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Minimum wage set to increase

New Mexico's statewide minimum wage will increase by $1.50 on Friday, to $10.50 per hour. The tipped minimum wage will go up 20 cents to $2.55 per hour under legislation passed in 2019. The timing, in...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    December 30, 2020

Year in review: Controversy, cancellations mark 2020 in Portales

PORTALES — The end of 2020 is right around the corner and Roosevelt County has had a year full of newsworthy events. While the pandemic may have taken center stage for most of it, plenty was happening behind the scenes as well. January began with...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    December 30, 2020

Year in review: Mayorship changes hands in 2020

CLOVIS - Face masks and social distancing weren't the only changes Clovis residents saw in 2020. They also experienced city government without longtime Mayor David Lansford who stepped down after...

 

State reports comparatively light COVID-19 case rates

The state had a few days of comparably light reports of new COVID-19 cases, while new local infections were across the spectrum. Between Saturday and Monday, the state reported a total of 2,056 cases — 609 Saturday, 747 Sunday and 700 Monday ...

 
 By Dan McKay    News    December 30, 2020

Long-term care facilities begin receiving vaccine

SANTA FE — Residents and employees of nursing homes throughout the state are rolling up their sleeves this week as New Mexico expands its COVID-19 vaccine program to some of its most vulnerable adults. Local pharmacies working with the state began...

 

Utility payment aid offered

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Human Services Department will provide $5.3 million in CARES Act funding for direct payments to utility vendors on behalf of qualifying households behind at least a month on payments, according to an HSD release. The...

 

Help sought in locating suspect

CLOVIS — The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help locating a suspect in a Christmas Eve armed robbery. According to a Monday afternoon release from the office: • Deputies responded about 6 p.m. Thursday to the 1400 block of North...

 
 By Dan McKay    News    December 30, 2020

Legislature considering COVID-19 risk scenarios for session

SANTA FE — A proposal to hold legislative committee hearings at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center would create a “medium high” risk for an outbreak of COVID-19 infections, according to statistical modeling by Los Alamos National...

 

Opinion: Schools should stick to academic rule-making

More than 5,000 years ago, the warriors of Babylonia painted their fingernails with kohl to go to battle. More recently, A-list actor Brad Pitt wore nail polish, apparently just for the heck of it. Yet for some reason, it’s a showstopper when a...

 

Opinion: Up to you to make 2021 better

Was the year 2020 not to your liking? Do you want 2021 to be better? Then make it better. It’s mostly up to you. There will be things beyond your control, but you can choose how you feel about them...

 

Opinion: 2020 a year of great disruptions

For New Mexicans, COVID-19 hit in March. It may be named after the previous year, when it first turned up, but the first confirmed case in the U.S. hit the West Coast in January, and in New Mexico it hit less than two months later. From there, COVID...

 

If 2021 is another carnival ride, let it be a gentle one

When I was a little kid, and before I had enough sense to avoid carnivals, I eagerly boarded a ride one year at the Roosevelt County Fair. I don’t remember the name of the ride, but I do remember...

 

Pages past, Dec. 30: Captain's Table and a holiday bazaar

On this date … 1960: Membership had almost doubled at the second meeting of the newly formed Curry County Sugar Beet Association. About 85 farmers, including 63 members of the association, had met...

 

Area weather to take a cold and stormy turn

Much of New Mexico will close out 2020 with two storms and a week of cold wind gusts, snow and rain. The Clovis-Portales area is not expected to see significant moisture, but today’s high temperature is forecast at 39 degrees with sustained winds...

 

Jail log - Dec. 30

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday-Tuesday): Clovis • Ashton Child-Williams, 26, failure to pay fines, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge • Juan Hernandez, 31, failure to have operating tail lamps, driving while...

 

ENMU making the best of lack of play

PORTALES — Only a handful of Lone Star Conference football teams will take part in the upcoming spring season, set to begin in February. Eastern New Mexico University is not one of them, but fourth-year Greyhounds coach Kelley Lee said his squad...

 

Faith: God comes to us as we are

At first, the quotation I’m about to share may sound a bit cynical. But when you have a little time to think about it, I think you’ll agree with me that it is not only realistic and true, it is...

 

County to reopen offices to public Monday

CLOVIS — Curry County will reopen its administrative complex to the public on Monday, according to a release from County Manager Lance Pyle. The release notes a significant decrease in employee positive tests and COVID-19 exposures for other... Full story

 

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