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


By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor 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 […]

Carrying on family’s military ties

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Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Mims poses for a photograph Oct. 22 during training conducted on Fort Drum.

By Staff Sgt. Mark A. Moore II U.S. Army There was a point in Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Mims’ life, when, with the encouragement of his father, he nearly severed their family’s historical military ties. It was 2004, and the U.S. had recently begun combat operations in Iraq. The initiative to overthrow a dictator accused […]

Parades get set to light up the streets

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Clovis' annual Christmas parade set for 6 p.m. Saturday

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer James Earl Jones might’ve picked a seasick crocodile over the Grinch in 1966 (who’s also a crooked jerky jockey and drives a crooked hoss, he added), but Clovis is welcoming the Grinch with all of Whoville to parade down Main Street on Saturday night. Clovis MainStreet Director Lisa Pellegrino-Spear […]

Calling it a career

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Lucy Lopez has been a legal aid for New Mexico Legal Aid in Clovis for 38 years. Wednesday was her last day, and she plans to take it easy for a while and do some “spring cleaning in winter.”

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Before she became a legal aid for Clovis, Lucy Lopez, 76, “did all kinds of little jobs” for Mental Heath Resources, Inc. in 1977. That’s when a board member approached her for a new legal services office opening up in town on Mitchell Street. “I knew her very well, […]

Long-lost friend donates kidney

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Michael Holloway, left, gave his friend Marty Martinez one of his kidneys to save his life.

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer Old friends are the best. Ask Tucumcari’s Marty Martinez. He hadn’t seen Michael Holloway in five years. Five months after their reunion, Holloway donated a kidney to Martinez. “Michael was sent by God, of that I am convinced,” Martinez said this week. Martinez, 42, was diagnosed with kidney failure […]

Shopping takes back seat to inclement weather

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Mickey Rush  of Clovis sprays de-icer on his car windows parked on Main Street Friday morning to remove the ice. Rush didn’t expect the weather to be as icy and cold as it turned out to be.

By Kevin Wilson and Alisa Boswell Black Friday, you’re no match for black ice. After parts of Clovis spent the night with no electricity, most of the city awoke to find the ground — and vehicles — covered in a sheet of ice Friday morning. Businesses and residences near downtown Clovis lost electricity about 8 […]

Lighthouse Mission full of thanksgiving

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Around 40 people were waiting when the Lighthouse Mission opened its doors Thursday afternoon to host its annual Thanksgiving feast.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Thanksgiving. It’s one word that can bring an array of things we’re all thankful for to the forefront of your mind. For Louise Hunt, who was at the Lighthouse Mission Thursday afternoon with her family for their Thanksgiving meal, the holiday isn’t all about the food. “I’m thankful for […]

Old friend makes it a Thanksgiving to remember

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Michael Holloway, left, gave his friend Marty Martinez a Thanksgiving to remember.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Old friends are the best. Ask Tucumcari’s Marty Martinez. He hadn’t seen Michael Holloway in five years. Five months after their reunion, Holloway donated a kidney to Martinez. “Michael was sent by God, of that I am convinced,” Martinez said this week. Martinez, 42, was diagnosed with kidney failure […]

Retailers readying for weekend shoppers

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Vicki Windham puts glassware on the shelves at MainStreet Treasures in Clovis Wednesday afternoon. The antique/variety store will have a variety of discounts going on at their booths this weekend.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Clovis and Portales retailers are gearing up for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shoppers. But some stores are even going a step further and offering sales on Thanksgiving Day. The North Plains Mall in Clovis will be open today, as well as Clovis and Portales Wal-Marts. Most locally […]

Ode to the turkey

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As you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, please take a moment to think kind thoughts about the guest of honor at most of our tables: • Turkeys were first domesticated by the Aztecs in Mexico. Fossils show turkeys roamed Texas 2.5 million years ago. Source: Oklahoma State 4-H • Tom Savage, a poultry scientist and animal […]

Clovis mother sentenced to 16 1/2 years


By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER A Clovis mother was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 16 1/2 years in prison for multiple counts of child abuse. District Judge Drew Tatum delivered the sentence to Kayla Bass, 25, for abusing her then-18-month-old son in 2013 — he suffered bruises all over his body, bite marks, cigarette burns […]

Clovis Media Inc. names new publisher

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Rob Langrell has more than 20 years newspaper experience.

Staff report Clovis Media Inc. has named Rob Langrell as its new publisher. Langrell will serve as publisher of the two daily newspapers — the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune — as well as oversee the company’s three weekly publications — the Quay County Sun, Cannon Connections and My Eastern New Mexico. Langrell, who […]

Willing hands out in force for Thanksgiving

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The Lighthouse Mission’s annual Thanksgiving dinner begins at 11 a.m. and goes until about 2 p.m.

By David Stevens Editor Clovis has plenty of people in need this holiday season, but there’s also no shortage of those willing to help. Richard Gomez, executive director of the Lighthouse Mission on L. Casillas Boulevard, said he’s already lined up more than enough volunteers to pass out food for Thursday’s annual Thanksgiving dinner. […]

Veterans of Son Tay Raid made a difference

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Cannon AFB Honor Guard present the colors to start the Son Tay ceremony Friday at Cannon AFB.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Silence filled an MC-130P flying away from Vietnam on Nov. 21, 1970, as the soldiers inside struggled to accept the overwhelming disappointment they had just experienced. This was the picture painted by Vietnam veterans honored Friday on Cannon Air Force Base for their participation in the Son Tay Raid, […]

Wind farm construction winding down

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The blade to a wind turbine rolls down East First Street last week on its way to the Roosevelt Wind project surrounding New Mexico 114.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Construction is winding down for the $430 million wind farms being built off of New Mexico 114 in Roosevelt County. Joe Conte and contractor Cielo Wind Power, who manages the project, said the wind has given Blatner Energy officials — who are constructing the project — some problems in […]

Smokeout Day challenge to stop lighting up

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By Brittney Cannon Staff writer It’s been 26 years — today — since Rebecca Holt picked up her last cigarette. She quit cold turkey, on a promise that, if she did, her boss would pay her $100. The challenge was spurred by the Great American Smokeout Day, an American Cancer Society event to encourage […]

Young women vying for pageant titles in Portales

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The Miss New Mexico Scholarship Program will be holding the Miss Portales Extravaganza this Sunday for young women to compete for local titles that will take them on to the Miss New Mexico Pageant in June.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Young women from across eastern New Mexico will be vying for local pageant titles this Sunday at Portales High School. The Miss Portales Extravaganza will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the gymnasium with area residents competing for local titles, such as Miss Portales, Miss […]

Mrs. Baird’s outlet closes doors

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Mrs. Baird’s Bakeries has closed after more than 30 years in Clovis.

By David Stevens Editor Mrs. Baird’s Bakeries — the “day-old bread store” in Clovis for more than  30 years — has closed its doors. A sign on the door and a message on the bakery outlet’s answering machine announced the closing on Tuesday. “Unfortunately the store is now permanently closed,” the telephone message said. […]

Snow dusts eastern New Mexico

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Trisha Huseby of Clovis and Kahlua, an Australian Kelpie, head back to the car after a romp Tuesday afternoon at the dog park in Hillcrest Park. Huseby said she and Kahlua come to the park every day, rain or shine.

Staff report Yes, those were snowflakes showering much of eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reported no measurable amounts of snowfall in the area, but Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties all received moisture and parts of New Mexico saw heavy snowfall. Chris Luckett, a […]