Local social worker honored by CYFD

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wlison Sheila Smith, a social worker at the Children, Youth and Families Department, takes a call in her office Monday. On Wednesday Smith will receive the Rose Praisner Award from the National Association of Social Workers New Mexico Chapter in Albuquerque for 22 years of service. Benna Sayyed Sheila Smith was […]

Burglaries in Clovis up 18 percent

Benna Sayyed Burglaries in Clovis increased 18 percent from 2010 to 2011 but the Clovis Police Department is working hard to curb these crimes, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Clovis police had a 12 percent clearance rate on burglaries in 2011. “That’s an awesome rate of clearance for burglaries. It takes people willing […]

Reader-submitted: Former resident seeking restaurant information

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Courtesy photo New Mexico native Robert Patrick O’Connor is looking for information on his parents, Stan and Jo Durkee, and the Artistocrat restaurant they briefly ran in Clovis in 1950. A former New Mexico resident working on a history book is looking for people who remember his parents’ ties to Clovis and a restaurant that […]

Our people: Living in the moment

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LILIANA CASTILLO: FNM correspondent Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys her job at Oasis State Park because she gets to work outside. Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys working at Oasis State Park because she gets to meet new people and learn about them. She has worked there for seven years. “I have met people from all […]

Clovis residents spend Labor Day working

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Eduardo Lopez, right, and his son, Krystian, spent most of Labor Day working on a mural on the wall of Blanca’s on Main Street. Lopez, a business banker by day, said he enjoys painting and takes on side jobs so he can do what he loves. Sharna Johnson When he’s […]

Clovis pastor working to import hay from Iowa

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MCT photo With a surplus in Iowa and a shortage in the Southwest, a Clovis pastor is working to bring hay to area farmers and ranchers in need. “We’re gauging the need and seeing where we can be the hands in God’s work. You never know until you ask,” said Bonita Knox, pastor of Trinity […]

Everybody’s business: Banker talks business loans

A great management tool for business owners is to have current and relevant information in order to make good business decisions. The decisions to expand, hire additional employees, or to introduce a new product or service requires planning and usually capital infusion. This holds true for starting a new business as well. An interview about […]

Even in bad times, God working toward good

Several years ago, I attended a women’s conference in Austin, Texas. Still today the keynote speaker’s words stand out in mind. She had only four points: Life is made up of moments. Some of those moments are good. Some of those moments are bad. And most of the time we can’t tell the difference. I […]

Our people: Clovis resident Tina Vassar enjoys working with children

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Tina Vassar has worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools for 12 years. Clovis resident Tina Vassar has two jobs. One as the Clovis High School principal administrative assistant and another as a children’s director at Highland Baptist Church with her husband. The second she doesn’t even consider work. At both […]

Group working to restore Lyceum Theater

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo From left, Mission Improv-able members Chris Trevino, Nick Johnson, Brandon Tautfest, Lydia White and Alexis Richards perform during a benefit show for the Lyceum Theatre. A nonprofit that leases the building from the city is trying to raise $10,000 for paint work. Kevin Wilson Fans of Clovis’ Lyceum Theater profess […]