Food at the speed of life: Celebrity chef offers thoughts on cooking

New York resident and India native Suvir Saran is a chef, chef instructor, farmer, blogger, cookbook author and restaurant owner. He said he’s cooked for as long as he can remember. I asked for his thoughts on cooking. Suvir’s philosophy: • “To me, cooking is not about entertainment, it’s not about fanfare, not about fuss, […]

Airmen welcomed home

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Over 30 airmen returned to Cannon Air Force Base after various deployments Saturday. Liliana Castillo Thank goodness for video calls. That was Clovis resident Ginger La Tour’s reaction to her husband’s return after almost six months deployed. Their daughter, Addison, is 2 and Ginger La Tour said she changed in […]

Resident sets Clovis record at Akron derby

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Courtesy photo Daulton Hatley of Clovis reached the third round of the All-American Soap Box Derby on July 24 in Akron, Ohio, which is the farthest any youth from Clovis has reached in the international competition. Liliana Castillo When Clovis’ Daulton Hatley made it into the third round at the All-American Soap Box Derby on […]

Our People: Heart of the city

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Courtesy photo Isidro Garcia, 80, has been an active resident in Clovis for more than 50 years. He served as Clovis City Commissioner for six terms.

Former resident ‘hometown hero’

Courtesy photo Capt. Louisa Jones, second from the right, is midway through her third deployment in Iraq. Liliana Castillo Capt. Louisa Jones hasn’t lived in Portales for nearly 15 years but she still remembers the peanuts. The single mother of two was one of 50 servicemen and women featured in the “My Hometown Marne Hero” […]

In tribute: Resident remembered for dedication to Cannon

File photo By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Alan “Al” Jolly loved people, a clean car and the Dallas Cowboys. But his greatest love was for airmen just finding their way at Cannon Air Force Base. Jolly, a former Cannon airman, Realtor and car sales manager, died June 22 at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was […]

Quay resident arrested for growing marijuana

Freedom New Mexico State police said they seized more than 350 marijuana plants and 85 pounds of packaged marijuana worth $218,000 at a ranch near Conchas. New Mexico State Police said Mark Hardage, 49, of Conchas, was charged with felony marijuana distribution Tuesday after a lengthy investigation. Agents with state police and the New Mexico […]

Resident hosting Tom Petty listening party

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Teston By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty got Kathy Teston through personal hardships such as beating cancer and going to college at an older age. Her love of Tom Petty’s music with and without his band the Heartbreakers prompted her to enter a contest to host a listening […]

Kagan best we could expect for justice

Freedom Newspapers P resident Barack Obama’s choice of U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is politically shrewd and expedient. And it’s not the worst possible outcome for liberty-minded constitutionalists. Kagan, 50, would be the youngest member of the high court. Her resume is impressive though she is […]

Survey: More youth opportunities needed

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Antonio Wetmore, 7, practices his footwork Thursday during American Youth Soccer Organization practice at the AYSO fields. His mother, Victoria Moya, said this is her son’s third year playing and he loves soccer. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer About 500 Clovis residents who recently took part in a survey […]

Quay resident awaits word from family in Haiti

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Jean Morency of Tucumcari lived in Haiti until he was 12 years old. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Quay County business owner says he’s stunned at the destruction in Haiti, where he has relatives struggling to survive. “I asked my brother if he had eaten anything,” Jean Morency of Tucumcari said on Tuesday. […]

County commissioner to run for city post

CNJ staff Dan Stoddard is hoping he can be the second Clovis resident to be a part of both the city and county commissions. Stoddard, an assisted living facility owner, intends to file Tuesday for the open seat in the Clovis City’s Commission’s fourth district. “This community’s been very good to me,” said Stoddard, who […]

Ex-Portales resident going strong at 107

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Wichita Falls Times Record News: Claire Kowalick Effie Caffee lived on her own until she recently broke her hip sweeping, but plans on moving back to her house in Burkburnett as soon as possible. By Ann Work: Wichita Falls Times Record News WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Optimistic, check. Nonsmoker, check. Socially active, check. Effie Caffee, […]

Home invasion experience still haunts Portales resident

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Freedom Photo: Eric Butler Jo Ann Vickers stands over the spot in her hall where she lie beaten and suffering a broken femur during a March 30, 2008 home invasion. Vickers attackers are serving prison time, but memories of the attack still haunt her. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It was late on a […]

Resident resubmits request for procession

CNJ STAFF Sean Ferreira had a vision in March for a religious procession to take place next Friday. And twice, the Clovis City Commission has decided against a five-hour procession route along Main and Mitchell streets. In today’s 5:15 p.m. city commission meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, Ferreira is submitting his third request for […]

Curry County resident sentenced to 133 years for rape

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CNJ staff A Curry County resident was sentenced Wednesday to 133 years prison for the 2008 rape of a 9-year-old Quay County girl. Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, was found guilty and convicted of three counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child under the age of 13, criminal sexual contact of a minor in the […]

City parks provide, escape, leisure

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Wednesday evening, as the storm which never arrived was brewing west of Ned Houk Park, my granddaughter and I were feeding the ducks. With the careful attention of a five year old, she was dropping pieces of food in the lake, and I was watching the birds. On shore came […]

Senior resident center celebrates fathers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo John Schmidt, a resident at Senior Citizen Resident Center in Clovis, said Father’s Day has never been a big deal for him. He said his favorite thing about being a father is being a grandfather. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The staff and residents of the Senior Citizen Resident […]

June 7 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 5 a.m. May 18 an officer responded to a residence in the 700 block of Sheldon Street for a vehicle crashed into a house. A 68-year-old man said he pulled into the driveway to pick up the resident for work. After […]

Bingaman supports reappointment of Portales resident on peanut board

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., on Wednesday asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to re-appoint Portales resident Jimmie Shearer to the Peanut Standards Board for the Southwest Region.