Passion for holiday lighting turned into obsession

I stand in full confession. I openly admit: I need a 12-step program for outdoor lighting dependency. My name is Clyde and I am powerless in the face of outdoor holiday lighting. I rise early the day after Christmas, to scour the town in search of bargain sales on outdoor lights. I begin planning next […]

Portales Christmas parade features 31 floats

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Chamber of Commerce: Courtesy photo Gaynelle Thomas, left, with the help of Katelynn Skinner, right, robes Ashlynne Goins Thursday night at the coronation for Little Miss Merry Christmas. The 11 contestants raised $5,326 in funds for Portales’ Christmas Jubilee with Goins raising the most at $2,019. The Jubilee will be today at 6:30 p.m. at […]

New holiday lights in place

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A new Christmas light decoration shines Wednesday in front of the State Theater on Main Street. The city replaced the old lights with more energy-efficient lights. Benna Sayyed Christmas on Main Street will be a little brighter this year. The Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce and city of Clovis teamed […]

McGee: Christmas lights make town sparkle

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist The joke goes, “You know you’re from New Mexico if you leave your Christmas lights up year round.” No worries about that around our house; The Lady of the House had Christmas packed up a couple of days ago, lights and all. “That’s it,” she said, smacking her hands together. […]

Christmas parade lights up Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Christmas Jubilee Lighted Parade attendees, from left, Johnny, Martha and Mackenzie Garcia enjoy the parade Friday in Portales. They said they watch the parade regularly and liked this year’s event. Argen Duncan With antique trucks, horses wearing Christmas lights, Santa Claus and Nativity scenes, the annual Christmas Jubilee Lighted Parade […]

Weather information good to have

Clyde Davis Thank the powers that control cable TV for the weather channel. No, I am serious. Because of those powers, whoever they may be, we know how to plan our post Thanksgiving weekend. As I type this, it is a chilly 33 degrees outside and I have been dreading the concept of hanging the […]

Charity light, music show offered

CNJ staff A Christmas music and lights show for charity will be a nightly feature at a Clovis residence. The 7-9 p.m. show, which features 7,000 lights, will be at 1024 Jeanie Dr. through Christmas evening. Music, broadcast through 107.7 FM, includes Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, The Boston Pops, The Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr., and […]

Friday morning briefing: Bright lights, cookies with Santa and inviso-power

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Bright lights in the big city Registration is under way for the annual Clovis Christmas Light Parade. This year’s illuminating line-up gets started 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Registration forms are now available at the chamber, 105 E. Grand, and Clovis MainStreet office, 621-A Main […]

Tuesday morning briefing: All-Staters and where were you when the lights went out?

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Clovis All-Staters Eight students from Marshall and Yucca middle schools have been named to the All-State Junior High Choir. They will be attending the conference’s annual meeting Jan. 27-29 at New Mexico State University. Thus far, 40 Clovis students have earned All-State status. Video […]

Clovis native lights music festival stage

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Liliana Castillo Clovis native Jason Davis, who now lives in Lubbock, comes back often but not usually to work so much. Davis is in charge of the lighting and sound for the Clovis Music Festival. He and a crew of four spent days preparing for three nights of music at the Curry County Events Center. […]

Letter to the editor: Public shouldn’t ignore red lights

Has there been a change in law regarding running red lights? Public shouldn’t ignore red lights I ask because quite frequently I see individuals run the light at Prince and 21st streets. Specifically, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, I saw three vehicles run a red light in front of a Clovis police officer who did nothing. […]

City leaders concerned Portales street lights safety risk

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Vehicles traveling through the intersection of South Avenue C and West First Street Wednesday in Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis and Portales leaders are concerned traffic lights in Portales may present a safety risk to workers — an issue they plan to take up with the state, […]

Parade lights up Portales square

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan From left, Jarek Ham, 11, Bobby Terry, 6, and Joe Terry ride the Portales Women’s Club float created by Raymond Kobernick during the Christmas Jubilee Lights parade in Portales Friday night. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cold weather didn’t dim the lights or stop the crowd at the Live […]

April 17 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 p.m. April 4 an officer on patrol in the area of 13th and Main Streets observed a car drag racing another vehicle on Main Street. The officer began following the car but the driver continued to accelerate, making sharp turns […]

Parade lights Portales streets

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Ashlynn Idsing, 11, put a styrofoam cone under her hair to mimick the Whos in the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which was the theme of the C&S Inc. float in Portales’ Lighted Christmas Parade. To view more photos, visit fnm.myc By Mickey Winfield

Parade glows through Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Shirley Wolfenvarder and Charley O’Barney, 4, wave to parade spectators from the Clovis/Curry County 50-plus Olympics float in Saturday’s Christmas Light Parade. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Red, green and blue lights danced across little Darcee Thoms’ face as it peeked out of her hooded coat Saturday while […]

Proposal would stop cars from left turns off Commerce

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Vehicles turn left from Commerce Street onto Prince Street Wednesday afternoon. A proposal would extend a median to stop cross traffic from Commerce. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A discussion about repairing the traffic lights at 21st and Prince streets turned into a debate on possible solutions to traffic […]

Christmas light parade Saturday

CNJ staff The 11th annual Christmas Light Parade will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday. The parade, which is sponsored by Clovis MainStreet, will begin at 14th and Main streets and continue south until it ends at Grand Street. The theme for this year’s event is “Clovis 100 Years in the Making.” According to Clovis […]

Dec. 12, 1974

“Children and matches” was the fire department’s tentative ruling as the cause of a fire that occurred in a storage shed in the 1400 block of South Prince Street. … The State Highway Department was preparing to synchronize newly installed traffic lights at the E. Mabry and Norris Street intersections. … An electrophonic 72-inch console, […]

Coordinator: After school programs promote success

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jaydrien Urias, 12, gets his face painted Thursday at the Lights on Afterschool program at the Lincoln-Jackson Family Center. The event was held to inform parents and students of the importance of after school programs. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Clovis students had something to do Thursday afternoon in the […]