Education feature: Teachers take time to tutor

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Clovis High School math teacher Eric Collings works with a group of students during a tutoring session at the Java Loft coffee shop. Organizers said math tutoring is offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Dozens of high school students huddled inside the Java Loft coffee shop on Tuesday evening, but instead of trying out the latest snack and soft drink offerings the group gathered to bone up on math skills. Since the third week of the school year the shop has served as […]

Turbine blade takes bit of Clovis to energy plant

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Attendees gather around and sign a wind turbine blade at a “groundbreaking” ceremony for the Broadview Wind Project. The blade will be set on a turbine somewhere on 85,000 acres north of Clovis.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor Downtown Clovis had a pretty big overnight guest — measuring in at 180 feet and 23,000 pounds. It’s a guest, however, that came here to work and help usher in an era of renewable energy for Curry County. Broadview Wind Project and Pattern Development, with plenty of help from […]

Business feature: Restaurants anticipate year-end opening

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Contractor Tim Moyers, owner of Moyers Welding & Fabrication of Clovis, works on safety rails Monday afternoon for the Buffalo Wild Wings and Chipotle Mexican Grill located on North Prince Street.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer The wait isn’t over for area residents anticipating new restaurant arrivals quite yet. But those hungry for some details — and maybe some chicken wings or burritos — won’t have to wait much longer. In April, city of Clovis’ Building Safety Director Pete Wilt confirmed Buffalo Wild Wings and […]

Rocktoberfest joins battle against cancer

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Kirsty Forrest of Clovis displays a Michael Jackson album Saturday as part of an auction to raise funds for the PRMC cancer center hospitality house during Rocktoberfest activities at Hillcrest Park. The album was auction off for $55.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Food, live music and fun for a cause proved to be the order of the day on a sun-splashed Saturday at Hillcrest Park. The Young Professionals of Clovis joined forces with area businesses for the second annual Rocktoberfest, with an eye toward lending a helping hand to local residents […]

Local Jewish people to mark Rosh Hashanah

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Friends and family members of the Eastern New Mexico Jewish Club in Portales gather at a Rosh Hashanah potluck feast to celebrate last year’s High Holy Days in the Jewish religion.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer It may be the Jewish New Year, but that doesn’t mean New Year’s resolutions are for everyone. Sunset tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah, which continues until nightfall Tuesday. According to, Rosh Hashanah translates to “head of the year,” and is celebrated at the […]

Church hosting pair of non-partisan events

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Vietnam veteran and evangelist Tim Lee, right, joined U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on the campaign trail when Cruz was running for president.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Clovis’ First Baptist Church on Wednesday will host two community events focusing on politics, but Pastor Tom Schuj said they are not intended to be partisan. No Democrats have been invited to speak, but Schuj said everyone is welcome. “No candidate is being endorsed,” Schuj said. The purpose of […]

Cyclists ride highway in Tour de Taco

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Cyclists race out of the starting line of the Tour de Taco Saturday morning at the Clovis Taco Box. The tour saw cyclists riding from Clovis to Portales and back, a total of 60 miles.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer Cyclists of all skill levels, from both New Mexico and Texas, rode Saturday morning from Clovis to Portales and back, with many riding the full 60 miles. The Tour de Taco, which was organized by Taco Box owner Tom Martin, saw riders from both afar and the area, one […]

So far, so good for city’s app six months in

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Officials said the “Clovis NM Works!” app, which was created to enhance communication between residents and city departments, has been well received since its launch six months ago.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer It’s so far, so good for a mobile app launched by the city in March, with an eye toward improving communication with residents. Officials said “Clovis NM Works!” has been live for six months via the company SeeClickFix and remains available for free download in the Android and Apple […]

Faith: Rap group brings its word to Clovis

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Bryann Trejo, main rapper and singer of Kingdom Muzic ministry, performs at Portales’ Lindsey Park in May.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer When Clovis residents Norie and James Medina saw a music ministry perform in May in Portales, the husband and wife discovered something unexpected — a newfound appreciation for rap music. “I am not usually into rap,” Norie Medina said. “I honestly can’t understand it, and I didn’t understand why […]

Business feature: Logan resident refines snow shovel

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Glenn and Kim Lubera talk about the products of the 3D Tool Company, including the 3D Broom and 3D Snow Shovel they hold.

By Steve Hansen Correspondent TUCUMCARI — While living in the snow-belt city of Buffalo, N.Y., Glenn Lubera got an idea while using the snowplow attachment on his pickup truck. “Why do we scoop and toss snow away from pathways when all we really need to do is get it out of the way?” he thought. […]

Business feature: Food trucks on a roll in area

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Clovis food truck owner Byron Beevers assembles a bacon cheeseburger for a customer on Friday.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer When Aaron Crandall’s business is on a roll, it may mean he’s gone. Don’t worry. He’ll be back. Crandall owns one of the trendy mobile food trucks that are becoming popular throughout the Clovis-Portales area. When Crandall lost his job of seven years, he decided to try AJ’s Wings, […]

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 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 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 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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Crystal Mondragon
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]