson, 45, aggravated assault, contributing to the delinquency of a minor • Joshua Dodge, 29, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge, possession of a...

 

Happy birthday, Clovis High: You're 64

The Clovis High School complex at 21st and Thornton streets opened 64 years ago this week. Some things you might not know about the history of Clovis High: Clovis’ first school, which contained all...

 

Faith: Thinking about my baseball cap message

I’ve been thinking about ordering some hats. Caps, really. Baseball-style caps. Something like those famous red ones that are emblazoned “MAGA.” But those won’t work for me. Oh, we can...

 

Texico grad joins ENMU baseball team

PORTALES - Dalton Thatcher is putting the green back on, and he hopes he can have nearly as much success at his new college as he had at his nearby high school. The 2019 Texico High School graduate,...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    August 26, 2020

Texas prep football teams hitting road

MULESHOE — First-year Muleshoe coach Jason Richards is hoping his team’s performance in a scrimmage last week is an indication of things to come. Richards noted the Mules forced six turnovers while coughing up none of their own during the...

 

Indoor dining to return Saturday

SANTA FE – Restaurants and coffee shops will be allowed to offer indoor dining service at 25 percent of their capacity, effective Saturday, according to a news release from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The state’s emergency public health order...

 

Two arrested in high-speed chase

CLOVIS -- New Mexico State Police on Wednesday announced they’ve arrested two people in connection with an Aug. 3 high-speed chase that included shots fired at an officer. Patricio Gilman, 21, was arrested Aug. 6 on charges that included...

 

State to take county-based approach on in-person schooling

SANTA FE -- The state is planning a county-based approach for a return to in-person school, with data showing more than two-thirds of New Mexico counties meet the necessary gating criteria to go face-to-face after Labor Day. Curry and Roosevelt... Full story

 

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