In tribute: Family describes mom as Lucy, Harriet, Martha

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Jim Spencer described an “Ozzie and Harriet” lifestyle with Helen Spencer as his mother. Younger sister Lisa Spencer said Helen and her sister Hazel were like the “Lucy and Ethel” of the neighborhood and Helen was like Martha Stewart in the home. Regardless of the time frame or show […]

Couple honored with road naming

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Members of the Doug and Debbie Idsinga family gather Friday to dedicate Curry Road 4 in memory of the couple who were killed in a vehicle accident in August 2006. (Freedom Newspapers: Casey Peacock) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Doug and Debbie Idsinga’s contributions to the area went well beyond the dairy community, according to […]

Jesus present through worst of storms

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I am writing on Sunday afternoon, the day after the big snow. Reports are that a foot of snow fell on Clovis. We see that no matter what, the weather cannot be altered or changed. Even history shows us that. On any day I will take a foot of snow […]

Playing the point

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Texico junior point guard Faith Martin has had a basketball in her hands for as long as she can remember. Martin leads the Lady Wolverines with 12 points and five assists per game. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Junior point guard Faith Martin played libero for Texico’s 2006 volleyball […]

Memorial fund raises $30,000

By CNJ Staff A memorial fund established for the family of an Air Force pilot killed in Iraq has raised more than $30,000, family members said. Maj. Troy Gilbert died Nov. 27 when the F-16 he was piloting crashed in Iraq. Gilbert’s wife, Ginger, is a Clovis native. Jay Gurley of Clovis, Ginger’s father, said […]

Hero welcomed home

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Navy Seaman Apprentice John Martinez, right, was welcomed home Friday by family and friends to spend the holidays. (Freedom Newspapers: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis family gave their hero the homecoming of a king Friday. Eighteen people spread across a corner by the Greyhound bus station in Clovis, sang carols […]

Form letter simplifies holiday tradition

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’m running behind schedule this Christmas season. I’m just getting around to writing, or should I say, filling in my annual multiple-choice Christmas letter. It’s the ultimate form letter. Just circle the category that applies and bah, humbug! This standard letter is as personalized as a White House Christmas card […]

Dec. 14, 2006 Student Profile

Jayme Nauman, a senior at Clovis High School, was named the Clovis High School Teen of the Week. He is the son of Mitch and Jolene Nauman. What is your favorite show, past or present? “Friends.” Even the re-runs are fun to watch. What is so great about your favorite sport? Soccer is a team […]

Reporter’s notebook — Proposal surprises soldier

CNJ staff ENLISTING THE HELP OF HIS BOSS AND FRIENDS, a local sheriff’s deputy arranged to have his colleagues stage a felony traffic stop so he could propose to his girlfriend. Michael Brockett said he began hatching his plan while his girlfriend, Jeanene Pollard, was away at pre-deployment training for the National Guard. Plans were […]

Presents aren’t what make happy holiday

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist The day after Thanksgiving is always highlighted as a busy shopping day. I watched a TV newscast that featured film footage of people camped outside certain stores in hopes to get their hands on the latest PlayStation. I saw people sleeping on cots in line and recycling in fold-up chairs, […]

New cell requires complicated decisions

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer As if it happened through cosmic fate, my little-used cellular phone decided to stop functioning properly right when I was due a rebate for a new cell phone. It is only through fate that I get a new cell phone, and yet one more affirmation that I hate getting […]

‘Ladies room’ mystery finally unraveled

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist It’s time we get to the bottom of that age-old question that has haunted men for centuries. Notice I didn’t say women. That’s because we women already have all the answers. That age-old question is: What exactly do women do in the bathroom? Why do we go together in mafia […]

Some advice best obtained from stars in sky

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist It’s time once more for a horoscope analysis from Dr. Zodiac to help you survive global warming, killer bees and evil stuff like that. All you need is your date of birth, which you may not remember because you’ve kept it well hidden for so many years. (If you truly […]

Student profiles: Brenda Banuelos

Brenda Banuelos is a Clovis High School senior. She is the daughter of Rosa Martinez and Enrique Marquez. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Being with my parents and sister for a whole day without them going to work and just hanging out. Tell us about your pet(s): I have a dog. Her name’s […]

Rain washes out some Labor Day plans

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksHomer Pena mows his grass Monday afternoon on Wrangler Way. Pena said he planed on having a barbecue with friends and family in the back yard later in the day. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Three days of rain caused most of the holiday weekend to be a washout. But […]

Clovis candy company helps soldiers in need

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleKathy Martinez makes peanut By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The Friends of Cannon Families helps airmen bridge financial gaps when needs arise, yet this year the group found its coffers lacking. That is when a Clovis businessman devised a plan to sweeten the pot. During a spring meeting of the […]

5/7 Birthdays

Hopper Frances (Carroll) Hopper of Clovis will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 p.m. to 5p.m. on Saturday at Courthouse Annex in Fort Sumner. The celebration will be hosted by her children, Carlene McLain, Joyce Neagle, Carroll Hopper, Wynell Richards, Phyllis Dobbins, and stepdaughters, Imogene Cheyne and Edna McIntire. Born May 17, 1916, south of […]

Borden, Tom

Tom Borden, 85, of Portales died Friday, April 28, 2006, at his home. Born June 6, 1920, in Floyd, he was the son of Nellie and Bill Borden. He grew up in Floyd and married Lyda Mae Conaway of Oklahoma on Dec. 31, 1937. For a while he worked in Portales and later in Clovis. […]

4/23 Birthdays

Glaze Eunice Glaze of Clovis celebrates her 100th birthday today at Bee Hive Homes in Clovis. The celebration is being hosted by Bee Hive Homes. Born April 23, 1906, in Ponca, Neb., she has two children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Friends are relatives are joining in the celebration.

McDonald, Kyle

Kyle Sean McDonald, 37, died Friday, April 7, 2006, in Beaumont, Texas. Born in Houston on Nov. 28, 1968, he grew up in Portales, where he attended elementary, junior high and high school. He graduated from Grossmont High School in San Diego in 1987 and attended Lamar University in Beaumont, where he was a longtime resident. […]