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    The Staff of The News|Updated Dec 26, 2017

    On this date ... 1982: Joe B. Sisler, president and chairman of the board of directors of Clovis National Bank, announced his retirement from the top office, effective at the end of the year. Sisler had been with the bank for 47 years, and planned to stay on as chairman of the board. After moving with his family to Clovis in 1931, Sisler graduated from Clovis High School in 1935, and started with Clovis National Bank as a teller the following year. Except for four years of...

  • Blessed year for Roosevelt General Hospital

    Haylee Spence|Updated Dec 26, 2017

    Editor’s note: Area leaders associated with taxpayer-funded entities were invited to write guest columns summarizing 2017 from their perspectives. Haylee Spence is director of planning, marketing and public relations for Roosevelt General Hospital. When looking back at all 2017 has brought Roosevelt General Hospital and RGH Clinic, we can think of one word to best describe our year: blessed. Although there are many aspects of health care out of our control that affect our organization, we have been able to continue growing o...

  • Keep pets and family safe during holidays

    Sharna Johnson|Updated Dec 26, 2017

    As today dawns, the hectic pace of the Christmas holiday is behind us, yet in its afterglow, is the mess, piles of presents to be put away, decorations to be disassembled and packed up and lingering company to entertain. With all the anticipation and anxiety leading into the holidays, it’s somewhat remarkable that on the other side there’s more work, and yes, stress before it’s all said and done. In the midst of Christmas recovery mode and heading into New Years, there is su...

  • Lottery tickets better bet than bitcoins

    Steve Hansen|Updated Dec 26, 2017

    Holiday season financial news has been dominated by the Republicans’ tax plan and rush to bitcoins. Both leave me scratching my head. The Atlantic Monthly and Fox News agree the tax plan will mean lower taxes for just about everybody. At least next year, maybe. The mainstream media, however, say the plan is a disaster for the middle class. I don’t know who to believe. If the Republicans’ tax plan is confusing, bitcoins are baffling, but I wish I had bought a few back in January when their value was $894 per coin. On Frida...

  • Cage equals change for Nathan

    Peter Stein|Updated Dec 26, 2017

    CLOVIS — Staring out from his prison cell, Nikko Nathan could see more than just metal bars. He saw two Nikkos — the Nikko he currently was, the one wasting his life, another kid from a broken home, in and out of jail since age 11; and the Nikko he could be, if only he found his niche, some positive path for his life to take. He chose the latter Nikko, gave up the street life, found his way into mixed martial arts, made it his focus. Recently, the new Nikko took one of the...

  • Year in review: Two big goodbyes to businesses in 2017

    Jamie Cushman|Updated Dec 26, 2017

    The business sector continued to undergo changes this year. Clovis and Portales welcomed many new businesses in 2017 but possibly the biggest development of the year was saying goodbye to two stores that have been fixtures in the community for decades with a combined 120 years in operation. Woody’s Jewelry announced plans to close in November. It opened in 1955 and moved to its present location on the southeast side of Portales’ square in 1962. Owner Danny Woodward said he and his wife Chris are suffering from “burnout” after...

  • Weekend fire destroys Clovis home

    Kevin Wilson|Updated Dec 26, 2017

    CLOVIS — Fred Lybarger has spent many years in Clovis doing what he can to improve Christmas a little for those down on their luck. He came home Sunday from doing just that, only to discover his holiday had suddenly worsened as a house fire was discovered too late to do much. Nobody was injured, but Lybarger said Sport, the family dog, didn't make it out. "We had insurance," said Lybarger. "I don't know what we're going to do at this point. Everything we owned is gone." Clovis...

  • Restaurant continues Christmas lunch tradition

    Kevin Wilson|Updated Dec 26, 2017

    PORTALES — On most days in eastern New Mexico, Christmas is suitable slang for red and green chili sauce with your enchiladas. On Dec. 25, it means a time for friends and family to come together. For a Portales restaurant, both definitions could apply. El Rancho opened its doors on the holiday for the 14th straight year to serve a free Christmas lunch to anybody who could navigate through the packed parking lot. Co-owner Joey Garcia said the expectation was to feed between 2...

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