Project provides presents for needy

By CNJ STAFF With Christmas a month away, shoppers are busy searching for the perfect gifts for loved ones. However, some parents are simply wondering how they will afford gifts at all. The Empty Stocking Fund, a Salvation Army Christmas and Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico project, is once again under way. According to Capt. […]

Momma Matriarch

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Carmelita Salazar worked as a cook for Clovis Municipal Schools and several restaurants. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Hands wrinkled with age, Carmelita Salazar deftly peels potatoes at her kitchen table. Beside the diminutive great great-grandmother, a small pile of shiny, white vegetables awaits washing. Today, the 95-year-old will […]

Holiday decor

Freedom Newspapers Holiday traditions don’t just happen — they take planning and hard work. Members of the Altrusa Club of Portales say the club has been working for months to make sure a nine-year holiday tradition turns out festive and fun for everyone. The organization is sponsoring the 9th annual Holiday Happening from 10 a.m. […]

Local Roundup: Officers conduction DWI Super Blitz

By CNJ STAFF State law enforcement officers will be increasing efforts against drunken driving over the holidays, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Through Dec. 3, officers in five counties will conduct a Super Blitz with a focus on getting drunken drivers off the road with increase patrols, sobriety […]

Author releases first book

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer TWO LIFE-ALTERING events led a former Clovis resident into the world of fiction. IN MAY 2001, Barbara Cook flew to her native England to arrange her mother’s funeral. Meanwhile, a devastating tornado was ripping through Colorado, where Cook was living at the time. Cook said the events destroyed her […]

European tax laws inhibit growth

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Some Americans look to European countries such as France, Germany and its Scandinavian neighbors and suggest that we adopt some of their economic policies. I agree, we should look at Europe for the lessons they can teach us. Dr. Daniel Mitchell, research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, does just that […]

Americans have good reason to give thanks

By Freedom Newspapers Every year in America we are given the opportunity to contemplate all our blessings. For many, this day of thanksgiving turns into a gathering of family and feasting on rich and exotic fare. Let us not forget, however, our most basic of all blessings — that we live in a free country […]

Letters to the Editor: Those who serve deserve our thanks

A couple of days before Veterans Day this year, I received an e-mail from a fellow Vietnam veteran. The e-mail contained a music video titled, “A Pittance of Time.” This song was written by Terry Kelly from Nova Scotia. The song’s words and music intrigued me deeply so I looked up the history of the […]

Committee won’t bag proposed trash ordinance

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis committee dedicated to beautifying the city is not giving up on an ordinance that would require residents and businesses to bag trash before throwing it in dumpsters. City commissioners last week rejected a trash-bagging ordinance crafted by Clovis Pride amid concerns it would be too difficult to […]

Local merchants aim to sweeten holiday shopping

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County retailers are enticing shoppers with discounts and extended hours. “Shop Clovis,” a five-week promotion sponsored by the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, will stretch through Dec. 17. According to chamber representative Jenni Gee, the event was initiated to encourage residents to “stay in Clovis to shop” for […]

Bull rider earns state honor

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L.J. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title in Las Vegas earlier this month. (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer L.J. Jenkins always felt he’d win a world championship as a professional bull rider, just not this soon. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats win opener at Moriarty

CNJ staff MORIARTY — The rebuilding Clovis High girls basketball team got its season off on the right foot Tuesday night. Senior guard Tori Northcutt hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with about 1:15 left, and added a driving layup to help the Lady Wildcats seal a 53-49 win over Moriarty. Northcutt posted a career-best 20 points […]

Zias ride balanced attack past Highlands

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ENMU senior forward Elizabeth Richards drive past New Mexico Highlands junior Tamra Collazo for a layup in Tuesday’s game at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Linden Weese knows his Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team has work to do, but he believes the potential […]

Hounds top Cowboys for first victory

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ENMU senior Mikal Monette and New Mexico Highlands freshman David Omogham battle for a rebound during the first half of Tuesday night’s game at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Mikal Monette said a win is a win. Monette scored 14 […]

Muleshoe man wins truck roadeo

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer JAVIER CRUZ OF Muleshoe won the Texas Department of Transportation’s annual Truck Roadeo for the Lubbock district in September. SINCE 1988, the TxDOT has held an annual Truck Roadeo, where employees weave through obstacle courses in single-axle trucks, squeeze through narrow spaces, and inspect vehicles for defects. “IT NOT […]

Cops and Courts: Man gets 25 years for stabbing, rape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man convicted of stabbing and raping his girlfriend was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Ricardo Sena, 19, was convicted by a jury in June of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, aggravated battery, child abuse […]

Local Roundup: Police pursuit recovers drugs

By CNJ STAFF Police seized approximately 10 ounces of methamphetamine and crack cocaine along with 14 ounces of marijuana early Tuesday morning following a vehicle and foot pursuit, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. Police arrested Juan Ramirez, 23, of Clovis and charged him with three counts of possession with intent to distribute […]

Deployed troops request donations for Iraqi children

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Troops deployed to Balad Air Base in Iraq have begun a campaign for donations of goodies troops in the field can give to Iraqi children. The items will be distributed by military personnel as they conduct missions to disarm explosive devices in the Iraqi countryside. The goal of the […]

Era of soulful love songs fading away

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist One day, maybe 20 years ago, I ran into Eddie Levert. Eddie, a charter member of the legendary O’Jays, is one of the greats, a singer of thunderous power. Back then, his son Gerald was just starting out as a professional singer but already, people were remarking how much he […]

Customer service, meet Mean Kevin

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I could write a whole column on the times people have ended a conversation by telling me, “You’re mean.” But I will prove I’m too nice. A few weeks ago, I got a call on my cell phone with the ID identified as “private.” I answered, asked who it […]