Faith: Lutheran church celebrates 75 years of history

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Longtime congregant Marcia Leavell arranges a tablecloth in the fellowship hall of Clovis’ Immanuel Lutheran Church in preparation for the church’s 75th anniversary celebration.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer When Rev. Carl Schmid of Albuquerque came to Clovis as a traveling missionary to lead a Lutheran service, five people attended and a mere $1 was collected. That was back in 1915, however, and it was the first step for what later became Clovis’ Immanuel Lutheran Church. That initial […]

Education feature: Tutoring became career foundation

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Marshall Middle School teacher Amber Tharrington goes over a math problem Monday in her classroom.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer When Amber Tharrington became a tutor and substitute teacher in her native San Diego, it was a way to pay the bills whiel she earned a social science degree. But for Tharrington, in her first year teaching sixth- and seventh-graders at Marshall Middle School, it quickly became the foundation […]

One dead after fight in Clovis

Ricky Goodman

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor A Clovis man is in jail after a fight early Tuesday morning turned fatal. Ricky Goodman, 42, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on an open count of murder connected to the early morning death of Jimmy Stotts, 61. Goodman is in the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $250,000 […]

Man charged after crashing into home

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Clarence Mudgett’s home is a “complete disaster,” he said after a car crashed through it early Sunday morning.

By Douglas Clark Staff writer Clarence Mudgett was watching television in his bedroom when he heard an “awful crash,” early Sunday morning. “I tried to open my bedroom door and could not get out,” he said. “It was terrible. I saw a car in the living room with the nose of the car in […]

Business feature: Local restaurants may face avocado shortage

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Avocados in La Espiga De Oro Supermarket in Clovis remain in stock, despite the grower strike in Mexico and recent rise in prices.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Local restaurant owners agree: You can’t serve Mexican food without avocados. They aren’t so sure, however, what to do if faced with an avocado shortage. The staple of Mexican cuisine is rising in demand amid a recent farmers strike in Mexico, meaning prices are soaring for suppliers. According to […]

Trek for Trash cleans up town

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Jayson Villanueva takes a break from Trek for Trash work Saturday morning to blow the pieces off a daffodil in a lot on the northeast corner of the Seventh Street-Norris Street intersection. Jayson was part of the Sepulbeda team with his sister, mother, three cousins and aunt.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer More than 200 hearty volunteers made a concerted effort to help spruce up Clovis Saturday, during the annual Trek for Trash event. City officials said 250 participants representing nine teams collected 337 bags of trash. Volunteers gathered at the city’s Parks and Recreation headquarters at 8 a.m., received their […]

Oasis center adds buffer wall to safehouse

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Johnny Gomez Jr. saws out the window space for a new wall at The Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center Thursday. The organization felt the wall was necessary to create a buffer for its safehouse interview room.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor If you live in a house smaller than 1,000 square feet, adding an interior wall doesn’t sound like the greatest of plans. But if you work in that house, and are tasked to provide a safe interview space for children in suspected abuse cases, your outlook may change. The […]

ENMU building renamed

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Marjorie Gennaro, wife of the late Eastern New Mexico University professor Tony Gennaro, speaks about her husband’s legacy at the re-naming ceremony for the Dr. Anthony ‘Tony’ Gennaro Natural History Museum at the ENMU Roosevelt Science Center Friday afternoon.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Friends and loved ones of a prolific Eastern New Mexico University professor gathered Friday afternoon at the ENMU Roosevelt Science Center to honor his memory and see a building dedicated in his name. ENMU’s Natural History Museum was re-named the “Dr. Anthony ‘Tony’ Gennaro Natural History Museum” in honor […]

Commissions host luncheon at Gidding building

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Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Jody Balch speaks during the quarterly city / county luncheon. The event was hosted by Curry County at its new commission chambers in the complex at 417 Gidding.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor Weeks before the room serves its official purpose to house meetings, the new Curry County Commission chambers were set up to host lunch on Tuesday. The chambers, part of the county’s new administrative offices on 417 Gidding, played host to the quarterly city / county luncheon where representatives from […]

Portales turns up heat on Fire Prevention Week

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For the month of October, the Portales Fire Department held tours of its fire station for Brown Early Childhood Center kindergarten students, and is bringing the “Fire Buddy” fire safety education program to James Elementary School. Oct. 9-15 was proclaimed as Fire Prevention Week by Mayor Sharon King at the Tuesday Portales City Council Meeting.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer Although Oct. 9-15 was proclaimed as Fire Prevention Week in Portales by Mayor Sharon King at the Oct. 4 city council meeting, the city’s fire department is working all month to inform area youth of the importance of fire safety and the constant role that the department plays in […]

