Bethlehem is about what God has done and still does

By Curtis Shelburne: Local columnist The glory of Christmas is that it centers on something only God could have done. No committee could ever have come up with Bethlehem. While God was busy saving the world, they’d have still been arguing over the shape of the table or the wording of the mission statement or […]

Stores hope for busy and safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot […]

Lake officials anticipate busy Labor Day weekend

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File photo Ute Lake State Park officials said Tuesday that all of their reservation sites have been filled. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico If you’re thinking about spending Labor Day weekend at an area lake, better start thinking about camping arrangements. Conchas State Park and Ute Lake State Park officials said Tuesday that all […]

New coach stays busy

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler New Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Andrew Helton spends much of his time filling out the 2009-10 schedule and trying to find an assistant. Helton was an assistant at South Alabama for two years before landing the ENMU job April By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent PORTALES — Andrew […]

Baskett busy as NFL player, reality TV star, father-to-be

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Courtesy photo: E! Entertainment In a scene from Sunday’s “Baskett Cases” episode of “Kendra,” Kendra Wilkinson, left, and Hank Baskett drive through Clovis. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett’s busiest offseason as an NFL player isn’t nearly over yet. He had his salary tripled in April with a one-year, $1.545 million tender offer […]

Local lakes stocked for free fishing day

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Oasis State Park is a busy spot for local anglers these days after being stocked Tuesday with catfish for this Saturday’s Free Fishing Day. Approximately 400 pounds of flatheads were brought in Tuesday to restock the lake at Oasis Park. In February 2008, New Mexico Game and Fish issued […]

First person: Jason Bloomer

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eastern New Mexico University cheerleader Jason Bloomer, 21, has been involved in competitive cheerleading since he was five. Given the choice of video games, sleep or studying, Eastern New Mexico junior Jason Bloomer will always go with video games or sleep. He learned not to give himself the option of […]

Businesses anticipate busy Super Bowl Sunday

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Abbie Potts draws a beer for a customer at Pizza Hut on north Prince Street. Pizza Hut is one of the area restaurants that is expecting to have a busy Super Bowl Sunday because of Sunday alcohol sales. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Area restaurants are gearing up for […]

God’s way is to give selflessly

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist A close friend of mine lives in a larger city. Frequently she has told me of the homeless people who stand on busy corners holding signs that read, “Homeless and hungry. Anything helps.” Sometimes my friend would encounter three or four of these people a day. Sometimes drivers handed money […]

County clerks busy preparing for upcoming election

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jennifer Martinez of Clovis visited the Curry County clerks office Tuesday to change her address in her voting registration information. Martinez, a speech therapist, said she plans to vote early. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week before the deadline, the Curry County clerk’s office has been busy processing […]

Rodeo full of student effort

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eastern New Mexico University’s Kyle Roberts recorded a time of 14.6 seconds in the calf roping event in Thursday’s College Daze Rodeo at Lewis Cooper Arena. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team has been busy for days, rounding up calves and steers, and […]

Retailers anticipate busy tax-free weekend

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer High gas prices have local businesses expecting a busy tax-free weekend in Clovis and Portales. New Mexico’s fourth annual three-day gross receipts tax holiday begins today. Many school supplies, computers up to $1,000, clothes and shoes up to $100 will be tax free. A national survey finds the average […]

First Person: Designing dreams

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis native Paul Reed says he wants to move Clovis’ architecture forward. Paul Reed, 44, was born and raised in Clovis. For seven years, he has been a licensed architect in Clovis, but his life revolves around his two sons. Reed does 40 to 50 projects a year, from one-room […]

Ferrets can be busy

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Jan. 12, 1966

Workers were busy pouring concrete for a new post office at Fifth and Gidding streets. The federal building was going to cost $900,000. … Samuel Neff, James W. Messer, Allan Haynes and T.J. Glenn were among Clovis doctors planning to attend a medical conference in Santa Fe. One of the main speakers was to address […]

Resolutions should focus on inside, not out

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Don’t set yourself up for failure in 2007 by making unachievable New Year’s resolutions, like trying to block SPAMs from your computer, evading taxes or attempting to get off someone’s Christmas card list. It just ain’t gonna happen! The solution: Dumb down your New Year’s resolutions! Wait, no, New Year’s […]

Scrambling season

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Vickie McCormick of Clovis does some Saturday shopping at Wal-Mart. McCormick said after Wal-Mart, she was headed to the North Plains Mall. McCormick said she is usually done shopping for Christmas very early. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Shopper Jim Zaikowski scoured the shelves of downtown stores Saturday, searching for […]

Christ wants to be reborn in the Bethlehems of our lives

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist “Sometimes,” a wise physician said, “the best thing you can do for your patient is nothing.” Of course, many times the best medicine IS medicine or surgery or aggressive treatment. But sometimes the best medicine is wrapped up in knowing when to do nothing. Wait a bit. Watch awhile. […]

Ant colonies: Therapy for working man

By Grant McGee: local columnist Have you heard about that movie called “The Ant Bully?” It’s that age-old story of a little boy destroying an ant hill. The kid ends up being shrunk and having to help the ants rebuild their home. I think most of us have obliterated an ant hill with water, fire […]

Soft-spoken coach loved to keep busy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He was a quiet man who carried himself with consistency and unflinching stability. He was happiest when he was busy, family members said. Rufus George Jr. worked a majority of his life as a coach and teacher, spending 23 years at Gattis Junior High School, his wife Barbara George […]