Jan. 3 Club notes

Chapparral Extension Club The Chaparral Extension Club held their annual Christmas Party at Trinity Luthern Church on Dec. 10 with 16 members in attendance. Sheryl Abdill called the meeting to order. Jeanetta Mesner read “My Christmas Card List”. The group answered roll call with their Christmas plans. June Phillips read the minutes and Dorothy Bean […]

Holidays less trashy than previous year

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Chances are the day after Christmas you took a heap of trash out to a bin that was either full, almost full or overflowing with garbage. But area trash crews report collecting less waste after Christmas compared to last year. And they are not expecting much of an increase […]

Military spouses cope with loved ones deployed during holidays

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

Working holidays part of first responders’ job description

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Firefighters Jon Fails, left, and Nate Joy are two staff members at the Clovis Fire Department who worked on Christmas. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Christmas and New Year’s holiday may be a long weekend for many this year, but not for some dedicated professionals. Work doesn’t take […]

Christmas about making memories

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I’ve known since last January that Christmas would be Dec. 25. So why can’t I prepare ahead of time? Last week it occurred to me I probably should do something about a tree, so I went to the local garden store. They had a gazillion trees, all set up in […]

a view from under the pew: a christmas paradox

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: When Amos went shopping recently, he encountered the trials of last-minute Christmas shoppers. In frustration, he called out for the real meaning of Christmas. Just then, Sammy Salamander wiggled by and pointed him to a little nativity scene far from the malling crowd but in the heart […]

Churches to hold Christmas services

By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer For many Christians, the Christmas holiday would not be complete without celebrating with their faith community. Some Christian denominations have weeks, even a month, centered on celebrating the birth of Christ. For Episcopalians and other churches that follow the liturgy, Christmas Eve is just the start of the 12-day-long […]

Season bringing out spirit of community

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The excitement among small people is building to a level that is almost unbearable, as the day of Christmas draws closer. In homes like ours, where Santa Claus is a reality, the attendant efforts to keep that major secret of the season reach new heights. How long has it been […]

Cops give kids early Christmas

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jaden Philips, 6, holds out his hand to McGruff the Crime Dog Monday morning during the Shop with a Cop program at Wal-Mart. Philips and his three siblings were each taken on a $100 shopping spree by local law enforcement. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Leaning out of the […]

Lighthouse party provides early Christmas for needy families

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Caleb Huggins, 6, didn’t wait to get out of line to play with the electronic guitar he was given Saturday at the Lighthouse Mission Children’s Christmas Party. His mother Tia Koenig, left, said she was happy her son got what he wanted. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When Caleb […]

a view from under the pew: buford blasts christmas

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. buford blasts christmas i hate christmas forwhat it has becomesays big ol ugly bufordthe […]

Stopping to hear God’s voice helpful during busy season

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Is Christmas sometimes synonymous with the word “pressure” or is that just me? It is probably just me. Let me explain. In the past I have always seemed to feel a pressure about the season to meet the deadline of Dec. 25. Store advertisements and great sales have tempted me […]

Ticket feature: Lighthouse hosting Christmas party for needy

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File photo Last year’s Children’s Christmas Party at the Lighthouse Mission provides presents for 700 children. Organizers say this year’s party will be bigger. Freedom New Mexico In a room filled with six Christmas trees, some children will have their only Christmas. The Lighthouse Mission will host its annual Children’s Christmas Party Saturday. Director Jerri […]

Christmas at zoo ride leaves at 6 p.m.

Christmas at the Zoo Bus rides to view holiday yard of the month properties will leave the Clovis Municipal Zoo at 6 p.m. tonight.

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 […]

110 years and counting: Audbon prepares for 2009 Christmas bird count in New Mexico

New Mexico — The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) starts today throughout North America, including 35 cities and towns around New Mexico. Thousands of volunteers will add a new layer to over a century of bird population information as they tally bird numbers through January 5, […]

Christmas time to think about Jesus

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Christmas is just three weeks away. Even though Christmas is a time of lofty hopes and expectations, I have to be honest and admit that some years I haven’t had much Christmas spirit. I think it has to do with really seeing the meaning of Christmas during all our activities. […]

Ticket feature: ‘Christmas Nites’ opening at zoo

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File photo Santa will make appearances at the Hillcrest Park Zoo’s “Christmas Nites at the Zoo” program Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The event runs 5-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Freedom New Mexico The upcoming week features plenty of animal magnetism, as the Hillcrest Park Zoo gets set for its annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo […]

Organizers: Miscommunication led to early parade start

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An unspecified miscommunication between police and event organizers Saturday led to the premature start of the Christmas parade by about 20 minutes. “It was just a miscommunication, it was a total miscommunication,” said Robyne Beaubien, executive director of Clovis MainStreet and event organizer. “I’m sure it surprised a lot […]

Clovis schools hosting tuba Christmas event

CNJ staff report The Clovis Municipal Schools music department is hosting the annual Tuba Christmas event on Saturday. Alan Dropps, music director for the district, said any high school, college or adult tuba or euphonium player is welcome to participate. Registration is $5 and will take place at the Norvil Howell Band Hall at Clovis […]