ENMU celebrates 82nd homecoming

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The Eastern New Mexico University homecoming parade to be held next Saturday morning is one of several homecoming events open to the public.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER For their 82nd homecoming celebration, Eastern New Mexico University has a week-long schedule of events that will reinforce the bond between the university and the surrounding community. According to ENMU Alumni Director Robert Graham, the bond between the university and the Eastern New Mexico community is vital to the […]

Mesa celebrates blue ribbon status

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Students from Mesa Elementary release blue balloons Thursday afternoon following their Blue Ribbon assembly.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Last month Mesa Elementary School officials learned the site had earned the distinction of being one of three schools in the state to have garnered the 2016 Blue Ribbons School award. On Thursday students and faculty accepted plaudits for the achievement in a grand celebration with a blue theme. […]

CHS band heading into competition

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Clovis High color guard member Yesenia Becerra waves a patterned flag during practice Thursday morning. Color guard members wear the large eye displays in “Colonization,” the band’s show about an ant colony.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor There are more details under the surface, but the Clovis High School band has two goals every competition season. First, do what nobody else would. Second, do it better than anybody else would. The CHS band will be on display at halftime of today’s Wildcats football game against Eldorado, […]

Religion feature: Pastors weigh in on pulpit politics

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Clovis pastors gather Thursday morning at the Lighthouse Mission to discuss community events and touch on the limits of their churches’ involvement in politics during the monthly Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance meeting.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Since the 1950s, the Internal Revenue Service has regulated churches’ involvement in politics as tax-exempt organizations. But as the U.S. presidential race heats us, so do church-hosted political events and rallies. With the recent proposal of a federal bill and a nationwide movement supported by thousands of pastors, the […]

Evangelist, veteran speaks at church rally

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Evangelist and Vietnam veteran Tim Lee answers a question Wednesday during the business luncheon and political forum hosted by Clovis’ First Baptist Church.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Vietnam veteran Tim Lee isn’t afraid to mix church and state, nor is he afraid to make his opinions known. Lee, a double amputee and Purple Heart recipient of Garland, Texas, travels as an evangelist to speak at churches, conferences and corporate events nationwide. Lee’s latest visit landed him […]

Education feature: Teachers take time to tutor

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Clovis High School math teacher Eric Collings works with a group of students during a tutoring session at the Java Loft coffee shop. Organizers said math tutoring is offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Dozens of high school students huddled inside the Java Loft coffee shop on Tuesday evening, but instead of trying out the latest snack and soft drink offerings the group gathered to bone up on math skills. Since the third week of the school year the shop has served as […]

Turbine blade takes bit of Clovis to energy plant

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Attendees gather around and sign a wind turbine blade at a “groundbreaking” ceremony for the Broadview Wind Project. The blade will be set on a turbine somewhere on 85,000 acres north of Clovis.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor Downtown Clovis had a pretty big overnight guest — measuring in at 180 feet and 23,000 pounds. It’s a guest, however, that came here to work and help usher in an era of renewable energy for Curry County. Broadview Wind Project and Pattern Development, with plenty of help from […]

Business feature: Restaurants anticipate year-end opening

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Contractor Tim Moyers, owner of Moyers Welding & Fabrication of Clovis, works on safety rails Monday afternoon for the Buffalo Wild Wings and Chipotle Mexican Grill located on North Prince Street.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer The wait isn’t over for area residents anticipating new restaurant arrivals quite yet. But those hungry for some details — and maybe some chicken wings or burritos — won’t have to wait much longer. In April, city of Clovis’ Building Safety Director Pete Wilt confirmed Buffalo Wild Wings and […]

Rocktoberfest joins battle against cancer

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Kirsty Forrest of Clovis displays a Michael Jackson album Saturday as part of an auction to raise funds for the PRMC cancer center hospitality house during Rocktoberfest activities at Hillcrest Park. The album was auction off for $55.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Food, live music and fun for a cause proved to be the order of the day on a sun-splashed Saturday at Hillcrest Park. The Young Professionals of Clovis joined forces with area businesses for the second annual Rocktoberfest, with an eye toward lending a helping hand to local residents […]

Local Jewish people to mark Rosh Hashanah

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Friends and family members of the Eastern New Mexico Jewish Club in Portales gather at a Rosh Hashanah potluck feast to celebrate last year’s High Holy Days in the Jewish religion.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer It may be the Jewish New Year, but that doesn’t mean New Year’s resolutions are for everyone. Sunset tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah, which continues until nightfall Tuesday. According to, Rosh Hashanah translates to “head of the year,” and is celebrated at the […]