Volunteers bring Lighthouse’s dinner together

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Alfonso Hernandez, a volunteer from Cannon Air Force Base, replenishes the turkey during Thursday’s Lighthouse Mission Thanksgiving meal. In total, 465 meals were served — 141 dine-in and 326 delivery.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — The Lighthouse Mission had two things to be thankful for on Thursday — plenty of food and plenty of help. The turkey and volunteerism were in abundance as the mission marked its 13th year of serving a free holiday meal during the lunch period. Though the meal […]

Portales community gathers for meal

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Luis Cruz, 13, left, serves a local resident some sweet potatoes Thursday during the Portales community Thanksgiving dinner at the Memorial Building in Portales.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com PORTALES — “Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces” was the best thing about the annual Portales community Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the Portales Memorial Building, according to 11-year-old Irene Cruz and other first-time volunteers. “I like to put smiles on people’s faces,” said Irene’s older brother, Luis, 13. “The […]

‘Saturdays’ good for business

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Prairie Road’s Junqtique employee J.D. Hipp, left, and owner Shane Grah set up promotional flags for Small Business Saturday in their shop Wednesday afternoon.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Small Business Saturday deals are coming to Clovis and Portales this weekend to give residents a chance to support local businesses and the community. Shane Grah, owner of Prairie Road’s Junqtiques in Clovis, is continuing his tradition of having a large sale at the store. “Nothing crazy, just a […]

Albuquerque man dies in crash

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Members of the Clovis Police Department work the scene of a fatal crash Thursday morning north of the intersection of 21st and Thornton streets. Edward Altieri, 25, of Albuqerque, was killed in the one-vehicle crash. There were no other occupants.

STAFF REPORT CLOVIS — An Albuquerque man was killed Thursday morning in a single-vehicle crash just north of the intersection of 21st and Thornton Streets. Edward Altieri, 25, of Albuquerque, was unresponsive at the scene and later declared deceased at Plains Regional Medical Center. Lt. Daron Roach of the Clovis Police Department said Altieri was […]

Santa Cop program returning to Portales

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The Portales Police Department’s annual Santa Cop event will be happening 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Memorial Building in Portales. The event has been taking place since 1998.

STAFF REPORT PORTALES — During the holiday season, there is an 18-year-old tradition that takes place in Portales each year that never seems to fail to put smiles on the faces of a few hundred residents. And that’s the Portales Police Department’s Santa Cop event, which provides toys to between 300 and 400 Roosevelt County […]

Businesses gear up for Black Friday

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Stephanie Shirley, Dillard’s area sales manager in Clovis, cleans a display table in preparation for arranging merchandise to entice shoppers for Black Friday.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com For many area businesses, Black Friday doesn’t begin on Friday anymore. Most retail and department stores in Clovis and Portales are gearing up for another year of Black Friday shoppers, and many hope to attract business as soon as Thursday — even among the Thanksgiving feasts. Stacie Sharpe, manager […]

Preschoolers gifted books

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Curry County Manager Lance Pyle reads a book to preschoolers at Clovis Nazarene School on Monday as part of the county’s Imagination Library reading program.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Preschoolers at Clovis Nazarene School were in for a special treat Monday morning when they not only got a visit from Curry County Manager Lance Pyle, but they also each got to take home a book of their own. In 2014, county commissioners approved seed money to […]

Book sale ends today

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Nancy Fischer of Clovis takes time Friday afternoon to buy some books at the Friends of the Library book sale at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Fischer said she loves to read and non-fiction is what she likes the most. The sale continues to day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Today marks the second and final day of the Friends of the Library Book Sale, which is slated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., nestled inside the Ingram Room of the Clovis-Carver Library. Organizers said the event proceeds aid in the organization’s support of the library. Officials said hundreds […]

Faith: Operation Christmas Child gets ready to roll

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From left, Tina Dill and her two daughters, 3-year-old Leah Dill and 5-year-old Lesley Dill, use a shopping cart to drop off their full load of gift-filled boxes at Clovis’ Parkland Baptist Church during National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child. The Dill family on Tuesday donated the gifts on behalf of Living Stones Nazarene Church’s MOPS group, “Mothers of Preschoolers.”

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Impoverished children around the world will have something special to open on Christmas morning, maybe for the first time, thanks to the effort of a Clovis church. For 10 years, Parkland Baptist Church has partnered with Operation Christmas Child, an outreach program offered through the Samaritan’s Purse international relief […]

Fire breaks out at auto repair shop

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Clovis firefighters battle the blaze at Affordable Automotive near the intersection of Seventh and Ash streets.

