New care facility opening in Clovis

By Jean Verlich: CNJ new editor A new adult residential care facility will help fill the need for assisted living in Clovis when it opens late next year, according to the project coordinator. Prairie Meadows will be built on Dillon Street next to its sister facility, Retirement Ranch. Four buildings each will house two one-bedroom […]

World War II bomber revived as ‘living memorial’

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The Pacific Prowler, a restored World War II B-25 bomber, was in service from 1944 to 1958 before it was decommissioned. Since that time it was used in the films “Flight of the Phoenix” and “Memphis Belle.” (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a San Antonio junkyard, the B-25 Pacific […]

Day trip: Living Desert offers sampling of native desert wildlife

Compiled by Paula Cronic The Living Desert State Park and Zoo near Carlsbad includes places for fishing and hiking, and is home to many desert animals. Established in 1971, the park is a living museum with indoor and outdoor exhibits and trailways that display many native animal species and hundreds of plants that naturally grow […]

Since life is dangerous, how should we live?

By Curtis K. Shelburne I don’t think I’m revealing anything you don’t already know when I observe that living life is dangerous business. Ever since our First Parents fouled up and got tossed out of the Garden, forbidden fruit juice trickling down the corners of their mouths, Planet Earth has been an address where people […]

Wildfires torch Land of Enchantment’s landscape

The Cannon Fire Department maintains constant readiness to fight fires ranging from household to rangeland wildfires. For more information on how the fire department operates, see pages 14 and 15. Janet Taylor-Birkey Known as the “Land of Enchantment,” New Mexico is also known as the land of high winds and burn bans. This lethal combination […]

McDorman, Louise

Louise McDorman, 92, of Clovis died Friday, Feb. 10, 2006, at Fairhaven Assisted Living. She was born Jan. 5, 1914, to Harry and Lydia Speck Nuckoles in Basic City, Va. She married Walter T. McDorman on Nov. 23, 1933, in Hagerstown, Md. She was briefly employed with Staunton Steam Laundry in Staunton. After marrying, she […]

Assisted living option coming

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Area residents seeking an alternative to living alone or residing in a nursing home will soon have another option for assisted living. Bill Giese, owner of Giese Realty Investments, said his company is serving as the “point people” in the development of Wheatfield Senior Living Community. “This is the […]

Dorm inspections more than just military tradition

Master Sgt. John Skaggs For some dorm residents, it is an inconvenience and annoyance when the first sergeant inspects dorms. Some may ask, “Why does it matter if I have candles in my room or if my bed is not made or if my floor has become a dustball ranch?” They may argue that their […]

Local churches perform living nativities

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Mary, played by Cas Velez, left, and Joseph, played by Kolton Miller, 12, await the arrival of the three wise men during a performance of the First United Methodist Church’s Living Nativity Wednesday at the church. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Nativity sets are a popular holiday decoration in many […]

Death intriguing because it’s unknown to people

Ryn Gargulinski Dead things surround us: The mosquito squished on the windshield. The tomato that rots in the fridge. This morning’s mouse stuck fast on a glue trap. OK, the mouse was only half-dead and still squirmy. But you get the gist. The dead thing that haunted my boyfriend and I most recently was stuck […]

Central Baptist hosting live simulcast

CNJ staff Central Baptist Church of Clovis will be hosting a simulcast of Living Proof Live. The first-time event on Oct. 7 starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. The second broadcast on Oct. 8 starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. Central Baptist Church will open its doors to the […]

Balancing life can mean compromise

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist An article in the September issue of Latina magazine caught my eye, “The Perfectly (Un) Balanced Life” which asks, “Who says we mujeres must have a perfectly made bed while making it to the top?” This stopped me in my tracks because, well, I’m a woman who usually leaves home […]

Motel living not so bad

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers T here is no better way to test your strength, endurance and sanity than to live in a motel room for several weeks. In between my move from Clovis to Tucumcari while my new house gets its final touches, my motel stay is going on three weeks. At least there […]

Richards continues family tradition

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Katelyn Lide races to the finish Saturday during the short-go of the 13-15 year old poles at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals held at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Casey Richards comes from a rodeo family, but it took him a while […]

World War II veteran keeps camera, photos as mementos of service

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Barely larger than the palm of his hand, Ivan Strickler’s spoil of war is a black Zeiss Ikon camera. The World War II veteran, his legs stricken useless by a bout with polio, several knee surgeries and two hip replacements, stared at the 60-year-old […]

BRAC could spark small retiree migration

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Sometime between now and May 16, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will release a list of military bases the department wants closed, labeling them unneeded infrastructure that waste billions of dollars annually. Community leaders in affected areas will express shock and anger. Paid lobbyists will begin pumping out reasons why a […]

Taking life into your own hands

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s Advance Directive for Health Care states in plain lettering: “You have the right to give instructions about your own health care.” The standard 8-by-11 inch document, popularly referred to as a living will, can be obtained from most law firms and hospitals. But as the Terri […]

A man named Jesus

Clyde Davis T he vast majority of Christians, and even some non-Christians, maintain that slightly less than 2000 years ago a man by the name of Jesus — a Jewish itinerant rabbi — confirmed his own claims to be God’s unique Son by being raised from death. This being said then, what does resurrection mean […]

Everyone is a writer at heart

By Judy Brandon I could call myself a writer. I am smart enough to know that I cannot write professionally for a living. I just enjoy writing to express the emotions, thoughts and ideas of my heart. But in reality, everyone is a writer. A person doesn’t have to have an article published in the […]

Don’t settle for too little too soon

Curtis S. Shelburne One summer years ago while I was the visiting preacher for a loving and lovely little church in Indiana, one of the leaders there took my son Jeffrey and me out for a round of golf. (It was about the last time I played, I think.) Indiana is a beautiful state filled […]