Take a moment to rest and listen to God — Judy Brandon

Judy Brandon

I have always seemed to feel a pressure about the season to meet the deadline of Dec. 25. In the past, store advertisements and great sales have tempted me to act on that special price in order to purchase just the right gift for those certain people. Get-to-gathers, Christmas parades, designated shopping nights, and buying […]

Clovis’ new MVD office opens Monday

Jerry Valdez, deputy director of motor vehicle division, left, gives a tour of the new Clovis MVD to Cabinet Secretary Ed Burckle on Wednesday. The facility is located at 812 W. Sixth St.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com After many years of lobbying and requesting funds, Clovis will finally welcome a new state Motor Vehicle Division office come Monday. The office, located just down the corridor from the old office inside the Gov. Bruce King Complex on West Sixth Street, is more than double the size […]

Hoping to expand

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Grady Middle School eighth-graders Hunter Heisch, left, and Skylar Saul choose names from the district’s grandparents tree. Donations will be given to elderly residents at a Farwell seniors home.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Teachers, students and employees at Grady schools walk the halls with a certain familiarity. While the entire student population is only 104, everyone in the small village of Grady takes great pride in the school. From an elementary school holiday pageant to a middle school invention fair and […]

Prince Street overpass reopens

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The northbound lane of the Prince Street overpass was still closed about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The overpass reopened later in the day.

CNJ staff The northbound section of the Prince Street reopened Wednesday afternoon after a temporary joint repair, according to a spokeswoman for New Mexico Department of Transportation. Manon A. Arnett said a permanent repair should happen within a month, she said. The bridge that crosses a series of BNSF Railway tracks was closed late Tuesday […]

Q & A: Air Force veteran says he was discovered singing in the shower

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The Sicilian Tenors, from left, Aaron Caruso, Elio Scaccio and Sam Vitale, will perform a holiday show at Marshall Auditorium Thursday as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A taste of Italy is coming to eastern New Mexico Thursday as the Sicilian Tenors take the stage for a holiday performance at Marshall Auditorium as part of the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series. Tenors member Sam Vitale has performed the lead tenor role in Carmen, La […]

Clovis native saves student

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Darla Roman-Green grew up in Clovis, but is now an elementary school teacher in Kingston, N.Y. She moved east with her husband. They have three adult daughters.

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com When Darla Roman-Green saw her first-grade student choking at snack time last week, she did not hesitate to spring into action. “I saw my student and he had his hands around his throat and he had a complete obstructed airway,” she said. “He was going through all of the […]

County retooling release program

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New revisions to an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet program rules may mean more nonviolent inmates being released from Curry County jail.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Curry County is poised to adopt what some are calling a more realistic and workable inmate release system. But District Judge Fred Van Soelen cautions: “This is not going to solve the overcrowding problem at the jail … it’s just not. Because by and large the people who […]

Hot-shooting Hounds rout Northern New Mexico

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ENMU senior Devone Davis drives past Northern New Mexico’s Patrick Bendeque in the first half of Saturday night’s game at Greyhound Arena. Davis finished with nine points.

CMI staff To say Eastern New Mexico University senior point guard Rodney Blackmon came out like a house afire on Saturday would probably be an understatement. Blackmon personally got the Greyhounds off to a seven-point lead with 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting in the first five minutes, including three 3-pointers, and ENMU pulled away in […]

Clovis man surrenders after standoff

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By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A 30-year-old Clovis man accused of firing on his father and police officers early Saturday surrendered without injury or incident after a 7 1/2-hour standoff near Fourth and Hinkle streets. Eric Gutierrez, who has a history of guns and violence, is in Curry County jail. Clovis police spokesman […]

Program teaches inmates parenting responsibilities

Roosevelt County Detention Center inmate Melissa Griffith, right, fixes her daughter Nadia’s hair before they sat down 
to color at a Christmas Party 
for the jail’s Children Uniting with Parents
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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Melissa Griffith received a dose of joy when she fixed her 4-year-old daughter Nadia’s ponytail Friday. Griffith appreciated what may be a daily task for other mothers because the 30-year-old only sees her children for about 30 minutes a week. And from these visits, she said she’s learned what her priorities […]

