Religion feature: Outreach program aims to help people on road to recovery

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Pastor Melissa Watkins delivers a sermon and prayer at the Celebrate Recovery program at Faith Christian Family Church on Tuesday night. Benna Sayyed Editor’s note: This is the first story in a continuing series on outreach programs of area churches. Penny Hendren decided to change her life after being addicted […]

Hoop Shoot organizer aims to teach respect, loyalty

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Benna Sayyed Clovis youth ages 8 to 13 will have a chance to showcase their basketball shot Sunday in a competition aimed at teaching respect, dedication, loyalty and self-esteem. Dean Marney, coordinator of the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program in Clovis and exalted ruler of the Clovis-Portales Elks lodge, recently visited Clovis schools […]

Religion feature: Water walk hopes to raise awareness

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Courtesy photo: Justin Robbs The water that many Africans depend on for drinking, cooking, and washing sometimes comes from an unsanitary source like this stagnant mud hole. Benna Sayyed Imagine walking several miles through terrain that is home to predatory animals to collect water from an unsanitary source just to survive. If you’re lucky, your […]

Upward Bound leaders concerned about budget cuts

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Upward Bound summer program participant Zachary Martinez studies at Eastern New Mexico University Monday. This is the last week of the program for high school freshmen through juniors, while seniors who have graduated are to continue for one more week. Argen Duncan Leaders of the Upward Bound program, which aims […]

Airline service would offer more flights at higher cost

Kevin Wilson A new airline that aims to serve Clovis says it can do more with less — provided customers pick up some of the tab. New Mexico Airlines, a division of Hawaii-based Pacific Wings, is proposing to offer three Albuquerque-Clovis round trips. Unlike previous airlines to serve the Clovis Municipal Airport, NMA plans to […]

Caroling group aims to spread love, joy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joni Anthony, right, leads Joni’s Sandia Carolers in practice Tuesday at her home. The group will sing and dance to Christmas carols. Liliana Castillo Their shirts say “For the Love” on the back, and that’s why they do what they do. They are Joni’s Sandia Carolers. For the 10th year, […]

Make-a-Wish aims to raise funds with musical gala, auction

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Courtesy photo Anastacia Chavez hugs her iCarly pillows in her new iCarly bedroom last year when Make-A-Wish granted that wish. She suffered from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for two years. Liliana Castillo Jennifer Chavez still tears up when she talks about seeing her daughter smile after fighting Hodgkins lymphoma for two years. Chavez’s daughter, 8-year-old Anastacia Chavez, […]

Event aims to give families closure

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Daryl Harris hangs an ornament in memory of his wife, Betty Jo Harris, during Thursday’s 25th annual “Celebration of Life” sponsored by the Plains Regional Medical Center Home Health Care/Hospice. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area families honored loved ones who have passed away in 2009 at Thursday’s 25th […]

Education feature: Program aims to curb truancy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Steve North, programs coordinator for the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, talks to a class at Clovis High School about going to and staying in school. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer “Who wants to drop out, become a drug addict and maybe murder someone in the next three or […]

Bingaman to hold hearing on energy and water bill

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday will hold an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on legislation he has introduced with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), which aims to improve the understanding of the relationship between energy and water and how it can be used to write effective policy in the two areas.