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Articles from the September 16, 2020 edition

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Three hurt in bus crash

PROGRESS - A Muleshoe school bus driver and two 10-year-old students were injured Monday afternoon when a tractor trailer rig collided with the rear of the parked bus near Progress on U.S. 84....

 

Curry County enters "green" zone, clearing way for hybrid learning

SANTA FE — Noting she believes the state is “trending in exactly the way we are hoping to” on COVID-19, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced recreation-related changes to the state’s public health order aimed at reopening the state while... Full story

 

Water authority approves $37.188 million grant

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is heading south, following an eight-figure grant agreement Monday with the Bureau of Reclamation. The authority board voted 4-0 in a 20-minute special meeting at the authority offices to...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    September 16, 2020

Roosevelt approves memorial bench for county clerk

PORTALES — After suddenly losing its county clerk last month, the Roosevelt County Commission approved a family gesture to honor Stephanie Hicks McMath going forward. County Manager Amber Hamilton told commissioners during their Tuesday meeting at...

 

NM supreme court to hear daycare worker appeal

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear an appeal involving two former Portales daycare owners now in prison for the death of a child who was under their care. Oral arguments begin at 9 a.m. today in a petition on behalf of Mary and...

 

Portales schools puts off hybrid learning

PORTALES — The Portales school district doesn’t plan to begin hybrid learning until Oct. 20, regardless of what data shows on Roosevelt County’s daily case count and test positivity show on COVID-19. By the time that date comes around,...

 

Opinion: US needs to address nuance on divisive issues

Earlier this year, South African-born comedian Trevor Noah hit at the heart of a serious problem hurting America right now. “Nuance doesn’t sell as well in America,” Noah said in an interview with CBS. “Nuance means you can’t just take a...

 

Opinion: Stay consistent with your beliefs

I wish people were more consistent. Many people in this country say they are for smaller, or “limited” government. Most change their minds as soon as they think of something they want government...

 

Opinion: Climate emergency is very real

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in a climate emergency. If you haven’t been impacted by extreme weather conditions yet, you will be. Stick your head into the sand if you want, but the evidence is overwhelming: • The West is burning like ne...

 

Hoping not to make choice of preferred nostril again

We are a society filled with daily choices. Paper or plastic? Table or booth? Regular or decaf? Red or green? (For the record, my answer to all of these is, “It depends.” I like to make life as...

 

Pages past, Sept. 16: Greyhounds 'definitely the underdogs'

On this date ... 1975: Eastern New Mexico University had narrowed its list of candidates for president from 322 to six. Officials said they would keep the names confidential "to prevent any of the...

 

State announces child care copayments to be waived

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department announced last week that parent copayments for the Child Care Assistance program will be waived for the months of September and October. The department will cover the revenue...

 

Faith: Keeping in mind the times I've 'reaped the whirlwind'

Some wrecks you simply cannot see coming; others, well, it’s almost criminal negligence not to see them heading your way. The latter can and should be avoided. If you are busy minding your own...

 

Bovina looks to get over the top

BOVINA — Just two seasons ago, New Deal found itself playing for a Class 2A Division I Texas state championship at “Jerry’s World,” home of the Dallas Cowboys. The Lions might not be quite as strong as that squad, but they should give Bovina...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    September 16, 2020

Burns putting grant toward solar

CLOVIS - John Burns, owner of the Burns Do It Center hardware store in Clovis, was awarded a $20,000 grant Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program. The store...

 

Man arrested after high-speed chase

CLOVIS - A Clovis man was arrested Sunday after leading police more than three miles in a stolen truck, according to the Clovis Police Department. Kristoval Diaz, 20, was arrested after attempting to...

 

Jail log - Sept. 16

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis • Jose Padilla ,35, shoplifting • Benjamin Devenport, 27, failure to pay fines, probation violation • Elvia Martinez-Gastellum, 34, failure to appear, failure to pay...

 

Roswell man critical after shooting

PORTALES — A Roswell man was in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the head in an apparent robbery attempt Friday in Portales. Court documents filed Monday in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court show two arrests, but other charges...

 

Two Clovis residents jailed in shooting

CLOVIS — Two people arrested in connection with a Friday kidnapping and shooting were arraigned Monday afternoon in Curry County Magistrate Court. Carlos Sanchez-Trillo, 31, of Clovis was arrested Sunday without incident. He is charged with...

 

Commission conversation with state official gets heated

CLOVIS — State Human Services Secretary David Scrase spent about 30 minutes Tuesday morning with the Curry County Commission, and found himself on the wrong end of a few uncomfortable questions from commissioners. Scrase spoke for about 15 minutes...

 

Supreme Court orders release of former daycare owners

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court, in a 3-1 decision, ordered a pair of former Portales daycare owners be granted release from prison pending an appeal on their 2019 convictions. Sandi and Mary Taylor, former owners of the Taylor Tots... Full story

 

Five positive COVID-19 tests reported for Roosevelt County school employees

SANTA FE — Five positive COVID-19 cases in Roosevelt County schools were among seven reported Thursday by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The PED began daily updates of positive tests earlier this week, and reported one case on... Full story

 

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