Friend’s gift a life saver

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Old friends are the best. Ask Tucumcari’s Marty Martinez. He hadn’t seen Michael Holloway in five years. Five months after their reunion, Holloway donated a kidney to Martinez. “Michael was sent by God, of that I am convinced,” Martinez said this week. Martinez, 42, was diagnosed with kidney failure […]

ENMU continues Holiday Concert tradition

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The Eastern New Mexico University steel band will be part of two upcoming concerts this week, the steel band and percussion ensemble on Wednesday and the Holiday Concert on Thursday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Eastern New Mexico University will kick off the Christmas holiday spirit this week with two concerts. The long-time annual Holiday Concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Campus Union Building Ballroom and “may have everybody up there,” according to Patrice Caldwell, saying the concert will likely include […]

La Casa sponsors first Tacky Sweater run

STAFF REPORT Grab your tackiest Christmas sweater and a pair of running pants if you want to get in the Christmas spirit with a 5K dedicated to helping those in need. A new event aimed at supporting families in need during the holiday season will make its debut next month. La Casa Family Health Center […]

Notebook — Nov. 29

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico wants you. Here’s the plan: “We will be creating a stimulating learning experience allowing our young people to step into the world of adult responsibility and decision making, dealing with the financial stresses of making ends meet and handling the challenges when what we have just isn’t enough,” […]

Pages past — Nov. 29

On this date … 1990: The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce was in search of a new executive director. John Risher had been dismissed for failing to follow policies and procedures, board Chairman Bobby Ann Dictson said. “John has done some good things for the Chamber,” Dictson said. “But when you don’t do what your […]

To do list — Nov. 29

Tuesday • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. at county courthouse, commission room. Information: 575-356-5307 • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Building, council chambers. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 Thursday • Little Miss Merry Xmas Pageant — 6 p.m. at the Yam Theatre. Information: 575-356-5354 • ENMU Holiday Concert — 7 […]

Black Friday takes back seat to inclement weather

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Mickey Rush of Clovis sprays de-icer on his car windows parked on Main Street Friday morning to remove the ice. Rush didn’t expect the weather to be as icy and cold as it turned out to be.

By Kevin Wilson and Alisa Boswell Black Friday, you’re no match for black ice. After parts of Clovis spent the night with no electricity, most of the city awoke to find the ground — and vehicles — covered in a sheet of ice Friday morning. Businesses and residences near downtown Clovis lost electricity […]

Notebook — Nov. 28

The ice storm that hit most of eastern New Mexico on Thursday night caused widespread power outages and made holiday traveling dangerous. But it was a minor annoyance compared to the blizzard of 1923. Arguably the worse winter storm in the area’s history, that blast left a foot of snow, featured zero visibility, even stopped […]

Empty stocking — Nov. 28

A single mother with five children could use some help this holiday season. “The family was doing OK until the father passed away,” said Salvation Army Lt. Kelly Berggren. “He went to the hospital for a routine checkup and was told he had cancer.” Ms. B and her family are among about two dozen Clovis […]

Johnson: Pets good for kids’ health, study shows

Kids and critters are a combo that warms the hearts of adults – perhaps more than anything because they have that shared cuteness that can make even the most cynical person say “awww…” Somewhere between the fluffy fur and the rosy cheeks of innocent little ones, there is an earnest desire to play and enjoy […]

Pages past — Nov. 28

On this date … 1975: Two Clovis men were arrested about four hours after they were accused of holding up Cook’s Truck Center and escaping with $700. They were taken into custody at a Clovis lounge and officials recovered about $600 of the stolen cash. 1965: Work had begun on an 85-bed hospital at Cannon […]

Newspapers delayed one day

Thursday’s ice storm and power outage has delayed delivery of the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune newspapers until Saturday. The newspapers observed early deadlines on Thursday night in anticipation of the storm, but the power went out at the CNJ before the presses could start. Both papers are printed at CNJ. Newspaper Publisher Rob […]

Power out in Clovis as temperatures drop below freezing

A power line went down in Clovis on Thursday night and hundreds of city residents were left in the dark, many without heat, as ice pelted the city and temperatures plummeted below freezing. Businesses and residences near downtown lost electricity about 8 p.m. Thursday. Power was still out early Friday. Police said power might not be […]

Winter makes way to High Plains

Staff report Brace yourself. Eastern New Mexico can expect freezing rain, high winds, maybe some snow and certainly hazardous driving conditions today through Saturday. Xcel Energy officials on Thursday night were preparing for the possibility of widespread power outages across the region. The National Weather Service on Thursday issued an ice storm warning for all […]

Over 400 served holiday dinner

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Area residents are served Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building during the annual community Thanksgiving dinner.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Whether to help serve or to eat, more than 300 area residents showed up for the 13th annual Portales community Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building. People of all ages and all walks of life crowded into the building as soon as the dinner started at 11 a.m. […]

Wilson: Resident movie expert shares favorite holiday flicks

There’s a reason I didn’t write about Thanksgiving movies. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” begins and ends the conversation. Christmas movies? The conversation never ends. I’ll limit myself to my three wise movies for every Christmas season. Before we start, one qualifier: The mere inclusion of Christmas does not make a Christmas movie. “Lethal Weapon” and […]

Notebook — Nov. 27

Once the professional shoppers are sleeping off their Black Friday runs — not to mention the Thanksgiving day/night madness — it will be safe to venture out and start actually Christmas shopping for friends and loved ones. Small Business Saturday is, perhaps, a little more tame, sophisticated and fruitful for those of us who want […]

To do list — Nov. 27

Thursday • Little Miss Merry Xmas Pageant — 6 p.m. at the Yam Theatre. Information: 575-356-5354 • ENMU Holiday Concert — 7 p.m. at the Campus Union Ballroom. Free to the public. Information: 562-1011 Ongoing • Farmer’s market —5 p.m. every Monday and Thursday at First Street and Avenue B. Information: 575-356-8541 • Winter accessory […]

Brown: Can’t go wrong with good tools

Thanksgiving passes with the consumption of mass quantities of turkey, stuffing and, far more importantly, cranberries. Plus friends, family, and hopefully a good game of football. For many, it also triggers the official start of the countdown to Christmas and the mounting consideration of one small aspect of that holiday — shopping. It’s not the […]

Pages past — Nov. 27

On this date … 1990: Incumbent Roosevelt County Commissioner Herschel Caviness was back in office — by one vote. After the Nov. 6 election, challenger Garry Dictson appeared to have defeated Caviness by one vote, 573-572. But the recount showed Caviness won, 574-573. District Judge Stephen Quinn upheld the recount and declared Caviness the winner. […]