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Fairfield club The Fairfield club met Feb. 24 at Cheyenne Meadows with 10 members present for a pot luck luncheon. A suggestion was made to help with the angel tree at Christmas instead of holding a secret pal. One day in May was chosen for everyone’s birthday to go out to eat and continue with […]

Portales residents replace stolen tree

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell The stump of Mary Standefer’s old tree rests next to her new one, which was given to her from a combined effort between friends and strangers. Standefer said the act of kindness made her realize how many wonderful people are in the world. Alisa Boswell Portales residents banded together to […]

Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

City tree brings holiday spirit to courthouse lawn

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Lee Delk, facilities operations director for Curry County, left, and Steve Henson, maintenance worker for Curry County, construct the community Christmas tree on the Curry County Courthouse lawn. The tree will be illuminated Saturday during the Christmas Light Parade at 6 p.m. and remain on until the second week of […]

a view from under the pew: an artist s strange family tree

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.

Grandchildren bring lessons in love

Tree Swing Plans and God’s Plan for Love Given the rare opportunity, I can go a long time without answering a phone of any kind and be just fine. In fact, one of the things I like about motorcycles is that talking on a phone on one is almost impossible and not recommended, unless you’ve […]

Letter to editor: Dead trees liability

For more than three years I have asked to have a dead elm tree at the corner of 14th and Sheldon streets removed. It has been dead for so long that all the outer branches have broken off. Each passing day increases the load on the remaining branches poised over the stop sign and sidewalk […]

Loss of tree means gain of treehouse

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House gave me some bad news the other day: Our friendly shade tree has to come down. The tree’s roots are diving big-time into the family garden. This would explain why the tree had rocketed up in just a few short years. There’s lots of tasty […]

Looking back can help keep faith’s roots strong

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist It is planting time again. Those bushes and shrubs that have looked beleaguered during the winter are beginning to show signs of flourishing. Years ago we brought an aspen tree home from the mountains and planted it in our yard. Worried about the trees ability to withstand the transplant, we […]

County kicks off holiday season with parade, tree lighting

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The city’s Christmas tree was lit Saturday after the Christmas Light Parade. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer To represent the theme of Saturday’s Christmas Light Parade — Christmas Around the World — the Clovis chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America portrayed five countries, complete with red […]

10/23 view from under the pew

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March 26, 2009 Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 p.m. March 12 an officer on patrol in the area of Seventh and Gidding Streets noticed a vehicle being driven erratically. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it sped up, running at least one stop sign before crashing […]

Proper tree disposal advised

CNJ staff The city of Clovis Department of Public Works urges community members to dispose of trees safely. The best way is to put trees near a garbage bin in the alley behind the house or to take them to the landfill. The department says they will grind the trees into mulch. Decorations should be […]

Tree holds many tales

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Occasionally, one writes a column that catches the attention of more than one reader, in a way that lasts for more than one day. It seems to be so on the subject of the favorite ornament; I’ve had people, even this year, comment on the column which was written last […]

Dec. 17 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 1 a.m. Dec. 5 an officer responded to a business in the 1400 block of Norris Street for a report of shoplifting. A clerk said she was stocking shelves in the store when she saw a man load a seven-foot-tall Christmas […]

Dec. 11 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 p.m. Dec. 1 an officer responded to a store in the 2000 block of Prince Street for a shoplifting report. A woman said she saw a man and woman pull up in front of the store in a pick-up truck, […]

Police blotter — Dec. 9

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 1 a.m. Nov. 28 an officer responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 1000 block of Colonial Park. When the officer arrived, he saw a male being chased by another male. The officer ordered the […]

Tracking down good trees not too difficult

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales nursery owner Curt Jaynes said a good way to check on a tree’s freshness is to pull on its branch, and remember healthier trees are slower to shed needles. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Across the country millions of people are flocking to nurseries and tree farms to […]

Police: Drugs found after fatal car chase

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Police said cocaine and alcohol were found in a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old Portales man who was killed Sunday when he fled from police and crashed into a tree, according to a report released Wednesday. Miguel Gutierrez-Ornelas died at the scene. His passenger, 30-year-old Celio Salazar, is listed […]

Police: Crash victim ran stop signs

CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson A Portales man died Sunday morning when the car he was driving crashed into a tree while police were trying to pull him over, according to Portales police. Miguel Gutierrez Ornelas, 25, died at the scene, according to a police press release. A passenger in the car, Celio Salazar, 30, […]