Braving Black Friday

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Linda Jacquez, right, and her daughters, from left, Jennifer McKinney and Carri Valverde, do a second round of shopping Friday at Walmart. Black Friday shopping is a family tradition that they have been doing for the last ten years. Jacquez said, “Shopping on Black Friday is fun and not stressful […]

Hospice care extends to entire family

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When Loretta Fogerson decided it was time to get hospice help for her ailing mother, her main focus was on her mother’s care. She was surprised to discover the hospice staff cared for her and her family as much as her mother. “The week that my mom died, I […]

Softball league seeking memorial

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Brenda Depperman is working a softball memorial to honor her mother, Carol Depperman, who worked to start the Clovis women’s league years ago. Carol and few other women campaigned to get the softball league going back in the early 1970s in Clovis by talking to Guy Leeder about having […]

Mother of victim happy with 133-year sentence

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — The mother of a Tucumcari rape victim said she is pleased with the 133-year prison sentence her daughter’s attacker received on Wednesday. “It has helped my family a great deal and will help other families of the future,” she said. Torrance County District Judge Kevin Sweazea sentenced Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, […]

Police chief not out of line

Roger Hatcher is the chief of police in Tucumcari. So, one day a mother brings her out-of-control daughter to the Tucumcari police station because the daughter has beaten the mother. The mother wants law enforcement to step in and deal with the daughter. Then this out-of-control daughter decides to run from Mom and police. She […]

Family describes victim as loner

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Courtesy photo Clifford Webber pictured in a Prince Street Baptist Church publication in the late 1980’s as a teen. He is described by friends and family as a troubled loner. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He lived in the same town but family rarely heard from him. Maybe it was his mother’s death when […]

Police arrest mother of buried 3-year-old

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Police said Thursday that the mother of a 3-year-old boy found buried at a playground told investigators she suffocated him, had second thoughts and brought him back to life, then changed her mind and suffocated him again. Police Chief Ray Schultz said Tiffany Toribio, 23, told officers that she and […]

Gift of life

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Breanna Tolley gave birth to her first child Thursday. Tolley said she thought she was ready for motherhood until she saw her daughter, Cambree Tolley. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Thinking of Mother’s Day always meant thinking about someone else for Breanna Tolley. Until Thursday night. At 8:19 p.m., […]

My mom didn’t need a script

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Anytime a hard-working mother has a dilemma to deal with all they really need to remember is the acronym WWJD. The acronym I’m thinking of here is what would June (Cleaver) do.

Mother’s Day time for cultural reflection

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Beyond the sentiments, what are your roots? What I mean is, inspired by Mother’s Day but not limited to that, what do you know and value about your ethnic origins, your cultural origins, your background in terms of heritage, location, awareness of who you are and who you have sprung […]

Celebrating life

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Pastor Bonita Knox says she is celebrating her mother, who died last month from breast cancer, and is celebrating the lives of others through her participation in Relay for Life. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When she speaks about her mother the picture is someone larger than life. Her […]

A view from under the pew: a mother s day tribute

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.a mother s day tribute boss i was searching forkite string the other dayfor my little niece anniemarie […]

Roosevelt County mother sentenced to 18 years imprisonment

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County woman convicted of first-degree child abuse was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. Alicia Dean, 32, was given the maximum sentence under law, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. “Because it is a first degree felony, there is a mandatory 18 year sentence,” Chandler said. “She would have to […]

Melrose mother facing child abuse charges

A Melrose woman who called 911 to report her infant daughter was crying when touched and couldn’t use her arms to hold a bottle is now facing child abuse charges along with the baby’s father. A warrant was filed Friday for the arrest of Crystal Broeder on a felony charge of child abuse, according to […]

Police report: Teen laughed about shooting cat

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Jonathan Hall, 18, is accused of shooting and killing his mother’s cat. He is in jail, held on a $7,500 bond. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An 18-year-old accused of shooting his mother’s cat, laughed as he told her the story of how the animal struggled and cried in its final moments, according to […]

Homicide victim’s daughter shares remorse over mother’s death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer She wishes she had taken her mother’s call Dec. 19 and more than anything, she wishes she could get back the voice mail she erased. But at the time, Katie Murphy had no way of knowing her mother would never call again. “She called me the night that it […]

Nobody’s set apart to be better

Even though it has been many years ago, I still remember some of the experiences our family had when we lived in Kansas City, Kan. One such experience is when we would go to pick up mother in the heart of downtown Kansas City. Mother taught part-time at a business college. She went to seminary […]

Overseas service members send holiday greetings

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Bess Kline admires a picture of her son Master Sgt. David Kline Thursday in her home. Kline was told of her son’s message but haven’t heard or seen it yet. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Though her friends have seen or heard Master Sgt. David Kline greet his mother […]

Late friend full of tales of Clovis’ past

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist Ike Stanford was born in 1905 in Pontotoc County, Okla. He was only a year old when he came with his family by covered wagon to these parts. His father, Richard Penn Stanford, filed a homestead four miles south of Blacktower. When Ike was 5, the family moved into Clovis […]

Self preservation: Some area residents can their own fruits and vegetables

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Kathy Wall cans her own vegetables and fruits each year in October. By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico Lillie Belle Toombs likes to know what goes into her canned food. Toombs, who lives in the Pep community, cans her vegetables and fruits each year in October. She said she was […]