Tuesday morning briefing: Help, lucky trout and marching to Montgomery

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday briefing. Help please United Way of Easter New Mexico needs help decorating for its annual banquet. If you can spare a few minutes, they will be decorating the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom from noon to 3 p.m. today. For more information: 769-2103. Fishing fun Catch the right […]

Proposed agency offers savings

Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher TRICARE fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained. The centerpiece of the plan is to elevate the TRICARE Management Activity to a more powerful Defense Health […]

Two injured in explosion recovering

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CNJ staff photo: Tonjia Rolan An explosion at H20 Express, 1120 N. Prince Street, blew the building apart Saturday and injured two people. Tonjia Rolan Ed Sabia stopped by H2O Express on Saturday to help longtime friend Ken Urban fix a water pump. Marynell Urban, Ken’s mother, stopped by later to invite the two to […]

Police offering text, web tip system

Benna Sayyed Clovis residents can help local law enforcement fight crime by providing anonymous text message and web tips. The Clovis Police Department has partnered with CrimeReports, a company specializing in law enforcement tip management software and web applications, to offer the system. “I have been a law enforcement officer for over 25 years and […]

Club notes —

Fairfield club The Fairfield club met Feb. 24 at Cheyenne Meadows with 10 members present for a pot luck luncheon. A suggestion was made to help with the angel tree at Christmas instead of holding a secret pal. One day in May was chosen for everyone’s birthday to go out to eat and continue with […]

Honors —

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Ogilvie Charlotte Ogilvie was voted Auxilian of the Year by the membership of the Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. Ogilvie has been a member since July 2004. She has served on the auxiliary nominating committee and the hospitality committee. Ogilvie likes to help, she has always been ready, willing and able to help when and […]

Education column: Weather station expands horizons

Things were hopping last Friday out at Ranchvale Elementary; aside from the wind and rain, that is. Steve Kersh, chief meteorologist from the KVII channel 7 news team arrived in Clovis to set up a SchoolNet Weather Station at Ranchvale that will be tied into the Channel 7 (Amarillo) TV weather network. Tied to a […]

Our communities ready to help

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Portales resident Jennifer Neilson, who volunteers at The King’s Children’s Home (KCH) in Belize, recently invited me to a KCH fundraiser ($35,000 and counting) at the packed Underground Embassy in Clovis. Resident artist Andrew Jonathan Merritt’s warning sign amused me: “Unless you are the second coming of Christ, keep your hands off the art.” After […]

Our people: Clovis High School cheerleader keeps busy schedule

Darius Robinson-Singleton, a cheerleader at Clovis High School, keeps a grueling schedule, has a plan for the future, and a desire to help others. As the only male on his cheer squad, Robinson provides the muscle for lifts and catches. Robinson resides with his grandparents in Clovis, where he has lived most of his life.

Deep spiritual roots can bring stability

When we added on to our house about three years ago, we had to move an aspen in our yard. With the help of a giant machine, we moved the tree and hoped for the best. The first few weeks, we were worried about the aspen’s ability to withstand the transplant. At 20 feet tall, […]

Organization wants help to find housing for fire victims

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Fire Department works on putting out a fire Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments on Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez boulevards. Tonjia Rolan Though relief organizations are doing all they can for displaced victims of Wednesday’s fire, disaster relief is short term, according to Erinn Burch, director of […]

Religion feature: Outreach program aims to help people on road to recovery

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Pastor Melissa Watkins delivers a sermon and prayer at the Celebrate Recovery program at Faith Christian Family Church on Tuesday night. Benna Sayyed Editor’s note: This is the first story in a continuing series on outreach programs of area churches. Penny Hendren decided to change her life after being addicted […]

Udall: USDA Pilot Program to Help Rural N.M. Homeowners

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch a new Single Family Housing Guaranteed Rural Refinance Pilot Program in New Mexico to help rural borrowers refinance their mortgages. Currently, approximately 2,000 New Mexico families are enrolled in the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Program. They are now eligible […]

Community rallies to help fire victims

Tonjia Rolan Officials and staff from 13 local and area organizations converged on the Lighthouse Mission Wednesday evening armed with phone cards, toothbrushes, clothing, hotel vouchers and food for the victims of Wednesday’s fire. Aid workers did more than address food and shelter issues, however. They faced challenging questions such as how to replace destroyed […]

Monday morning briefing: Soup, tax help and the Lone Ranger

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Souper Bowl The Salvation Army’s annual Souper Bowl fundraiser is 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday at the organization’s building in Clovis, 317 E. Second St. $5 gets you a choice of home cooked green chili stew, minestrone, posole or potato soup and… you […]

Finding ways to help others better than gifts

Freedom New Mexico Give thanks to God during Christmas and as we head toward and New Year’s Day. These are good times, and here’s why: • All over the country, people are walking into retail stores and paying off layaway items for perfect strangers. ABC’s “Nightline” on Tuesday featured a video from our sister paper, […]

Snow days help with pre-holiday plans

Things to do on a snow day, especially when that snow day comes several weeks before Christmas. • Finish hanging and arranging the Christmas lights you did not get to, which was most of them. Remember that your northeastern native body does not really perceive this weather as unbearably cold, as most in the southwestern […]

How to help —

Turner Steve Turner, a Clovis resident, was in a work-related accident on Nov. 9, resulting in the amputation of his lower right leg. Steve will be unable to work while he is recovering and the family is in need of financial help. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, an account has been […]

Congress helping vets find jobs

As Veterans Day approached, peace descended long enough on a bitterly divided Congress to reach a deal that could help military veterans, in multiple ways, find decent jobs in a tough economy. Last week President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden with representatives of veterans groups and all but dared Republicans to reject another initiative […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Veterans Day, help for seniors and a serial killer misses

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Veterans Day Plenty of Veterans Day activities in Clovis Friday: • Veteran’s Day Breakfast — 7 a.m.-11 a.m. at American Legion No. 25, 2400 West Seventh St. • DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Open House — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at 220 West Fourth St. • […]