Lighthouse feeds 219 holiday lunch

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The Lighthouse Mission held its 13th annual Christmas luncheon Friday at its location on L Casillas Boulevard.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com There was no sign of a white Christmas across Clovis, with dry asphalt parking lots empty to mark most of Clovis as closed for the season. On L Casillas Boulevard, however, that wasn’t the case, as the parking lot, kitchens and tables were full for the Lighthouse Mission’s annual […]

Year in review: Wet weather dominated 2015

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Clovis saw 21 inches of snow in 2015, most of it in January and February. Bob Ternes of Clovis said his business clearing parking lots was booming.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com The numbers tell the story. Clovis averages 16.64 inches of moisture annually. It has received 31 inches so far this year. Portales averages 16.01 inches; it’s seen 25.24 inches. And forecasters are predicting we’ll add to those numbers this weekend as up to a foot of snow is possible. Prolonged […]

Elks deliver Christmas to local family

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Yolanda Calderon, with 1-year-old Yasmeen and 12-year-old Sarai, opens a $500 gift card from the Elks Lodge and its sponsors.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Yes, those were reindeer pulling Santa Claus on a Christmas float down Seventh Street on their way to Sheridan Street on Wednesday afternoon. Well, it looked that way anyway. Clovis’ Elks Lodge put it together for the benefit of Yolanda Calderon and her family. After arriving on their Christmas […]

‘Twas the Night of the Soldier’

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Editor’s Note: Destini Arguijo was a sixth-grader at Lockwood Elementary in 2006 when she wrote “’Twas the Night of the Soldier” in honor of family members stationed in Afghanistan. She graduated from Clovis High School in 2013 and today is living in Lubbock and pursuing a medical degree. A reader asked that the poem be […]

Year in review: Woman took fight to city hall

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After weeks of public debate, city commissioners  approved a “variance,” meaning Mary-Beth Bouchard can keep her chickens — for now.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories recapping news events in 2015. It will continue through Jan. 1. By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Yes, you can fight city hall. Or as Clovis City Manager Larry Fry prefers to summarize, “I think city hall and municipal government does try to work with people […]

Holiday traditions as varied as residents

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Gaynelle Thomas arranges ornaments on her family’s Lego-themed Christmas tree Friday afternoon in her house. Thomas said one of her family traditions is picking a theme each year, which they incorporate into holiday decorations.

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer jjohnson@pntonline.com Whether it’s setting out milk and cookies for Santa, popping in “It’s a Wonderful Life” or picking out a gift from under the tree to open on Christmas Eve, every family has a Christmas tradition they look forward to each year. Portales resident Gaynelle Thomas’ family chooses a special […]

‘Star Wars’ fans camp out for new movie

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Matt Dracocardos of Clovis relaxes in his tent, set up in front of the Cinema 7, Thursday afternoon while he waits for the premier of the new Star Wars movie.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com “Star Wars” is special to Matt Dracocardos. “I don’t know many other movie series that go (multiple) generations,” he said. “It’s really cool … I saw Star Wars when I was 3 years old, and I’ve just loved the movies since. I watched every one when they came out.” […]

USDA official to present grants in Clovis, Portales

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By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com A few area businesses are receiving grants and loans from USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner today and tomorrow in Clovis and Portales. According to Eastern Plains Council of Government Executive Director Sandy Chancey, Brunner will award Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative with $160,000 in grant money from the […]

Official confident Gidding project will meet deadline

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Curry County officials view construction progress at 417 Gidding street after their commission meeting on Tuesday afternoon. County Manager Lance Pyle said the project should be completed on schedule despite workers being behind two weeks. Significant rainfall amounts in October delayed the project, he said.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com A remodeling project at 417 Gidding Street is two weeks behind schedule, but County Manager Lance Pyle believes it won’t be any problem for construction workers to complete county administration’s new offices by April 30, 2016. “They feel like they will make up the two weeks over the next […]

Blazes make busy afternoon for fire department

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A Clovis Fire Department vehicle travels along Humphrey Road Wednesday afternoon to assist in putting out a grass fire.

