Youth’s summer business venture turns charitable

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Taylor McIntire donated part of his proceeds from creating and selling a cookbook to a children’s home in Portales. Photo by Rick White. By Lukas Cash Taylor McIntire is not your average entrepenuer. The Arlington, Texas, resident eschewed the normal money-making projects of an 8-year-old like a lemonade and cookie stands and decided on something […]

Teen mother arraigned for child abuse

CNJ staff An 18-year-old mother of two children was arraigned Monday afternoon for abandonment and abuse of her 9-month-old daughter. Myrena Rodriguez of Clovis was charged with a first-degree felony of abandonment or abuse of a child, obstruction of reporting or investigation of child abuse or neglect and protective custody due to mental problems. Magistrate […]

Brush up on your vocabulary online

By Tom DiFrancesca Civility. Does anyone really understand what that word means anymore? Does anyone really care? If you visit: www.dictionary.com you will be presented with a good definition of the term. Rudeness just seems to abound these days. Inappropriate behavior and the callous disregard for others, that once — used to be viewed as […]

God — not medicine — is greatest healer of all

By Judy Brandon The miracles of modern medicine are astonishing. Medical procedures and the latest drugs now cure severe conditions and zap infections that were once fatal. Although now it just seems to be standard procedure, it is all quite different. My mother related to me the story about the time her sister cut herself […]

Man dies in wreck after final cancer treatment

By Mike Linn A longtime Portales resident who had just completed his final radiation treatment for cancer died in a car wreck on his way home from the hospital Wednesday afternoon. James Wood, 75, died when the car his son was driving collided with a truck at 3:33 p.m. (MDT) about nine miles west of […]

Day Trips — Don Harrington Discovery Center

By Angela Peacock Taking a trip across the universe is possible at Amarillo’s Don Harrington Discovery Center. Discovery Center Executive Director Ganesh Ganpat said the center is a private, non-profit organization which makes “science exciting, relevant and interesting to all types of learners by providing interactive exhibits and programs that actively engage children, adolescents and […]

Clovis man gets 41 years for criminal sexual penetration

By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal intentionally withheld information from the following story in an effort to protect the identity of the victims. Richard Swopes, 41, of St. Vrain, will spend at least 35 years in prison on a 41-year sentence following his guilty plea to three counts of criminal sexual […]

Letters to the editor 6/22

Just some random thoughts about our fair city: 1. If city government and the police department are so badly crowded, why don’t they expand into some of the city’s empty buildings? The city government would have more office space than it would know what to do with. 2. If Prince Street is becoming Clovis’ new […]

Fishing, family, fun

By Helena Rodriguez Reels for real kids: Fishing Derby all about family, fun and fishing By Helena Rodriguez CNJ STAFF WRITER Helena _Rodriguez@link.freedom.com The 16th annual Optimist Club of Clovis Fishing Derby, scheduled Saturday at Ned Houk Park, is a way to get children away from the television and into the reeling outdoors, according to […]

Anti-obesity movement going too far

By Walter Williams Oreo cookies should be banned from sale to children in California. That’s according to Stephen Joseph, who filed a lawsuit against Nabisco last month in California’s Marin County Superior Court. Oreo cookies contain trans fat, an ingredient that makes the cookies crisp and their filling creamy. Joseph says that trans fat is […]

More than highways have changed

Ned Cantwell Times were simpler in 1950s New Mexico. Back then, wide ribbons of concrete didn’t connect the town dots east and west, north and south. Those were the happy days, the Fonz days. Families were different, too. Want a dramatic illustration how life has changed from that simple era to the confusion of modern […]

More cops needed; finding them a dilemma

Darrell Todd Maurina Both the Clovis Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office say they need more officers to control increasing crime, but Clovis police have an unusual problem: While the department has a grant to hire two new school resource officers, it is having trouble finding people to fill the positions. On Tuesday, the […]

Children to honor moms as part of annual celebration

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Jennifer Romero laughs while she tickles her son Mason, 3, as the two enjoy some family time at home together with her daughter Erika, 10. By Mike Linn Today, sons and daughters across the country will show appreciation for their mothers and the love and contributions they provide. Flower shop owners will be working overtime, […]

What were once chores are now fond memories

By Judy Brandon It is nearly time for school to be out. As this academic year ends, I look back over the school years of our children’s lives. I get a little nostalgic this time of year because our children are far beyond school age. Being a room mother, attending parent-teacher conference appointments, sponsoring field […]