Miracles: Area residents recount unexplainable events

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The Rev. Steve Brown, working Friday on drywall at the Matt: 25 Hope Center in Clovis, said he attributes the miracle he witnessed to God. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The night was dark and the highway seemingly empty. Two men inside a truck had the radio on and the […]

Three Cats chosen to all-star team

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Three members of Clovis High’s Class 5A state runnerup football team have been chosen to the 2005 Class 5A-4A Golden Spread Team, announced recently by the Amarillo Globe News. Junior running back Brian Mead and junior wide receiver Rishard Matthews were chosen on offense, while senior free safety Devin Sweet was […]

12/25 Engagements

Cortez/Sizemore Valentin Cortez of Clovis and Enriqueta Cortez of Roswell announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their son Valentin Cortez II to Carmen Elena Sizemore of Marietta, Ga. The bride is the daughter of Elia Lopez. The couple will exchange vows at sunset on Feb. 10 on a private beach in Los Cabos, Mexico. […]

12/25 Senior Happenings

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St. Monday: 9:30 a.m. — Blood pressure checks; 10 a.m. — Health insurance benefits assistance. Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. — Indoor exercise. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — Blood sugar checks; 1 p.m. — Bingo; 1:30 p.m. — Blood pressure checks; 2 p.m. — Refreshments. Thursday: 10:30 a.m. — […]

12/25 Organizations

El Portal Chapter The El Portal Chapter club met at 6 p.m on Dec. 10 at the Territorial Restaurant in Portales. The program focused on Christmas traditions. Nine members of El Portal Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and 10 guests held a formal evening of dining. Regent Wanda Dunn presided over a […]

Christmas revives thoughts of childhood

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist Here we are on the brink of the big day — the day families and churches and people who sell honey-baked hams have all been waiting for. No matter how the holidays go down this year, we will always be stuffed with memories of Christmas pasts — not unlike cream-filled […]

Holiday memories fueled by variety of experiences

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What are the pieces that compose the collage of memories that you have marked “Christmas and holiday season?” What are the sights, the sounds, and the special places that they take you in your mind at this time of year? In the middle of all the frantic juggling of schedules and […]

Mother was tough shopper

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist My mother was the epitome of rough, tough Nebraska stinginess, but she always made a special trip to Denver just before Christmas to show me the holiday decorations. On these trips she also bought pigs’ feet. Besides being cheap, they provided hours of winter fun for the family as we […]

Christmas tunes yield tales of 1950s studio

By Don McAlavy: Curry County historian The story is told that a New Mexico blizzard made its appearance during the two days (actually nights) when two songs by Jimmy Self were recorded by Norman Petty. It was said that the recording studio was so cold the musicians had to wear coats during the sessions. Perhaps […]

Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

By Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch- worth of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Norman Luboff […]

Chapel, Clovis community make holidays brighter for single Airmen

Airman 1st Class Jessica Martinez, 524th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, walks off with one of the more than two dozen prizes awarded at the Single Airmen’s Holiday Dinner Dec. 15. Janet Taylor-Birkey “It was pretty bad,” said Mr. Al Jolly to a roomful of Airmen at the chapel Dec. 15, recalling his first Christmas in the […]

Tending the flock

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Chaplain (Col.) David Cyr, chaplain for Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va., visited Cannon AFB Dec. 14 through 16. Janet Taylor-Birkey “To come alongside our warriors and their families and provide religious support, comfort, and to meet the needs that they have relative to what it means to be in the military … […]

Chief keeps troops aware of changes

Greg Allen When Chief Master Sgt. Geoffrey Preudhomme arrived to the United States from the Caribbean island of Grenada in 1979, he came with a burning desire to make a difference and to succeed in life. The Air Force provided him the avenue to accomplish both goals. Chief Preudhomme has risen from an airman basic […]

Perhaps our best technology is really Airmen on the phones

Janet Taylor-Birkey “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” is something I’ve repeated often since coming to work for the Mach Meter. And much like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, I have been trying to figure out exactly where this whirlwind has landed me and which yellow brick road to take. The first thing that […]

Learn how to curb those cards

Janet Taylor-Birkey The average American will spend about $763 for holiday shopping according to the USA Today. Typically, if a credit card is used, it will take approximately 36 months to pay off those seasons greetings. Holiday spending is inviting, but often digs a hole that is almost impossible from which to climb out. But […]

New maintenance contract now includes small appliance repair for dorm residents

27th Fighter Wing staff report Starting Jan. 1, Ameritac Incorporated will provide all current housing maintenance and repair needs plus several additional services including appliance repair for dorm residents, said Mr. Tim Farmer, Housing Flight Chief, 27th Civil Engineer Squadron. Ameritac Inc. will also handle tree maintenance and grounds maintenance within the housing common areas […]

Calling it a career

Amn. Thomas Trower More than 28 years ago, an Airman came home on leave to visit his home in the Finger Lakes region of Western New York. Little did he know that his influence would help his friend enter the military and begin a career that would end at the top of the 27th Fighter […]

Cats edge Coronado with no time left

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Clovis’ Jaden Isler falls to the ground as he tries to control a loose ball during the second half of Thursday’s game against Lubbock Coronado at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With time about to run out, Jaden Isler knew he had to just throw one […]

Pastors plan similar Christmas sermons

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Bethel Assembly of God Pastor Lemuel Perry said he will conduct a simple worship service for Christmas. (File photo) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The story is as old as time; originating from the New Testament Gospel of Matthew. The saga chronicles the miracle of the virgin birth that resulted in Jesus Christ being […]

Clovis High junior dies in crash

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New Mexico State Police Lt. Gary Ross, left, and Curry County Deputy Larry Garrison investigate the scene of a fatal vehicle crash Thursday at the intersection of Wilhite Road and County Road G. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis High School junior was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle accident […]