First Person: Businessman carves niche

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Chick Taylor works in his woodworking shop because it keeps him happy, he said. Chick Taylor, 75, carved a home for himself, his wife and brother-in-law from his father’s printing business. The 90-year-old, 7,000-square-foot downtown business building has five bedrooms, five dining areas, a five-car garage and a woodworking shop […]

Church suspends UNICEF fundraising as investigation proceeds

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Portales church has suspended its annual fall charity fundraising campaign while it seeks clarification on panhandling laws after a family said it was threatened with arrest for collecting door-to-door. Toni Kiernan said she and her two sons were followed home by police officers Tuesday night after a resident […]

Water authority hopes for authorization in lame-duck session

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer MELROSE — The recent federal bailout delayed the flow of federal authorization for the Ute Water Project, but supporters are optimistic their chances haven’t dried up. Project Manager Scott Verhines said at Thursday’s meeting that an omnibus bill including the pipeline project and 155 other items is a top […]

Oct. 24, 2008 Religion Digest

First Baptist Church of Texico is hosting a four-day conference to discuss Christian cultures affect on mankind starting Sunday. The seminar, titled “A Call for Discernment,” is led by Justin Peters. Peters is staff evangelist at First Baptist Church in Vicksburg, Miss. The seminar is a Biblical critique of the modern Word of Faith movement. […]

Oct. 24, 2008 Religion Calendar

Saturday Men’s fellowship breakfast — 8:30 a.m., Legacy Life Family Church, 622 Main St. Information 769-2461 Food and clothing give away — 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 Thornton St. Information: 763-4400. Sunday Men’s non-denominational bible class — 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. North Plains Mall Cinema, 2809 N. Prince St., Clovis. Free coffee and […]

Matt Rush to speak at McCain event

Freedom New Mexico Matt Rush of Portales will participate in the pre-program rally for Sen. John McCain’s campaign event Saturday in Albuquerque, according to Marta Kramer, state director for the McCain campaign in New Mexico. “They called this afternoon and asked if I would be one of the speakers,” Rush said Thursday. Rush is the […]

Festival set for Saturday

Freedom New Mexico The Portales MainStreet Program is bringing the Santa Fe Brewing Co. to town for a fall festival Saturday night. “(We are hoping) to create ‘Alive After 5’ entertainment, to have different venues for people — young and old,” said Danny Woodward, president of Portales MainStreet. MainStreet organizers have said the planned the […]

Squadron coming to Cannon

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Courtesy photo A military spending bill signed by President Bush this month includes six CV-22 aircraft for Cannon Air Force Base. The 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt field is slated to fly the aircraft at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ Staff A helicopter squadron at Hurlburt Field in Florida that was deactivated last Friday […]

Oct. 24, 2008 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Oct. 16 through Wednesday: • Keith David Turcotte, 32, to Edith Marie Creed-Roper, 29, both of Clovis • Martin Lewis Alexander, 47, to Marsha Ann Barton, 39, both of Clovis • Larry Donnell Boyd Jr., 26, to Christal C. Mitchell, 28, both of Clovis • […]

Oct. 24, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 1 p.m. Oct. 16 an officer responded to a school in the

ENMU set for homecoming weekend

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University students and alumni are set for a weekend packed with homecoming events. This year’s theme is “Greyhounds Go Hawaiian.” Brooke Cordova of ENMU’s Alumni Affairs said students select the homecoming theme each year by voting on their favorite. One of the main attractions is the […]

Oct. 24, 2008 Amos the Churchmouse

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.

We as adults are children compared to place in heaven

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist Do you remember the cute things your children said when they were little and trying to develop a vocabulary? Many times the way they pronounce those words in no way resembles the object they are trying to describe. Then again, sometimes their words have a certain ring to the real […]

Interviews leave lasting impression

In my day job as an agricultural journalist I interview people. Through the years I’ve learned to study a person’s history and accomplishments before we talk. Interestingly, most of the country folks I interview are not fooled by their alleged “importance.” They’re just glad someone finally asked their opinions, and that the interviewer is actually […]

Oct. 24 Letters to the Editor

Support bonds benefitting schools It has been a great honor to live in this area for over 40 years and know these communities are conservative and productive. This is a time of great challenges. Being in business in both Clovis and Portales, I have seen firsthand the difficulties that getting credit has brought on individuals. […]

Immigration status irrelevant to license needs

Freedom New Mexico Critics call it a train wreck, and the euphemism isn’t too far off. The state of Texas has joined other states across the nation in restricting the allocation of drivers’ licenses according to U.S. residency status. The issue became a major problem in New York for the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary […]

Men can’t seem to pick and choose

My father-in-law and my husband bought a hundred head of cows one year. It was a partnership deal, but when we unloaded them at the ranch they decided to split them fifty-fifty and each partner put his own brand on his half. It was early spring, so some of the cows had babies, others were […]

Oct. 24, 2008

OKLAHOMA CITY–God bless America, and how’s everybody? • Al-Qaeda was reported Monday to have netted $800 million dollars cash in illegal drug sales last year. Now they’re all too rich to volunteer for suicide missions. Who would have guessed that the best way to fight terrorism is to do heroin. • The USC Trojans leap-frogged […]

Falcons win thriller in desert 29-28

USAF photo: John Van Winkle .S. Air Force Academy cornerback Reggie Rembert sacks University of Nevada-Las Vegas quarterback Omar Clayton. By Maj. Brett Ashworth: U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs LAS VEGAS —The U.S. Air Force Academy football team won a nailbiter against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in a 29-28 back and forth […]

Think before you click

By Dennis Chambers: 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron, Base Software License manager Every day Air Force personnel introduce potential civil and criminal penalties into their computers and make the base network vulnerable. How? They check the “I accept” box and click next to continue. Before clicking “next,” make sure the software is both legal and […]