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 bfinch@cnjonline.com 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 chabad.org, Rosh Hashanah translates to “head of the year,” and is celebrated at the […]

Church hosting pair of non-partisan events

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Vietnam veteran and evangelist Tim Lee, right, joined U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on the campaign trail when Cruz was running for president.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis’ First Baptist Church on Wednesday will host two community events focusing on politics, but Pastor Tom Schuj said they are not intended to be partisan. No Democrats have been invited to speak, but Schuj said everyone is welcome. “No candidate is being endorsed,” Schuj said. The purpose of […]

Cyclists ride highway in Tour de Taco

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Cyclists race out of the starting line of the Tour de Taco Saturday morning at the Clovis Taco Box. The tour saw cyclists riding from Clovis to Portales and back, a total of 60 miles.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Cyclists of all skill levels, from both New Mexico and Texas, rode Saturday morning from Clovis to Portales and back, with many riding the full 60 miles. The Tour de Taco, which was organized by Taco Box owner Tom Martin, saw riders from both afar and the area, one […]

So far, so good for city’s app six months in

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Officials said the “Clovis NM Works!” app, which was created to enhance communication between residents and city departments, has been well received since its launch six months ago.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com It’s so far, so good for a mobile app launched by the city in March, with an eye toward improving communication with residents. Officials said “Clovis NM Works!” has been live for six months via the company SeeClickFix and remains available for free download in the Android and Apple […]

Faith: Rap group brings its word to Clovis

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Bryann Trejo, main rapper and singer of Kingdom Muzic ministry, performs at Portales’ Lindsey Park in May.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com When Clovis residents Norie and James Medina saw a music ministry perform in May in Portales, the husband and wife discovered something unexpected — a newfound appreciation for rap music. “I am not usually into rap,” Norie Medina said. “I honestly can’t understand it, and I didn’t understand why […]

Business feature: Logan resident refines snow shovel

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Glenn and Kim Lubera talk about the products of the 3D Tool Company, including the 3D Broom and 3D Snow Shovel they hold.

By Steve Hansen Correspondent TUCUMCARI — While living in the snow-belt city of Buffalo, N.Y., Glenn Lubera got an idea while using the snowplow attachment on his pickup truck. “Why do we scoop and toss snow away from pathways when all we really need to do is get it out of the way?” he thought. […]

Business feature: Food trucks on a roll in area

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Clovis food truck owner Byron Beevers assembles a bacon cheeseburger for a customer on Friday.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com When Aaron Crandall’s business is on a roll, it may mean he’s gone. Don’t worry. He’ll be back. Crandall owns one of the trendy mobile food trucks that are becoming popular throughout the Clovis-Portales area. When Crandall lost his job of seven years, he decided to try AJ’s Wings, […]

Peaceful project at community garden

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Lillith Carroll, 5, assembles her handcrafted pinwheel on Saturday during the Pinwheels for Peace event at Clovis Community Garden.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis Community Garden volunteers believe it’s never the wrong time to celebrate International Day of Peace, even days later. The United Nations’ global observance, which fell on Wednesday, occurs Sept. 21 every year. But Clovis locals knew Saturday was a good day to gather at the community garden — […]

Civil Air Patrol cadets take flight

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Roland Dewing gives the sign the two rope is secure on an instruction glider as Lydia Wolf prepares for her first glider flight.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Stu Maxon said the first time he flew, it was one of those no-frills, small-engine county fair plane rides that barely took you up in the air and circled a few acres before landing a few minutes later. He loved it, and his passion for flight never waned. The […]

Seven suspected in tagging spree

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The wall behind ARISE Sexual Assault Services is one of the 20 locations in Portales tagged with graffiti Wednesday night. Officials said more could still be reported.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales police officials reported 20 incidents of graffiti on various buildings across town on Friday. The incidents occurred Wednesday night and were reported and investigated Thursday and Friday. Portales Police Department Public Information Officer Charlie Smart said most of the buildings tagged were businesses across Portales, adding that there […]

