Faith: Students planning summer mission trips

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Eastern New Mexico University’s Baptist Student Union Christian Challenge team members interact with other students at a dessert giveaway event held on campus. Five members will serve as student missionaries this summer.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Students from Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College are preparing to spend their summers traveling around the world. But these are no ordinary summer trips. Four ENMU students and one CCC student were selected to serve as missionaries both in New Mexico and internationally this summer. As […]

Official: Alley trash a ‘personal responsibility’

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A mattress and other large trash items lie beside a dumpster in one of the alleys along West Fifth Street.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com With the abundance of garbage found around city alley bins, citizens of Clovis might disagree that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. But city workers say the solution lies in residents’ hands. “It’s really a personal responsibility,” Clovis’ Public Works Director Clint Bunch said about the overflow of […]

For some, summer isn’t a vacation

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From left, Texas Tech Biology Intern Adrian Escobar, South Plains College Maintenance Intern Chris Morales, and Youth Conservation Corps member Shade DeSautell watch as member Jesse Waggoner learns how to perform CPR. The group is part of the student employment program of the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com With high school graduations right around the corner, plus college semesters coming to an end, summer break is on the horizon. But rather than take a vacation, many area students are planning to stay hard at work this summer. “Some trends I’ve seen have been more and more students […]

Triumph shared at Relay for Life

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Yolanda Romero of Clovis prepares to sing the National Anthem as the Cannon Air Force Base color guard presents the colors at Friday night’s start to the 2016 Relay For Life at Ned Houk Park.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com David Martinez is a voice for cancer victims — yet he can’t physically speak. James “JD” Chilcott usually requires a back brace just to get around, but he left it at home to participate in a relay that lasted more than 12 hours. These are just a couple of […]

Celebrating moms

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Lacey Field, top, helps her daughter Haycie down the slide at Hillcrest Park. Meanwhile, Carisima Pyle guides, from bottom, daughter Lexie, nephew Holden and daughter Laikyn safely off the slide.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com An innocent frolic on the Hillcrest Park playground took a turn for the worse when Laikyn Pyle, 3, fell down on the pavement, bursting into tears. Carisima Pyle quickly rushed over to dust her daughter off without missing a beat — all while holding her other daughter, one-year-old Lexie […]

Local student granted appointment to West Point

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Clovis High School senior William Uhrig Jr. said he reports to West Point on June 27.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com William Uhrig Jr. has always wanted to serve in the military. And last month, the Clovis High School senior received news that takes that goal to another level — he has been granted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. “Ever since I was a […]

Fight with officer captured on video

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The above photo shows a clip of Anthony Ortega rushing at officer Nicholas Laurenz during an April 11 incident, in which Laurenz was shot with his own gun.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Police body cameras failed to capture the shooting of a Portales police officer on April 11, but audio is heard of Officer Nicholas Laurenz and criminal suspect Anthony Ortega gasping and grunting as they fight one another. Video footage from three Portales police officers’ cameras was released Friday following […]

Locals unite for day of prayer

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The Clovis High School choir performs the national anthem during the Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard’s posting of the colors at this year’s National Day of Prayer event.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com No matter the religious background, citizens across the nation united on Thursday with one thing in common — prayer. The 65th annual National Day of Prayer brought individuals together for uplifting services and events throughout the country. On a local level, Clovis’ National Day of Prayer observance drew a […]

CHS’ Marshall took different path

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Clovis High School Principal Wayne Marshall 
displays 
trinkets from previous graduate’s classes. The display has nearly 30 years of 
collection between Clovis and Moriarty schools.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Unlike many of his colleagues, Clovis High School Principal Wayne Marshall took the long path in the field of education. That winding, high-rewarding road will come to a close June 30 with his retirement. “I was in the Air Force before I went to college and I was a […]

CCC enters the ‘Twilight Zone’

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Tyler McAlister, left, and Sandy Lyons act out a scene from “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?” Monday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. The story is one of two for “Twilight Zone,” to be shown 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The stories Clovis Community College’s theater class will re-enact in “The Twilight Zone” this weekend will be unlikely. More unlikely, director Christy Mendoza said, is that the class is doing the presentation at all. The college’s eight-week theater class will put on a pair of stories from the famous […]

Twister season sends residents’ eyes to the skies

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Emergency Management Director Dan Heerding works Thursday afternoon in the Emergency Operation Center radio room.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Portales’ Elly Marez knew a storm was coming when she started home from Lubbock. She could see the dark clouds ahead well before the heavy rain and hail began that evening of March 23, 2007. “My daughter was driving, and probably 10 minutes before we got to Farwell, she could […]

Crowds come out for Cannon Appreciation Day

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Society of Creative Anachronism member Wayne Painter, also known as Hrothgar Thorenson, shows the Love family armor used for the SCA’s battles. From left is mother Tabitha, George, 6, Charlie, 8, and Mabel, 4.

