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 By Lily Martin    News    December 16, 2020

COVID-19 vaccines arrive in New Mexico

New Mexico received its first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. Christus St. Vincent hospital in Santa Fe was the first facility to receive the vaccine early Monday morning, and began administering it to frontline healthcare workers...

 

Clovis roper takes national title

ARLINGTON, Texas - Shad Mayfield, in a season compacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, won big early and gave himself quite a cushion in the tie-down money lead entering his second Wrangler National...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    December 16, 2020

Curry commission says farewell to outgoing chairman

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission's lone meeting of December was a long one, stretching four hours from Tuesday morning into the afternoon. It was also an emotional one, with commissioners saying farewell to outgoing Chairman Ben McDaniel....

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    December 16, 2020

Portales schools prepping for bond election

PORTALES — Staff at Portales Municipal Schools is getting set to encourage voters to keep a bond in place that would provide $7 million over four years for various projects. Superintendent Johnnie Cain discussed the Feb. 16 all-mail election, and...

 

New Mexico takes a victory in water dispute

Not so fast, Texas. The U.S. Supreme Court handed New Mexico a victory Monday morning in a Pecos River water dispute with Texas. The court’s opinion, delivered by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, says the court-appointed Pecos river master was correct in...

 

Trials to resume in February

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court issued an order Monday that will resume civil and criminal jury trials in February. The Court last month suspended jury trials — but not grand juries — as a public health precaution to help control the...

 

Wheatfields to hold event

CLOVIS — Wheatfields Senior Living Community is hosting “Light Up Wheatfields” from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Helen Younger of Clovis, who has family in the facility, helped organize the event, intended as a social-distanced greeting to...

 

Lighthouse to hold celebration

CLOVIS — The Lighthouse Mission will hold a socially-distanced Children’s Christmas Celebration Saturday at its headquarters, according to Executive Director Richard Gomez. The event will be a curbside delivery 5 p.m. at the mission at 407 L...

 

Clovis native selected for RPNM

ALBUQUERQUE — A Clovis native was selected Sunday as the new executive director for the Republican Party of New Mexico, according to an RPNM release. Nike Kern, a fourth generation New Mexican, will supervise party operations, help set the party ag...

 

Opinion: Time for Biden to show nation his integrity

Hunter Biden has told the world he’s just learned his “tax affairs” are under investigation by Delaware’s U.S. attorney. The burden is now on his father, President-elect Joe Biden, to ensure the nation that his attorney general and federal...

 

Opinion: Gun control doesn't stop shooters

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Lubbock for a while. Before heading home I stopped by a Lubbock Walmart so I could grab a few items without being herded like a cow through a chute. As it happens, I...

 

Opinion: Hope state not star-struck by film industry

COVID demands the occasional distraction, for the sake of our sanity. I thought Virgin Galactic’s touristee launch into space from New Mexico’s Spaceport America would be a welcome diversion, but the first attempt was an aborted disappointment,...

 

Christmas 'branch' our family tradition

After some hemming and hawing last week (or perhaps I should say hemming and sawing), I put up our annual Christmas branch. Yes, branch. We are Christmas branch people at our house, and with few...

 

Pages past, Dec. 16: School dress code, and a new chamber man

On this date … 1960: Checks and cash totaling $3,450 had been taken from Denton's Grocery and Café in Kenna. Roosevelt County Deputy Sheriff Glenn Widener said someone broke into the store after 9...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    December 16, 2020

Roosevelt awards trio of grants

PORTALES — Roosevelt County announced the recipients of the last round of their small business CARES Act Grants during their Tuesday meeting. The $60,289.77 awarded this round effectively used up the remainder of the grant before the Dec. 31...

 

Coaches: No cons to Feb. 1 start date

There is no downside to restarting New Mexico high school sports on Feb. 1, according to local high school athletic directors. That’s the latest date given to high school officials by the New Mexico Activities Association. But as with previously...

 

Farwell boys take seventh straight win overall

FARWELL — Farwell’s boys rely on multiple players to be able to shoot 3-pointers and try to break down defenses. On Saturday, that strategy paid off handsomely for the Steers. Senior Jonathan Mora and junior Grayson Waldrop each converted three...

 

Faith: Taking some time to reflect on God's suffering servant

For 16 years now, during the second and third weeks of Advent (the word has to do with “coming”), a centuries-old traditional time of “preparing our hearts” before Christmas, I’ve led some b...

 

State eliminates 75-person limit at grocery, big box stores

SANTA FE -- Effective today, New Mexico businesses are granted increased capacity inside essential retail spaces, with grocery stores and big box locations seeing the biggest benefit. Changes in the amended public health order effective today, allow... Full story

 

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