Make holiday shopping local affair

Saturday, Nov. 26, is Small Business Shopping Day. Be that as it may, why not allow every day, especially during Christmas shopping season, to be the day to shop locally, the day to patronize and support local businesses rather than the megastores? It’s no joke, and no accident, that those businesses are often either locally […]

Senior happenings — Aug. 28

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing, 1:30 p.m., Ice cream day. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 11:30 a.m., Medicare benefits; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 9:30 a.m. […]

Senior happenings — Aug. 21

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1-5 p.m., Dance at La Casa Senior Center, 1120 Cameo. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing, 1:30 p.m., Ice cream day. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., […]

Water company shopping for local sources

CNJ staff A spokesman for New Mexico American Water — Clovis’ water supplier — said Tuesday the company is in the first stage of seeking local negotiations on water sales. Under the authorization granted in Senate Bill 209, passed in the 2011 Legislature, July 1 is the first day NMAW can purchase water from private […]

Corrections cause more confusion

A friend of mine was going shopping with a friend. She was concerned she’d get to talking with a friend and would forget to pick up a specific item she needed the next day unless I texted her during the trip. I waited about 30 minutes, texted, “Dozen eggs.” She texted back, “Love you.” I […]

Gift cards ease shopping

Karl Terry Did you get a little piece of plastic in your stocking this Christmas? Business experts say Americans gave a record amount of gift cards this Christmas. According to the National Retail Foundation the average person in the U.S. gave $145.61 in gift cards this year. Nearly $25 billion was likely spent this year […]

Once in a lifetime moments irreplaceable

There are timeless gifts, or ways to give gifts, that bear no duplication or repeating. Last week I devoted this column to the value of shopping locally, for non-mass-produced presents; this week I’d like to encourage you to look at some unique experiences — ones which cannot be duplicated, even if you were to present […]

Shoppers up early for Black Friday deals

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Amber Knox of the Portales Beall’s, wraps Christmas gifts Friday afternoon for customers. Alisa Boswell Friday marked a day of hustle and bustle for local Clovis and Portales businesses as Black Friday shoppers lined up to get discounted items and other special deals on this after Thanksgiving shopping day extravaganza. […]

Christmas shopping never easy

Kevin Wilson College basketball reminds me of Christmas shopping. It’s not so much because one friend loves Syracuse basketball and another loves Kansas basketball and gifts are easy to find. It’s more because of what I saw Tuesday on ESPN. The sports broadcasting company used its numerous networks to broadcast 24 hours of college basketball […]

Green shopping, grapefruit featured on show

Sheryl Borden Information on grapefruit for breakfast, making a double green shopping bag and fabric tinting with crayons will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Eleisha Ensign is the executive director of TexaSweet Citrus Marketing Inc., and she will demonstrate two easy, healthy breakfast options with grapefruit […]

No matter our status, we all need Christ

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Last week, I was out shopping for a birthday gift and ran into Barbara in the town section. I had not seen her in months. She was with her 4-year-old granddaughter Maggie. Barbara and Maggie were shopping for Maggie’s birthday. Barbara had decided to let Maggie choose her own birthday gift. […]

Fair season beginning

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File photo Curry County fair organizers have promised a blend of traditional favorites and new attractions throughout the week. Sharna Johnson The Curry County fair begins Monday with what organizers have promised to be a blend of traditional favorites and new attractions throughout the week. Animal shows and sales, baking and crafting contests and other […]

Local shoppers boost business at the mall

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Connie Marquez of Lovington works on finishing her Christmas shopping Tuesday at North Plains Mall. Marquez said she was happy for the chance to travel to Clovis so she could get to the mall before the holiday. By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer If shopping at North Plains Mall is […]

Cops give kids early Christmas

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jaden Philips, 6, holds out his hand to McGruff the Crime Dog Monday morning during the Shop with a Cop program at Wal-Mart. Philips and his three siblings were each taken on a $100 shopping spree by local law enforcement. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Leaning out of the […]

Police raise funds with doughnuts

CNJ staff report The Clovis Police Department will be trading doughnuts for dollars Friday as part of its annual Shop with a Cop fundraising drive. Starting at 6:45 a.m., officers will be at Daylight Doughnuts on North Prince Street collecting donations to fund the Shop with a Cop program. Officers will be giving away doughnuts […]

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 […]

Fundraising begins for annual Shop with a Cop

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Police Department is kicking off its annual fundraising drive for Shop with a Cop. Each year local police raise money to take area underprivileged children on Christmas shopping trips. More than $11,000 was raised last year, enough to take 111 children shopping, according to a press release from the department. […]

Jesus’ humble beginnings teach us all

Freedom New Mexico It looks as if those who constantly decry the commercialization of Christmas might have finally gotten their wish. Those of us who ventured out for Christmas shopping this year found the crowds strangely thin and the discounts from desperate retailers surprisingly deep. Of course, this cutback in Christmas spending — we won’t […]

Clovis shoppers spending less during the holidays

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte David Stepanek, of Del Rio, Texas, said he was visting relatives in Clovis as he was shopping for video games at Game Stop at the North Plains Mall. He said the economic downturn and the credit crunch has him shopping for deals and paying with cash. Gabriel Monte Jeremy and […]

Expert: Identity theft increases during holidays

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CNJ Photo Illustration: Gabriel Monte Clovis Detective Sonny Smith said residents should shred junk mail and other documents containing personal information before throwing it out to protect their identities. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Identity theft happens year round but thieves strike more frequently during the holidays because of increased shopping activity, according to […]