Dance to raise money for Portales war memorial

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell The corner of Second Street and Main Street in Portales is where a memorial for Roosevelt County war veterans will be located. Alisa Boswell A dance with a patriotic theme is being held Saturday night to raise funds for the new $20,000 war memorial being brought to Portales. According to […]

Giant map takes students to South America

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texas Tech education faculty Reese Todd asks Zia Elementary sixth graders to show the flow patterns of rivers in South America Wednesday on the National Geographic Giant Traveling Map at Central Baptist Church. Liliana Castillo Clovis students walked across South America this week. It was a basketball court-sized National Geographic […]

Vacation mishap makes story

Hearing about students and families on spring breaks this last week or so has brought out a streak of jealously in me. I did spend a few spring breaks backpacking, though, and actually had one beach vacation when I was in college. It wasn’t your typical beach spring break, though. A buddy and I who […]

Shooting victim’s widow recalls memories of husband

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Courtesy photo Rey Ornelas, his wife Shirley Ornelas and their son Rey jr. were a close family and enjoyed spending time together on the farm where Rey worked. Rey Ornelas was shot and killed May 30, 1993. Sharna Johnson Her son has grown from a boy to a man. Her home has aged and seems […]

Portales ceremony commemorates 9/11

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Freedom New Mexico: Jared Tucker Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry speaks to a crowd at the annual 9/11 ceremony Friday morning at James Polk Stone Community Bank. “9-11 made heroes out of normal, everyday people,” Berry told the crowd. Jared Tucker Local leaders and business owners voiced their opinions about current governmental issues while […]

Motorists dealing with slick, icy roads

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Madison Howard, 7, of Clovis helps her parents remove snow from their family’s driveway Thursday morning. Madison said that helping to remove the snow is fun and it needs to be cleared out for Santa Claus. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It just might be a white Christmas on […]

Missing boy brought community together

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Six-year-old Matthew Roberts, son of Debbie and Geoff Roberts of 500 W. Christopher in Clovis, went missing on May 8, 1990. His disappearance sparked a massive search by residents and law enforcement officials that included approximately 5,000 people. The disappearance was given national television attention, massive media coverage and national […]

People defined by their actions

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist My Bible reading this week brought me to a verse that I remember because I learned it early in my childhood. I didn’t understand it as a young child; Mother explained it to me in terms of plant apple seeds and from that come apple trees and then apples […]

Federal bailout for newspapers poor concept

Freedom New Mexico There has not been a formal agreement yet, let alone a turnover of funds, but a lawsuit has brought out the fact that the publisher of the venerable Philadelphia Inquirer has at least had discussions with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell about getting something like $10 million from the state government. Being keenly […]

Marriage matters online, too

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ Columnist I met a man. Business brought us together. I contacted him about an upcoming project and we started talking. I do a lot of work over the Internet, so informality is pretty common — no “Dear Sir:” and somber punctuation, but lots of first names and exclamation points. He invited […]