Area code switch looming

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Courtesy illustration By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer As the new area code’s implementation approaches in October, local business owners have mixed reactions to the change. Permissive dialing begins Oct. 7, allowing callers to dial either the current 505 area code or new 575 area code, giving them a year to adjust. “It will give […]

Recovery program created

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford will unveil “Operation Disaster Recovery” at tonight’s Town Hall meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Administered through United Way of Eastern New Mexico, the aim of the charity program is to fill in the gaps not met by state and federal programs for area residents […]

Chaplain enjoys serving soldiers

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Courtesy photo: Airman 1st Class Randi RickardsCapt. Eusebia Rios of Cannon Air Force Base takes aim during a dodgeball game. By Janet Taylor-Birkey: Freedom Newspapers Capt. Eusebia Rios can often be seen at squadron briefings, but she’s just as likely to be avoiding a fast speeding ball in a friendly game of dodgeball at the […]

Hearts and flowers: Local gift shops braced for holiday rush

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Cindy Tarango orders Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets for her five children Monday afternoon at Katie’s Flowerland. “I wanted them to feel extra special. They’ve been extra good this year,” Tarango said. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Just as lovers monopolize Valentine’s Day, so do certain gifts. Giving greeting cards, candy, […]

Former pastor asking men of God to quit being passive and take control of their families.

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Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — As they prayed, their hands raised, their eyes closed and their fists clinched. The eight men — including Baptists, Pentecostals and Catholics — gathered Saturday morning at Portales Public Library for the “Men of God Arise” meeting were passionate about the mission. Some came because they got a […]

Clovis youth rally with ‘Blaze the Nation’

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Coordinators of the “Blaze the Nation” Youth Rally hope the Clovis-Carver Library parking lot in downtown Clovis will be crowded with people from 6 p.m. until 11p.m. Saturday night. Rene and Monica Herrara of Artesia founded “Blaze the Nations” youth ministry and have planned rallies in other cities similar […]

Bilingual employees becoming a necessity

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Blanca Rios, owner of Blanca’s, rearranges the quinceañera display Monday at the store. Rios, who is bilingual, said being able to speak Spanish has helped her business grow. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer From bilingual haircut signs at Wal-Mart to Spanish radio ads by local auto dealers, local business […]

Holland, Eual

Eual Holland Services: Have been held. Mr. Eual “Vaughn” Holland, 76, of Portales died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on July 22, 1927, in Alba, Texas, to Naomi and Joseph Holland. In high school he played on the basketball team and the baseball team and he drove […]