Small entertainers, big entertainment

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Jacob “Lil Show” Brooks dives off the ropes to slam Philip “Lil Nasty Boy” Campbell during the final round of Fridays Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation Show at the YAM theater. EMWF manager Jett Romain said the steel and aluminum framed ring the wrestlers use is 12’ by 12’ and has only 1/4 inch of padding on top of 9/16 inch thick sheets of plywood.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com They may not be the same size as your average wrestler, but the men who make up the Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation are dedicated to giving their fans the biggest and best shows they can muster every week. Such was the case Friday evening at the YAM theater as […]

Standing-room only at art show

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Amy Armenta, president of the Pintores Art League, navigates the standing-room only crowd at the “Art Has Heart” art show and silent auction Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com There were so many people packed into the “Art Has Heart” art show and silent auction Saturday it was standing-room only at the Ingram Room in the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The crowd showed up to see creations of more than 45 local art students, who worked for months on […]

Helping lives at 55

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United Way volunteer Joseph Arora helps unload school supplies at the Clovis Municipal Schools main office during UWENM’s annual Stuff the Bus event in 2013.

Staff report Whether it’s feeding a hungry family or helping residents pay bills, United Way of Eastern New Mexico has been making a difference in Clovis and Portales for 55 years. United Way is beginning 2015 by celebrating 55 years in the area and the accomplishments it has made in aiding local communities. United Way […]

Extreme temperatures coming

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Jeremiah Mani and his daughter Iris Mani, 9, leave Zia Elementary School Wednesday afternoon while battling with high winds and cold. Mani said the change in the weather caught him by surprise.

Staff report A stunning 20-plus degree temperature dive across Clovis and Portales Wednesday afternoon may be just the start of some very strange weather for eastern New Mexico. Yes, that was a trace of snow you saw flying by in those gusty cold winds, according to the National Weather Service. But it’s not going to […]

Howalt wins Clovis schools District 4 seat from incumbent Burrill

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Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Jody Balch and Justin Howalt chat Tuesday evening while waiting for the ballots to arrive at the Curry County Courthouse.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com City Engineer Justin Howalt won the District 4 Clovis Municipal Schools board seat Tuesday, defeating incumbent candidate attorney Jennifer Burrill. Howalt defeated Burrill 161-43. “I feel great,” Howalt said. “It’s humbling to know that the voters have confidence in me.” “I look forward to the challenges that our education […]

Spay/neuter clinic serves more than 60 pets

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Beth Jones, a vet tech in training and volunteer at Soul Dog Rescue, cleaned the cat “Tom Tom” after his neuter surgery Saturday.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Clovis cat “Tom-Tom” woke up to a surprise Saturday: a missing set of organs. But this is a happy story, because Tom-Tom the former tomcat was a patient at the low-cost spay and neuter clinic organized by a local animal rescue this weekend at 3221 Axtell in Clovis. Although […]

Red or Green?

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Marissa Hyde, new media coordinator at Eastern New Mexico University, sports her New England Patriots jersey at her desk Friday afternoon in the ENMU Administration Building. Hyde said she wears her Patriots attire during the week leading up to every Patriots game.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@pntonline.com New England Patriots fan Marissa Hyde has her fan outfits planned out for the weekend in preparation for her team’s appearance in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX. Hyde, like most football fans, will be glued to a television set Sunday to watch the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots go head […]

Senior centers dominate dialogue

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Chris Green, the principal landscape architect for Consensus Planning, discusses parks and 
recreation priorities and funding with a group at the town hall meeting Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The recent parks survey gave Clovis residents a chance to voice their thoughts on the future of parks and recreation in the city. And 93 percent of those responding felt the city should set aside additional funding for parks and recreation activities. Mayor David Lansford opened a town hall […]

Given hero’s honors

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Tech. Sgt. Thomas Perry from Cannon Air Force Base received the disaster relief hero award at the American Red Cross Clovis Real Heroes Breakfast on Wednesday. The Red Cross honored 10 local heroes for volunteering and charitable efforts in the community.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Eleven local volunteers were recognized for their efforts in the community at the American Red Cross Clovis Real Heroes Breakfast on Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center. Esther Steinle won in the military hero category for her non-profit organization Angel Arms. Since 2013, Steinle has been providing travel assistance […]

