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 By Lily Martin    News    December 23, 2020

Christmas events still on

CLOVIS - A pandemic-era Christmas may be slightly less jolly for some. But two local entities - the Lighthouse Mission in Clovis and VFW Post 9515 in Portales - are planning on providing the same...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    December 23, 2020

Governor announces home tests

SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced New Mexicans are eligible for free, at-home COVID-19 saliva tests, with results returned within 24-48 hours of receipt of the sample. The tests are available to residents at...

 

Registered nurse: Please protect yourself

In my 25 years with Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, I have never experienced anything like the past two months during the COVID-19 surge. This is a real struggle, one that is hard to put...

 

Local teen made Eagle Scout

CLOVIS - Megan Scruggs has accomplished quite a few things since her arrival in Clovis. On Monday, the Clovis teen became part of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts. The honor is the highest...

 

Opinion: Death not the only dire result of pandemic

Yes, we’re all tired. Tired of the isolation, the restrictions, the lines, the shortages, the rude people and the ignorant ones who don’t understand safety practices, the cumbersome way we must operate, the dull routine and inability to...

 

Opinion: Is vaccine really worth celebrating?

As soon as a COVID-19 vaccine was announced, the debate began over who should get it first. To me, the answer was obvious: Give it to the politicians first. They want to be called “leaders;” let...

 

Opinion: Time for a good Christmas story

With a pandemic bearing down, Christmas is a bit subdued this year. That makes it a good year to curl up in bed with a Christmas book or plop down on your couch for a magical Christmas movie. I must admit I’ve read very few Christmas books, except...

 

I plan to savor the holiday - while the candle burns

As we prepare for Christmas in the most non-traditional year of our lives, I have found myself remembering holidays from the past. Perhaps you have, too. I’ve come back several times to an event...

 

Pages past, Dec. 23: Dear Santa, I want a Paladin gun

On this date … 1955: Eight teams from eight states and eight collegiate conferences were preparing to play in the eighth annual Sunshine Basketball Tournament at Eastern New Mexico University....

 
 By Lily Martin    News    December 23, 2020

Economic Development Department releases summaries

New Mexico’s Economic Development Department released the quarterly economic summaries for each of the states counties this month. These summaries show data from the first quarter of the new fiscal year compared to fiscal year 2020. Each of the...

 

One killed in Sunday evening crash

A 22-year-old Gallup man died Sunday evening in a three-vehicle crash east of Taiban in Roosevelt County. According to a news release from New Mexico State Police: A 2008 Ford Focus, driven by Terrell Christopher Ryan Daw, 22, of Gallup was...

 

Area funeral homes see uptick in services

Funeral homes across New Mexico and West Texas have had a 15 to 18 percent increase in services they provide since June, according to Legacy Funeral Group Regional Director Bill Vallie. About 50 percent of the recent deaths being handled by Legacy...

 

Man gets 18 months for bomb threat

CLOVIS — A Clovis man was sentenced to 18 months in the Department of Corrections after pleading to charges that included making a bomb threat to a Texas hospital. Joseph Saiz, 54, was also convicted of battery upon a peace officer, assault on a...

 

Brownfield takes 65-46 win over Muleshoe boys

MULESHOE - The Muleshoe boys basketball team always seems to play hard. At times, the Mules are reasonably effective. But in basketball, if you don't make shots it becomes tough to give yourself a cha...

 

Jail log - Dec. 23

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis • Bryan Gallander, 42, aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, driving while license suspended or revoked, careless driving, leaving...

 

Faith: All light belongs to God the Father

“The true light that gives light to everyone,” writes the Apostle John, “was coming into the world.” -- John 1:9 And so each year at this time, we drape our trees, our homes, our churches,...

 

State launches website for vaccine updates

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health has launched a website to enable New Mexicans to find out when they qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine. The website is available at cvvaccine.nmhealth.org. The state is currently in Phase 1A of vaccine... Full story

 

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