Christmas parades postponed by expected weather

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Hillcrest Zoo Assistant Director Mark Yannotti put a protective cover over a faucet at the reptile house Wednesday evening in anticipation of a winter storm moving in today in the Clovis area in which freezing temperature are expected.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Friday and Saturday’s expected numbing-weather has postponed annual Christmas parades in Portales and Clovis. Portales’ parade was scheduled for Friday night and Clovis on Saturday night. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brent Wachter said Friday’s high temperatures will be in the low 30s and said roads may still be […]

Ticket feature: ENMU holding holiday concert

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Eastern New Mexico University will hold its annual Holiday Concert Friday on the Main Stage in the University Theater Center. The concert will highlight university singers and the symphonic band.

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University’s singers and symphonic band will offer their annual gift to the community this weekend. The school’s holiday concert will feature the school’s Chamber Singers, University Singers and Children’s Choir, as well as the symphonic band. Jason Paulk, director of choral activities, said concert goers can expect lots of holiday […]

Education feature: CCC spa gives hands-on experience

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Cosmetology student Vicki Garcia prepares to wax fellow student Megan Silvers’ eyebrows. Both students graduated from the program Wednesday and have plans to work at local salons.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Lucinda Lucero was a nursing student at Clovis Community College last year, and often visited the school’s esthetics spa to relax and unwind with a facial or spa treatment. This year, she is a student in the esthetics program, and is learning the ins and outs of skin […]

Forever families

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Kayla Strachan, 7, jumps and releases her last balloon Tuesday outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse, celebrating her adoption at the National Adoption Day ceremony.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kayla Nevaeh Beaman sat restlessly on Sharon Strachan’s lap. The 7-year-old wore pink from head to toe, her hair tied with ribbon curls. Kayla had anxiously waited for Tuesday too long, her parents said, so when her name was finally called by 9th Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer […]

Fire destroys Muleshoe vet clinic

A portion of the Muleshoe Animal Clinic and Vet Supply offices on U.S. 70/84 that included offices and a small animal clinic was destroyed by a fire that started Sunday.

 By Eric Norwood and Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITERS Two horses and five or six dogs and cats were killed in a fire Sunday night that gutted Muleshoe Animal Clinic and Vet Supply, according to co-owner Steve Kennedy. There were no workers at the facility at the time of the fire and no human injuries […]

Nuts about helping

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There are several places Vern Witten can be spotted in Portales. He can be found volunteering at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, tutoring area students, or during the first week of November, in his kitchen whipping up a batch of his famous peanut brittle for the Portales Methodist Church’s Turkey Bazaar. He’s a jack of all […]

Firefighter part of growing movement

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Clovis firefighter Rodney Alanis displays his mustache, which he’s been growing for thirty days. Alanis is growing the mustache to support prostate and testicular cancer awareness and research, along with 30 other firefighters. Alanis lost his grandfather to prostate cancer, and his father is a survivor.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Rodney Alanis took a month of wisecracks about his newly grown mustache for a cause that’s close to his heart. It’s the men that he admires in his life that inspired the 34-year-old Clovis firefighter to put down the razor for the 30 days of November and grow […]

Baskett Jr. on cancer: ‘I gave it to God’

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Hank Baskett Jr. says the cancer doctors once told him he had is now gone and he feels blessed.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The way Hank Baskett Jr. looks at it, he never had cancer. “The doctors diagnosed me with lung cancer,” he’s said repeatedly. “I gave it to God.” Now the man friends know for his upbeat outlook on life says doctors tell him the cancer is gone. “I […]

Helping give thanks

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Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com More than 150 volunteers joined forces at the Lighthouse Mission Thursday to serve up a hot Thanksgiving meal to those less fortunate. Cannon Air Force Base airmen, high school basketball players and community members alike took time out of their holiday to serve steaming heaps of turkey, stuffing and […]

Stories of gratitude fit Thanksgiving season

Throughout the Scriptures, we read about people who were thankful. These scripture personalities were all in different situations. Some like Job were overwhelmed with trouble and calamity. Some like the blind man was healed by the Savior. Some were simply grateful that their hunger was satisfied. In all instances, the following Bible personalities had reasons […]