Local groups start eyeing state session

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Christmas lists — of a certain sort — were given Thursday at the annual Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast. At the early morning gathering, local civic leaders shared their legislative requests with state lawmakers, who gave a peek into the session around the bend. The 2007 state […]

Dec. 22, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund Profile

Today’s focus: “Ms. A” Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. A” is in remission from cancer. She has undergone three surgeries this year. She is employed but having difficulty making ends meet. Holiday hopes: To give her child a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls pants size 16. Girls shirt size 16. Girls shoe […]

Local Roundup: Muleshoe teen killed in accident

By CNJ staff Nineteen-year-old Tyler Blake Sheets of Muleshoe was killed Thursday afternoon when the truck he was driving hit a tree on U.S. 84 about three miles east of Farwell, according to police. Dispatcher Kimberly Sherman of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol, said the accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. CST […]

City vetoes health risk study request

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioners Thursday voted against a resolution encouraging the New Mexico Environment Department to investigate health impacts of a proposed ethanol plant southwest of Clovis. By a vote of five against and two in favor, the commission opposed a resolution submitted by Commissioner Robert Sandoval that the city […]

Religion Digest: Church sponsors New Year’s ball

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The Hillside Christian Church in Amarillo is sponsoring the Texas Star Ball for singles and married couples Dec. 31. The New Year’s Eve festivities will include dinner and dancing. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. (CST) in the HCC Student Ministry Building at 6100 Soncy Drive in Amarillo. The dress […]

Jesus’ birth most humble of miracles

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Several years ago I visited a birthing center in a huge metropolitan city. It was a popular place, and women expecting babies put their names on a list months before their due dates so they could take advantage of the state-of-the-art facility. The place looked more like a fancy hotel […]

Gift bags presented to seniors

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Loyd Bagwell, left, and Josh Ray volunteer Thursday afternoon to help hand out food and gifts for senior citizens at the Salvation Army. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer With a wide grin stretched across his freckled face, Kevan Garrett busily stuffed gift bags at the Salvation Army Thursday afternoon. […]

Form letter simplifies holiday tradition

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’m running behind schedule this Christmas season. I’m just getting around to writing, or should I say, filling in my annual multiple-choice Christmas letter. It’s the ultimate form letter. Just circle the category that applies and bah, humbug! This standard letter is as personalized as a White House Christmas card […]

Key to Christmas gift giving: No plug-ins

By Grant McGee: Local columnist They say the great thing about being a guy is you can get all of your Christmas gift shopping done in half an hour on Christmas Eve. Well, I must have missed that lesson because choosing a gift for someone ranks right up there in my top five “Anxiety-Producing Things […]

Accounting rules lower businesses’ competitiveness

By Freedom Newspapers The Securities and Exchange Commission last week finally eased Sarbanes-Oxley auditing rules to make them less oppressive for smaller public companies, which had called for relief after spending millions of dollars to comply with the 2002 “Enron law.” But such baby steps fall far short. This duplicative, expensive and anti-competitive act, which […]

Road trips teach several lessons

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers They say the best part of the journey is the journey itself, not the destination. I’m not sure who “they” are, but I’ll bet they’ve never taken a road trip. My latest jaunt took me some 1,300 miles from the blustery Pacific Northwest to the desert heat of Arizona, mainly […]

Day Trip: Hillcrest Zoo

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleThe Siberian tiger Blondy lounges in the sun at the Clovis City Zoo. He has been an attraction at the zoo for about two years. Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis offers more than 500 animals including buffaloes and reptiles, according to zoo officials. The zoo sits inside a 140-acre park, with plenty […]

Clovis looks for redemption

CNJ staff Last season, Roswell had a strong team, beating both Clovis High and Hobbs twice. Alamogordo also dropped the Cats in their one meeting last year. Clovis High coach J.D. Isler said the Wildcats remember those losses and look forward to repaying Roswell and Alamogordo. The Cats (6-0) square off with the Coyotes at […]

WT trounces Zias

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Senior Heather Brown of ENMU shoots over West Texas A&M sophomore Courtney Lee in the Zias 85-65 loss at Greyhound Arena. Brown scored 10 points in Eastern’s second loss in three games. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Linden Weese knew his Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball […]

Near miss still leaves mark

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Luis Acosta of Clovis scrapes ice and snow from his van’s windshield Wednesday on Gidding Street. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A winter storm front that was more bark than bite drifted out of the area Wednesday afternoon, but not before dusting the area with about 2 inches of light […]

Ethanol risk study spurned

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Citizens’ call for an independent study of health risks related to the proposed Curry County ethanol plant was snuffed Tuesday at a Curry County Commission meeting. The Commission turned down a resolution that would have initiated a study of health risks to entities within close proximity of the proposed […]

‘Twas the night of a soldier’

By Destini Arguijo Editor’s note: Destini Arguijo is a sixth-grader at Lockwood Elementary. She wrote “Twas the Night of the Soldier” in response to a school assignment in which students were asked to write a poem. “I have a cousin in the Navy,” Arguijo, 12, said. “I wanted to write something for him.” Twas the […]

Dec. 21 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. A”

Today’s focus: “Ms. A” Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. As” family has just moved to Clovis. Her husband has yet to find employment. They have filed for assistance but have not received state or federal assistance yet. The family has been living in their car because they have been unable to find […]

Snapshot

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Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis said he finds civil cases the most challenging part of his job. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff What: Magistrate court is a full-time court that handles civil and criminal cases. The severity of the crime or the monetary and/or jurisdiction limitations in a civil action determine […]

Education Digest: Seniors should consider checklist

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer College-bound seniors should do three things before Dec. 31, according to a press release from Scott Anderson, an author and expert in college funding. In his press release, he recommends seniors heading to college should: 1) Remove savings from their name. If that isn’t possible due to IRS regulations, […]