Shelburne: None of the above, please

For the many years I’ve been writing this column, I’ve tried to avoid being political, and I intend to keep trying. But I feel oddly at peace with making occasional comments that stand a good chance of making everybody — conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, red or blue, right-leaning or left-leaning, or just leaning […]

St. Helens to host annual festival in September

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St. Helen Catholic Church is hosting their annual Fiesta Sept. 9-11 at the church. The event will include games, food and kids activities, plus the newly added reverse raffle.

STAFF REPORT St. Helen Catholic Church is hosting their annual fiesta Sept. 9-11 to raise money for the church with fun activities, food and raffle drawings. Fiesta Co-chair Emma Britton said the weekend event is the only annual fundraiser the church holds. “We celebrate the feast day of our patron saint, St. Helen,” said Britton. […]

Busy teen off screen

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David Loveday shoots his final commercial for the Bank of Clovis on Thursday with Randy Harris, left.

David Loveday was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. His family came to Clovis in 2006. He is the son of Becky and David Loveday. He has attended Bella Vista Arts Academy, Cameo Elementary and Yucca Middle School last year where he was in FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), Spanish club and science […]

Terry: Need to up my bird knowledge game

We very nearly collected a specimen in the grill as my wife and I headed out to the naturalist talk on birding at Oasis State Park recently. “Bob White quail” I told my wife as I slowed to let the juvenile birds cross the highway. She missed them. My wife has long accused me of […]

Hartsfield: Matching sets still a thing

Matching tops and bottoms are definitely not a thing of the past. Whether it’s a cropped top short set or a ladies pants suit, ladies and gents alike can reach back into time and pull out some of their favorite two-piece looks. In workout gear, you may have noticed more two-piece leggings with complementary cropped-top […]

Borden: Embroidery decoupage on coming show

Information on making double slider cards and using Paintstiks to embellish garments will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.) Diane Tunnell is an Independent Demonstrator with Stampin’ Up!, and she’s going to demonstrate how to make a double slider card, […]

Senior calendar — Aug. 7

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8:30 a.m. exercise class; 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 5 p.m. business meeting; 5:30 potluck; 6 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. exercise equipment; 10 a.m. beg. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 1 p.m. – […]

Cool, clear waters of Santa Rosa

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Blue Hole in Santa Rosa is fed by an underground source and is a constant 62 degrees.

A short drive from Clovis / Portales, about 104 miles and just under two hours from Clovis, is the small community of Santa Rosa, offering visitors a great weekend getaway. Here, along Interstate 40, is where historic Route 66 has been a door to the West, and Santa Rosa has always welcomed visitors due to […]

On the shelves — Aug. 7

The following books are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library Silence by Mercedes Lackey and Cody Martin weaves together the stories of several characters as they struggle in new lives in Occupied Japan after World War II. As part of the occupation, they find shortages of food and medical supplies, plus discrimination and mistrust, […]

New Mexico Baptist Convention tours state

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New Mexico Baptist Convention Evangelism Director Rick Sullivan teaches the teacher session for the Baptist convention Monday evening.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Building relationships and strengthening community among local churches is what brought local church members together earlier this week, according to church officials. The Portales First Baptist Church housed a conference on Monday called “Creating Conversational Community in Small Groups.” The New Mexico Baptist Convention (NMBC) hosted the conference as […]

Dobson: When given a choice, be a Tank

We’ve hit a rough patch at Head Acres. So many of our permanent residents are seniors, some more “senior” than others. Two of our super seniors are struggling. Skye is our senior Great Pyrenees, so named because Wayne said no one would mess with him back in “Big Skye Country.” He has been a protector […]

Rodriguez: Cross walk across America sign of hope

“Leave the comforts of ‘sofa happiness,’ and, with Jesus’s help, put on some ‘walking shoes’ and make a mark on history.” These were the words that Pope Francis told more than a million and a half youth during last weekend’s World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. There are good things happening in this world if […]

Proud to call Clovis home

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Sabra Smith snapped with a State Farm bear in July. She’s worked for the company since 1999.

Sabra Smith is from Hereford, Texas. She has lived in the Clovis area for 10 years. In 1999, she started working for State Farm. She confidently describes her career as making sure her clients are confident about avoiding financial missteps, achieving their goals and living more confidently. Smith isn’t absent in community involvement either. She […]

Terry: Social skills in youth at peril

In the age of social media, employers say our newest employees are flunking out on social skills. That’s what a survey of employers by an ENMU College of Business professor revealed. Lack of interpersonal communication skills and the ability to connect with customers and co-workers seems to have put a generation in peril in the […]

Hartsfield: So many bags to choose from

Almost every woman enjoys a great handbag. There are so many different shapes and sizes that are trending at the moment. From mini bags to maxi ones, there’s an “it” bag that’s right for you and for your every occasion. What’s the look? Chain-handled handbags, hobo slouchy bags, over-sized clutches, fringed styles and mini bags. […]

Borden: Remodeler talks about stretching budget

Information on packing tips for a worry-free trip, using a smart pot to grow vegetables and flowers, and incorporating ribbon in needlepoint projects will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.) Party planner Patty Waid knows that packing can be stressful. […]

Senior calendar — July 31

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8:30 a.m. exercise class; 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. exercise equipment; 10 a.m. beg. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 8 ball pool; 6 […]

Travel: Taos, a mecca of art, history

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Taos’ history dates back to the 1500s when Spanish explorers first came to the country. Taos Plaza has kept much of its original design from 300 years ago.

Nestled within the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Taos has always been a destination for dreamers, adventurers, and the eclectic looking for a home. From Clovis, the distance is about 250 miles, or about four hours of driving time. Taos is one of those communities where the visitor should plan on staying at least a couple […]

Trinity Church goes on Brazil mission

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King’s Castle ministry leader Vinicius Santos speaks to children in Brazil.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Educational opportunities and the importance of missionary work were the key takeaways for members of the Trinity Church after a two week mission trip to Brazil. Trinity Church Lead Pastor Kelly Fulfer returned last weekend with 11 church members from Assemblies of God in Brazil. Fulfer said 21 members […]

Shelburne: God won’t leave us in the depths

It’s amazing how often we can find ourselves within the pages of the biblical Book of Psalms. Consider Psalm 130. I hope we’re not in this psalmist’s sandals often, but anyone who has lived very long can empathize with him. Hurting and almost hopeless, he writes, “Out of the depths I cry to you, O […]