Deployment teaches independence

I treated myself to a trip to Lubbock this weekend. I consider it a treat only because it’s something I rarely attempt when my husband is deployed. Packing up a 20-month-old and all her “stuff” and driving for an hour and a half is much easier when my husband is along on the trip. Actually, […]

9-23 Birthday

Shafer Douglas Shafer of Portales will celebrate his 80th birthday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Portales Memorial Building. The celebration will be hosted by his family. Shafer was born Oct. 3, 1924, in Dora. He has three children. The celebration is open to friends and relatives.

In Tribute: Portales civic leader dies at 62

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Giving back to his local community and fellow man was central to Rick Hauptmann’s being. An accountant by trade, he devoted himself to civic work through organizations including United Way, Rotary, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, Roosevelt County Literacy Council, Eastern New Mexico University Foundation and others. Friends and […]

Rank not important

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I recently went to a dinner party organized by a military spouses club. The food was very good and the evening was pleasant, until someone sitting at my table started talking about how we should separate enlisted men’s wives and officers’ wives into two distinct clubs. “Why?” I asked, and the […]

Thank You Letters: Burglary victims thankful for support

As the victims of the burglary/vandalism/arson that occurred earlier this month, we want to express our most heart-felt thanks to the scores of people who have offered their comfort and support over the past few days. Cannon Air Force Base, the Operations Support Squadron and the Airfield Operations Flight have shown once again that the […]

Cage fights draw strong support

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Staff photo: Gabriel Monte Brandon Head of Prime Performance Boxing and MMA captured his match against Jonathan Petit of Kensu Studio of Portales. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Despite the wind and rain blowing in through the side of the arena Curry County Fairgrounds, more than 600 fans gathered to see watch cage fighters […]

Local jeweler had colorful sense of style

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer By Gabriel Monte CNJ Staff writer If clothing made the man, Anthony “Buddy” Holmberg’s clothes made him a man with a passion for having fun. Holmberg, 75, who owned and operated one of the oldest jewelry stores in Clovis, died Tuesday at his home. Colorful clothing was his signature, […]

Low-tech friendships were just as good

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer I’m so out of the loop that I’ve never MySpaced, let alone started a Web page or blog. My idea of chatting is old fashion, talking face to face with a real person, or on a real cell phone. When we were kids, MySpace.com was my bedroom, I mean […]

Mother’s Day lesson one to remember

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist One Mother’s Day many years ago, I got in trouble at church for talking during the Sunday morning service. I was sitting in the balcony of the old church at eighth and Hinkle. The church was packed that day, but Mother’s Day was not on my mind. I had just […]

Sci-fi author honored in lectureship

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Freedom Newspapers: Casey Peacock Members of the science fiction community gathered Friday in the Science Fiction Special Collections area of the Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University for a panel discussion on the legacy of Jack Williamson. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Traveling across the country to participate in the 31st annual Jack Williamson […]

Priorities must be set in life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My cousin Vani is an established physician, a radiologist who lives and works in Italy. She has a 13-month-old son, whom she adores and still breast-feeds. There shouldn’t be a problem with this picture, except for the fact that everyone has been telling her she is crazy. She hears from family […]

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 […]