Mother longs for children’s smiles on Christmas

By Eric Butler Three girls in the area may not know what their mother wants for Christmas. But it’s simple, according to Bonnie (not her real name). “I just want to be able to put smiles on my kids’ faces and make them happy,” Bonnie said. Accomplishing that through material gifts is going to be […]

Salvation Army says collections down

By Darrell Todd Maurina Salvation Army Christmas kettle collections in Clovis are down from last year and haven’t yet reached the halfway mark toward the $30,000 goal, but Capt. Hector Diaz said he still hopes to catch up before the Dec. 24 deadline. “The kettle fund is used to try to buy food, and it […]

Administration seen as tone deaf on some ‘people’ issues

Tom Philpott With President Bush signing the first-ever $400 billion defense bill, including another military pay raise and housing allowance increase, it would seem hard to argue that this administration has lost touch with troops. Yet there are currents of worry and disappointment inside the military. U.S. military operations are at their highest sustained level […]

Empty Stocking Fund fills the hearts and needs of area families

CNJ STAFF Salvation Army bell ringers stand at the entrances to stores, ringing their bells. When coins clink in little red kettles, shoppers have done something to help the unfortunate. But the Salvation Army’s efforts to help people go far beyond the clinking coins. More than 400 families in Clovis, Portales and the surrounding area […]

Army: 400 families just too few

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the 14th in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. When local Salvation Army director Hector Diaz says he already has 400 families signed up to receive holiday meal boxes this year, what comes next isn’t really […]

Study of Cannon’s health care leaves students impressed

By Darrell Todd Maurina A group of graduate nursing students from the Clovis area who have spent much of the last year studying health care at Cannon Air Force Base, said last week they were surprised by the good quality of the care families receive at the base. Michael Hobbs, one of the six nurses […]

Fisher Houses: Comfort zones for wounded and families

Tom Philpott “It’s unbelievable that places like this exist,” said Brian Alaniz, 29, a Navy hospitalman who lost part of his right leg and suffered other wounds just four days after President Bush ordered the invasion last March. Brian isn’t referring to Iraq, however. What he wants to talk about are Fisher Houses. He knew […]

Lifesaver Food Banks feeds famished families

By Eric Butler If the weather changes or the kids are just getting out of school for the summer, Joe Callahan is right on top of it. But Callahan isn’t a businessman looking for angles in the marketplace. He’s the pastor at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Clovis and his interest in these kinds […]

The greatest changes in life come from within

Judy Brandon Years ago, when my parents were in seminary in Kansas City, our family had the opportunity to meet other families living at the seminary. They were from all over the United States and even foreign countries. We lived on the seminary grounds in apartments three stories high. So we had seminary families all […]

Obituaries present unique problems

David Stevens Obituary reports are well read in our newspaper. We know this because they generate more feedback than any other regular reports. They also present a number of unique challenges. Most obituaries are not compiled in the same manner we compile other news. For most news stories, we gather the information first-hand, direct from […]

Group declares war on mental illness

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Katrina Olguin with Warrior Moms & Dads of Clovis speaks Saturday during the first Warrior Moms & Dads Mental Health Awareness Event at Greene Acres Park. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Jack King One day recently, Katrina Olguin said, she woke up to find her 4-year-old daughter, Kira, sneaking into her bedroom, not to surprise […]

Writing offers inspiration for former teacher

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Joan Clayton’s book, “Each Day is a Gift,” is available at Southwest Books and More in Portales and Master’s Books and Gifts in Clovis. Photo by Lisa Sonnenschein. By Gary Mitchell When Joan Clayton retired from teaching school several years ago, she felt her days of usefulness were all but over. How wrong she was. […]

Tops in Blue concert scheduled

CNJ Staff They may be called Tops in Blue but they won’t be singing the blues when they perform tonight in Clovis. America’s favorite Air Force Band will be tootin’ a selection of pop music ranging from the 1950s up to present when they perform at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Doc Stewart Park in the […]

Cemetery cleaning ‘long overdue’

Janet Bresenham TEXICO — For nearly six years, Darlene Curry has come often to the Texico Cemetery on the outskirts of town, finding comfort at the gravesides of her only daughter, Wendi Homer, 25, and her only granddaughter, 4-month-old Allie Homer, who died in a car accident on an icy road between Melrose and Fort […]