Staff report Cars in for repair were destroyed and one person was treated for burns after a fire broke out at an auto repair shop in the 700 block of Ash Street in Clovis on Tuesday afternoon. “I understand they were working on a vehicle and somehow something got going,” said Clovis Fire Department Battalion […]

Change brings new name, expanded distribution


By Rob Langrell Publisher Change is important in any industry — journalism is no different. Beginning Sunday, our staff will begin producing an innovative newspaper that will be distributed across the High Plains region of New Mexico and into the western portion of Texas. Let me be the first to introduce you to The Eastern […]

Parade pays homage to vets

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Veterans Day Parade Marshal Robert L. Sparks of Roswell waves as he trails the Cannon Air Force Base honor guard to open Saturday’s parade on Main Street.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com An attitude of gratitude prevailed during Saturday’s Veterans Day, as hundreds lined Main St. in Clovis to pay homage to those who served and sacrificed for America. Leading the parade processional was Grand Marshal Robert L. Sparks, who retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Chief Warrant […]

Church hosts program on grief

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Kathy Hammill, the lead facilitator of the local GriefShare program, introduces herself to the attendees of the “Surviving the Holidays” session Saturday at Clovis’ Central Baptist Church.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The holidays can be a joyous time, or in some cases, the worst time of the year. This was the sentiment expressed at Central Baptist Church Saturday morning, as a room full of grieving Clovis residents took part in the community-wide GriefShare program, “Surviving the Holidays.” Since 2011, Central […]

Veterans honored

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From left, veterans and brothers Steven Gallegos, Jake Gallegos and Mike Gallegos discuss their days serving in the military at Friday’s Veterans Day breakfast at American Legion Post 25 in Clovis.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com When Ivan Sarracino hears a helicopter pass over his Clovis home near the hospital, he’s brought back to Vietnam. “We used to call them choppers over there,” Sarracino said. “I remember it just like yesterday. You’d hear the blades going. I still, to this day, get that feeling every […]

Locally, Trump victory met with shock

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President-elect Donald Trump acknowledges the chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, while talking to supporters Wednesday at the Election Night Party at the Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York City.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com After Tuesday’s nail-biting and unprecedented election night extended into early Wednesday morning, Republican Donald Trump was elected the 45th U.S. president in an upset against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Taking the stage in Manhattan early Wednesday, Trump delivered his victory speech as Clinton conceded election defeat. “Now it’s time for […]

Sons of the Pioneers to perform Thursday

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The Sons of the Pioneers, established in the 1930s with Roy Rogers as an original member, are scheduled for a 7 p.m. Thursday show at Marshall Middle School Auditorium. The show is part of Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series.

Staff report One of western music’s longest-running groups is making its way to Clovis Thursday night. The Sons of the Pioneers, with more than 82 years of entertaining under their belts, are coming to the Marshall Middle School Auditorium for a 7 p.m. show. Admission is $20 for the general public and $15 for seniors, […]

Disc golfers brave weather for tourney

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Jonathan Pena of Clovis takes a shot during the Tex-Mex Tossup disc golf tournament Saturday at Ned Houk Park.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com By most accounts, cold and rainy conditions made Saturday a miserable day to be outside — particularly at a wide-open city park. But a few dozen people braving the elements at Ned Houk Park would tell you a bad day throwing a disc is better than a good day […]

ENMU bands to entertain

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The ENMU Big Band Dance will take place on Friday in Clovis and the 49th annual POPS Dinner Concert on Saturday at ENMU’s Campus Union Building.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Two upcoming Eastern New Mexico University events will offer attendees unique musical perspectives while helping to fund further musical activities. The ENMU Big Band Dance will take place 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Clovis State Theater at 504 North Main Street in Clovis, according to Assistant Professor of Music […]

Business feature: Official says Tres Amigas ‘alive and well’

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The design overview of the proposed Tres Amigas superstation project, first introduced in 2009, shows the three power grids across the U.S. that Tres Amigas plans to unite north of Clovis.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com October marked seven years since the Tres Amigas company first announced its plan to create an electrical superstation connecting three U.S. power grids, with Clovis at the center. That superstation still has a ways to go, but is “alive and well,” according to Tres Amigas Chief Financial Officer Russell […]

Victim of Columbine still inspires

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Rachel Scott’s image is displayed on a screen during Thursday’s Rachel’s Challenge presentation at Gattis Middle School. The first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, her parents established a non-profit to help spread her message of encouraging compassion.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Students, parents and educators gathered at the Gattis Middle School gymnasium Thursday evening to learn how one of the victims of a mass school shooting in Colorado 17 years ago is continuing to inject positive change into the lives of others. Rachel Joy Scott was the first of 13 […]