Roosevelt clerk resigns; says God’s laws supersedes all others

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter resigned Friday morning, a day after a State Supreme Court ruling was issued legalizing gay marriage, because she said she must obey God’s law, which supersedes all other laws for her. Deputy Clerk Janet Collins also resigned Friday over the same issue. Carpenter, […]

Former mayor calls report ‘witch hunt’

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By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Former Mayor Gayla Brumfield is demanding Clovis Mayor David Lansford and the City Commission retract portions of a recent report critical of her part in the city’s failed business venture, Beauty Health and Science Innovations. Brumfield called the Underwood Report a political “witch hunt” and told CNJ it […]

NM court approves same sex marriage

Miriam Rand, 64, left, and Ona Porter, 67, both of Albuquerque, N.M., talk to reporters Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after the New Mexico Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in the state. The couple were part of a lawsuit that brought the case before the state's highest court. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Curry County Clerk Rosalie Riley said she will uphold the law when it comes to issuing same-sex marriage licenses in New Mexico. The New Mexico Supreme Court Thursday legalized marriage between same-sex couples, declaring it unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples. New Mexico […]

Christmas spirit exists in scriptures — Judy Brandon

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Christmas is only five days away. Through the years, my wants at Christmastime and my attitude about the season have really changed. One Christmas when I was only 6, we were living in Kansas City. Mother has since said that from Oct. 1 of that year, Susie was very sick. So that meant that mother, […]

Ticket Feature: Clovis Community Chorus to perform ‘Messiah’

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The Clovis Community Chorus will present Handel’s “Messiah” Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. Admission to the concert is free.

CNJ staff The Clovis Community Chorus will present G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” Saturday as a celebration of the holiday season. Ken McDonald, founding director of the chorus, said concert goers can expect a very energetic, quality presentation of a timeless classic. “Messiah” was first performed in 1742 at a charity concert. Clovis’s chorus will present the […]

Nightly light show

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A holiday light show at Taco Box was inspired by a television commercial nearly six years ago. The show runs nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will be on display through New Year’s Eve.

Editor’s note: From today until Christmas the CNJ will be running stories on people, places and things that capture the Christmas spirit. Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com While Tom Martin enjoys being involved in the local community, his annual holiday light show at Taco Box is very much a personal venture. Martin and his […]

Bigs, Littles celebrate time together

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by Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Big or little, the goal Wednesday night was a fun time and friendship. Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico held its Big and Little Christmas Party on Wednesday evening at the Clovis Civic Center. Enrollment and match specialist Tina Giacalone organized the event, and […]

Leslie’s candy a holiday favorite

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Quinn O’Daniel, left, and Kevin Naceanceno make peanut patties at Leslie Candy Company. The patties are sold individually and also placed in holiday candy baskets.

Editor’s note: From today until Christmas the CNJ will be running stories on people, places and things that capture the Christmas spirit. By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The candy makers at Leslie Candy Company have been busy creating special treats for the holidays. Christmas bowls full of peppermint ribbons and tins stuffed with […]

The Zoos’ Seventh Annual Christmas Nites

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The annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today through Saturday. The Hillcrest Zoo event will feature free admission and free cocoa, in addition to light displays.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Lions, tigers and lots of holiday lights will be featured at the Hillcrest Park Zoo this week as part of the seventh annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo. The evening event will include light displays with free admission and free hot cocoa. “We are looking forward to it,” […]

ENMU holds fall commencement

Catherine Griffin, top right, shares a moment Saturday with the chair of her graduate theses, John Montgomery. Her children Sean and Morgan Griffin sip green punch at the Eastern New Mexico University commencement reception following graduation at Greyhound Arena.

by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Another semester, another unique group of students taking the next steps in their lives. The fall 2013 Eastern New Mexico University commencement was a bittersweet and celebratory affair as graduates cherished memories and looked to the future. Versia Hodges II of Los Angeles has already decided his […]

A parade of lights

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Santa Claus waves to the crowd Saturday night to wrap up the Christmas Lights Parade on Main Street in front of the Curry County Courthouse.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Clovis’ 2013 Christmas Lights Parade was a festive and merry affair. Fathers lifted children to their shoulders, and toddlers peered out of their strollers to catch a glimpse of radiant floats creeping down the street. The parade entrants didn’t disappoint the children, who made their favorites known. […]

Texico High senior earns equestrian scholarship

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Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Once Kyla Myers realized she could turn her passion for horses into more than just a hobby, she began setting a lot of goals for herself. The Texico High School senior’s hard work paid off when she was recently awarded a full-ride scholarship to New Mexico State University to […]

Parade lights up night

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The myriad lights, the familiar holiday tunes and a community cheering in the streets for an annual tradition was a scene 9-year-old Jesi Smith had been asking about since she woke up Friday morning. She bounced up and down in her father Rich Smith’s arms while she waited […]

Christmas lights going on parade

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By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Santa’s Workshop is coming to Clovis as the theme of the 2013 Christmas Lights Parade. The parade is 6 p.m. Saturday. The lights are the draw of the parade, and any entry expecting to win an award will need to have some kind of lighting and a […]

Great Lakes Airlines ending flights from Clovis

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By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com After nearly nine years, Great Lakes Airlines is breaking up with Clovis and its municipal airport. The airline filed a termination notice Tuesday to end its federally-subsidized flights between Clovis and Denver International Airport, with a stop at Santa Fe. Under terms of Essential Air Service, Great Lakes […]

Take a moment to rest and listen to God — Judy Brandon

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I have always seemed to feel a pressure about the season to meet the deadline of Dec. 25. In the past, store advertisements and great sales have tempted me to act on that special price in order to purchase just the right gift for those certain people. Get-to-gathers, Christmas parades, designated shopping nights, and buying […]

Clovis’ new MVD office opens Monday

Jerry Valdez, deputy director of motor vehicle division, left, gives a tour of the new Clovis MVD to Cabinet Secretary Ed Burckle on Wednesday. The facility is located at 812 W. Sixth St.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com After many years of lobbying and requesting funds, Clovis will finally welcome a new state Motor Vehicle Division office come Monday. The office, located just down the corridor from the old office inside the Gov. Bruce King Complex on West Sixth Street, is more than double the size […]

Hoping to expand

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Grady Middle School eighth-graders Hunter Heisch, left, and Skylar Saul choose names from the district’s grandparents tree. Donations will be given to elderly residents at a Farwell seniors home.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Teachers, students and employees at Grady schools walk the halls with a certain familiarity. While the entire student population is only 104, everyone in the small village of Grady takes great pride in the school. From an elementary school holiday pageant to a middle school invention fair and […]

Prince Street overpass reopens

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The northbound lane of the Prince Street overpass was still closed about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The overpass reopened later in the day.

CNJ staff The northbound section of the Prince Street reopened Wednesday afternoon after a temporary joint repair, according to a spokeswoman for New Mexico Department of Transportation. Manon A. Arnett said a permanent repair should happen within a month, she said. The bridge that crosses a series of BNSF Railway tracks was closed late Tuesday […]

Q & A: Air Force veteran says he was discovered singing in the shower

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The Sicilian Tenors, from left, Aaron Caruso, Elio Scaccio and Sam Vitale, will perform a holiday show at Marshall Auditorium Thursday as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A taste of Italy is coming to eastern New Mexico Thursday as the Sicilian Tenors take the stage for a holiday performance at Marshall Auditorium as part of the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series. Tenors member Sam Vitale has performed the lead tenor role in Carmen, La […]