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ENMU to sit out 2020-21 Lone Star basketball season

PORTALES — Citing difficulty in adherence to public health orders on college athletics, Eastern New Mexico University will sit out the upcoming Lone Star Conference basketball seasons, its athletic department said Monday afternoon. The decision... Full story

 

Missing Portales man found dead

PORTALES -- A 32-year-old Portales man missing since Monday night was found dead Sunday. Jay Cole was found near NM 267 in Roosevelt County, Portales Deputy Police Chief Chris Williams said. He said the county sheriff's department was handling the... Full story

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 18, 2020

Trial in Muleshoe woman's slaying set for August

PORTALES — The trial for two men charged with killing a Muleshoe woman is scheduled for August. Keith Cordova, 22, and Francisco Bustamante, 24, both are charged with murder in connection with the slaying of Jaime Edgmon in rural Roosevelt County....

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    November 18, 2020

Officials discuss COVID-19 issues

CLOVIS — Much of a two-hour Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday morning dealt with local effects of COVID-19 infection spikes, with commissioners briefly going back and forth about their roles as leaders during the pandemic. The virtual...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    November 18, 2020

Restrictions bearing down

CLOVIS - With new state COVID-19 restrictions in place for at least the next two weeks, the impact is already being seen in businesses closed or limited in service, and local holiday traditions being...

 

Commission holding meeting

CLOVIS — Despite its initial cancellation over the weekend, there will be a Clovis City Commission meeting this week after all. The 5:15 p.m. Thursday meeting will not be open to the general public but can be viewed on the city’s Facebook page...

 

EPCOG hosting virtual forum

CLOVIS — The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is hosting a virtual legislative forum 10 a.m. Dec. 17, according to a council release. As of Tuesday, forum organizers had not indicated who would attend, but all local legislators and various...

 

Education digest - Nov. 18

Cohort change deadline 4 p.m. Friday CLOVIS — Clovis Municipal Schools has instituted a 4 p.m Friday deadline for any families who wish to change their instruction cohorts for the spring semester. Requests should be made through staff at the...

 

Business digest - Nov. 18

Xcel: New transmission line now in service ROSWELL — Xcel Energy has reported that a new 345-kilovolt transmission line in Eddy County is now in service to meet current needs and anticipated growth, according to a company release. “The new...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    November 18, 2020

Thanksgiving meal services available for those in need

CLOVIS — With the holidays approaching and new health and safety guidelines limiting gatherings and businesses, those in need may be wondering how they will access local food drives and meals often offered during Thanksgiving. Non-profits,...

 

Opinion: Vaccine not the end, but there is hope

Finally ... some much-needed good news in the battle against the coronavirus. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. announced last week that its COVID-19 vaccine showed an astounding 90% effectiveness rate in early test results and that initial doses ...

 

Opinion: Government has too much power

One thing that has been demonstrated beyond any doubt by both the pandemic and the recent presidential election is that government has too much power over our lives. If government didn’t have the...

 

Opinion: New Mexico leading the nation

As goes New Mexico, so goes the nation. You might even say we’re leading the way, on a number of fronts. We’re what the rest of the country is slowly becoming — multicultural to the point at which white folks are no longer running everything....

 

My mother had a good skunk story

I was awakened in the wee hours one morning last week by the unmistakable odor of freshly launched skunk spray wafting its way through closed windows into our house. We haven't had a skunk visit for...

 

Bovina has work cut out against Vega squad

BOVINA — Suffice it to say, the competition ramps up considerably this week for the Bovina football team. Coming off a 19-7 win over Plains in last week’s Class 2A Division II bidistrict round, the Mustangs take on a hot Vega squad at 7 p.m....

 

Virus resurgence leaves football seniors waiting

CLOVIS — As New Mexico, like most of the rest of the country, wades through the coronavirus pandemic and its recent surge in cases and hospitalizations, high school seniors looking to move on to play in college can only sit and wait. Football...

 

Forced quarantines cause ripple effect in De Baca

FORT SUMNER — The COVID pandemic and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's public health orders have come to roost in De Baca County. A recent increase in the number of positive cases in the county — from one to 23 since Oct. 27 — is not the most...

 

Pages past, Nov. 11: Fires, coupons and being your own boss

On this date ... 1950: Portales firefighters responded to four alarms - three grass fires and one house ablaze. The first grass fire was reported at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Charles Street and...

 

Jail log - Nov. 18

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis • Adan Ordonez, 37, receiving/transferring stolen motor vehicles • Roland Benavidez, 54, disorderly conduct • Adrian Loya, 28, aggravated battery upon a peace officer...

 

Faith: Apart from God, safety is a myth

We can be safe, or we can be truly alive. Not both. Opting for “safety” is an illusion both unsafe and pathetic, a gag gift all wrapped up with three bedraggled ribbons: fear, arrogance, and...

 
 By Jayme Lozano    News    November 18, 2020

Few signs coronavirus spread slowing in Lubbock

LUBBOCK — The county of Lubbock reported 772 new coronavirus cases and four additional deaths on Monday, continuing a trend of increased daily cases and deaths, with few signs of the spread slowing any time soon. Lubbock currently has 25,810...

 
 By Shelby Perea    News    November 18, 2020

In-person classes at risk with virus spread

The next two weeks will be critical in determining whether some schools in the state can keep offering in-person classes, Secretary of Education Ryan Stewart said during a virtual news conference on Monday. “Let’s be very clear that if we...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    November 18, 2020

Clovis schools set return to remote learning

Clovis Municipal Schools will be returning to remote learning after the Thanksgiving break, the district announced in a news release. The decision comes after the state issued a “stay at home order” but left school districts to determine how... Full story

 

Melrose to return to remote learning Monday

MELROSE — Melrose Schools has announced it will return to remote learning beginning Monday, according to a Thursday afternoon release from Superintendent Brian Stacy. The district is taking advantage of Public Education Department requirements... Full story

 

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