Area players earn all-state in football from NMHSCA

CNJ staff The Clovis Wildcats had three selections on the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 5A All-State team. Senior running back Kamal Cass, who rushed for 2,081 yards and 26 touchdowns, was named to the first-team offense while senior Peyton Lott, who had six interceptions, was named to the first-team defense. Senior Traivon […]

Letters to Santa


Editor’s Note: One of the best things about Christmas are the many children’s letters to Santa sent to us by the kids or forwarded to us by the U.S. Postal Service for sharing with the community. Sometimes humorous, at times touching, these letters are presented as written by the many children so full of hope […]

Bible story sends message of hope

Karl Terry

Years ago, in a cold dark pasture a simple man, a shepherd, settled into his camp with fellow shepherds to keep watch over the flock through the night. These sheep were valuable to those who entrusted him with their care and protection and he took his job seriously even though his masters and most of […]

Last minute-gifts your demise? Help them accessorize

You have four days left until Christmas and you have yet to figure out what gift to get for your fashionista or even fashionieka. Just so you know, the fashionieka just lets me know we are on the same page (smiley face). There are some great style choices for these last-minute shopping decisions. Needless to […]

Every Christmas a toy story for someone

Toys and Christmas just seem to go together, at least in America, for about a century or so. Even back in my grandpa’s time, children in the early 1900s received a toy for Christmas. Well, actually, the favorite story was about the toy that almost wasn’t. Apparently young Clyde Matthew Davis, my grandpa’s given name, […]

Upcoming show to feature chia seeds

Information on using Chia seeds in a Paleo diet, making a custom upholstered headboard, and using fondant to make ruffles and bows will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Cookbook author and dietitian Carol Fenster will talk about the Paleo diet and what it consists of, as well […]

Club Notes — Dec. 22

Portales Woman’s Club The Portales Woman’s Club met on Dec. 11, with President Julie Nickles presiding. Beth Banda led the pledges and collect. Doncella Caywood gave the invocation. Fifteen members and one guest were present. Minutes from the previous meeting were approved. The treasurer’s report was filed. Banda won the door prize. A sign up […]

Anniversaries — Dec. 22

Aragon Zenon Aragon and Ida Aragon of Olathe, Kan., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 5 in Des Moines, Iowa. The celebration was hosted by the Aragon family. The couple was married Oct. 5, 1963, in Clovis. They have four children and 11 grandchildren. They are both retired.

Engagements — Dec. 22

Jones-Kilmer J.D. Jones and Julie Jones of Slaton, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jaryn Jones of Lubbock, to Kevin Kilmer, of Lubbock, son of Eddie Kilmer And Leslie Kilmer of Rio Rancho. The couple will exchange vows March 15, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Slaton. The reception […]

On the shelves — Dec. 22

These books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter introduces Scotland Yard’s Chief Inspector Nicholas Drummond, who learns that the Koh-i-Noor diamond from the Queen Mother’s crown has been stolen from an exhibit in New York and the caretaker has been murdered, sending him around the globe in search of […]

Birthdays — Dec. 22

A 90th birthday celebration for Laura B. Loflin was being held  Saturday at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center in Clovis. The celebration was to be hosted by Collene Baldwin, June Baldwin-Jeter and Laura White. Loflin was born Dec. 20,1923, in Portales. She has two children, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Births — Dec. 22

Eaton Isaiah Taylor Eaton was born Oct. 24, 2013, at Texas Tech Medical Center in Lubbock to Michael Eaton and Meredith Eaton of Portales. His grandparents are Ronnie Eaton and Charlotte Eaton of Clovis and Max Jordan and Cindy Jordan of Chelmsford, Mass. His great-grandparents are Dolores Jordan of Clearwater, Fla., Annette Zastrow of Cordova, […]

Senior Calendar — Dec. 22

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m. (Portales) Tuesday: Closed for Holiday Wednesday: Closed for Holiday Thursday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily activities; Loteria (Spanish bingo),1 p.m.; Senior commodities (Portales). Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily activities Daily: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily activities: Quilting and sewing, coffee […]

Let’s have more of (and less of) these

Ned Cantwell

Something about this season begets bouts of nostalgia, poignant thoughts of a past remembered fondly and a future pondered warily. Heavily influenced by musings on culture, America, lots of holiday television, and maybe just a touch of old-age mind wandering, here are some ideas that hop, skip and jump through my head: • America needs […]

It was a year of highs, it was a year of lows

Wendel Sloan

It’s been a year of highs and lows (mostly lows since I stopped getting high). In January, I bought red Twizzlers from Stripes before visiting a Clovis dentist. As soon as I opened my mouth, he called 911. In July I got arrested at Cattle Baron in Portales. After ordering fried catfish, I violated Sunset […]

Taking licenses from dropouts won’t improve education

New Mexico’s legislative session doesn’t begin until Jan. 21, but already a bad law has been proposed. Sen. Craig Brandt, R-Rio Rancho, has pre-filed a bill that could snatch driver’s licenses away from high school dropouts. If the education system isn’t working for you, Brandt seems to be suggesting to teen non-conformists, the state will […]

What’s happening — Dec. 22

Tuesday Christmas Eve Family Service — 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1021 N Prince St., Clovis. Information: 763-4526. Wednesday Christmas Service — 10 a.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1021 N Prince St. Information: 763-4526 Ongoing Artist of the Month — Lois Snyder, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840. What’s Happening is a daily listing of area events. […]

Holiday closures

The following businesses will be closed for Christmas Holiday: American Heritage Bank (closed Dec. 24-25) Animal Shelter (closed Dec. 24-25) Bank of Clovis (closed Dec. 24 at noon – Dec. 25 all day) Cannon Federal Credit Union (closed Dec. 24-25) Citizens Bank (closed Dec. 24 at noon – Dec. 25 all day) City of Clovis […]

Police blotter — Dec. 22

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Thursday • 12:13 a.m.: Situation check, 1000 block of East Grand Avenue. • 2:23 a.m.: Animal complaint, 1000 block of Davis Street. • 5:33 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2000 block of Castle Court. • 6:17 a.m.: Situation check, 1000 block of North Martin Luther King […]

Empty stocking fund: Family G

• Today’s focus: Family G • Household members: 3 • Children: 2 • Special circumstance: The mother and father have just separated. The mother is trying now to raise her family on her own. Finding it very difficult to find a way to pay the bills • Needs: Boy age 6 — Wants games. He […]