Experience ruthless teacher

By Audra Brown Local columnist Don’t spit into the wind. Good  advice and, in this part of the world, we all know somebody who spits, and we dang sure know about the wind. There’s a lot of good advice out there. Here’s the trite wisdom for the day, brought to you by our proud sponsor, […]

amos turns holiday glutton

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. boss this holiday season got the best of me i turned into a cheese-a-holic i don t know if you […]

May we honor true King of Christmas with open hearts

By Curtis Shelburne Local columnist “The king of Christmas.” That’s what some of my kids called me the other day. It’s a world-class compliment, and I way more than halfway hope they’re way more than halfway right. But surely it’s far too strong a statement. No borderline blasphemy is intended. There’s only one King of […]

Restaurant owners say they serve Lord through meal

Staff photo: Derek Major
Joe Semante gets some food.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Most restaurants in Portales were closed on Christmas Day. But cars lined up early Thursday morning at the El Rancho restaurant as it hosted its annual free luncheon. Portales came together to celebrate the holiday and help those who are less fortunate. “We’ve been doing this for 11 years […]

God puts special people in our paths

By Judy Brandon Local columnist I read an article this past week on what rich parents buy their children for Christmas. Someone bought their child a gold Game Boy for $30,000. Diamond pacifiers are popular at $17,000 each. For children old enough to drive, a Ferrari 612 Scagletti — for $500,000 — is an option. […]

Wyoming man accepts PRMC administrator job

Staff report Wyoming hospital executive Vince DiFranco has accepted an offer to become the new administrator at Plains Regional Medical Center, according to PRMC board Chairman Lonnie Leslie. Leslie confirmed Wednesday that DiFranco will begin his duties Feb. 9 at PRMC. He is relieving Bo Beames, vice president for regional operations for parent organization Presbyterian […]

Shoppers out ’til last minute

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com With a day left until Christmas, many shoppers felt the pressure Wednesday to pick up last-minute gifts. Shortly after stores at North Plains Mall opened, shoppers poured in early to beat the crowds for Christmas Eve shopping. Several shoppers at the mall early Wednesday said they were shopping mostly […]

Former resident welcomed back

By David Stevens Editor Editor’s note: This is one in a series of columns looking back at regional news in 2014. It will continue through Jan. 1. Roy Ebihara was 8 when he was run  out of town because of his heritage, but he was excited to return home in 2014. Micah Thompson pitched a […]

Youth exchange scholarship deadline Jan. 7

Staff report The deadline to apply for a 2015-2016 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad scholarship is Jan. 7. The scholarship enables students to study for one academic year at a high school in another country while living with a host family. The merit-based scholarship covers travel, visa fees, room and board, tuition and […]

NASA offers holiday treat

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Ready for a break in the holiday routine?  Here’s an idea to get you (and any nearby over-sugared children) out of the house. The International Space Station is one of the more reliable attractions in the night sky — a slow-moving, brilliant point of light — and we’re going through […]

Pages Past — Dec. 25

On this date … 1974: Most of eastern New Mexico experienced a white Christmas night. Melrose residents reported snowfall began about 7 p.m while Cannon Air Force Base began seeing snow about 8:15 p.m. Portales reported about 2 inches while Grady led the area with 3 inches, weather watchers said. 1963: An abandoned well house […]

Extreme holiday spirit

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Roger Hepler of Clovis with a small Santa Claus figurine he plans to gift to a friend.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Some people collect baseball cards. Some collect music, be it eight-track, cassette, CD or vinyl. Still, others collect Christmas. A pair of Clovis couples on the city’s northwest area decorate their homes inside and out. For Troy and Tonia Gilliard, the lawn at their home on John Doe is […]

Salvation Army helps 236 families

Staff report For the last 23 days, the Salvation Army has shared stories of local families whose circumstances made the holidays a time of increased financial stress, not seasonal joy. From single mothers struggling with crippling medical expenses to grandmothers tasked with supporting their grandchildren on a fixed income, the Empty Stocking Fund aimed to […]

Buffalo soldiers such as Clovis’ Ira Pottard deserve recognition

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo
ra Pottard waves to the crowd during the Veterans Day Parade of  2013.

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist Clovis’ Ira Pottard is one of the last living buffalo soldiers. He was 19 when he was drafted into the famed all-black cavalry unit in 1942. “You didn’t think much about being drafted,” he said. “You got a letter from the president saying, ‘Congratulations you’re in the Army.’” I spoke […]

Police confirm home invasion

Staff report Clovis police have confirmed a home invasion Sunday evening east of Norris. When asked about a home invasion Sunday, the Clovis Police Department’s Public Information Officer Daron Roach, “There was one, it’s under investigation and has been passed on to detectives.” He said the incident report is not ready to be publicly released. […]

Q&A: EPCOG director talks needs and changes

Sandy Chancey

Sandy Chancey is executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments. We asked her about changes in the association of county and municipal governments that includes public entities in Curry, De Baca, Quay and Roosevelt counties. Question: How has EPCOG’s role changed over the past two or three years? Chancey: EPCOG’s role has changed considerably. […]

Keys to city not in short supply

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
A key to the city award from 2000, awarded to then-city employee Sandy Chancey. The award has since gone to more than four dozen, ranging from lifelong residents to visiting rodeo queens.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com In Clovis, as with nearly every other city that handles the process, the key to the city is a statement that you’ve done a great thing and you’re always welcome here. Statistically speaking, you’re either a Miss Rodeo visiting for Pioneer Days, a high-ranking official about to leave Cannon […]

‘Twas the day before Christmas

By Kevin Wilson Local columnist ‘Twas the day before Christmas And readers were fuming For their favorite columnist Had an idea for exhuming. The writing was there Like it had been before Kevin was reviving Parody shtick once more. “You’re far from our favorite; We find you quite witless You’re simply rewriting ‘Twas the Night […]

Few apples to pull from shelves locally in listeria outbreak

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Area stores haven’t spent much time pulling caramel apples off the shelves due to a listeria outbreak, largely because they don’t have any product to pull. Citing an overabundance of caution, the Centers for Disease Control has asked U.S. consumers to avoid all commercially-produced prepackaged caramel apples. David Morgan, […]

What’s happening — Dec. 24

Thursday Christmas Dinner — 11:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., free and open to public, El Rancho, 101 South Chicago Avenue, Portales. Information: 575-359-0098. Lighthouse Mission Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m. -1 p.m., open to the public, 407 L Casillas Boulevard. Information: 575-769-7775. Tuesday Holiday Blood Drive — 3:30 p.m., Curves, 2909 N. Prince St. Information: […]