Official: Needle exchange program working

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The health department dispenses syringes, cotton filters, one-hit kits, sharps containers, alcohol pads and sterile water as part of its Harm Reduction program. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sandra Fentell hands out about 1,000 syringes to Clovis drug users each Thursday. A disease prevention specialist with the health department, […]

Great Lakes granted subsidy

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday its selection of Great Lakes Aviation to continue providing essential air service at Clovis with the expectation of increasing passenger volume, according to documents. Great Lakes will receive a federal subsidy of $2.36 million annually for air service at Clovis and Silver […]

Defense paints Bedford as victim

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses jurors during opening arguments Thursday in Albuquerque. Mitchell’s client, Stanley Bedford, is accused of killing a Portales couple. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — The state called Stanley Bedford a plotting killer who even scares people who know him. His defense attorney calls […]

Fuller testifies against Bedford

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller said he felt remorse seconds after setting a car on fire with his aunt and uncle locked inside, and characterized an accused accomplice as a drug pusher who’d “try to cheat you constantly.” Fuller, serving a 127-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to murder in […]

KENW’s auction begins Saturday

CNJ staff KENW-TV’s 31st annual auction begins Saturday and runs through June 16. This year’s auction will be conducted online at auction.kenw.org, according to a press release from KENW-TV. The auction features more than 2,000 items, from family vacations to restaurant certificates, donated by businesses in support of public television. Supporters can register to bid […]

Portales man charged with cattle theft

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A 29-year-old Portales man was arrested last week and charged with cattle theft, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Christopher Neil Gay, 29, stole five heifers and a calf a month ago from a ranch on N.M. 267 near Floyd, according to police. Police located […]

Flannel boards taught many lessons

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Learning Bible stories with flannel boards was a significant aspect of my childhood spiritual heritage. Flannel boards went right along with Bible school, Sunday school and Mrs. Kitten Skarda, who taught children using flannel boards. Flannel board teaching was simple. It was a cardboard covered with flannel material. The characters […]

Church has big history

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Pastor Bill Banks, left, stands with long-time Central Christian Church members, from left, Jack Pierce, Janet Pierce, Gene Brian, Beth Brian and Wanda Horton in the church’s sanctuary. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Central Christian Church was once the largest Christian church in New Mexico, according to church records. […]

Size doesn’t solve society’s issues

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer My dad was talking to my 10-year-old niece, Mireya, recently about the music devices he grew up with — cassettes, reel-to-reels and eight-tracks. “And those ‘big CDs,’” Mireya remarked about the old vinyl records. This remark not only cracked me up, it got me started thinking about how so […]

Tattoos’ meanings not always obvious

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It was surreal, but in a good way — and kind of spooky. It came as an attachment to an e-mail the other day — my mother’s face, a portrait of her as a young woman. Thing is, it was a tattoo, a very good one, on the arm of […]