Fund helps make Christmas Day different from rest

Eric Butler Barry may look like he enjoys food a little too much, and that there’s a regular supply coming his way. But what appears to be a lack of self-control for Barry, who is overweight and unable to do much of any kind of activity, is actually a result of health problems. A friend […]

Administration seen as tone deaf on some ‘people’ issues

Tom Philpott With President Bush signing the first-ever $400 billion defense bill, including another military pay raise and housing allowance increase, it would seem hard to argue that this administration has lost touch with troops. Yet there are currents of worry and disappointment inside the military. U.S. military operations are at their highest sustained level […]

Vehicle crash causes damage at Yucca

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A Clovis firefighter stands at the scene where a pickup truck involved in a two-vehicle accident Sunday night struck a light pole on the north side of the Yucca Junior High School football field. CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos. By Jack King A two-vehicle collision damaged the fence and part of the football practice field […]

Wanted: 50 doctors, and now

By Jack King If you dropped 20 new general practice physicians into Clovis’ pool of patients, they would hardly make a ripple. That was how Plains Regional Medical Center’s new administrator Brian S. Bentley described the city’s physician shortage recently. And it’s not just GPs that the city needs, he said. “Clovis probably has never […]

Ho-ho-holiday shopping takes off

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Virginia Garcia, center, compares two Bratz dolls with her son Thomas, 14, while she shops for her grandchildren Friday morning at K B toys in the North Plains Mall. Vickie Winters, left, also shops for Bratz dolls. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Large business or small, locally-owned or chain-managed, newly-opened or a […]

Mom needs help with Christmas gifts for kids

By Eric Butler Santa may know who’s naughty and who’s nice, but what if the nice ones’ parents need some help to make Christmas a special holiday? Cheryl (not her real name), a resident of the area for the last 28 years, is hoping that the Salvation Army will be able to make it possible […]

Alcohol and driving: A deadly combination

By Mike Linn The holiday season brings with it Christmas parties, time off from work and plenty of down time with family and friends. It also brings with it drunk driving. More people calling taxi cabs from bars. And more alcohol-related crimes. In an effort to keep drinking and driving at bay this holiday season, […]

Hospice coordinater dedicated to her patients

Q and A Melba Montague, 45, a registered nurse, is clinical coordinator for Plains Regional Medical Center’s Home Health and Hospice program. This is the 25th anniversary of National Hospice Month, first declared by President Jimmy Carter. Q: In your words, describe the hospice program. A: It is being able to allow our loved ones […]

Police Blotter 11/30

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: While conducting a drunk driving checkpoint on the 600 block of South Prince Street shortly after midnight on Nov. 22, police noticed that the driver of a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup had bloodshot, watery eyes and an odor of alcohol, and pulled […]

Airman court-martialed

Cops and Courts According to Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs, a member of the base security forces squadron faces 11 months imprisonment, total forfeiture of all pay and allowances, reduction to the lowest enlisted grade, and a bad conduct discharge following an Oct. 22 court martial conviction for repeated use of drugs. Airman 1st […]

Court Dispositions 11/30

Here are recent dispositions recorded in Curry County District Court: William B. Corrales, 28, pleaded guilty to robbery, aggravated battery, and embezzlement. Sentenced to three consecutive terms totaling 6 1/2 years in state prison, all suspended except for 122 days served. Placed on five years supervised probation with special condition of making restitution on all […]

Clovis woman remembered as ‘faithful,’ independent

By Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF WRITER darrell_maurina@link.freedom.com The name Ola Mae Coonfield might not mean much to younger Clovis residents, but fellow church members said the quiet woman was known to anyone who shopped downtown at Harbey’s Gift Shop on Main Street, or before that at Woolworth’s. “Everybody liked Mae, that’s just all there […]

Cannon officers serve airmen

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Above: 27th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Robert Yates carves turkey for the Thanksgiving meal Thursday at The Pecos Trail on Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The top leadership of Cannon Air Force Base and their families turned out Thursday to carve turkey […]

Cannon’s security forces take Thanksgiving Day off

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Air Force 2nd Lt. Anntasia Curtis, of the 27th Logistics Readiness Squadron, left, laughs as she gets security detail tips from Army Staff Sgt. Drew Neal Thursday at the main gate at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — In the military some work […]

Fund helps ease holiday stress

By Eric Butler Some families limit the amount of gift-giving at Christmas time, on account of the size of the family, to one per person. It’s often a flexible rule that’s easily broken when Dec. 25 comes around. But being capable of giving even one gift to each of her four children is something Cindy […]

Cold weather in Clovis is snow joke

By Darrell Todd Maurina If preliminary reports turn out to be accurate, the Thanksgiving morning snowfall in Clovis tied the record high snowfall for the date. National Weather Service volunteer observer Nancy McPherson said Clovis received about one inch of snow between 6 and 9 a.m., with about 0.02 inch liquid equivalent precipitation. “I was […]

Public Record 11/28

Compiled from court records from Nov. 13 through Nov. 25 Marriage Licenses Koby Drake Reed, 24, and Elizabeth Kay Billings, 21, both of Lubbock Jeffrey Lynn Dickens, 40, and Debra Katherine Wright, 50, both of Clovis Antonio Adam Tenorio, 22, and M.J. Crystal Martinez, 21, both of Clovis Danny Orosco Sanchez Jr., 36, and Lorraine […]

Buy, bye bucks

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Cathy Gowing arranges newly arrived Poinsettias on Wednesday at United Supermarkets in Muleshoe. A general merchandise manager, Gowing said the store receives shipments of the traditional holiday plant about once a week. CNJ staff photo: Rick White. By Darrell Todd Maurina Personnel at several of Clovis stores said they are ready for the expected post-Thanksgiving […]

It’s flu season in New Mexico, but not yet in Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina Although flu is striking all around New Mexico, it seems to have had less effect on the local area. Not a single flu case has been reported so far in Curry, Roosevelt, or Quay counties, authorities say. Beth Velasquez, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Health, said there have been […]

Empty Stocking Fund fills the hearts and needs of area families

CNJ STAFF Salvation Army bell ringers stand at the entrances to stores, ringing their bells. When coins clink in little red kettles, shoppers have done something to help the unfortunate. But the Salvation Army’s efforts to help people go far beyond the clinking coins. More than 400 families in Clovis, Portales and the surrounding area […]