Fit camp serves Clovis, Portales

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Tiffany Chavez leads a fit camp group with shuttle runs on the football field at Leon Williams Stadium as Kimberly Calderon encourages the group.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Haleigh Bird figures young or old, there’s never a bad time to get healthier. And there’s no reason to do it alone. The Portales resident struggled with weight throughout her life, and started eating better. But nutrition only went so far, so she started a fit camp to help […]

Senior companion ‘feisty at 82’

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Pat Adams, left, along with fellow CSC volunteer Joyce Cox, discuss their plans after eating lunch Friday afternoon. Adams spends five days a week as a senior companion for five senior citizens around town and Cox is a foster grandparent.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Pat Adams may be headed to see a senior citizen in a wheelchair one day. Another day she’ll visit one who is blind. As a volunteer for Portales’ Community Service Center (CSC), Adams spends four to five hours a day, five days a week as a senior companion, helping […]

City starts process to fill upcoming vacancy

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Clovis City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, center, shares a laugh with former Commissioner Len Vohs, left, and Commissioner Chris Bryant before a ceremony honoring him for 13 years of service to the commission. Sandoval’s official last day is Sept. 30.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com The Clovis City Commission to set the wheels in motion toward selecting a District 3 resident to fulfill the first half of departing Commissioner Bobby Sandoval’s term. During Thursday’s regular meeting the body voted to initiate the formal process for appointing a candidate to fill the vacancy. “I think […]

Officials tour Xcel facility at reopening event

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David Hudson, president of Xcel Energy for New Mexico and Texas, makes the first clip during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the expanded center in Clovis.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Nearly nine months after Winter Storm Goliath plowed through eastern New Mexico, leaving more than 7,500 Clovis customers with power outages, Xcel Energy is still recognized locally for its power restoration efforts. Mayor David Lansford praised the company for this and more during his speech at Xcel Energy’s grand […]

Faith: Clovis Christian bringing Feed the Need to area

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Children in Kenya receive meals provided through The Champion Group’s Feed the Need fundraiser, which Clovis Christian Schools will launch in New Mexico for the first time on Monday.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis Christian Schools will set a precedent on Monday when it brings the Feed the Need campaign to New Mexico for the first time. Feed the Need is a fundraiser offered through The Champion Group, a company that conducts various fundraising events for schools, ministries and organizations around the […]

Texas cyclists ride against cancer

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Davis Tucker, front, signals the stopping point for Wednesday to John Sikes, Bryan White and Josh Hare during their ride for 1,400 Miles.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com A group of bicyclists made a stop in Clovis on Wednesday with a pair of messages. Any message is easier if you can share it over a beer, and don’t fear the finger. Riders from Austin, Texas-based 1,400 Miles made Clovis an overnight resting point for their trip to […]

Princess party an affair for royalty

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Alix Rosa, right, a volunteer dressed up at last year’s Monarch Formals princess party, doesn’t break character as she interacts and laughs with one of the young attendees.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Tyleen Caffrey proves you’re never too old to enjoy fairytales. The fifth annual Monarch Formals princess party promises a full cast this year, among other festivities geared toward young girls and their parents. The event is to be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Clovis Community […]

Business feature: Clovis restaurant manager wins top award

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Robert Vick Jr., the New Mexico Restaurant Association’s 2015 Restaurateur of the Year, presents Laura Leal with the 2016 award.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com A Clovis restaurant manager has won New Mexico Restaurant Association’s top award for the fourth time since its inception in 1967. Laura Leal, owner of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant, was named Restaurateur of the Year on Sept. 12 in Albuquerque. The Hospitality Industry Awards recognize community involvement and extensive restaurant […]

Abandoned dog gives birth at ENMU arena

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Grace is the mother of five healthy puppies, born last month at Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball arena.

By Amy Waltner ENMU communication services They had a winner on Aug. 26 at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena, but it had nothing to do with basketball. With time running out, university employees rushed in to assist as an abandoned dog gave birth to five healthy puppies. It’s unclear exactly how the animal — […]

Special Olympics athletes converge on Clovis


By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Athletes throughout New Mexico have descended on the Curry County Events Center in Clovis this weekend for the 2016 Special Olympics New Mexico State Equestrian Competition. “We have riders in from all over the state and this is the final event for the season,” said Competition Director Roxie Burgess, […]