Carolers to tour senior centers

CNJ staff Joni’s Sandia Carolers are scheduled to tour senior citizen residence centers today for their annual traveling Christmas show of carols. Joni Anthony, the driving force behind the chorus, said the group will visit Cheyenne Trails at 5 p.m. and Retirement Ranch at 6 p.m. Afterwards they will weave around the Sandia neighborhood singing […]

First person: Santa’s coming to town

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes for 11 years. Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Pharmacy and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas […]

Commissioners table financial relief request

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners are looking for a way for a slogan to circumvent a clause. That’s why, at an otherwise brief regular meeting Thursday, the group opted to table a request from a resident who sought financial relief for a building he recently tore down. Junior Dallas of Clovis […]

Empty stocking fund: Ms. F

Today’s focus: Ms. F Household members: 7 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. F” spent all her Christmas money on her mom’s burial. “Ms. F” lost her job and is currently looking for a new one. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have wonderful Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes medium, 8 and 6. Boys […]

Clovis man arrested on charges of burglarizing vehicles

CNJ staff A 20-year-old Clovis man was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of burglarizing vehicles. Matthew Gonzales is charged with auto burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, larceny, minor in possession of alcohol and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a news release from the Clovis Police Department. Charges […]

a view from under the pew: buford blasts christmas

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 keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. buford blasts christmas i hate christmas forwhat it has becomesays big ol ugly bufordthe […]

Stopping to hear God’s voice helpful during busy season

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Is Christmas sometimes synonymous with the word “pressure” or is that just me? It is probably just me. Let me explain. In the past I have always seemed to feel a pressure about the season to meet the deadline of Dec. 25. Store advertisements and great sales have tempted me […]

Jury finds Barela guilty

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Brandon Barela reads a PowerPoint slide of comments an eyewitness said he made while he was beating Ron Hittson to death in April. Barela faces life plus 33 years for the murder. By Sharna Johnson Brandon Barela’s facial expression didn’t change as the guilty verdict was read Thursday afternoon. After […]

Press release: Merry Christmas from Iraq

Courtesy photo SGT. Robert Gonzales, left, and CW4 Charlie Day MOSUL, Iraq – The New Mexico National Guard 515th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion want to wish their respective communities a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with a photo of themselves in Mosul, Iraq. The 515th is currently serving as the headquarters element for […]

Man arrested for auto burglaries – more anticipated arrests pending

A 20-year-old Clovis man identified as Matthew Gonzales was arrested early this morning on December 17, 2009 for Auto Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Larceny, 3 Counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Charges are pending against several juveniles that were involved in the burglaries with Matthew […]

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Clovis basketball coach suspended

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CNJ file photo J.D. Isler was in his ninth season coaching the Wildcats. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School boys basketball coach J.D. Isler has been suspended for the remainder of the school year by the New Mexico Activities Association. Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said her office has received a letter […]

USDA announces new dairy economic loss assistance payment program to provide financial relief to struggling dairy producers

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2009 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of the new Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment (DELAP) program. The 2010 Agricultural Appropriations Bill authorized $290 million for loss assistance payments to eligible dairy producers. “Through this program, eligible dairy producers will receive economic assistance that will help stabilize their operations […]

2010 BAH rates released

Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan and Jenna Zamie The U.S. Department of Defense released the 2010 military Basic Allowance for Housing rates online Wednesday. Rates are different for each pay grade and base. At Cannon Air Force Base, most personnel are receiving an increase of less than 5 percent, according to rates on the department […]

Volatile weather not an exaggeration

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist One of the favorite sayings in eastern New Mexico is “If you don’t like the weather here, wait a few minutes and it’ll change.” Man, we sure got a good example of that last week. With world leaders also meeting about climate change this past week we were able to […]

Breakdown of emissions talks positive

Freedom New Mexico Copenhagen’s 192-nation global warming negotiations were suspended Monday over disputes between rich and poor nations about how much each should reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and how much money developed nations, like the U.S., should pay developing countries, like China. The deadlock is bad news for global warming zealots, big-corporate profiteers and control-seeking […]

Education digest: Holiday break starts Friday

Holiday break starts Friday Clovis Municipal Schools holiday break begins Friday. Elementary schools dismiss at 11:30 a.m., secondary schools at noon and school offices will close at 2 p.m. All other offices such as the administration office, Student Support Center, maintenance and transportation will close at 2:30 p.m. Classes will resume Jan. 6. The administration […]

Education column: Alumni Association planning hall of honor

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools So, the best part of my day is not attending meetings. But, I have to tell you about this one meeting I actually enjoyed attending. It was the Clovis High School Alumni Association meeting. You might think I’ve been drinking too much eggnog because I was excited about attending […]

Education feature: Students raise money for one of their own

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Courtesy photo Chase Caron, far left, was chosen as the target of Operation Caring by the sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School. Carson has a tumor on his brain stem. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When November and Operation Caring rolled around, sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School knew what they wanted to do. […]

Ticket feature: Lighthouse hosting Christmas party for needy

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File photo Last year’s Children’s Christmas Party at the Lighthouse Mission provides presents for 700 children. Organizers say this year’s party will be bigger. Freedom New Mexico In a room filled with six Christmas trees, some children will have their only Christmas. The Lighthouse Mission will host its annual Children’s Christmas Party Saturday. Director Jerri […]