Ticket: Holidays coming early to library


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]