Former restauranteur still going strong

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Mary Casillas-Mendoza at her store in Clovis.

Bio Name: Mary Casillas-Mendoza Profession: Retired business owner Age: 90 Family: Her late husband, Ray R. Mendoza, daughters Christy, Julie and Patricia, son Mike and many grandchildren. Mary Casillas-Mendoza was born in Jalostotitlan in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Her family migrated to the United States, to San Diego, in 1927 when she was 3. […]

Family tops New Year’s resolutions list

By Clyde Davis Local columnist We’re approaching a new beginning, at least in the year as measured by the calendar we use. Smack in the middle of the biggest week in the holiday season, and it’s a reasonably safe bet that someone this week will bring up the subject of New Year’s resolutions. Yes, I […]

Gluten-free pizza recipe featured

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on adding embellishments to doll furniture, using reclaimed doors, and using one pattern to make four jackets will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m.  Tuesday, and for noon on Thursday. Jana Beus makes doll furniture, and she’s going to show several ways to add embellishments […]

Senior happenings — Dec. 28

Baxter-Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: Jewelry Pals, 10 a.m.; 8-Ball Pool, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Line dance, 1 p.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.; Social night, 5 p.m. Tuesday: Quilting, 8 a.m.; exercise equipment, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.;  8-Ball Pool, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Musical, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Sew […]

On the shelves — Dec. 28

These books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel Levitin describes recent advances in brain science to show how we can organize our homes, workplaces, and lives in order to gain the mastery over the deluge of information that assaults us every […]

Can’t help but ponder circle of life

By Karl Terry Local c0lumnist Do we experience a circle of life here on Earth or is it more like a merry-go-round? I’ve pondered that question a bit since I returned to my hometown of Portales in 2005. After a quarter century of living in different and even wonderful places, coming home — while it’s […]

Keeping tradition

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First Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Candle-Light Service organizer Gracy Stone directs volunteers and church members as they practice their readings Monday evening. First Presbyterian Church member Bob Taylor said the church has held the candle-light service for more than 50 years in Portales.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With Christmas Eve fast approaching, First Presbyterian Church is gearing up for their annual Christmas Eve Candle-Light Service. The Christmas Eve service has been a church tradition for more than 50 years, according to church member Bob Taylor. Taylor said he’s been helping with the Candle-Light service since he […]

Double dry embossing on upcoming show

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on making crystal floral jewelry, double dry embossing and making “green” decor will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. Lisa Rojas is a crafter and designer, and she’s going to show how to make a beautiful crystal floral […]

Senior happenings — Dec. 21

Baxter-Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: Jewelry Pals, 10 a.m.; 8-Ball Pool, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Line dance, 1 p.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.; Social night, 5 p.m.; Beginning line dance, 2 p.m.; Social night, 5 p.m. Tuesday: Quilting, 8 a.m.; exercise equipment, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.; 8-Ball Pool, 1 […]

Social media source of inspiration

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Nieka Style Until recently, social media has held very little interest to me. I just don’t have the capacity to entertain other people’s neurosis, what they like or dislike, unless they’re talking fashion of course. I kid. But even in the case for fashion, I browse to find what inspires me. I’ve […]

Romantic proposal by Christmas lights

Aaron Valdez pops the question to Anhelica Salazar at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens while family, including grandmother Beth Lopez of Clovis, watch and wait for an answer.

Staff report When Anhelica Salazar’s boyfriend asked her to go to the Amarillo Botanical Gardens the night of Dec. 13, she thought it was just because she liked Christmas light displays. She found out later that night it was a plan by her boyfriend, with her whole family in on it, to make her a […]

May spirit of the season embrace you

By Clyde Davis Local columnist We would like to say a great and heartfelt thanks, on behalf I imagine of many folks, for hopefully many have experienced the same kindness that we experienced. Last week, this column proposed the idea that there were many activities, free of charge, available in the Clovis area. Truly, such […]

Trojan in Wildcat country

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LeighAnn Melancon adds an ornament the tree she donated at the clerk’s office in City Hall. Melancon says she and her mother made all the ornaments and decorations throughout the years and that she loves to make use of them every year at work.

LeighAnn Melancon is from Las Cruces and says she still bleeds green and gold for the Mayfield Trojans even though she’s in Wildcat country. Melancon graduated from New Mexico State. She went to work for Asarco in Silver City where she got experience in zinc mining. In 1986, Melancon moved to Clovis and started with […]

Wishing you peace, hope of first Christmas

By Karl Terry Local columnist At the first Christmas in Portales, Santa Claus showed up in cowboy boots, riding a grey donkey. That’s right, he didn’t exactly fit the description that Clement Clark Moore had portrayed 76 years earlier in his poem “The Night Before Christmas.” But it was 1899 in Middle of Nowhere, NM […]

On the shelves — Dec. 21

The following books are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey offers a rare, powerful, and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world’s most extraordinary women, while providing readers a candid, humorous, insightful, and uplifting guide to becoming their best selves. The […]

Lord doesn’t expect what we don’t have

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist I told this story several years ago in my weekly column and I believe it is worth telling again. Several years ago, I had purchased a CD with Christmas songs sung by children for my grandchildren. Not long after that, I was on the way home from some doctor appointments […]

God entered the world at Bethlehem, and most didn’t notice

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist When the King of kings landed at Bethlehem, when God the Almighty began Heaven’s assault on Satan’s turf, when the forces of the Divine arrayed against the forces of evil, the landing craft (as C. S. Lewis has described it) was a manger. The God of the universe wrapped himself […]

Artsy assessor

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Curry County Assessor Candace Morrison looks over some work in her office.

Candace Morrison was born in Portales. She was raised in Clovis from the time she was 7 years old. Morrison graduated with the class of 1999 at Melrose High School. She studied computer information systems at Clovis Community College and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration degree at Eastern New Mexico University. Morrison went […]

Redstone true winter wonderland

By Karl Terry Local columnist One of the things I miss about Colorado is the postcard perfect scenes at Christmastime. It’s hard to beat a blue spruce tree loaded with snow — unless you drive into a whole peaceful grove of them on Christmas Day and notice elk feeding and resting peacefully all around you. […]

Learn how to select jewelry on show

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on using a Scissor Mouse, selecting jewelry, and making window treatments will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” Tuesday 9:30 p.m. and Thursday at noon. Marisa Pawelko is a designer and crafter, and she is going to demonstrate one of the neatest “gadgets” to come out in the […]