Our people: Seasonal Santa

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Clovis resident Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Village and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas season for 12 years. The 73-year-old transormed into Santa to help his brother who was overwhelmed with engagements. He said he enjoys playing the […]

Our people: Community provider

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Clovis resident Johnny Chavez was born and raised in Clovis. He has spent time on several community committees including city commission for eight years. Even as a college student attending Eastern New Mexico University, Chavez enjoyed working in the community. He continues that today after 21 years running the Summer Food Service Program, which fed […]

Clovis resident hosting charity light show

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With 7,000 lights and Christmas music, visitors can take part in the holiday spirit. A holiday display at 1024 Jeanie Drive in Clovis is lit 7-9 p.m. nightly through Christmas for people to enjoy. With the tunes from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, the Boston Pops, The Carpenters, as well as classic children’s holiday songs and […]

My turn: Red bean recipe will have you wanting more

Argen Duncan Joe Blair, a life-long Portales resident and World War II veteran, told me you can’t have just one bowl of his red beans. Here’s how Joe does it: First, he doesn’t believe in soaking the beans. Put 2 cups of beans in a pressure cooker with a 2-inch chunk of salt pork. Add […]

ENMU offering youth choirs through outreach program

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Argen Duncan Young voices will have an outlet at Eastern New Mexico University this fall. Heather Vest, an experienced choir director and a Portales resident, is starting two children’s choirs, the junior choir for third- to fifth-graders and the senior choir for sixth- through eighth-graders. The choirs are part of the university’s Distance Education and […]

Our people: Heart of the city

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Isidro Garcia, 80, has been an active resident in Clovis for more than 50 years. He served as Clovis City Commissioner for six terms.

Engagements — May 9

Elrod-McElroy Darren Elrod and Jo Rheta McElroy are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The bride-elect is a retiree and Portales resident. The prospective groom is a Portales resident currently employed as a paramedic/firefighter with the Portales Fire Department. The couple will exchange vows at 1:30 p.m. on May 15, 2010, at the […]

Quay resident awaits word from family in Haiti

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Quay County business owner says he’s stunned at the destruction in Haiti, where he has relatives struggling to survive. “I asked my brother if he had eaten anything,” Jean Morency of Tucumcari said on Tuesday. “He told me yes he had eaten but he had to fight for […]

Ex-Portales resident going strong at 107

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By Ann Work: Wichita Falls Times Record News WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Optimistic, check. Nonsmoker, check. Socially active, check. Effie Caffee, who spent most of her childhood in Portales, exhibits many of the trademark signs of centenarians. But if you ask for her secrets to living to be 107, she will tell you she has […]

Bingaman supports reappointment of Portales resident on peanut board

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman on Wednesday asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reappoint Portales resident Jimmie Shearer to the Peanut Standards Board for the Southwest Region. Shearer is president and CEO of Sunland, Inc., the nation’s largest handler of Valencia peanuts. Shearer is an original member of the board, […]