Faith: Haunted night, holy day

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com While many gear up for Halloween on Monday, Clovis and Portales churches will prepare for a celebration of their own. It’s no coincidence that Halloween precedes the back-to-back Christian holidays, All Saints’ Day (also called All Hallows’ Day) on Tuesday and All Souls’ Day on Wednesday. The three consecutive […]

Melrose students hold mock election

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Melrose students have spoken: Reagan for president. Reagan Carthel, that is. In an effort to teach middle and high school students about politics, Melrose School faculty came up with the idea to hold the school’s first mock presidential debate and election on Thursday. Carthel and fellow senior Ethan Wright […]

Director pleased with film’s reception

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com A collaboration of Eastern New Mexico University faculty, alumni and student artwork was met with a full house Tuesday night. A screening was held for the short film “Orgullo” Tuesday evening at ENMU’s University Theatre Center. The film’s director, Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking Jon Barr, said he was […]

Business feature: Friendly competition

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Cheating, stealing and talking smack is encouraged within the Clovis / Curry County Chamber of Commerce — at least when it comes to getting new members. Area chamber officials said last week they broke a state record, recruiting 213 new members and raising more than $47,000 in membership sales […]

Museum set for move

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Even the most preserved, prehistoric artifacts need a little sprucing up. The Blackwater Draw Museum, once located between Clovis and Portales on U.S. 70, officially closed its doors early in September after more then 46 years. Its artifacts, dating back an estimated 13,000 years, will soon find a new […]

Faith: Lutheran church celebrates 75 years of history

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com When Rev. Carl Schmid of Albuquerque came to Clovis as a traveling missionary to lead a Lutheran service, five people attended and a mere $1 was collected. That was back in 1915, however, and it was the first step for what later became Clovis’ Immanuel Lutheran Church. That initial […]

Education feature: Tutoring became career foundation

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnonline.com When Amber Tharrington became a tutor and substitute teacher in her native San Diego, it was a way to pay the bills whiel she earned a social science degree. But for Tharrington, in her first year teaching sixth- and seventh-graders at Marshall Middle School, it quickly became the foundation […]

One dead after fight in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com A Clovis man is in jail after a fight early Tuesday morning turned fatal. Ricky Goodman, 42, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on an open count of murder connected to the early morning death of Jimmy Stotts, 61. Goodman is in the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $250,000 […]

Man charged after crashing into home

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Clarence Mudgett was watching television in his bedroom when he heard an “awful crash,” early Sunday morning. “I tried to open my bedroom door and could not get out,” he said. “It was terrible. I saw a car in the living room with the nose of the car in […]

Business feature: Local restaurants may face avocado shortage

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Local restaurant owners agree: You can’t serve Mexican food without avocados. They aren’t so sure, however, what to do if faced with an avocado shortage. The staple of Mexican cuisine is rising in demand amid a recent farmers strike in Mexico, meaning prices are soaring for suppliers. According to […]

Trek for Trash cleans up town

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com More than 200 hearty volunteers made a concerted effort to help spruce up Clovis Saturday, during the annual Trek for Trash event. City officials said 250 participants representing nine teams collected 337 bags of trash. Volunteers gathered at the city’s Parks and Recreation headquarters at 8 a.m., received their […]

Oasis center adds buffer wall to safehouse

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com If you live in a house smaller than 1,000 square feet, adding an interior wall doesn’t sound like the greatest of plans. But if you work in that house, and are tasked to provide a safe interview space for children in suspected abuse cases, your outlook may change. The […]

ENMU building renamed

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Friends and loved ones of a prolific Eastern New Mexico University professor gathered Friday afternoon at the ENMU Roosevelt Science Center to honor his memory and see a building dedicated in his name. ENMU’s Natural History Museum was re-named the “Dr. Anthony ‘Tony’ Gennaro Natural History Museum” in honor […]

Commissions host luncheon at Gidding building

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Weeks before the room serves its official purpose to house meetings, the new Curry County Commission chambers were set up to host lunch on Tuesday. The chambers, part of the county’s new administrative offices on 417 Gidding, played host to the quarterly city / county luncheon where representatives from […]

Portales turns up heat on Fire Prevention Week

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Although Oct. 9-15 was proclaimed as Fire Prevention Week in Portales by Mayor Sharon King at the Oct. 4 city council meeting, the city’s fire department is working all month to inform area youth of the importance of fire safety and the constant role that the department plays in […]

ENMU celebrates 82nd homecoming

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com For their 82nd homecoming celebration, Eastern New Mexico University has a week-long schedule of events that will reinforce the bond between the university and the surrounding community. According to ENMU Alumni Director Robert Graham, the bond between the university and the Eastern New Mexico community is vital to the […]

Mesa celebrates blue ribbon status

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Last month Mesa Elementary School officials learned the site had earned the distinction of being one of three schools in the state to have garnered the 2016 Blue Ribbons School award. On Thursday students and faculty accepted plaudits for the achievement in a grand celebration with a blue theme. […]

CHS band heading into competition

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com There are more details under the surface, but the Clovis High School band has two goals every competition season. First, do what nobody else would. Second, do it better than anybody else would. The CHS band will be on display at halftime of today’s Wildcats football game against Eldorado, […]

Religion feature: Pastors weigh in on pulpit politics

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Since the 1950s, the Internal Revenue Service has regulated churches’ involvement in politics as tax-exempt organizations. But as the U.S. presidential race heats us, so do church-hosted political events and rallies. With the recent proposal of a federal bill and a nationwide movement supported by thousands of pastors, the […]

Evangelist, veteran speaks at church rally

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Vietnam veteran Tim Lee isn’t afraid to mix church and state, nor is he afraid to make his opinions known. Lee, a double amputee and Purple Heart recipient of Garland, Texas, travels as an evangelist to speak at churches, conferences and corporate events nationwide. Lee’s latest visit landed him […]