Church performance awoke spirit of season

Judy Brandon Always at Christmas I recall the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas children’s program over fifty years ago. The children in the church were to tell the Christmas story the Sunday night before Christmas. Daddy was the pastor and on this particular Sunday, my sister Susie had strep throat so mother stayed at home […]

Three charged in Portales break-in

Freedom New Mexico Three Portales residents have been arrested for breaking into a home, taking items and spraying tear gas on a 26-year-old woman and two girls, ages 5 years and 6 months, according to a news release from the Portales Police Department. According to police, the incident happened Monday in the 1900 block of […]

Bluegrass band Spring Creek stopping in Clovis

Lyons, Colorado-based bluegrass band Spring Creek is stopping in Clovis during its summer tour. The band will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Lyceum Theater on Main Street. The band is touring after releasing their new album “Way up on a Mountain” on May 5 with Rebel Records. The five-year-old four-piece band […]

Portales Abengoa plant on market

Freedom Newspapers Abengoa Bioenergy, of St. Louis announced Thursday that it intends to sell its Portales plant, according to plant officials. The global company acquired the Portales facility in 2002 and has since that time increased production capacity to approximately 27 million gallons per year, according to a story online in the Cherry Creek News […]

Fire damages Kripple Creek restaurant

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A fire started about 1 a.m. Monday at the Kripple Creek restaurant and caused significant damage to the kitchen, fire officials said. CNJ staff A fire early Monday morning caused significant damage to the Kripple Creek restaurant on north Prince Street, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. The business […]

Governor snuffs smoking

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Smoking will be banned across New Mexico in bars, restaurants, stores and other workplaces under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Bill Richardson. Danny Tipton, manager at Kripple Creek Restaurant in Clovis, said the customer and staff reaction has been negative so far. “We really don’t like it,” Tipton […]

Panning for gold pans out

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, schools shut down each June to give enterprising students a chance to get rich. Taking into account the prevailing economy at the time — a nickel bought a Coke that included a 2-cent rebate for the bottle, if you could find a nickel — whenever I […]

Moore, Clarence J. “Cherry”

Clarence J. “Cherry” Moore , 93, of Clovis died Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born on Jan. 5, 1913, in Eastland County, Texas, to Houston Wheeler Moore and Ellen Redwine Moore. He grew up on a farm in Goree, Texas, and started a career in business in 1932. He […]

God’s love will endure for all eternity

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist On Valentine’s Day, we all get excited to assure those we love that we are thinking about them. Love is not something new. Love was conceived in the heart of God. Jesus demonstrated that love on the cross and the apostle Paul tells us that love is the greatest of attributes. […]

Trusting God makes it easy to take life step by step

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist My sister Susie, who is great at searching e-Bay for bargains, surprised me three summers ago with five cowbells she had ordered. She got five for herself, also. Charlie made wind chimes with the bells for Susie and I. The sight of those cowbells brought to mind the vacation days we […]

Tug of war battle a lesson in education

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A tradition persisted in my hometown involving freshman hazing at our local college, the Colorado School of Mines. It culminated in a public showing of manly strength in the center of town as sophomores faced freshmen in a mighty tug of war across Clear Creek. You have to understand that […]

Suspected killer still eludes Oklahoma authorities

By Ryan Lengerich A man with ties to eastern New Mexico who is suspected of killing two Oklahoma residents last month is still on the loose. But Oklahoma police officials believe they have him contained. Scott James Eizember, 42, is suspected of killing an elderly couple Oct. 18 in Depew, Okla., police said. Prior to […]