Memories of punishment still linger

I loved Mrs. Butterfield. I loved her name, her smile, her sweet, caring attitude, the way she made me feel good about myself. I even loved Mrs. Butterfield after she walloped me so severely I remember it 64 years later. It was a daily routine at the one-through-twelve Boardman schoolhouse outside Youngstown. My desk was […]

Obama plans support for military families

The Associated Press President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their […]

Father says shooting victim loved life

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Courtesy photo Angel Vale, 22, was found shot to death outside her Portales residence Thursday evening. Sharna Johnson Raymond Vale remembers his daughter as a dedicated, hard-working girl who wanted to help people and loved life. Angel Vale was found dead Thursday evening in the sideyard of a Portales home she was renting. The 22-year-old […]

Families remember loved ones

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Carol Nash, of Clovis, browses though the engineer drawing of her uncle, Pvt. Roy Melvin Johnston who served in the Army during WWII and died while fighting in Okinawa Japan. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Memorial Day was set aside for the people who lost loved ones in war. […]

Tough to make adult choice

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She nzever actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that choice […]

Loved ones more important than catching quakes

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “Oh wow, the whole house is rocking, Dad.” I was on the phone with daughter, Robyn. She lives out west in the Mojave Desert. Her house was moving, the grandkids were yelling. “It’s an earthquake,” I said. Robyn lives in California. So if the house is shaking then it must […]

Military spouses cope with loved ones deployed during holidays

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

Event aims to give families closure

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Daryl Harris hangs an ornament in memory of his wife, Betty Jo Harris, during Thursday’s 25th annual “Celebration of Life” sponsored by the Plains Regional Medical Center Home Health Care/Hospice. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area families honored loved ones who have passed away in 2009 at Thursday’s 25th […]

Life, faith should be built on firm foundation

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When Susie and I were little girls growing up in church, we sang with the primary choir. One of the songs we loved so much was “The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock.” This was a great song. To go with the lyrics, we had hand motions like […]

Official: Military honors option available for veteran burials

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Veronica Goff, left, receives a flag from Senior Airman Nathan Rogers of Cannon Air Force Base at the conclusion of Thursday’s military funeral honors for her father, Henry Sanchez of Clovis. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Henry Sanchez loved dancing, his guitar and his harmonica, family members said. And […]

Educator loss leaves long lasting impact

Freedom New Mexico Every death is a tragedy. Every person loves and is loved by many people. Everyone has affected the lives of countless others during the course of his life. Shock compounds the loss when it is sudden and unexpected, like Monday’s horrific accident near Saltillo, Mexico, that killed at least 11. Some of […]

Music enriches lives

By Anna Skaggs Music in my life has been like breathing. I grew up in a second-generation Czech family, the Grisaks. Everyone in my family played a musical instrument sang and learned to whistle tunes. I grew up thinking the whole world loved music. Favorite childhood memories were hearing daddy playing Celtic, gypsy and bluegrass […]

In tribute: Former police officer loved family, pranks

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer C.T. “Tommy” Bull was remembered by friends and family as a dedicated family man and law enforcement officer, and a lover of kids, animals and pranks. Bull, a retired Clovis police officer and railroad special investigator, died Aug. 15 at his home in Portales with his wife Margia by […]

In tribute: Former detective loved challenge

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Courtesy photo Bill Bollinger was a former Clovis police detective and city commissioner. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When Bill Bollinger saw something he liked — a case to solve, a piece of wood to form, or a person to care about —he never let go. The former Clovis police detective and city commissioner […]

Firefighter remembered for his cooking

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Courtesy photo: Clovis Fire Department Firefighters remember Joe Haseloff, 49, for his smile, kind nature and cooking. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Friends: Fontenot loved golf, life

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Local resident wins national music honor

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Courtesy photo Former Portales and Clovis resident B.J. Brooks recently won a national competition for his musical composition to accompany a song called “Thou Art the Light.” By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico When B.J. Brooks was a little boy in Portales, he often spent weekends with his grandmother Lucille, who loved to play the […]

In Tribute: Military man remembered as nomad

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Monico Pacheco loved California, and he loved boxing. But he loved his family more. After a life spent halfway across the country, Pacheco returned to

Missing Man Table

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A table is set Thursday at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center to honor missing troops. The symbolism of the Missing Man Table and honors: The table is round to show our everlasting concern for our missing troops. The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call […]

Tragedy teaches lessons

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of losing their lives expect those in charge to live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, […]