New Mexico fishing report — Dec. 26

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.  Dec. 24  Northeast Charette Lakes: Closed for the […]

Bird watching great from inside

That last cold, drizzly Friday before Christmas, when most people were juggling school parties, baking, shopping, and wrapping gifts, a small but intrepid group of bird watchers slogged through the pastures and fields in a seven-mile radius around Milnesand participating in the 114th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. On that dreary next-to-the-shortest day of the […]

Lighthouse community dinner gets early start

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Davonn Davis, 6, of Clovis digs into his meal Wednesday afternoon at the Lighthouse Mission Christmas dinner. Davonn said that Santa Claus brought him the hat and other stuff too.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com As the line at Lighthouse Mission grew longer Christmas morning, volunteer Jesse Karges could no longer make them continue waiting. “It was cold outside, I couldn’t make them wait,” said Karges, 36, with a smile, about opening the doors to the mission’s annual community dinner Wednesday a […]

Year in review: New schools, controversy mark district’s year

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Clovis Municipal Schools brought two new schools online this year with the opening of Gattis Middle School and a new Lockwood Elementary School.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com The opening of new Clovis schools, a new football stadium for Eastern New Mexico University and the passing of an advocate for public education in Clovis marked the year in education for 2013. Here are five key things to remembers from the education beat 2013: PED issues: Local […]

Fifty-year-old message still relevant today

“Do you hear what I hear?” It’s been noisy leading up to Christmas this year. The drama started nearly a month ago when child advocates became alarmed after learning the Internet Santa tracker NORAD would have fighter jets flanking the jolly old elf and his sleigh. The North American Aerospace Defense Command website is “completely […]

New BAH rates will cover hikes

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in the United States will rise an average of 5 percent in January to keep pace with local rental costs over the past year. But senior defense officials are weighing whether this should be the last significant hike in housing allowances for a […]

Home for the holidays

CMI staff photo: Lillian Bowe
Gay Luna, right and her daughters, Devyn, middle, and Tori, far left, enter their new home built by volunteers from Habitat for Humanity.

by Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Gay Luna and her two daughters, Devyn, 16, and Tori, 15, got some Christmas joy a little early this year. On Saturday, the family got a newly constructed home from the Roosevelt and Curry County Habitat for Humanity. Tears shed and hugs given, the family moved in on […]

Public officials share Christmas memories

By Brana Vlasic CMI correspondent Curry County Manager Lance Pyle will long remember Christmas 2012 as one of “joy and excitement that we probably will never forget.” His extended family was together, posing for a family picture, when the drama unfolded. “My wife was four months pregnant with our daughter, Laikyn Paige, and we were […]

What’s happening — Dec. 25

Today Clovis Lighthouse Mission Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 407 West 1st St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7775. Christmas Service — 10 a.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1021 N. Prince St. Information: 763-4526. Ongoing Artist of the Month — Lois Snyder, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840. What’s Happening is a daily listing of area events. To place […]

Empty Stocking wrap: Salvation Army donations down from last year

CNJ STAFF A group of large donations that helped the Salvation Army reach fundraising goals for the Empty Stocking Fund last year have not so far materialized for 2013. Donations were at $5,895 on Tuesday, significantly down from $13,800 received by last Christmas Eve. Lynn Berry, community relations manager for Clovis Media Inc., said a […]

Stuffing your stocking with ideas — Kevin Wilson

I file this column knowing this might be the most least-read thing I do all year. It’s like when Rick Reilly wrote the column on the back page of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. I could write a cure for cancer, and nobody would catch it. Still, we forge ahead. Today I present not a […]

Christmas Is Only As Strong As Its Weakest Link — Curtis K. Shelburne

Curtis Shelburne

By Curtis K. Shelburne I don’t usually think of Christmas and chains as going together, unless I’m reading about the ponderously-chained Ghost of Christmas Past who so terrorized old Ebenezer Scrooge! But I believe this to be true: Christmas is a “chain” which is only as strong as its weakest link. If Christmas deals only […]

AFSOC bases implement new, faster emergency notification system

By Raquel Sanchez Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs We’ve all heard the outside ‘giant voice,’ received a telephone call from the command post or seen that pop-up alert on our work computer during an emergency at one time or another. But do these methods provide instant accountability? With the launch of the AtHoc […]

Curry County issues first same-sex marriage license

CNJ staff photo: D’Nieka Hartsfield

Amber Adams, a retail clerk, left, and Alexis Cross, a dry cleaning service provider, were issued the county’s first
same-sex marriage license early Monday morning. The couple was married later in the day during a wedding
ceremony in a local park.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Alexis Cross and Amber Adams wanted to set a local precedent when they arrived Monday morning at the Curry County Courthouse. The couple received Curry County’s first same-sex marriage license just after 8 a.m., then vowed their lives to each other in a small wedding ceremony in a […]

Man crawls to escape house fire

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
The Farwell Volunteer Fire Department was still at the scene of a fire on Fourth Street on Monday afternoon. Officials said the home’s occupant, Jerry Ford, was able to crawl to safety from the fire, which started about 10 p.m. (CDT) Sunday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com An elderly Farwell man who crawled from his burning home Sunday night will attempt to piece his life back together a day after the fire took all of his possessions. Jerry Ford, 65, was treated for smoke inhalation and released Monday night at the University Medical Center […]

What’s happening — Dec. 24

Today Christmas Eve Family Service — 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1021 N Prince St., Clovis. Information: 763-4526. Wednesday Clovis Lighthouse Mission Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 407 West 1st St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7775. Christmas Service — 10 a.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1021 N. Prince St. Information: 763-4526. Ongoing Artist of the Month — […]

Police blotter — Dec. 24

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday • 5:11 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1000 block of East Second Street. • 6:12 a.m.: Situation check, 1000 block of Oakhurst Road. • 9:07 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2000 block of North Norris Street. • 10:11 a.m.: Burglary, 700 block of Wandel Massey Street. • […]

Empty Stocking Fund

• Today’s focus: Family G • Household members: 4 • Children: 2 • Special circumstance: The father’s hours at work have been cut, plus they are struggling to pay medical bills and have no insurance. Also, one of the children’s birthday is in December. • Needs: Boy age 5 — wants anything, but would especially […]

Making a joyful noise

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
George Hostler plays his saxophone outside Walgreens on Prince Street while he works to collect donations for the Salvation Army. Hostler is retired, and is a member of the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of reports on people, places and things that capture the Christmas spirit. By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Bell ringing has been taken to a new level thanks to two Clovis Salvation Army volunteers. Santiago Leal and George Hostler have both found unique and musical […]

Another big third quarter lifts Cats in romp

CNJ staff ARTESIA — For the second straight night, the third quarter was kind to the Clovis Wildcats. One night after a 19-2 blitz against Portales blew open the game, it was a 25-6 third period in Artesia that set the tone as the Wildcats cruised to a 70-47 win. Clovis (4-2), a winner of […]