Volunteers bring Lighthouse’s dinner together

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Alfonso Hernandez, a volunteer from Cannon Air Force Base, replenishes the turkey during Thursday’s Lighthouse Mission Thanksgiving meal. In total, 465 meals were served — 141 dine-in and 326 delivery.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — The Lighthouse Mission had two things to be thankful for on Thursday — plenty of food and plenty of help. The turkey and volunteerism were in abundance as the mission marked its 13th year of serving a free holiday meal during the lunch period. Though the meal […]

Portales community gathers for meal

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Luis Cruz, 13, left, serves a local resident some sweet potatoes Thursday during the Portales community Thanksgiving dinner at the Memorial Building in Portales.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com PORTALES — “Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces” was the best thing about the annual Portales community Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the Portales Memorial Building, according to 11-year-old Irene Cruz and other first-time volunteers. “I like to put smiles on people’s faces,” said Irene’s older brother, Luis, 13. “The […]

‘Saturdays’ good for business

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Prairie Road’s Junqtique employee J.D. Hipp, left, and owner Shane Grah set up promotional flags for Small Business Saturday in their shop Wednesday afternoon.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Small Business Saturday deals are coming to Clovis and Portales this weekend to give residents a chance to support local businesses and the community. Shane Grah, owner of Prairie Road’s Junqtiques in Clovis, is continuing his tradition of having a large sale at the store. “Nothing crazy, just a […]

CCC takes part in Mannequin Challenge

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — The global phenomenon has reached celebrities, politicians, sports teams and more. From Hillary Clinton to 4-year-olds, and even prison inmates and house pets, participants are countless. It’s the “Mannequin Challenge,” and Clovis Community College has joined the bandwagon. A video of the college’s attempt was posted last […]

Empty stocking fund — Nov. 25

Today’s family in need: It seems there is an epidemic this year of grandparents raising grandkids. This single grandmother is raising grandchildren ages 5 to 14 from three different families. She has a total of nine children living with her. “We have tried to help with the financial and spiritual needs of this extended family, […]

Opinion: She ain’t scared of no folks

Stage fright, a phenomenon of cumulative social pressure and the expectations and judgements of a crowd of people, is an interesting concept. It is considered a major barrier to many performing arts where the main venue is a stage in front of a live crowd. I remember the first time I sang on a stage, […]

Pages past — Nov. 25

On this date … 1976: Deanna Williams, 5, whose grandfather lived on a farm west of Cannon Air Force Base, was featured with a pet turkey on the front page of the Clovis News-Journal. The photo caption said Deanna and her siblings had named the turkey Tom and were adamant that Tom would not be […]

Events calendar — Nov. 25

Today • Delk Band Thanksgiving Dance — 8 p.m.-11 p.m. at Curry County Fairgrounds Pavilion, Clovis. Admission: $10. Information: 575-935-7000 • Santa Cop Toy Drive — 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Portales Walmart. Toy donations will go to local children in need for Christmas through the Portales Police Department’s Santa Cop program. Information: 575-356-4404 Saturday […]

Meetings calendar — Nov. 24

Monday • Clovis Commission on Older Adults — 3 p.m., Assembly Room at Clovis City Hall, 321 N. Connelly. Information: 575-769-7828. • Clovis Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m., Assembly Room at Clovis City Hall, 321 N. Connelly. Information: 575-769-7828. Tuesday • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 6 p.m. workshop and […]

Albuquerque man dies in crash

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Members of the Clovis Police Department work the scene of a fatal crash Thursday morning north of the intersection of 21st and Thornton streets. Edward Altieri, 25, of Albuqerque, was killed in the one-vehicle crash. There were no other occupants.

STAFF REPORT CLOVIS — An Albuquerque man was killed Thursday morning in a single-vehicle crash just north of the intersection of 21st and Thornton Streets. Edward Altieri, 25, of Albuquerque, was unresponsive at the scene and later declared deceased at Plains Regional Medical Center. Lt. Daron Roach of the Clovis Police Department said Altieri was […]

Clovis music teacher honored

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Throughout the years Doris Tankersley has impacted legions of music students, adeptly aiding pupils in maximizing talent and potential. Her efforts were recently lauded by the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico, which dubbed Tankersley as the organization’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. “The (PMTNM) Board of […]

Residents share Thanksgiving memories

By Kurt Munz-Raper and Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITERS Thanksgiving brings with it thanks for and memories of family time for Clovis and Portales residents. Clovis resident Cory and Breann Cupp said family gatherings were a fond Thanksgiving memory. “My favorite memory is when I actually used to live here,” said Cory Cupp. “Every Thanksgiving we […]

ENMU choir to host fundraiser dinner

STAFF REPORT PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University choirs will soon be hosting an intimate event in a unique venue to help raise money for upcoming trips. According to ENMU Director of Choral Activities Jason Paulk, the choirs will be holding a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the First Baptist Church fellowship […]

Clovis man booked on sex charges

STAFF REPORT CLOVIS — A Clovis man has been charged with sexual contact of a child. Milton Nunez-Romero, 42, was booked at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Tuesday, according to an arrest affidavit obtained Wednesday. He remained there on a $10,000 cash-only bond for the charges of criminal sexual contact and battery. It […]

Events calendar — Nov. 24

Today • Community Thanksgiving Banquet — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Lighthouse Mission, 407 L Casillas St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7775 • Pep Annual Thanksgiving Festival — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, Pep. Cost: $12 adult plates, $6 children under 6. Takeout available. All proceeds benefit the church.  Information: 806-786-1572 • Portales Community Outreach […]

Meetings calendar — Nov. 24

Thursday • Clovis City Commission — 5:15 p.m. at Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Monday • Clovis Commission on Older Adults — 3 p.m., Assembly Room at Clovis City Hall, 321 N. Connelly. Information: 575-769-7828. Tuesday • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 6 p.m. workshop and […]

Holiday closures

The following businesses and offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday: • City of Portales offices — Thursday-Friday • City of Clovis offices — Thursday-Friday • District Court — Wednesday-Friday • Eastern New Mexico University — Wednesday-Friday • Clovis Community College — Wednesday through Friday • Fire Department Administrative Offices — Thursday-Friday • First Financial […]

Opinion: Big thanks to Cannon volunteers

By Betty Williamson Local columnist On this day of giving thanks, I am especially grateful today to some neighbors all of us in eastern New Mexico happen to share: the men and women stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. I am not exaggerating when I say that the used book sale conducted last week by […]

Santa Cop program returning to Portales

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The Portales Police Department’s annual Santa Cop event will be happening 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Memorial Building in Portales. The event has been taking place since 1998.

STAFF REPORT PORTALES — During the holiday season, there is an 18-year-old tradition that takes place in Portales each year that never seems to fail to put smiles on the faces of a few hundred residents. And that’s the Portales Police Department’s Santa Cop event, which provides toys to between 300 and 400 Roosevelt County […]

Salvation Army preps for Empty Stocking Fund

STAFF REPORT CLOVIS — The Salvation Army in Clovis is preparing once again to help local families in need during the Christmas season. The organization has started fundraising for families in need through the Empty Stocking Fund. “We have individuals that come to us for help but we can only help so much,” said Salvation […]