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 By Peter Stein    News    April 8, 2020 

New challenge 'part of the job'

CLOVIS - On a breezy mild Monday, members of the Clovis Fire Department were shooting baskets behind the station house, waiting for a call to go rescue citizens in distress. Seemed like a normal day,... Full story

 By Peter Stein    News    April 8, 2020 

Small biz money could go quickly

CLOVIS — Sandra Taylor-Sawyer rarely gets a break these days. The director of the Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca County Small Business Development Center has been answering more questions than usual. Not surprising. These are not normal times for... Full story


Easter services going digital

CLOVIS - The three biggest words one would expect to hear at area churches just days from now are "He is risen," the message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But most people will be hearing those... Full story


Governor orders additional restrictions

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday afternoon ordered a series of additional restrictions on business operations to further prevent spread of COVID-19 — and she warned of increased enforcement efforts. The new order, which took...


Portales board approves schooling plan

PORTALES — The learn-at-home era is under way at Portales Municipal Schools. School board members met virtually for about an hour Monday afternoon. They gave a positive review and a 4-0 approval of the plan Superintendent Johnnie Cain and the PMS...

 By Peter Stein    News    April 8, 2020 

Roosevelt declared emergency area

PORTALES — Roosevelt County is officially an emergency area. Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the measure via teleconference. The resolution allows the county to accept federal and state funding related to COVID-19 and also authorized...


Eight locals test positive for COVID-19

Eight local residents have tested positive for COVID-19, hospital officials said early this week. At Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, officials said 191 people had been tested with eight positive — seven from Curry County, one from... Full story


ENMU regents to tackle budget items

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents will tackle various budget items for all three campus branches during its Friday afternoon meeting. The 1 p.m. meeting will be held virtually due to state restrictions on mass...

 News    April 8, 2020 

Pages past - April 8

On this date ... 1960: A Democratic candidate for governor said if he’s elected he would close the port of entry in Texico and “remove this trade barrier once and for all.” Joseph Bursey said he had been informed that “a great many potential...


Water main break results in brief service shut-off

CLOVIS — Residents near downtown Clovis might have noticed some water on the streets Sunday night and Monday morning, but there was no rain. EPCOR Water, which provides the municipal supply for Clovis, reported a break was discovered about 6:15...


Food bank keeping busy

CLOVIS - The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has provided and supported food programs for 37 years, and continues to do so at its Brady Street building just north of the city's Public Works and...


PRMC thanks locals for donations

CLOVIS — On behalf of Plains Regional Medical Center, Drew Dostal says thank you. The administrator of Clovis’ hospital said Tuesday that inspirational cards and letters, meals and prayers from the community have been greatly appreciated in...

 News    April 8, 2020 

Jail log - April 8

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Friday - Tuesday): Clovis • Tracy Margiotta, 54, assault, battery • Patricia Messier, 33, disorderly conduct • David Merrill, 59, possession of a controlled substance, probation violation,...


Virus causing delays for Curry

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission dealt with three other Cs during its Tuesday morning meeting — COVID-19, cameras and control. When it comes to adult detention center renovations, the first is keeping the county from getting the second, and...

 By Albuquerque Journal    News    April 8, 2020 

Former Clovis attorney cleared to leave her house again

Immediately after being notified that she tested positive for COVID-19 last month, Jennifer Burrill began making a list of everywhere she’d been and everyone she’d come into contact with since March 3. That’s the date she first began...

 News    April 8, 2020 

Jail Logs - April 8

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Zia teachers hold parade

CLOVIS - With stay-at-home orders in place, gatherings barely large enough to field a basketball team - let alone a classroom - are memories that seem more distant than just a few weeks. The schools a...


Draggin' Main concerts postponed to 2021

CLOVIS — Organizers are still hoping to have the Draggin’ Main festivities this summer. But the Clovis Sound will have to wait. The Draggin’ Main Music Festival Committee announced Friday afternoon it would postpone its two planned concerts... Full story


Clovis extends closures to April 30

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis has extended closures until April 30 in response to statewide public health orders on the COVID-19 pandemic. Most office and facilities will remain closed to the public. The city will continue to operate normal operation... Full story


Q&A with Department of Health

The Eastern New Mexico News Publisher David Stevens on Wednesday asked New Mexico health officials a series of questions about preventing community spread of COVID-19 and transparency in reporting information. Here are those questions, followed by... Full story


DA: No charges in near-drowning incident

No criminal charges will be filed in connection with a March 6 near-drowning at Dennis Chavez Park, District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced on Thursday. A 2-year-old boy was treated at Lubbock's Covenant Hospital for about 10 days after the...


Man receives 32 years for child sex offense

CLOVIS — A Clovis man was sentenced to 32 years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to multiple counts of criminal sexual penetration for a sexual offense against a child. Dino Paul Lucero, 36, of Clovis, was sentenced to 32 years in the... Full story


KENW to air elementary teaching lessons weekday mornings

PORTALES — KENW, the local PBS affiliate for eastern New Mexico, will participate in a statewide effort to broadcast teaching lessons every weekday, beginning Monday. Lessons will air 8 a.m.-noon on KENW's 3-2 channel. The lessons, created by... Full story


Police arrest one sought in shooting

CLOVIS - Police on Wednesday, employing a SWAT team, arrested a man wanted in connection with a March 18 shooting. Adrian Robles, 33, is charged with assault with intent to commit a violent felony...

 By Peter Stein    News    April 5, 2020

Teaching shifts to online methods

CLOVIS — If Mark Sena had continued down his original path, his part in combating the current pandemic might have involved dealing with COVID-19 patients directly. Sena, now a Clovis High chemistry teacher and boys track and field coach, was initia...


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