Crews hit streets to fill in potholes

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Clovis Public Works Street Superintendent Larry Hall Sr. and Patrick Chavez filled “well over a couple hundred” potholes Tuesday. Hall said the department had three trucks with four workers each driving around the town filling potholes.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com January has not been a good month for driving. Between ice, limited visibility, dirty cars and potholes, both snowstorms that hit Clovis this month left a tell-tale trail of annoying and sometimes dangerous potholes. Larry Hall Sr.,  public works street superintendent, and his crews were busy Tuesday identifying and […]

Ground broken on Clovis’ first indoor soccer facility

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By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Soccer has been a family passion in the Lynch family for more than 30 years. Now, that passion is bringing Clovis its first indoor soccer facility. Owners Doug Lynch and his son Levi, the general manager, broke ground for the 15,000 square foot facility with the Clovis/Curry County Chamber […]

Pinewood Derby cars tear up track

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By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com From airbrushed paint jobs to aerodynamic designs, it was clear each Boy Scout from Pack 226 came prepared to win the Pinewood Derby car race Saturday. The 12 scouts brought their hand-built race cars to the track at Kingswood United Methodist Church to see which 5-oz. design would prove […]

ACA newest tax change

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By Alisa Boswell and Joshua Lucero Staff writers With tax season kicking off this week and W-2s piling in, the question that may be lingering in is what do I need to know about filing this year? Local Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are warning taxpayers the Affordable Care Act is the biggest change with filing […]

Local restaurant GM given top award

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    By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Javy Molina said he has reached “the top of the mountain” in the job he loves. The general manager of the Prince Street McDonald’s location in Clovis was presented the Ray Kroc Award for professional performance on Wednesday. The lifelong Clovis resident was among 142 managers from […]

Flurry of activity

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The day crew of the Public Works Department Street Maintenance section prepares Wednesday afternoon for a winter storm that is expected in Clovis today. Assistant Supervisor Joel Garcia said two crews will operate on 12-hour shifts —  7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — applying a salt and lava cinder blend to the city streets, which will provide a melting agent and traction.

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Emergency crews were gearing up early Wednesday for today’s predicted winter storm. The National Weather Service was predicting 12 to 14 inches of snow to fall across much of eastern New Mexico. That had Clovis and Curry County crews scrambling Wednesday in anticipation of the second wallop of winter […]

Celebration coordinator shares passion for King

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Robert Graham, one of the coordinators for the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration held at Eastern New Mexico University on Monday, has a deep passion for the leader of the civil rights movement and the message he tried to teach. Graham, who attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, the same college King attended, said having MLK […]

Children carry banner in MLK march

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Clovis remembered Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, marching from O.G. Potter Park to Legacy Life Family Church.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The sound of children’s voices singing “I’m on my way to the freedom land,” carried down Grand Avenue on Monday. As the large crowd marched from O.G. Potter Park to Legacy Life Family Church, seven children carried a banner as families and local leaders followed behind, remembering the legacy […]

New principal at Ranchvale Elementary

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Staff report Jennifer Longley is the new principal at Ranchvale Elementary School, according to a news release from Clovis Municipal Schools. Longley was instructional coach at Marshall Middle School before accepting the job at Ranchvale, the release said. She has been with the district since 1999 as a teacher at Lincoln-Jackson, James Bickley and Ranchvale […]

In tribute: Electrician was ‘backbone of Channel 6′

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By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com One Sunday at church, it seemed everyone in the congregation received recognition for their role in making the services great — the pianist, pipe organ player, individual choir members, ushers, even people in the crowd. Everybody seemed to be recognized, that is, but Jack Rennels. On the truck ride […]

Air Force recruiter: ‘Every day is different’

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Staff report If Tech Sgt. Mauricio Leon could go back more than 14 years to talk to himself, he’d tell himself this idea to go into the Air Force is the right one. If he could find himself three months ago, before he started his new assignment in a military community,  he’d just say to […]