Community homes, businesses, churches deck the halls

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Sherri Brewer worked hard with other volunteers to arrange decorations at the Living Stones Community Church of the Nazarene Saturday. This is the eighth year Brewer has volunteered to help set up the Christmas decorations at the church. Volunteers carefully placed dozens of poinsettias, wreaths and other decorations among the brightly lit Christmas trees at the church.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Many ordinary houses transformed into elegant holiday displays this weekend, elaborately decked out in dazzling lights and colorful decorations. Local businesses also set up sparkling Christmas trees in their display windows to lure in holiday shoppers. A well-crafted holiday decorating job may look effortless, but behind the scenes there […]

Bookmobile brings library to rural towns

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The New Mexico the New Mexico State Library Rural Bookmobile East is one of three New Mexico has three bookmobiles that serve more than 15,000 people statewide.

By Lillian Bowe Staff Writer For 58 years, the bookmobile program has been serving rural communities in New Mexico by bringing books and other resources to areas where they are generally not available. The New Mexico State Library Rural Bookmobile East is one of three New Mexico bookmobiles that serve more than 15,000 people […]

Food bank director feels efforts ‘barely scratching the surface’

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Inventory and Receiving Clerk Mida Cadena of Clovis cleans, inspects food for the food bank’s backpack program earlier this year.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The easiest part of being the executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is knowing how much the efforts help people. The hardest part, Dianna Hernandez said, is knowing how much that help was needed. “I’ve been trying to go out to all of our sites, […]

Black Friday mixed for merchants

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Cheyenne Clemons of Clovis stocks shelves Friday afternoon at Bath & Body Works. According to manager Yvette Smith of Clovis the traffic was steady and the store was on pace to meet its goal of top sales in its region, something the store accomplished last year.

By Aubry Buzek and Joshua Lucero Depending on the retailer, locals showing up for Black Friday shopping this year may have experienced smaller than usual or just about right crowds searching for holiday savings. Several large retailers in Clovis offered consumers the savings early, opening in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day and at […]

Holiday meal brings community together

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Victoria Chavez, a senior at Clovis High School, served warm meals to community members at the Lighthouse Mission’s Thanksgiving Day meal. More than 87 volunteers served 256 people at the mission, and delivered 282 meals to homebound, disabled and elderly people and their family members.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer For 12 years, the Lighthouse Mission on L. Casillas boulevard fed, clothed and provided a place for people to celebrate together on Thanksgiving Day. This year’s occasion offered people more than a warm holiday meal; it was a chance for 256 members of the community and 87 volunteers to […]

Day trips — Nov. 28

Courtesy photo: Wildlife photographers have plenty to see at the Bosque Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

At the Bosque Apache National Wildlife Refuge, sometimes it’s hard to tell which makes the greater flock — sandhill cranes, geese and other birds, or the long-lens photographers who gather to click photos of the flocks with wings. The details: The refuge encompasses 57,331 acres along a wild stretch of the Rio Grande near Socorro […]

Merchants prep for Black Friday

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From left, Joanie Vance, 10, Jenny Grice, and Jodi Vance, 10, all from Tucumcari, came to the North Plains Mall for a girls day out to do some Thanksgiving shopping at the Hickory Farm kiosk. Jennie Robar, right, of Melrose, provides some assistance.

By Derek Major Staff writer Stores in the Portales and Clovis area will be stocking the shelves and opening early for Black Friday sales. Creighton’s Town & Country’s Black Friday sales will include 20 percent off belts, clothing and jewelry. “It’s been good to us in the past, and last year was great,” said […]

Communities offer Thanksgiving meals for those in need

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Michelle Armijo of the Lighthouse Mission chops up celery for stuffing to be served Thursday at the mission. Armijo has helped with all 12 meals for the mission, which expects to serve about 500 this year between on-site meals and deliveries.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Even if there’s no place to go for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Clovis and Portales both still offer a place to go. Whether it’s to help the homeless, hang out with friends and family or just help out, a pair of lunchtime meals are a constant in the area, with […]

Local grocers offer help for the holiday

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Super Save deli manager Lamario Miles removes a baked turkey from the store’s bakery oven Thursday afternoon. Grocery stores in Portales and Clovis have prepared Thanksgiving meals to ease the holiday stress for area residents.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With Thanksgiving days away, local grocers are looking to help out those who don’t have the time to spend preparing a full Thanksgiving meal. Tim Russell, owner of Russell’s Super Save Discount Foods in Portales, said he has been selling complete Thanksgiving meals for more than 10 years, and […]

Auctioneer keeps horse sale lively

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A yearling stallion waits his turn in a paddock at the Clovis Livestock Auction’s Winter Horse Sale on Saturday. The colt, nicknamed “Wreckin’ Ralph,” was one of 289 performance horses presented at the sale.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer The day began with a prayer. “… Lord, this morning I would just like to thank you for the horse. Ain’t nobody else been able to build one of them. They’re pretty cool, and we get to be a part of it …” And then Steve Friskup, the horse […]

