More businesses donate toward Lighthouse homeless shelter

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lighthouse Mission Executive Director Richard Gomez said workers are expected to break ground on a new homeless shelter sometime in the next week. Sharna Johnson Businesses and contractors continue to step forward and donate their services, bringing the Lighthouse Mission’s new homeless shelter closer to being a reality. Executive Director […]

Homeless ID system won’t be successful

Freedom New Mexico A plan to tag each homeless person in Colorado Springs will never work. Those who advocate the ID program undoubtedly mean well. It may seem logical to the orderly, disciplined, rational mind. But it’s never going to work. A story in Monday’s Colorado Springs Gazette told of the ongoing saga of the […]

Labor Department gives aid to homeless vets

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Labor Department officials are awarding more than $5 million in grants to help homeless female veterans and veterans with families find jobs and work toward a “bright future,” the secretary of labor announced June 30. “Millions of hard-working, responsible families are at risk of losing their […]

HUD allocates $58 million to help homeless veterans

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service

Don’t single out homeless as polluters

Freedom New Mexico The homeless are harming Mother Earth. That’s the message of a Colorado Springs woman who filed a complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency against city government. She blames city officials for failing to prevent or manage pollution caused by those who live in shanties and tents. Homeless people harm the environment, for […]

Hartley House receives Daniels fund grant

Organizations serving seniors, youth, and the homeless are among the major recipients of $553,000 in grants for New Mexico nonprofits announced this week by the Daniels Fund. Grant recipients include: Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico; Ca

God leads way during troubled times

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist At this Thanksgiving time, our nation faces situations and uncertain times like never before. Difficult financial times have left people jobless and homeless. Rumors of wars and a horrendous act by a gunman even in the heart of Texas dominate the news. During this Thanksgiving season, remember we have sure […]

Lighthouse Mission marks 20th anniversary

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Pastor Skip Clark of the Body of Christ Community Church preaches to the Lighthouse Mission’s visitors before lunch is served. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer In 20 years, the Lighthouse Mission has transformed from a Bible study in a home living room to a multi-faceted service organization. The Lighthouse […]

Eastern Plains Council receives housing grant

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Government of Clovis has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici R-N.M. The $115,728 awarded will provide rental assistance for 10 to 13 individuals or families, Shelter Plus Care Program Manager Lori Howard […]

Veterans deserve our respect

Anita Doberman Growing up I loved to hear my grandparents talk about their experiences during WWII, especially their escape story. During German occupation, my grandfather, who had worked for the Italian government in the past, was ordered to come back and collaborate with the Germans. Unwilling to do so and opposing the regime, he decided […]

Veterans deserve respect, thanks

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Growing up I loved to hear my grandparents talk about their experiences during WWII, especially their escape story. During German occupation, my grandfather, who had worked for the Italian government in the past, was ordered to come back and collaborate with the Germans. Unwilling to do so and opposing the regime, […]

Homeless man’s tall tale worth cash

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I was thinking about homeless folks the other day because I saw a guy with a backpack strolling out of the Clovis rail yard. It set my mind a-wandering. Songs have been written as have passages in The Good Book about lending a hand to someone in need because it […]

Development group grants housing funds

By CNJ staff Eastern Plains Council of Goverments and La Casa have been awarded grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Eastern Plains Council of Goverments has received a total of $235,660, while La Casa has received $221,655 of the grant money. Awarded under HUD’s Continuum of Care grant program, the funds […]

Treatment of homeless is sign of times

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist Are we separating ourselves from the social reality of our country? Are we ignoring the facts that we are a nation with an aging population and that some cannot make a decent living? I was shocked last week to read that the city of Las Vegas, Nev., has passed an […]

Accused molester arraigned

By Darrell Todd Maurina Accused child molester Harry Robbs hung his head during his initial appearance Monday afternoon before Magistrate Judge Doug Miller upon learning that his bail will be $75,000 cash only. “Whew,” was his only audible response after hearing the amount of money he would need to get out of the Curry County […]

Article puts want and need in perspective

Ned Cantwell There is something on my mind this morning, and I am not looking for a chorus of “it’s about time.” I get to thinking about the little, green Ford Ranger truck in my driveway. It’s from the 1990s but does everything I need it to do. It gets me to the post office, […]

Politicians play number games to fit agendas

Pick a number. Any number. It works for Washington. Why shouldn’t it work for you? In the unreal bubble in which Washington operates, numbers and words over time begin to lose any meaning. Millions become billions and then trillions and no one bats an eye; statistics get batted around like beach balls, turned and twisted […]