Reader-submitted content: Bicycle donation tops off toy drive

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Courtesy photo The Clovis Evening Lions Club delivers nine new bicycles to Clovis Community College for its toy drive to benefit the Rooney Moon Broadcasting Secret Santa Initiative. Nine new bicycles were added to 80 new toys Friday by Clovis Community College to end a month-long toy drive for area children in need. The bicycles, […]

Clipping better left to professionals

One of my daughters has a toy poodle named Rudy (short for Rudoph Valentino Price, since he’s a little lover.) He’s a really fun little guy who is exceptionally smart. The only problem is his curly poodle hair grows really fast. A groomer lady informed me that he should be clipped at least every eight […]

Operation Santa Cop toy drive in full swing

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Kim Terry and Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department add donations from the Portales High School National Honor Society to a pile of toys for the annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree: Operation Santa Cop toy drive on Thursday. The honor society contributes every year, and provided 77 toys this year. […]

MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE: OPERATION SANTA COP

Portales, NM- Once again, this year, the City of Portales is managing the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Drive: Operation Santa Cop program. The “Lighting of the Tree” ceremony will be on Monday, November 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Portales City Hall located at 100 West 1st Street in downtown Portales. This program is structured […]

Commander envisions growth

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen A. Clark sits at his desk. The stuffed ducks are gifts from his daughters. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Sitting in front of his desk, which holds neat stacks of papers, a sculpture of a monkey contemplating a human skull and a […]

Reporter’s notebook: Horse continues winning tradition

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Courtesy photo My Other Toy’s a Car, ridden by owner Mary Ann Rapp, finished ninth in the non-professional division of Sunday’s National Cutting Horse Association Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. My Other Toy’s a Car is the daughter of Smart Lena Boon, a My Other Toy’s a Car, the daughter of a horse co-owned by […]

Parents cautious when shopping for toys

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MCT photo: Bill Hogan Thomas & Friends tops were recalled in August. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Crumpled list in hand, Annette McCall warily eyed the shelves of brightly-colored toys Saturday morning. Inches away, McCall’s 15-month-old daughter, Tara, sat happily chewing on a plastic set of keys. “I’m kinda scared to even buy her […]

Ho ho, hogs

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Daniel Platt of Clovis rides with a bag of toys on his bike Saturday during the Harley-Davidson Toy Drive. The toys were collected from Platt’s coworkers at Cummins Natural Gas Engines. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Mix holiday spirit, Santa hats and leather jackets, and you get the High […]

Nov. 30, 1931

Dr. A.M. Curl, noted psychologist and astrologist, was speaking at the Lyceum in the first of a weeklong set of speaking engagements. … M.B. Kuntz, member of the area Boy Scout Council, was in charge of automobile toy pick-ups for the Clovis Scouts’ annual old-toy drive. … R.L. Jameson of Clovis reported to police that […]

Store managers: Toy recalls met with quick response

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Actions in China set in motion a series of recalls that affected children, their parents and the merchants they deal with across the United States. A series of toy recalls, mostly due to lead content in paint, shook consumer confidence across the nation, but had varying effects for Clovis […]

Oct. 6, 2007 Briefs

CNJ Staff Elderly man accused of threats with toy gun A 62-year-old Clovis man is in jail after police said he threatened a man and two children with a toy gun Wednesday. Raymond Martinez Jr. is being held on $15,500 bond, jail officials said. He is charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault. The […]

Some people never grow too old to play with children’s toys

By Bob Huber: Columnist Christmas Eve always reminds me of the old bromide, “Bizarre conditions are easier to get into than out of.” Which somehow explains why I’m too old to play with toys, but I’m just not willing to give it up and go through a painful withdrawal. You see, foraging through toy sections […]

Local roundup: Robber holds up store with toy gun

By CNJ STAFF A man who held up a convenience store clerk with a toy gun then changed his mind was charged with robbery, according to police reports. A store clerk called police around 1 p.m. on Nov. 21 to report a man had used a toy gun to hold up a Chevron gas station […]

Dogs’ hunger knows no bounds

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist My dog found a new habit. A very expensive habit. A very expensive, life-threatening, rush-to-the-vet-so-he-doesn’t-die habit. To make it sound fancy schmancy — as all expensive habits should — one could call it sedentary mouth squashing. Or igneous ingestion. Or metamorphic mastication. In other words, he ate rocks. The rocks themselves […]

Man sentenced for gun in toy box

CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced to four years in prison for hiding his gun in a child’s toy box, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Sammy Guerrero, 24, was arrested in September 2003 and charged as a suspect in connection with a string of local robberies. The […]

Dog toy sound effects could use improvement

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers The other morning’s meditation was blanketed with its usual soothing lulls; but it was also punctuated by a new sound — a sickly, squeaky noise. My dog was eating my pet rat! As I bolted out of the semi-lotus position, nearly knocking over the Chinese red spice incense, I hurled […]

Needy families receive gifts at Lighthouse mission

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Amanda Andrade, 9, center, gets hug from volunteer Alicia Zavala, right, as she gets a balloon after receiving her present. Amanda’s twin sister, Brianda, 9, is left. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Her nails will soon be as bright as her smile. Sarah Ratigan, 11, showed off the Nail Glam […]

Toy stores are for adult connoisseurs

by Bob Huber Now that I’m knee deep in sunset years, I suppose it’s time to stop pining for the mornings of my life and enjoy the evenings. But that doesn’t mean I have to stop playing with Christmas toys, does it? I say nuts to that. I don’t want you to think I’m angry, […]

Objections to toy commercial are gross overreactions

Freedom Newspapers We are continually amazed at the tactics proponents of zero-tolerance policies, especially concerning drug use, will use to bolster their arguments. The latest in the ongoing battle comes from, of all things, a television commercial for a toy store. The Toys “R” Us commercial features the company’s mascot, a talking giraffe named Geoffrey, […]