Former landmark restaurant building destroyed in fire

Firefighters were still on the scene late this morning. (Photo by D'Nieka Hartsfield)

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Staff writer The former Guadalajara restaurant building, a landmark for decades on L. Casillas Boulevard in west Clovis near the railroad tracks, was destroyed in a fire Friday morning. Firefighters were called to the blaze about 7:45 a.m. Flames could still be seen at 10 a.m. and firefighters were expected to […]

Students piece together projects for First Lego League

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Allie Berg, right, programs her First Lego League group’s robot as Zachary Koegl watches Thursday evening at the warehouse of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. The group builds a robot with a supplied kit and programs it to perform small tasks on a pre-designed course.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Piece by piece, four groups of students in Clovis are getting ready for a state competition. Or, as they call it, a coopertition. The students in grades 4-8 are getting ready for the First Lego League, and state finals scheduled for Dec. 20 in Los Alamos. The FLL, a […]

Clovis PD seeking two persons of interest in homicide (updated)

Lloyd Bagwell

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor Clovis police were asking the public’s help Wednesday in finding two people wanted for questioning by Major Crimes Unit detectives investigating the stabbing death of Ariel Ulibarri. Lloyd Bagwell, 22, and Shannon Buckmaster, 20, were identified by police as “persons of interest” in the ongoing investigation into the brutal […]

ENMU’s Jack Williamson building less than two weeks from completion

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The exterior of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building seen as workers pour concrete and lay bricks outside the facility’s west entrance. The exterior of the building is set to be completed within the next two weeks.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Updated looks and modern classrooms are a few of the things Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty can expect to find in the newly renovated Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building. According to Bradbury Stamm Superintendent David Burks, the building is less than two weeks from completion after receiving […]

Salvation Army kicks off fundraising season

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George Hostler volunteered his talents at the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Kickoff on Tuesday. Hostler played holiday music on his saxophone and piano for the event, which celebrated the beginning of the fundraising season.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer The Salvation Army hosted its Red Kettle Kick Off on Tuesday at the Clovis Corps Community Center. The event came to fruition under the center’s new leadership, Lts. Natalia and Kelly Berggren. “One thing that hasn’t changed for the Salvation Army is the needs of the community,” Clovis Mayor […]

Snow results in minor accidents, delays

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Joe Salazar rakes the snow from his driveway early Monday morning on Clovis’ Timothy Street. He said he always makes sure to clean up the driveway and around the area when it snows to make it safe for him and his family to move around. National Weather Service reported Clovis had 1.5 inches of snowfall on Sunday.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer Clovis emergency responders dealt with about two dozen automobile accidents on Sunday, but there were no serious injuries, officials said. The forecast for the next few days calls for mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the mid-40s to mid-50s. The season’s first significant snowfall — 2 inches in […]

Residents line streets for Veterans Day parade

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2014 Veterans Parade Marshal Gene Hendrick leads the parade.

By Derek Major Staff writer Hundreds of people lined the streets of Clovis on Saturday for the annual veterans week parade. Some even traveled to help honor veterans present and past. “This has been a great parade,” said Jimmy Wallace of Tucumcari. “We drove over because my grandson is marching with the Marshall Middle […]

Green chili stew favorite of many when temperature dips

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El Desayuno Kiwanis Club members Helen Casaus, left, and Dot Robinson stir chili Friday afternoon at Parkland Baptist Church for the annual chili dinner fundraiser. This is the group 25th annual fundraiser and proceeds are use to support children in the Clovis Community.

By Joshua Lucero When Portales Librarian Rosemary Cota wants to warm up after being out in the cold, she looks for green chili stew and a cup of hot tea. Cota, the young adult librarian at the Portales Public Library, said she likes to start cold mornings off with hot tea to get warm, […]

Slaying victim’s sister: ‘She did everything for her kids’

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Modas Locas & Designs at 209 N. Prince St. is selling T-shirts memorializing Ariel Ulibarri. Sales will go to help with funeral expenses for the young mother. The shirts are $10 each.

By David Stevens Editor Leanna Montano has a request: “I want people to quit lying about my sister and making up their own horror stories.” The tragedy of Ariel Ulibarri’s slaying in a Clovis city park on Sunday has put enough strain on those who loved her; they’re tired of hearing wild rumors that […]

Four Lady Cats hoopsters sign letters of intent

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From left, Clovis seniors Nichele Hyman, Dee Briggins, Shelby Jones and Danni Williams sign letters-of-intent to play for Texas-Pan American, Eastern New Mexico University, Abilene Christian and Texas A&M, respectively.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER Danni Williams, Shelby Jones, Nichele Hyman and Dee Briggins drew a large crowd to Rock Staubus Gym on Wednesday afternoon. A few weeks from now, the trend is certain to continue. With the 2013 state championship trophy by their side, and hopes to add the 2015 version in March, […]