A quarter century of helping needy

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Debbie Montoya, who oversees the women’s homeless shelter for Lighthouse Mission, helps clean the facility. Montoya said the shelter served 95 women and 95 children in 2012.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com From its humble beginnings 25 years ago, Lighthouse Mission has become a beacon of hope for those in need. What started as a Bible study in a home living room has grown and flourished and now serves as a multi-faceted service organization. Lighthouse Mission offers meals seven days […]

CHS senior look to make run at state

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Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s Sydney Romero is ready for her final crack at the Class 5A state volleyball tournament. She thinks the other nine seniors on the Lady Wildcats are, too. Clovis (14-7) takes a No. 8 seed into today’s pool play at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center. The Lady […]

Ticket: Holidays coming early to library

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CNJ staff The holidays are coming early to the Clovis-Carver Public Library with this weekend’s Holiday Showcase presented by the Curry County Extension office. Glenda Belcher, home economist for the Curry County Extension Office, said she will be giving step-by-step instructions on how to make ornaments, decorations and gifts. Specific projects include sweater ornaments, pillows […]

Costco wants peanuts back

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By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com The largest processor of organic Valencia peanuts in the country was so strapped for cash, its single largest customer — Costco — had to front it $20 million. And most employees didn’t get paid for their work in the final days before the Portales plant was shuttered last […]

A day of her own

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A high school student who had an entire day named after her would seem to have a lot to live up to. For Aridnee Thomas, living up to her fullest potential has not been a problem. The Clovis High School senior was one of two teens chosen to […]

Healthcare forum draws handful

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Jennale Liston, a Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce ambassador and one of four Curry County insurance brokers qualified to assist with the Affordable Care Act, conducts a presentation on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) Tuesday afternoon at the chamber.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com A local insurance broker spent 90 minutes Tuesday helping small business owners on their responsibilities and benefits for compliance with the Affordable Care Act, but acknowledged problems with healthcare.gov continue to be an issue for individuals, businesses and brokers alike. The forum, held at the Clovis-Curry County Chamber […]

Festival of Trees serves as fundraiser for the Hartley House

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Elaborately adorned Christmas trees will deck the halls of the North Plains Mall this week as part of a fundraiser for the Hartley House. The domestic abuse shelter and resource center has teamed up with 18 local businesses to display and auction 11 trees and seven wreaths. “Our […]

Outage knocks out power to nearly 20,000 customers

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Oran Stoner, left, and Chris Padilla of Xcel Energy repair a line Tuesday morning along East Brady Avenue. A transformer near the landfill blew shortly before 9:15  a.m.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A transformer failure is to blame for Tuesday morning’s power outage that affected nearly 20,000 customers in Clovis, Texico, Farwell and Tucumcari, according to Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “We had a transformer failure in our Curry County interchange near Clovis,” Reeves said, “But the cause of that […]

Resident’s family weathers typhoon

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Staff and wire reports Lynn Vinton still hasn’t heard from her family, but friends have relayed the good news: Everybody survived the typhoon that has hammered 41 provinces in the heart of the Philippines. Vinton, who moved to Clovis two years ago, said video shot by friends shows her parents’ home near Iloilo still standing […]

Lady Cats capture finals

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CNJ staff Clovis High’s girls made relatively short work of Carlsbad in Saturday’s District 4-5A volleyball tournament championship match at Rock Staubus Gym. Senior outside hitter Sasha Smith-Pollard posted a season-best 10 kills as the Lady Wildcats took a 25-22, 2-10, 25-19 win over the Cavegirls. Clovis (14-7) will find out its seed today for […]

WWII fighter pilot’s dog tags returning to family after nearly 70 years

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By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A World War II fighter pilot’s dog tags will be returned to their rightful heirs this Veterans Day after a nearly 70-year trek home to the United States. Air Force Lt. Jack Robbins’s plane was shot down by enemy fire on June 24, 1944, near St. Giles, France, […]

In tribute: Bataan survivor remembered as strong, kind

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By Steve Hansen CMI staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com Friends and family said he was strong, mostly quiet, and kind. M.C. Waltmon didn’t talk much about his experiences during the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II. But he wrote that he survived through some luck, and good friends. Waltmon, 96, died Oct. 29 […]

Parade pays tribute to veterans

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Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com American flags soared high and motorcycles roared to life Saturday as local residents lined Main Street to pay special tribute to military veterans. Veterans of Foreign Wars, AmVets and American Legion members, as well as local Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and civic groups, passed out candy to eager children […]

High school seniors preview ENMU

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Eastern New Mexico University resident assistant Ehren Hille gives housing information to prospective student Casey Martinez and his mother Ronda Martinez. The Martinez family came Portales from Artesia for Senior Preview Day on the campus of ENMU on Saturday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com While high school seniors have yet to take their final exams, they are already looking towards the future. Many seniors and their families spent Saturday seeing if those futures could be in Portales. They came in abundance to Eastern New Mexico University for Senior Preview Day. Parents […]

Clovis goal: Just win … by eight

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By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The Class 5A playoffs will be seeded Saturday evening in Albuquerque, but it already has to feel like the playoffs have started for the Clovis Wildcats with a rollercoaster season that has felt fast to its players. “Extremely fast,” senior linebacker Bryan Abernathy said. Clovis (4-5, 0-1 District […]

Parade continues to honor area vets

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Saturday marks more than 20 years of celebrating the military veterans with a parade. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, and a handful of local veterans from that war will serve as the parade’s grand marshals. “We have to respect them for what […]

Zias have definite local flavor

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By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — Don’t put too much stock in a 21-point exhibition loss at Grand Canyon on Saturday for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. The Zias, under first-year coach Joshua Prock, also hope to prove wrong the Lone Star Conference preseason poll, which has them finishing […]

Students, family attend memorial for ENMU students

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Friends, family, faculty and students gathered at a memorial service for Adrienne Trujillo and Padyn Reanell Hughes on Wednesday night on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. Trujillo and Hughes, who were students at ENMU, died Sunday evening in a vehicle rollover.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Losing a loved one is never easy, but the pain was eased for those who knew and loved Padyn Reanell Hughes and Adrienne Trujillo on Wednesday night. A memorial service was held for the two Eastern New Mexico University students who were killed in a car accident […]

Ticket feature: Clovis Community Band sharing sounds of Sousa

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CNJ staff The Clovis Community Band will be sharing the sounds of John Philip Sousa with Clovis tonight. A local tradition for more than 30 years, the concert will feature Sousa’s “Mother Hubband March,” “Black Horse Troop March,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and a compilation of the composer’s three arrangements of “Yankee Doodle.” “We’ll also […]

Education feature: Online, digitial resources cut costs for CCC library

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By Thomas Garcia CMI Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Clovis Community College’s recent two-year commitment with New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries for access to online research databases and e-Book collections will save the school’s library money, which can be used toward additional resources, said Kelly Gray, CCC library director. Gray said the bulk of the library’s […]