Survivor's story: Clovis resident is one of few living Bataan death march survivors

Courtesy photo Alvin Fails, 95, of Clovis, a Bataan death march survivor, at his home in February. Tonjia Rolan The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors. Telling his story from an easy chair, in which he now spends most […]

Clovis native’s memories have place in history

Clovis Media Inc. “Vietnam helped me realize who the true heroes really are in this world. It’s not the home-run hitters.” — Baseball slugger Willie Stargell

Bataan death march survivors dwindling

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CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks Alvin Fails , 95, of Clovis, a Battan death march survivor, watches television Tuesday in his home. Tonjia Rolan The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors. Telling his story from an easy chair, in […]

Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch-high pile of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and the Norman Luboff Choir. […]

What they’re saying: Area residents recount 9/11 memories

The 9/11 tragedy was a pivotal moment not only for this country, but around the world. It’s difficult to find anyone who doesn’t remember where they were and what they were doing. Recently, some were kind enough to share those memories in a series of video-taped interviews with Freedom New Mexico. A new mother. A […]

Residents share teacher memories

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Terri Damron, a sixth-grade teacher at Zia Elementary in Clovis, helps student Jace Piepkorn, 12, with an assignment in an empty classroom Friday afternoon. Damron is Piepkorn’s favorite teacher because she is “always happy and really nice.” Alisa Boswell With school back in session, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask […]

Child Sense: Creating a keepsake of your summer memories

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer holidays can seem like they go on forever, and when they end, it’s very easy for little kids to forget all the exciting things they did. By creating a memory keepsake, you will be able to help your child remember and also produce a keepsake for years to come. Tactile children […]

Food at the speed of life: Memories come from mistakes

I tried to make a chocolate cream pie once. It didn’t work. I was maybe 14 or 15 when I decided to make Mom a chocolate cream pie for her birthday. It’s what she often made herself for her birthday. Since Mom’s birthday is in July, school didn’t interfere. One afternoon, I pulled out the […]

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 […]

Shoutouts — March 27

Visit to Foxy Drive In brings back memories I was raised in Clovis, married Jerry W. Butts who was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. We got transferred to Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., in 1965. We moved to Virginia in 2002. So now we go back in the winter where our family […]

Death march survivor made new memories with family

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Courtesy photo Irvin “I.R.” Butler died Christmas Day in Lubbock, one day short of his 92nd birthday. Kevin Wilson Irvin “I.R.” Butler will be remembered for his time in the military and surviving a 55-mile death match. But he would have been just fine if people knew him as Grandpa. Butler died Christmas Day in […]

Area families share Thanksgiving traditions, recipes

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Lori Robbins moves a fresh batch of pork tamales from the pot to a platter Friday at her home in south Clovis. Alisa Boswell Thanksgiving is the time of year treasured for memories of holiday traditions and family legacies. With this in mind, Freedom New Mexico decided to […]

Grant McGee: Yard sale brings back memories of ‘draggin’ Main’

Grant McGee Do you remember “draggin’ Main”? You know, spending Saturday nights riding up and down the main street of your town. I got to thinking about this after encountering three sisters having a yard sale. I had picked up an old cassette they were selling and was looking at the tunes on it from […]

Military mama: Memories keep me full

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My mind has been wandering lately, revisiting my past. It’s not that I don’t enjoy where I’m at in life at the moment, though I would be lying if I didn’t admit that times were simpler when there weren’t three mini-me humans depending on me for their every need. When my tummy starts grumbling these […]

Education column: Columnist shares memories of favorite teacher

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Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Last Saturday’s Clovis News Journal featured interviews with a number of our locals about teachers who had had an impact upon them. I can’t let an opportunity pass to offer up my own favorite teacher. Mine was Mrs. Vera Armstrong, my 6th grade teacher at Sandia Elementary right here in […]

Christ only secure foundation for your soul

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Remember those Lincoln Logs? I was surprised to see a cylinder box of Lincoln Logs on a store shelf and that triggered some memories of my parents’ seminary days when Susie and I spent much time with Grandma Wells. The seminary daycare was located in the middle of campus in the […]

Visit to old home stirs memories

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist THE OLD HOME PLACE My brother called recently… “The old home place is for sale,” he said. The old home place. Now wouldn’t that be something to have? But it’s back east and I’m here in New Mexico. Do you feel that way about the place where you grew up? […]

First car memories still fresh

By Kar Terry: Local columnist As a red-blooded American male I have no problem recalling the vehicles I’ve owned in my lifetime. Recently, as a part of an exercise in a Bible study, the class was asked to tell everyone what vehicle they first drove. The guys all quickly named off their first car, some […]

Mothers share memories

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Luella Kelly works on a puzzle in her room Saturday night. Today she said she planned to spend at church and with her family. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer On Mother’s Day they think of other mothers they have known, not as a day to honor themselves. They don’t […]

Snow days for making memories

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Snow day — those words always sounded so good. We always used to get up early on snowy mornings and turn the radio up loud so we wouldn’t miss the proclamation that the weather was just too bad to hold school. Actually I don’t ever remember missing a school closure […]