Peaceful project at community garden

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Lillith Carroll, 5, assembles her handcrafted pinwheel on Saturday during the Pinwheels for Peace event at Clovis Community Garden.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis Community Garden volunteers believe it’s never the wrong time to celebrate International Day of Peace, even days later. The United Nations’ global observance, which fell on Wednesday, occurs Sept. 21 every year. But Clovis locals knew Saturday was a good day to gather at the community garden — […]

Civil Air Patrol cadets take flight

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Roland Dewing gives the sign the two rope is secure on an instruction glider as Lydia Wolf prepares for her first glider flight.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Stu Maxon said the first time he flew, it was one of those no-frills, small-engine county fair plane rides that barely took you up in the air and circled a few acres before landing a few minutes later. He loved it, and his passion for flight never waned. The […]

Seven suspected in tagging spree

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The wall behind ARISE Sexual Assault Services is one of the 20 locations in Portales tagged with graffiti Wednesday night. Officials said more could still be reported.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales police officials reported 20 incidents of graffiti on various buildings across town on Friday. The incidents occurred Wednesday night and were reported and investigated Thursday and Friday. Portales Police Department Public Information Officer Charlie Smart said most of the buildings tagged were businesses across Portales, adding that there […]

Fit camp serves Clovis, Portales

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Tiffany Chavez leads a fit camp group with shuttle runs on the football field at Leon Williams Stadium as Kimberly Calderon encourages the group.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Haleigh Bird figures young or old, there’s never a bad time to get healthier. And there’s no reason to do it alone. The Portales resident struggled with weight throughout her life, and started eating better. But nutrition only went so far, so she started a fit camp to help […]

Senior companion ‘feisty at 82’

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Pat Adams, left, along with fellow CSC volunteer Joyce Cox, discuss their plans after eating lunch Friday afternoon. Adams spends five days a week as a senior companion for five senior citizens around town and Cox is a foster grandparent.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Pat Adams may be headed to see a senior citizen in a wheelchair one day. Another day she’ll visit one who is blind. As a volunteer for Portales’ Community Service Center (CSC), Adams spends four to five hours a day, five days a week as a senior companion, helping […]

City starts process to fill upcoming vacancy

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Clovis City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, center, shares a laugh with former Commissioner Len Vohs, left, and Commissioner Chris Bryant before a ceremony honoring him for 13 years of service to the commission. Sandoval’s official last day is Sept. 30.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com The Clovis City Commission to set the wheels in motion toward selecting a District 3 resident to fulfill the first half of departing Commissioner Bobby Sandoval’s term. During Thursday’s regular meeting the body voted to initiate the formal process for appointing a candidate to fill the vacancy. “I think […]

Officials tour Xcel facility at reopening event

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David Hudson, president of Xcel Energy for New Mexico and Texas, makes the first clip during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the expanded center in Clovis.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Nearly nine months after Winter Storm Goliath plowed through eastern New Mexico, leaving more than 7,500 Clovis customers with power outages, Xcel Energy is still recognized locally for its power restoration efforts. Mayor David Lansford praised the company for this and more during his speech at Xcel Energy’s grand […]

Faith: Clovis Christian bringing Feed the Need to area

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Children in Kenya receive meals provided through The Champion Group’s Feed the Need fundraiser, which Clovis Christian Schools will launch in New Mexico for the first time on Monday.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis Christian Schools will set a precedent on Monday when it brings the Feed the Need campaign to New Mexico for the first time. Feed the Need is a fundraiser offered through The Champion Group, a company that conducts various fundraising events for schools, ministries and organizations around the […]

Texas cyclists ride against cancer

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Davis Tucker, front, signals the stopping point for Wednesday to John Sikes, Bryan White and Josh Hare during their ride for 1,400 Miles.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com A group of bicyclists made a stop in Clovis on Wednesday with a pair of messages. Any message is easier if you can share it over a beer, and don’t fear the finger. Riders from Austin, Texas-based 1,400 Miles made Clovis an overnight resting point for their trip to […]

Princess party an affair for royalty

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Alix Rosa, right, a volunteer dressed up at last year’s Monarch Formals princess party, doesn’t break character as she interacts and laughs with one of the young attendees.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Tyleen Caffrey proves you’re never too old to enjoy fairytales. The fifth annual Monarch Formals princess party promises a full cast this year, among other festivities geared toward young girls and their parents. The event is to be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Clovis Community […]

