Memorial fund created

Memorial funds have been established in Clovis for the Evans and Gilbert families. The family of Maj. Troy Gilbert: Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune offices, 521 Pile St. in Clovis and 101 E. First in Portales. Donations for the non-profit […]

Memorial funds

By CNJ staff Memorial funds have been established in Clovis for the Evans and Gilbert families. The family of Maj. Troy Gilbert: Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune offices, 521 Pile St. in Clovis and 101 E. First in Portales. Donations […]

Cops and Courts: Court closed for conference

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Magistrate Court will be closed Tuesday through Friday for an annual conference for judges and court clerks in Albuquerque, according to court officials. Anyone scheduled to appear during this time should contact the court when it reopens at 8 a.m. Dec. 11. Members of the Clovis […]

United Way ahead of 2005 fund-raising

CNJ Staff United Way of Eastern New Mexico is outdoing itself this year, outperforming last year’s fund-raising drive with a little less than a month to go, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. Sitting at approximately 59 percent of the goal, Burch said $310,237 had been raised as of Wednesday. This year’s goal for Curry […]

Project provides presents for needy

By CNJ STAFF With Christmas a month away, shoppers are busy searching for the perfect gifts for loved ones. However, some parents are simply wondering how they will afford gifts at all. The Empty Stocking Fund, a Salvation Army Christmas and Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico project, is once again under way. According to Capt. […]

Cannon rally plans evolving

CNJ Staff With raffles for a car, an F-16 simulator ride, and a tour of Cannon Air Force Base, this mission accomplished celebration is morphing into a gala event. “It just keeps evolving,” Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos said. The “Operation Kept Cannon” rally is a chance for the community to celebrate […]

Fireworks show shy on funds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Smoke on the Water fireworks show is $10,000 shy of the $25,000 needed to fund the event, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce officials. With less than a month before the show blasts off, officials are hoping to raise the money from donations made by businesses and […]

John Sawyer

John Sawyer, 82, of Portales and formerly of the Red Lake community, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, at his residence in Portales. He was born May 25, 1923, in Sawyer Flat, Gaines County, Texas. Visitation will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary. Rev. Clyde Davis will officiate.  In […]

Salvation Army helps 958 kids

Freedom Newspapers Local Salvation Army officials said they helped 958 children with Christmas gifts, food and clothing this year, compared to 723 a year ago. Capt. Tammy Ray said the local office, through Friday, had collected $5,277.27 in cash donations to the Empty Stocking Fund this Christmas season — about $9,000 less than was needed […]

Extended United Way campaign still short

CNJ staff There is a 20 percent gap between the goal of the Eastern New Mexico United Way 2005-2006 Fundraising Campaign and the funds raised to date, according to a Eastern New Mexico United Way press release. The campaign goal is set at $482,005 and about $374,256 has been raised thus far in Curry and […]

United Way extends deadline

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico Board of Directors has announced it will extend the 2005-2006 United Way Fund-raising Campaign until Jan. 13. Dianna Thompson, UWENM 2005 campaign chair, said the charitable organization needs more time to make sure all donations are counted. “Our fund-raising efforts were put behind schedule by the […]

United Way president confident about goal

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico has fulfilled 62 percent of a $482,005 community-wide goal for its 2005 fund-raising campaign, according to the agency’s Executive Director Erinn Burch. Burch said she is confident the remaining funds will be procured. To date, $301,656 has been donated or pledged. The bulk of United Way […]

Eastern New Mexico organizations absent from state reference guide

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico charities are absent from a non-profit charity list created as a reference guide for state employee donations. The list includes more than 100 charities, however, almost half of all the charities listed are based in Albuquerque or central New Mexico. United Way of Eastern New Mexico […]

Food bank donations exceed expectations

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Stacy Foster, 14, of Clovis, picks up a bag of cans Saturday in Clovis for the 2005 Holiday Canned Food Drive benefiting the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents pulled everything from cereal to canned beans from their pantries Saturday for the Food […]

Portales residents continue to help victims

Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales residents continue with efforts to help Hurricane Katrina victims, even as the need for cash donations become increasingly urgent. Some organizations have stopped accepting clothing and food donations because these items require manpower to separate and itemize, said to Chuck Haman, Portales city emergency management coordinator. Haman said he attended […]

Locals donating to hurricane relief

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Gene Guthals loads a dolly full of donated items for the Katrina’s Kids donation drive Thursday in the parking lot of the North Plains Mall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The residents of Eastern New Mexico are responding to pleas for help from the south, in the wake of demolished […]

Fireworks show short on money

CNJ staff The annual “Smoke on the Water” July 4th fireworks celebration is only a little more than halfway funded as of Monday, a press release from the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce said. The show usually runs about $1,000 per minute, officials said, and it lasts about 20 minutes. At this time, about $8,000 […]

Estimated 3,000 show up to support Relay for Life

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Luminaries line the walking path during 10th annual Curry County Relay for Life Friday at Ned Houk Park. More than $60,000 has been raised to date through the Relay to help fund cancer research, organizers said. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer The war in Clovis began Friday at 1800 hours. […]

Director: Extravaganza bigger, better

CNJ staff The 16th Annual Hartley House Extravaganza is expected to be “bigger and better than last year,” according to Debra Chavez, program director for The Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. The event is at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. Last year’s event raised around $10,000. Chavez hopes […]

Reporter’s notebook: Bella Vista aids tsunami victims

CNJ staff The students at Bella Vista Elementary school were discussing New Year’s resolutions three weeks ago, and one of them brought up the tsunami victims in Asia. After doing some Internet research on what happened the students decided they needed to help. “Right away they asked, ‘What can we do to help? We need […]