Housing allowance to rise in January

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), paid to 950,000 service members living off base in stateside areas, will rise in January by an average of 5.9 percent, or $53 a month, say Defense Department pay officials. For 2006, as in years past, changes to individual BAH rates will vary by rank, […]

12/27 Business Digest

Graduate employed by Capital Farm Sarah R. Cortese, a 2005 graduate of Texas Christian University, is now employed by Capital Farm Credit in its Mason and Kerrville, Texas, offices, according to a company news release. She is the daughter of Buddy and Mary Ann Cortese of Fort Sumner.

One dead at Clovis motel

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Clovis Police investigate the scene of a suspicious death Saturday evening at the Econo Lodge on Mabry Drive in Clovis. CNJ Staff photo: Eric Kluth CNJ STAFF Investigators believe the man who died in a Clovis motel parking lot Saturday night did not know his alleged killer, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Officials […]

Last-minute shoppers scramble to buy gifts

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Shameka Patton, left, and her sister Tchicaya Williams shop Saturday at Bath & Body Works in the North Plains Mall. They were Christmas shopping for last-minute gifts for other sisters who will be in town for Christmas. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The aisles of Wal-Mart were filled, some so […]

Guardsman home for holidays

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Harold and Colleen Edwards will be together this Christmas. (Freedom Newspapers: Tony Parra) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — When Portales’ Harold Edwards left for Iraq on Jan. 2, he told his family he probably wouldn’t be back in time for Christmas. Things took a turn for the better as Edwards and the members […]

Christmas Day time to reflect on gifts of season

Freedom Newspapers Today, when Christians around the world reflect upon Christmas Day they stand in the tradition of the faithful throughout the ages who rejoiced that all blessings and mercies of eternity come together in God’s gift of the baby in the manger — Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Prophesies of a suffering Savior and Eternal […]

Salvation Army helps 958 kids

Freedom Newspapers Local Salvation Army officials said they helped 958 children with Christmas gifts, food and clothing this year, compared to 723 a year ago. Capt. Tammy Ray said the local office, through Friday, had collected $5,277.27 in cash donations to the Empty Stocking Fund this Christmas season — about $9,000 less than was needed […]

Police officers play Santa

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Police officers say it’s a change of pace to be able to knock on someone’s door and deliver good news instead of bad news. Portales police officers are delivering good news through the seventh annual Operation Santa Cop program. Through the program, police officers are going to homes […]

Several area teams claimed state titles in 2005

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Members of the Clovis High girls basketball team leap off the bench to celebrate the unbeaten Lady Wildcats’ 2005 state championship over Mayfield at The Pit in Albuquerque. (CNJ file photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Area high school teams captured six state championships in 2005, and several others were close. Three of the […]

12/25 Letters to the editor

War on ‘Christmas’ sign of decline At this Christmas season in America, it has become evident there is a diabolical plot to destroy the Judaic-Christian foundation of the greatest nation on God’s green Earth by attacking the word “Christmas.” The First Amendment to the Constitution has been blatantly misinterpreted by the liberal minds of judges […]

Girls hoops on the rise

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Girls basketball has evolved over the years from the 1980s, left, to the 1990s, center, and into 2005, with many coaches saying girls are becoming more athletic, quicker and playing more of a boys style of basketball. (CNJ illustration: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Gone are the days of two-handed set shots […]

Best gifts: Memories, friends and family

By David Stevens: Editor “I don’t know if you believe in Christmas “Or if you’ll have presents underneath the Christmas tree. “But if you believe in love, that will be more than enough “For you to come and celebrate with me.” — Kermit the Frog, from the album “John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas […]

12/25 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, police responded to a public works office on the 800 block of Norris Street in reference to a missing voltage meter. Police have no suspects. ••• At 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, police responded to a residence on […]

12/25 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • Leeann Garcia, 26, pleaded guilty to abuse of a child (first offense), and is ordered to serve one year less one day imprisonment followed by one year less one day supervised probation, She will receive credit for one year less one […]

Holiday shopping business slightly off

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Clint and Debbie Anding of Monroe, La., browse the booths Friday at Cydney’s Main Street Antiques.owntown Clovis. The Andings are were visiting family in Portales. (Staff photo: Erick Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The parking lot at North Plains Mall was nowhere near filled to capacity Friday. Inside, the mall was sparsely populated […]

Longtime Muleshoe resident dies in rollover

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Noe Anzaldua wanted all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be together for the holidays. A longtime Muleshoe resident, radio station manager and on-air personality, Anzaldua died in a one-vehicle rollover Thursday night while bringing his family together. Traveling with his wife of 52 years, Viola, Anzaldua had picked […]

ENMU looking to conservation for savings

By Tonya Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University students will see some changes in the way they shower, drink water and flush their toilets resulting in thousands of dollars saved next year. ENMU officials received approval from the ENMU Board of Regents to get bids for construction work to implement a cost saving program […]

Extended United Way campaign still short

CNJ staff There is a 20 percent gap between the goal of the Eastern New Mexico United Way 2005-2006 Fundraising Campaign and the funds raised to date, according to a Eastern New Mexico United Way press release. The campaign goal is set at $482,005 and about $374,256 has been raised thus far in Curry and […]

Clovis man sentenced in 2003 carjacking case

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for kidnapping, aggravated burglary, attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The charges stem from an October 2003 incident during which […]

Moody planetarium hosts holiday shows

Freedom Newspapers Need a day trip diversion for the week between Christmas and New Year? The Moody Planetarium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock has a couple of special holiday programs going on through Jan. 8 that could just fill the bill for the whole family. A little science mixed with the […]