Staff report It was a busy afternoon for the Clovis Fire Department, with three different fires occurring inside the same hour on Wednesday. The department battled a pair of grassfires, one north of Clovis on Humphrey Road and one near Waldhauser Street, and a house fire on Edwards Street. Officials with CFD did not have […]

ENMU introduces new greyhound logo

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Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University introduced their new greyhound logo last week with more color and definition added to the now trademarked symbol. After deciding to trademark their mascot symbol earlier this year, the university had to slightly alter the image of their greyhound to make it less similar to the […]

About 440 graduates cross stage at ENMU commencement

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Eastern New Mexico University students enter the ground floor of the Greyhound Arena Saturday morning to take their seats for the graduation ceremony in which they would receive college degrees.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent Approximately 440 graduates crossed the stage at Eastern New Mexico University’s commencement ceremony Saturday morning at the Greyhound Arena ENMU President Steven Gamble said that number is about 70 more graduates than last fall’s commencement. “We are proud of each and every one of the graduates here today, and we wish […]

Portales community turns out for Santa Cop

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A crowd of more than 100 people poured into the Yam Theatre Saturday morning for the Santa Cop program in which the Portales Police Department gives Christmas gifts to children from low income families.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Well over 100 children and their parents piled into the Yam Theatre Saturday morning for the Portales Police Department’s annual tradition of giving. Kimberly Gurrola, 4, beamed up at Santa Claus — played by Animal Control Officer Adam Aguilar — as she stood in line waiting patiently for her […]

Courtyard gives CYFD visitors sunny alternative

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The Children Youth and Families Department has a new courtyard for family visitations, dedicated to the memory of Dicky Martin. The courtyard will be available to families starting Monday.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Amanda Varnado became a foster-adoptive parent 15 years ago, and became involved in the Children Youth and Families Department foster care system to give children a better life. After nearly two years of work, Varnado and others have completed a project to illustrate that desire — a courtyard associated […]

Humble beginnings: Zoo light show grows with community’s help

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Assistant Zoo Director Mark Yannotti and zookeeper Brett Gamble string Christmas lights Wednesday for the upcoming Christmas Nites at the Zoo.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com She was having lunch with a friend eight years ago when Rosalie Riley had an idea, which turned into a Clovis tradition — Christmas Nites at the Zoo. “It was just by chance that you have this idea,” Riley said. “(A Clovis man) used to decorate his house with […]

Officials urge parental involvement on bullying issues

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Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Jody Balch speaks Thursday night at the Clovis High School Lecture Center about the district’s role in bullying.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Jody Balch wasted no time addressing why parents and school officials gathered at Clovis High School’s lecture hall Thursday night. “Why we are here is to discuss policies and procedures that are in place for bullying,” Balch said on stage, holding a microphone in one […]

Gifts of the weird

Know an interior decorator who also loves food? Check out this lampshade. It’s $45, and also found at Prairie Roads Junqtique.
Yeah. A unique find that adds a sweet flair to your dining room and is sure to, um, stir up a conversation.

Editor’s note: Christmas shopping, let’s face it, can be a pain. Personalizing gifts for everyone on your list can be difficult. So we sent reporter Brittney Cannon in search of something different that might interest eastern New Mexico shoppers. Warning: These gifts might not be for everybody: For the clean freak in your life, why […]

Haley Spencer a star on stage, in life

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Haley Spencer played Belinda Cratchit Thursday during opening night of the play “A Christmas Carol” at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall.

By Betty Williamson Local columnist If … or should I say when … you attend the Clovis Community College theater company class production of “A Christmas Carol” this week — it opened Wednesday night and runs through Sunday at CCC’s Town Hall — keep any eye out for the dark-haired young actress playing the role […]

Notebook — Dec. 6

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Gwendolyn Taylor, right, enjoys time with her grandchildren — including 11-year-old Thomas Lobstein — at Saturday’s Lions Club lunch. Taylor was a police officer for 10 years in California before moving to Clovis to be near family.

Clovis’ Dee Hill said she was tired of hearing police officers badmouthed and criticized for doing their jobs. And so she talked with other members of the Clovis Lions Club and they decided to do something “that let them know we appreciate them.” That something was a Saturday lunch at the Curry County Fairgrounds for […]

Celebrating Grinchmas

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By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Everyone on Main Street loved Christmas a lot. But the Grinch, who was Saturday’s guest, did not. The Grinch, a guest on many of the nearly 70 floats, rolled down the street Saturday night as part of Clovis’ annual Christmas Lights Parade, organized by Clovis MainStreet. The hourlong parade […]