Souper Bowl nets more than $2,000

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Greg Hearn, right, and his son, Shannon, left, are served a hot bowl of minestrone soup from Salvation Army board member Twila Rutter. Benna Sayyed The Salvation Army celebrated super bowl weekend Saturday by offering potato, green chile, minestrone and posole soups. The fourth annual Souper Bowl netted $2,059, according […]

Our people: Seasonal Santa

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident Jimmy Craven has played the part of Santa Claus for 12 years and, yes, the beard is real. Clovis resident Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Village and about 40 other engagements during the […]

James Bickley Elementary seeking mentors

Liliana Castillo Jim and Carolyn Shipley started mentoring at James Bickley Elementary School three years ago. The children keep them coming back. “I enjoy seeing the lights come on in their eyes when they learn something,” Shipley said. The Shipleys are two of the 27 volunteer mentors that provide one-on-one time for students who need […]

Douglas Stone Memorial golf scores

51st annual Douglas Stone Memorial Friday Portales Country Club First round Championship Flight Kenny Prince-Mark Franz 65 Mark Foster-Kevin Welch 65 Jason Howl-Will Archibeque 65 Jim Vardeman-Mike Vardeman 65 David Gutierrez-Sid Felan 66 Donavin Sanchez-Adam Douma 67 Bobby Crane-Wayne Moore 69 Rustin Rowley-Andy Reynolds 72 First Flight Carey Suddeth-Rick White 68 Dave Hunton-Matt Hunton 69 […]

Career matters more than moment

By Kevin Wilson Armando Galaragga will not be perfect in the record book. And Jim Joyce was proven imperfect by video. And their fates crossing paths showed a lot of us are far from perfect ourselves. Last Wednesday was an afternoon off for me, which meant e-mailing friends and using Netflix to catch up on […]

New foreman started family at H-Bar Ranch

By Ruth Burns: PNT correspondent When the Winfreys sold the H-Bar Ranch to Jim Newman and Tom Trammell in 1897, Newman asked his cousin (my grandfather), R. L. “Bob” Wood, to take over the ranch as foreman. Bob had come with Newman to the DZ Ranch near the present town of Arch in 1882 and […]

First person: Santa’s coming to town

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes for 11 years. Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Pharmacy and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas […]

Golden Corral closes its doors

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Low profits and rising expenses are reducing dining options in Clovis by one. Golden Corral is closing its doors. Franchise owner Jim Clark said he closed the restaurant Wednesday. “It was kind of a bittersweet day,” said Clark who also celebrated his 50th birthday that day. He said the […]

Texas prisoner captured without incident

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Texas prisoner mistakenly released from the jail in September is back in custody after he was found having breakfast at a local shelter Thursday. Willie Windom was arrested without incident around 8 a.m. at the Lighthouse Mission on Las Casillas Boulevard, according to Clovis police Lt. Jim Schoeffel. […]

Ah, it’s a gorgeous day in Robert Lee, Texas

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I just had a phone call from my two-years-younger brother. Helpful and concerned for my welfare as brothers always are, Jim wanted me to know how much he is enjoying an absolutely gorgeous day sitting on the porch of our grandparents’ old house in Robert Lee, Texas, and taking […]

Ranch hand chooses work over welfare

by Glenda Price The rancher, Big Jim Jordan, went to the cafe in town where day-workers hung out each morning. Four or five fellows visited over coffee, one whittled on a stick, another looked at the day’s newspaper and the others just hung out.

City feels conference’s economic impact

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Jim Clark didn’t notice too many new customers in the two Clovis restaurants he owns, but he just needed to see Clovis’ streets to know the impact of the New Mexico Municipal League. “I’ve seen the buses just running around all over town,” said Clark, who owns Dakota Steakhouse […]

The Alaska Plane Wreck

Our friend Jim Connelley raised high-powered performance Quarter Horses, but before that occupation he had another – Alaskan bush pilot. He was small, only about 5 feet 5 inches tall, so he fit those small planes just fine. He delivered fishermen, hikers, etc … to the back country and then picked them up after their […]

Searching for a new challenge

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jim McDaniel, Clovis Municipal Schools assistant superintendent for personnel, is retiring. He started as a teacher in Clovis in 1969. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Jim McDaniel said teaching hasn’t changed much since he started at what was then Gattis Junior High School in 1969. He said today’s teachers […]

Homesick for Clovis

Jim Bauman of Fostoria, Ohio, sends greetings to Clovis via e-mail:

A story about gambling and Louisiana

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t think I’ve ever been more against gambling than I am right now. At this moment, I could preach a pretty poignant sermon against the sin of filthy wagering. My brothers and I were together in Houston to help with a memorial service for our sister. Ruthie had […]

Jan. 23 – Oasis Lake

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CNJ staff photo: Lilliana Castillo Oasis State Park fills it’s lake by pumping water from an irrigation circle half a mile away, according to park manager Jim Whary.

Photo of the day: Broken glass

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Business owner Jim Graham talks inside his store with Clovis City Commissioner Len Vohs Monday morning. Graham said vandals broke windows on his store twice over the weekend. “I’m just sick of it,” he said. “Something’s got to be done.”

Christmas gives meaning to first and final breaths

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist A few months ago, my wife and I and two of our sons stood beneath a giant tree in a Ugandan rain forest. The guide explained to us that what we had thought was the bark of the tree was actually a parasitic vine that had for multiplied scores […]

Broken home, unbroken spirit

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jim and Iris Blevins live in a fifth-wheel behind their home on South Prince Street as a result of the March 23 tornado that ripped through their home. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer On the 2100 block of South Prince Street lay a tan house surrounded by a tunnel […]