United Way still taking donations

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo United Way volunteer Betty Wagner processes donations Tuesday at the United Way office on Main Street. Wagner said she’s a four-year volunteer for United Way. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While the official deadline for donations has passed, it’s not too late to donate to the United Way of […]

School board taking first steps to replace Seidenwurm

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School board of education plans to meet next week to decide the first step in finding a replacement for Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. Seidenwurm announced Wednesday she will resign at the end of the school year. Board members say it’s too early in the process to know […]

Some charities finding season less giving than usual

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Salvation Army ringer Dave Garza thanks Randy Lee of Clovis for his donation outside Wal-Mart. Garza has been a ringer for 10 years and said he does it because he enjoys seeing and helping people. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Fundraising during the holiday season is taking local non-profits […]

12-8 Holiday happenings

The following events are taking place throughout the holiday season:

Business feature: Businesses taking steps to avoid flu

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jade Gallegos, a Clovis Community College student who runs the information desk under the work-study program, said a lot of visitors stop to use a hand sanitizer station near the door. The college is one of a number of local organizations taking steps to prevent the spread of H1N1 flu. […]

Clovis Salvation Army doing without credit card machines

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Salvation Army ringers across the country are being armed with a bell, a kettle, sometimes a Santa hat and now a mobile credit card machine. Clovis Salvation Army Maj. Tammy Ray said New Mexico’s fickle weather is causing trouble for Clovis’ ringers as far as adding the machine to […]

Aviation group’s project taking off

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The EAA plane will weigh 245 pounds without a pilot when finished compared to the 1,500-pound Aerostar stored next to it. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico In the northwest corner of the Blue Sky Aviation hangar at Clovis Municipal Airport, a rickety-looking frame of a plane is waiting to […]

Stress taking toll on U.S. military forces

Freedom New Mexico Thursday’s shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, shocked many people who might not have previously thought about just what the ongoing war is doing to the young men and women we keep sending into battle. Nearly 4,400 of them have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thousands more have been injured in this […]

Fed’s claim of job creation poor wording

Freedom New Mexico Washington claims 640,000 to 1.5 million jobs have been created or saved by the $787 billion economic stimulus plan. With only about 15 percent of the money spent so far by those intended to receive it, at this rate America might implausibly end up with more new jobs than available workers. Has […]

First lady speaks on taking care of military families

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Desiree N. Palacios First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to the crowd at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 15 during a visit to the base. Obama spoke about family values and praised military members and their families during the speech. By Staff Sgt. J. Paul Croxon: Defense Media Activity-San Antonio EGLIN […]

Legal training programs taking applications soon

By Capt. Afsana Ahmed: Chief of Recruiting, Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps BOLLING AFB, D.C. — Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program are being accepted from Jan. 1 to March 1, 2010. The FLEP, which is a paid legal studies program for active-duty Air Force commissioned officers, is an […]

Fair attendance up about 10 percent

CNJ staff Fair ticket sales jumped more than $15,000 this year and attendance was up around 10 percent. According to figures presented to the county commission Tuesday by Finance Manager Mark Lansford, the gate sale increase accounted to about 21 percent, taking the total from almost $72,000 to more than $87,000. Carnival receipts also rose […]

Talking strengthens marriage

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist My husband returned home for a short visit before taking off again. I guess we should be used to the routine, the coming and going, and to the changes we adjust to, but each time I’m taken back by how tough it is, no matter the preparation and good intentions. […]

Tax holiday brings local stores steady business

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Erika Meadows of Raton took advantage of tax free weekend at Joe’s Boot Shop Saturday in Clovis. Meadows was on her way to Portales to drop her two oldest children at Eastern New Mexico University for the fall semester. Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It looks like customers from across […]

Clovis PD seeking state accreditation

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The Clovis Police Department is one of nine state departments working toward accreditation. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Police Department is taking a giant step to become more transparent. This month, the New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council — the accrediting authority for the state — is evaluating the department’s application. […]

7-4 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 10 p.m. an officer responded to a business in the 2000 block of North Prince Street for an embezzlement. A security officer said an employee was caught taking money from a register. He said management noticed the register drawer had been […]

Farwell cowgirl among nation’s best barrel racers

Eric Butler: Freedon New Mexico Of the dozens of competitors on the first night of the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, one resident of Farwell was sure sitting pretty after taking a risk over a year ago. Cassie Moseley, 27, finished the 2008 season at fourth place year-end standings in barrel racing. Entering the Professional Rodeo […]

Risk pays off for Farwell barrel rider

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Farwell’s Cassie Moseley was fourth in the nation in barrel racing last year. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Of the dozens of competitors on the first night of the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, one resident of Farwell was sure sitting pretty after taking a risk over a year ago. […]

Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and […]

Deployment stress taking its toll

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist I never realized how much influence Uncle Sam had over my marriage until a few days ago.