Lighthouse community dinner gets early start

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Davonn Davis, 6, of Clovis digs into his meal Wednesday afternoon at the Lighthouse Mission Christmas dinner. Davonn said that Santa Claus brought him the hat and other stuff too.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer As the line at Lighthouse Mission grew longer Christmas morning, volunteer Jesse Karges could no longer make them continue waiting. “It was cold outside, I couldn’t make them wait,” said Karges, 36, with a smile, about opening the doors to the mission’s annual community dinner Wednesday a […]

Year in review: New schools, controversy mark district’s year

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Clovis Municipal Schools brought two new schools online this year with the opening of Gattis Middle School and a new Lockwood Elementary School.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer The opening of new Clovis schools, a new football stadium for Eastern New Mexico University and the passing of an advocate for public education in Clovis marked the year in education for 2013. Here are five key things to remembers from the education beat 2013: PED issues: Local […]

Home for the holidays

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Gay Luna, right and her daughters, Devyn, middle, and Tori, far left, enter their new home built by volunteers from Habitat for Humanity.

by Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer Gay Luna and her two daughters, Devyn, 16, and Tori, 15, got some Christmas joy a little early this year. On Saturday, the family got a newly constructed home from the Roosevelt and Curry County Habitat for Humanity. Tears shed and hugs given, the family moved in on […]

Curry County issues first same-sex marriage license

CNJ staff photo: D’Nieka Hartsfield

Amber Adams, a retail clerk, left, and Alexis Cross, a dry cleaning service provider, were issued the county’s first
same-sex marriage license early Monday morning. The couple was married later in the day during a wedding
ceremony in a local park.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Alexis Cross and Amber Adams wanted to set a local precedent when they arrived Monday morning at the Curry County Courthouse. The couple received Curry County’s first same-sex marriage license just after 8 a.m., then vowed their lives to each other in a small wedding ceremony in a […]

Man crawls to escape house fire

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
The Farwell Volunteer Fire Department was still at the scene of a fire on Fourth Street on Monday afternoon. Officials said the home’s occupant, Jerry Ford, was able to crawl to safety from the fire, which started about 10 p.m. (CDT) Sunday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer An elderly Farwell man who crawled from his burning home Sunday night will attempt to piece his life back together a day after the fire took all of his possessions. Jerry Ford, 65, was treated for smoke inhalation and released Monday night at the University Medical Center […]

Making a joyful noise

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
George Hostler plays his saxophone outside Walgreens on Prince Street while he works to collect donations for the Salvation Army. Hostler is retired, and is a member of the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of reports on people, places and things that capture the Christmas spirit. By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Bell ringing has been taken to a new level thanks to two Clovis Salvation Army volunteers. Santiago Leal and George Hostler have both found unique and musical […]

Letters to Santa


Editor’s Note: One of the best things about Christmas are the many children’s letters to Santa sent to us by the kids or forwarded to us by the U.S. Postal Service for sharing with the community. Sometimes humorous, at times touching, these letters are presented as written by the many children so full of hope […]

Decorating for a cause

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Barbara St. John and her family decorated 82 Christmas trees in their home this year. Community members are touring the home and donating money to three local families affected by cancer.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of reports on people, places and things that capture the Christmas spirit. Decking the halls for Christmas is an annual event for Barbara St. John and her family, but this year they decided to do some holiday decorating for […]

Holidays can be busy time at Hartley House


By Emily Crowe The holidays can be particularly tough on struggling families, and the Hartley House is doing what it can to help local families who are dealing with abuse. Executive Director Donna Horton said the domestic abuse shelter and resource center sees a lot of families coming in around this time of year. […]

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


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer 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 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 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

Judy Brandon

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 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


by Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer 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

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
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 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 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 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

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
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 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. […]