By Anna George Correspondent Along with a raindrop or two, the people of Portales came out to show their thanks to the Cannon Air Force base community at the Fifth Annual Cannon Appreciation Day. The Portales Military Affairs Committee (PMAC) took four months and $6,000 to organize the event with mud volleyball, games, burgers and […]

Library celebrates International Tabletop Day

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Louise Kos, left, helps her granddaughter, Rori Spriggs, take her turn on a “Sesame Street” version of Chutes and Ladders during the International Tabletop Day event at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis-Carver Public Library, which frequently hosts board meetings of city, county and state entities, had a different type of board meeting Saturday. This one, better known as International Tabletop Day, went on for nine hours with a focus on friends, fun and face-to-face interaction via the board game. […]

Job fair attracts applicants from all over state

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Marshall Middle School Principal Jay Brady interviews a candidate during the Clovis Municipal Schools job fair at the district’s administrative headquarters on Saturday. Officials said 10 attendees were extended letters of intent to hire during the event.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com When Maria Ybarra received a social media message from a friend imploring her to attend the Clovis Municipal Schools job fair at the district’s headquarters on Saturday, she had no idea she would walk away from the event with a potential job offer. “I’m super, super happy,” said Ybarra, […]

Annual cancer relay set for Friday

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Relay for Life kicks off Friday night at Ned Houk Park with a fundraising goal of $100,000.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The 21st annual Clovis/Curry County Relay for Life has already collected about $21,000 in online donations, but that’s not even a quarter of the overall goal this year. The 2016 Relay for Life will take place Friday at 6 p.m. and continue into Saturday until 6 a.m. at Ned […]

Faith: Youth congregation ministers to community

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Davida Padilla, far left, and Jojo Padilla present bracelets to Leota and Brian West as part of the Kids for Christ Church outreach to cancer patients.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Visiting the elderly every week and ministering to cancer patients monthly are no easy tasks, no matter the age. But Kids for Christ Church members are always up for the challenge. Kids for Christ Church is the local youth congregation led by Dee Madrid, or “Sister Dee” — as […]

Archery program aims to sharpen minds

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Clovis Christian Schools fifth-grader Obed Blanco takes aim at the target during archery practice in the school’s gymnasium. The Eagles’ elementary archery team will compete at nationals in Louisville, Kentucky next month.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Focus and discipline are key elements that contribute to success in the classroom while the same can also be said with regard to athletic achievement. To that end, the Clovis Christian Schools archery team has managed to deploy bows and arrows with an eye toward helping students maximize academic […]

Clovis Senior Citizen Resident Center closing

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Senior Citizen Resident Center Health Service Aids Lari An Clark, left, and Lou Guerra prepare for the facility’s closing and begin the search for new jobs. The facility will close its doors June 1.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Just when they thought they were settled down to live out their retirement years, residents at the Clovis Senior Citizen Resident Center are looking for new homes. The nonprofit Christian-based community is shutting down on June 1, more than six decades after it opened. “We have sold the property […]

Cannon Appreciation Day slated for Saturday

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The Cannon Appreciation Day event starts Saturday at 3 p.m. near ENMU’s Tau Alpha fraternity house north of Greyhound Arena.

Staff report Saturday will see the return of Cannon Appreciation Day in Portales. According to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry, the event is a day in which military personnel from Cannon Air Force Base can “relax with their friends and get to know Portales better,” and community members can “let them […]

No structures damaged, no injuries in Saturday fire

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Firefighters needed 45 minutes to put down a trash fire near the grain elevators at Mabry Drive and Prince Street  on Saturday night.

Staff report Clovis firefighters needed about 45 minutes to knock down a trash fire at Ross Street and Curry Avenue on Saturday night. Clovis Fire Department Battalion Chief Joel Gershon said the fire near the grain elevators close to downtown  was reported about 7:45 p.m. While the cause of the fire was not determined, Gershon […]