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


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


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


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


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

Judy Brandon

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 […]

Clovis native saves student

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Darla Roman-Green grew up in Clovis, but is now an elementary school teacher in Kingston, N.Y. She moved east with her husband. They have three adult daughters.

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com When Darla Roman-Green saw her first-grade student choking at snack time last week, she did not hesitate to spring into action. “I saw my student and he had his hands around his throat and he had a complete obstructed airway,” she said. “He was going through all of the […]

County retooling release program

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New revisions to an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet program rules may mean more nonviolent inmates being released from Curry County jail.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Curry County is poised to adopt what some are calling a more realistic and workable inmate release system. But District Judge Fred Van Soelen cautions: “This is not going to solve the overcrowding problem at the jail … it’s just not. Because by and large the people who […]

Hot-shooting Hounds rout Northern New Mexico

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ENMU senior Devone Davis drives past Northern New Mexico’s Patrick Bendeque in the first half of Saturday night’s game at Greyhound Arena. Davis finished with nine points.

CMI staff To say Eastern New Mexico University senior point guard Rodney Blackmon came out like a house afire on Saturday would probably be an understatement. Blackmon personally got the Greyhounds off to a seven-point lead with 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting in the first five minutes, including three 3-pointers, and ENMU pulled away in […]

Clovis man surrenders after standoff


By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A 30-year-old Clovis man accused of firing on his father and police officers early Saturday surrendered without injury or incident after a 7 1/2-hour standoff near Fourth and Hinkle streets. Eric Gutierrez, who has a history of guns and violence, is in Curry County jail. Clovis police spokesman […]

Program teaches inmates parenting responsibilities

Roosevelt County Detention Center inmate Melissa Griffith, right, fixes her daughter Nadia’s hair before they sat down 
to color at a Christmas Party 
for the jail’s Children Uniting with Parents

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Melissa Griffith received a dose of joy when she fixed her 4-year-old daughter Nadia’s ponytail Friday. Griffith appreciated what may be a daily task for other mothers because the 30-year-old only sees her children for about 30 minutes a week. And from these visits, she said she’s learned what her priorities […]

Christmas parades postponed by expected weather

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Hillcrest Zoo Assistant Director Mark Yannotti put a protective cover over a faucet at the reptile house Wednesday evening in anticipation of a winter storm moving in today in the Clovis area in which freezing temperature are expected.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Friday and Saturday’s expected numbing-weather has postponed annual Christmas parades in Portales and Clovis. Portales’ parade was scheduled for Friday night and Clovis on Saturday night. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brent Wachter said Friday’s high temperatures will be in the low 30s and said roads may still be […]

Ticket feature: ENMU holding holiday concert

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Eastern New Mexico University will hold its annual Holiday Concert Friday on the Main Stage in the University Theater Center. The concert will highlight university singers and the symphonic band.

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University’s singers and symphonic band will offer their annual gift to the community this weekend. The school’s holiday concert will feature the school’s Chamber Singers, University Singers and Children’s Choir, as well as the symphonic band. Jason Paulk, director of choral activities, said concert goers can expect lots of holiday […]