Faith source of joy for holidays

Curtis Shelburne You think it’s cold here? I just got back from the North Pole and … Well, actually, it wasn’t that cold. And it wasn’t even north. It was more southwest. From Lubbock, Texas, to Brownfield, Texas. On the Polar Express train, complete with a conductor and hot chocolate and elves and Santa himself, […]

First person: Clovis couple provides gift bears

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lona and Dwight Waldo have spent the last 12 years buying bears at yard sales and cleaning them for nursing home residents. Kevin Wilson Dwight and Lona Waldo’s summers and holidays are stuffed. The Clovis couple has, for the last 12 years, donated teddy bears to rest home residents for […]

Education column: School testing weeks not holidays

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools No homework for a week. No, teachers are not on strike and it is not a gift from the new superintendent. But, what is happening is Standards Based Assessment testing. Previously, I thought this was a free week because students don’t have to study, and teachers don’t have to […]

City employees make up for lost time

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Nita Biekkola, an accounts receivable clerk in the city’s finance department, catches up on paperwork Friday, checking business license renewals. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico With back-to-back three-day weekends, city offices are playing catch up after the holidays. Christmas and New Years Day fell on Friday this year, resulting […]

Holidays less trashy than previous year

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Chances are the day after Christmas you took a heap of trash out to a bin that was either full, almost full or overflowing with garbage. But area trash crews report collecting less waste after Christmas compared to last year. And they are not expecting much of an increase […]

Working holidays part of first responders’ job description

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Firefighters Jon Fails, left, and Nate Joy are two staff members at the Clovis Fire Department who worked on Christmas. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Christmas and New Year’s holiday may be a long weekend for many this year, but not for some dedicated professionals. Work doesn’t take […]

The holidays can be holy days of genuine Joy

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist My kids tell me that I’m younger now than I was when they were growing up. I think “childish” may be what they have in mind; I prefer to think in terms of “younger.” It seems to me that the transformation started sometime after my wife and I discovered […]

First Person: Gym owner stays fit for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Oscar Cleare, a personal trainer, says the best ways to stay fit over the holiday is to remain active and use portion control. Oscar Cleare has been a personal trainer for almost 30 years. He now owns his own gym, Bodies in Motion. His secret to staying fit and healthy […]

City landfill swamped during holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Christmas trees are recycled Tuesday at the Clovis landfill. Christmas tree are just a small part of a big increase in waste at area landfills this time of year. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Whether it is disposable aluminum pie pans, fruit cakes or ravaged gift wrapping and packing […]