Last-minute shoppers keep merchants busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson From left, Chris Grah, Taylor Austin and Roger Grah move a piano to deliver to a customer in time for Christmas delivery from Penny Lane Saturday. Store owner Pat Grah said business had been good over the week leading up to Christmas. Kevin Wilson ’Twas the day before Christmas, and […]

Weekly update — Dec. 25

Commissioner: Investigation wasted county money Commissioner Dan Stoddard wants it known that he thinks Curry County wasted $4,800 spent on an internal investigation last month over allegations he created a hostile work environment. Stoddard says he paid a Dallas law firm out of his own pocket to look at conclusions reached by a county consultant. […]

Guest column: We can all find ways to serve

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By Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin Editor’s note: The following column was written by Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin, who is stationed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with the 2nd Marine Division (Forward). I miss so many things about my home in Jacksonville, N.C. I miss tucking my children into bed each night with a kiss. I miss […]

Empty stocking fund brings in more than $10,000

Kevin Wilson It’s often a bad year for a family when it applies to the Salvation Army for help during the Christmas season. But a greater number of people got helped during the season due to a higher-than-expected donation haul for the charity’s Empty Stocking Fund. As of Friday, the Salvation Army had received $10,113.92 […]

My wish list more naughty than nice

I don’t mind waiting until after-Christmas sales for my gifts. Here is my more-naughty-than-nice wish list: • A Kindle, but please don’t pre-load anything by Coulter or Beck. Anything by Twain (Shania or Mark) is welcomed. • Donations to my favorite charities: “Chef Juandel’s Squirrel-Stew Kitchen” and “Curing The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy’s Texas Twang.” • […]

We all have our Christmas beliefs

So I walked into the living room and there it was, glowing like a lantern in a cave. “Oh,” I said to my talented home decorator and wife of 52 years, “how wonderful, the Christmas tree. When did you put it up?” “Tuesday,” she said. Meaning three days ago. She wasn’t smiling. It is just […]

Finding ways to help others better than gifts

Freedom New Mexico Give thanks to God during Christmas and as we head toward and New Year’s Day. These are good times, and here’s why: • All over the country, people are walking into retail stores and paying off layaway items for perfect strangers. ABC’s “Nightline” on Tuesday featured a video from our sister paper, […]

McGee: Christmas gatherings can get weird

It looks like The Lady of the House and I will be spending Christmas Day without family. So we’ll just be hanging around the house in our “Watchin’-TV-and-eatin’” clothes. I love seeing the kinfolk, but sometimes it’s good to just have a quiet Christmas. Because you know, sometimes when family shows up things can get […]

Animals have part in holiday traditions

Glistening lights, glints of gold, decadent treats, wafting cinnamon and cloves, perfectly creased ornate paper, topped with perfect bows… Ah, the traditions of Christmas. Over the years, we’ve polished and refined the season, making Christmas sound, look, taste and smell better than any other single day on the calendar. If we were to go back […]

Police departments give gifts to more than 600 children

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Jamie Hacker of PPD: Courtesy photo Lt. Mark Cage of the Portales Police Department said 50 people were lined up at the door for Operation Santa Cop when the department opened. He said the department gave toys to about 400 children. Alisa Boswell and Kevin Wilson Santa sometimes dresses in blue this time of year. […]

Heavy snow closes roads in New Mexico

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Heavy snow from a winter storm blanketed parts of the West on Friday, stranding motorists throughout New Mexico and delaying holiday travelers trying to fly in and out of Albuquerque and Denver. The snow and high winds struck the region Thursday and forced dozens of drivers off Interstate 40 after […]

I-40 opened after brief shutdown

After a four hour closure I-40 was re-opened Friday allowing motorists to continue westbound to Albuquerque. The interstate was first closed at 10 a.m., from mile marker 239 to 329, which is from Tucumcari to the Torrance county line, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Robert McDonald. McDonald said at that time, I-40 was snow […]

Impeachment process should be used more

E ssential to liberty is the separation of powers among the three branches of government: the legislative, the executive and the judicial. As America’s founders established it, too much power exercised by one branch is supposed to be checked by the other two branches. That balance of powers has been brought up in the Republican […]

Keep government out of holidays

Merry Christmas! I hope you can take some time to appreciate all you have, and that you can spend the holiday however it brings you the most joy. I also hope you’ll allow others the same liberty. The winter solstice probably gave our prehistoric ancestors hope because the days which had been growing shorter finally […]

Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office investigating inmate’s death

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Lewis Freedom New Mexico Slightly more than 4 1/2 hours after he was in court Monday facing felony child abuse charges, Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell at the Roosevelt County jail, County Manager Charlene Hardin said Thursday. Lewis, 22, died Tuesday at a Lubbock Hospital in what […]

Salvation Army receives about 1,500 toys

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Esmeralda Carrasco, 4, left, Geisi Rubi Carrasco, 7, middle top, and Erica Carrasco, 2, middle bottom, daughters of Elva Carrasco, receive an Angel Toys gift package from angel tree coordinator Rebekah Gallop. Benna Sayyed Clovis’ Salvation Army Angel Toys charity helped local parents facing tough economic times provide their children […]

Empty stocking fund: Family A

Today’s focus: Family A Household members: 4 Children: 1 (age 2) Special circumstance: The family is just going through the transition of a divorce. This has been hard on the family since the father was the only one working. Clothing needs: Girls clothes size 4. Toys list: A Barbie or princess or a Barbie princess. […]

Religion calendar — Dec. 23

Saturday Christmas Eve services — 4 p.m., Lessons, carols, candlelight service and Holy Communion, Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA, 1705 W. 21st. Coffee. Information: 763-4816. Contemporary Worship Service — 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church. Information: 763-6821. Christmas Eve services — 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., Saint James Episcopal Church, 1117 N. Main St. Information: 763-4638. Sunday […]

amos the churchmouse: amos lit up for christmas

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. amos lit up for christmas boss i don t know ifyou ve […]

Jesus our hope in uncertain times

In this Christmas season 2011 the fact that Jesus is our hope means so much more to me. As I write this column four days before Christmas, I am thinking about the changes in our world since our children were small. Many things have changed. Christmas presents for kids have changed. Annie and Buffy went […]