Business feature: Clovis restaurant manager wins top award

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Robert Vick Jr., the New Mexico Restaurant Association’s 2015 Restaurateur of the Year, presents Laura Leal with the 2016 award.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com A Clovis restaurant manager has won New Mexico Restaurant Association’s top award for the fourth time since its inception in 1967. Laura Leal, owner of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant, was named Restaurateur of the Year on Sept. 12 in Albuquerque. The Hospitality Industry Awards recognize community involvement and extensive restaurant […]

Abandoned dog gives birth at ENMU arena

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Grace is the mother of five healthy puppies, born last month at Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball arena.

By Amy Waltner ENMU communication services They had a winner on Aug. 26 at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena, but it had nothing to do with basketball. With time running out, university employees rushed in to assist as an abandoned dog gave birth to five healthy puppies. It’s unclear exactly how the animal — […]

Special Olympics athletes converge on Clovis

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By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Athletes throughout New Mexico have descended on the Curry County Events Center in Clovis this weekend for the 2016 Special Olympics New Mexico State Equestrian Competition. “We have riders in from all over the state and this is the final event for the season,” said Competition Director Roxie Burgess, […]

Faith: Church celebrating 75th anniversary

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Ervin Stidham, left, discusses the upcoming 75th anniversary of Prince Street Baptist Church with Pastor Tommy Hohstadt.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Ervin Stidham hasn’t attended his church in a year, but he’s still considered by its staff to be one of the congregation’s most active members. Stidham, turning 90 years old in October, relies on a walker to get around his Portales home and weekly phone calls with his pastor […]

District planning to reduce school fundraisers

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From left, Anastasia Granada, Kyree Kennard and Makena Matlock wash a car Saturday as part of a Yucca Middle School dance team fundraiser. The team raised more than $560.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis Municipal Schools raised $1.8 million from community members for school projects last year, Superintendent Jody Balch said. That’s too much for a taxing entity, according to Balch, and the district hopes to reduce the financial load on local businesses. Balch said student organizations only profit from about 50 […]

Organizers pleased with music festival turnout

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Clint Black performs “Shoes You’re Wearing” during the Clovis Music Festival on Saturday night.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Nearly 2,000 people watched performances during the 2016 Clovis Music Festival, organizers said, and almost 800 tickets were sold for Saturday’s Clint Black concert at Marshall Auditorium. “We were really happy about that turnout,” Clovis / Curry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos said, “considering it was […]

Trick riding team to perform at Special Olympics

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Sierra Blakely, left, stands on her horse, while Myranda Bowemaster hangs upside down off the back.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The Special Olympics New Mexico state equestrian competition began 35 years ago, according to Competition Director Roxie Burgess. This year promises new crowd-pleasing tricks sure to leave the spectators — and even some riders — on the edge of their seats. As part of the opening ceremonies Friday night […]

Portales remembers

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From left, David Stone, president of J.P. Stone Community Bank, stands with Eastern New Mexico University student Amy Carter and bank Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Richard Bradfute while speaking at the bank’s annual 9/11 memorial.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Local community members expressed feelings of patriotism Friday morning as a group gathered for the J.P. Stone Community Bank annual memorial ceremony The bank has been holding the event for 15 years to remember those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center […]

Stopping by to visit

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Norman Petty Studio tour guide and host Jay Parmenter of Clovis provides information Friday afternoon about the studio to a group while Ellen and Eddie Stallings of Amarillo listen. The Stallings have been regulars to the Clovis Music Festival and plan on attending on both nights.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Ellen and Eddie Stallings share a love of 1950s history — from vintage cars to classic rock and roll. That’s why the husband and wife traveled for the second time from Amarillo to Clovis to attend the Clovis Music Festival this weekend. The annual festival turns 29 this year, […]

Pet of the week — Sept. 10

American Staffordshire Terrier
Age: Adult
Sex: Female/not sterilized
Color: Black/white
Size: Large

The Clovis Animal Shelter at 22013 East Brady Avenue has multiple animals for adoption. Cost for a dog or cat is $165, which covers the animal’s sterilization, microchipping and initial vaccinations. New pet owners can also pick up a free pet license at the animal shelter with proof of a rabies vaccination. The shelter is […]