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Articles from the November 15, 2020 edition

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 By Lily Martin    News    November 15, 2020

Governor reinstates 'shelter in place'

SANTA FE — Citing repeated instances of record-breaking case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19, New Mexico has issued a two-week “shelter in place” order. It’s similar to the public health order issued in the early mont...

 

Roosevelt detention center inmate dies

PORTALES — A Union County man housed at the Roosevelt County Detention Center died Wednesday at the jail, according to a Roosevelt County news release. Eric Padilla, 37, was found unresponsive in the early morning hours, and lifesaving measures on...

 

Order frustrates locals

Anger, frustration, resignation. Those are just a few of the emotions eastern New Mexico residents felt over the weekend, with the state once again on the cusp of a shelter in place order during the...

 

Curry County closing offices due to covid concerns

CLOVIS – As COVID-19 cases continue to soar across the region and the state, Curry County on Wednesday night announced plans to close its offices to the public starting next week through early December. “The County is taking these steps to... Full story

 

Portales Christmas parade to be drive-thru

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce will host a Christmas parade this year. However, it’s the spectators who will be on the move. The plans for the 6 p.m. Dec. 4 parade are to what Chamber Executive Director Karl Terry referred to...

 

Roosevelt County responds to governor's health order

PORTALES — In response to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s new public health order, Roosevelt County will close county offices to the public through November, according to a county release. Services will remain available to the public by phone, onli... Full story

 

City responds to governor's public health order

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis is implementing operational changes Monday in conjunction with the state instituting new COVID-19 restrictions. According to a Friday afternoon release from the city, the following measures will be in place until Nov....

 
 By Staff report    News    November 15, 2020

Local businesses on watchlist

CLOVIS — Four rapid responses in 14 days, and you’re closed for 14 days. That’s what New Mexico officials said was on the horizon two Tuesdays ago when it announced the latest in a series of moves to attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19....

 

Public record - Nov. 15

The following marriage licenses were recently issued at the Curry County Clerk’s Office: • Darian Bledsoe, 50, and Hong Liu, 48, both of Farwell • Manuel Rubio, 34, of Clovis, and Jacquetta Franklin, 35, of Clovis • Tri Dinh, 23, and Jocelyn...

 

Meetings calendar - Nov. 15

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns    Tuesday • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m., via Zoom. Information: https://www.currycounty.org/open-government/meeting-portal or 575-763-6016  • Ute Water Commission special...

 

Events calendar - Nov. 15

Monday  • United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) virtual luncheon — Noon-1 p.m., via Zoom. Program by Kirsty Forrest. Information: call 2-1-1 or email [email protected]    Tuesday  • Friends of...

 

Opinion: 'A little mad' - feeling you get when not trusted

Annie Hogland has mixed emotions about angry letters she received from registered voters during this election. “They made me laugh, kinda,” said the Curry County clerk. “They made me laugh...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    November 15, 2020

Opinion: Democrats not in position of strength

Ordinarily, it’s not possible for a party to win the presidency and have a bad election night, but the Democrats managed it. Pending the outcome of two Senate runoffs in Georgia, Joe Biden looks...

 

Opinion: China should pay price for virus

Our politicians and leaders still don’t get it. They don’t seem to understand — or care — that China has already declared World War III. The Communist Party thugs who rule China with a heavy...

 

Opinion: Philadelphia striking blow for religious freedom

Philadelphia often makes national news for unfortunate reasons, like bombing its own neighborhoods, rioting in its streets, pelting Santa with snowballs, and threatening the Boy Scouts with eviction...

 

Opinion: Another viewpoint: Republicans must repudiate president

Demagoguery is the deliberate use of people’s prejudices and fears to manipulate them. Combined with presidential idolatry, this is the winning strategy of the Republican National Committee since 2016. I have been a registered and enthusiastic...

 
 By John Micek    Voices    November 15, 2020

Opinion: Maybe back on road to decency

I was walking along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg on Saturday when the world learned that Joe Biden had bested Donald Trump to become the president-elect of the United States. The November sun was unseasonably warm on my face, and a cool...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 15, 2020

Regents vote against architect for renovation

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University officials are excited to get started on a $15 million renovation of the Roosevelt Science Hall. They’ll have to wait a few days to name a new architect, following a strong rebuke from regents on...

 

Jail log - Nov. 15

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis • Juan Garza, 39, failure to appear on a felony charge • Alicia Coleman, 36, failure to appear on a felony charge • Sam Nathavong, 38, probation violation • Luis...

 

New airport director taking position Monday

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis will have a new airport director in place Monday, when James Harris takes over the position. Harris has spent 16 years in the airport industry, and was recently the airport operations superintendent for Chennault...

 

Stream commission to hold pair of meetings

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission will hold a pair of virtual public meetings regarding augmentation pumping from state-owned wellfields to benefit the Carlsbad Irrigation District. The one-hour meetings will be primarily...

 

Supreme Court pauses jury trials through end of year

SANTA FE — The jury will convene again in 2021, with the New Mexico Supreme Court pausing all criminal and civil jury trials for the year to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The state will keep its appellate, district, metropolitan and magistrate...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 15, 2020

Schools to continue on hybrid or remote learning

While New Mexico’s newest public health order means many businesses will be closed and those that remain open will do so under extreme conditions, nothing changes at public schools. School districts that have been operating in hybrid mode, a...

 

ENMU AD updates regents

PORTALES — In what was likely the last sports update for the foreseeable future, Eastern New Mexico University Athletic Director Matt Billings reported some hiccups but overall good feelings about student-athletes being back on campus for the...

 

ENMU softball signs five

PORTALES — The last time the Eastern New Mexico University softball team recorded an out, it closed out a sweep of rival West Texas A&M and vaulted the Greyhound to second place in the Lone Star Conference. Coach Kira Zeiter would love to pick...

 

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