Labor of love

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Sal Maestas, front, and his uncle, Robert Gutierrez, dry off a car Monday afternoon at the Hilltop Plaza. The two were part of a family effort to defray funeral costs for Julia Maestas, Sal’s mother and Robert’s brother.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Maestas family didn’t have any particular plans for Labor Day, but they were probably going to do something as a family. Then the not-so-unexpected happened. The family said good-bye Monday morning to Julia Maestas, a mother of eight, grandmother to 26 and great-grandmother to 34, with many of […]

Q&A: Phil Vasser says he feels like one of the lucky ones

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Country music performer Phil Vassar has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs such as “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life” and “American Child.”

After earning a degree in business in his home state of Virginia, Phil Vasser loaded his Pinto station wagon and headed to Nashville like so many others. He feels he was one of the lucky ones. He made his debut in the late 1990s co-writing singles with the likes of Tim McGraw and Jo Dee […]

Military update: Options for easing VA compensation claims controversial

America’s population of living veterans fell by almost 5 million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period? And why has yearly Veterans Affairs disability payments tripled since 2000 to reach $60 billion in 2014? The Congressional Budget Office […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County Commissioners have 11 items on the action agenda to consider for a vote when they meet 9 a.m. today at the Clovis-Carver library’s north annex. The agenda: • Appointment of a county representative and alternate to the regional water planning committee. • A resolution in support of amendments to a dairy rule. • […]

Pages past — Sept. 2

On this date … 1964: Mike Sims, a Republican candidate for U.S. Representative, told a Young Republican gathering in Portales that he’s concerned with morality in America, and in the government. He claimed Democrats in 1962 promised no increases in sales taxes and then abandoned the plan after the election. “I make no rash promises,” […]

What’s happening — Sept. 2

Today Economic Development Review Ad Hoc Committee meeting — 1:30 p.m., Assembly Room, City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 Board of Curry County Commissioners regular meeting — 9 a.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Library, Information: 575-763-6016. Civil Aviation Board meeting — 5:30 p.m., Clovis Airport Terminal. Information: 574-769-7828 Wednesday Clovis Community College Board of Trustees meeting — 8 […]

Rockets hand Cats 34-14 loss

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Clovis senior running back Juan San Juan carried the ball 21 times for 104 yards and caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in Saturday’s season opener at the Wool Bowl in Roswell, but the Wildcats absorbed a 34-14 loss from the Rockets.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com ROSWELL — The Clovis Wildcats and Goddard Rockets got off to one of the latest starts in New Mexico’s prep football season with a 7 p.m. Saturday kickoff. The Wildcats started even later, probably too late for their own good. Goddard dodged an early bullet when the Wildcats failed […]

Cats bow in fifth-place match

Staff report LOS ALAMOS — Santa Fe Prep got the go-ahead goal about midway through the second half on Saturday and the Blue Griffins turned back Clovis High 4-2 in the fifth-place match of the Los Alamos Invite boys soccer tournament. Senior midfielder Ben Perrillo scored on a penalty kick in the 59th minute to […]

Lady Cats rally past Bosque

Staff report TAOS — Clovis High girls soccer team overcame an early two-goal deficit to edge Bosque 3-2 on Saturday night and finish second in four-team Pool B of the Taos Invitational girls soccer tournament. Senior Angel Lefevre got the deciding goal early in the second half, punching in a shot on a deflection off […]

Saturday area prep volleyball summaries — Aug. 30

Logan tournament Championship semifinals Melrose 3, Springer 0 Melrose    25    25    25 Springer    8    11    19 Melrose individual statistics Kills — Caley Barnard 9, Reagan Carthel 6, Ember Woods 4. Blocks — Barnard 3, Sadie Rush 2. Digs — Barnard 8, Carthel 6, Amber Gordon 6. Aces — Taylor Bostwick 3, Cailey Payne 3, Carthel […]

Summer, where did you go?

By Karl Terry Local columnist Labor Day is upon us and another summer is fading. I’m not too sure how the season got away from me. Seems only yesterday that thoughts of a relaxing summer were going through my head. Instead it’s almost over and all I can think of is a relaxing holiday weekend […]

Fall perfect time to ‘nail it’

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Nieka Style Now that the season is changing so are our clothes. Some of us are changing our hair, cycling in warmer clothing and shoes. The topic for this week is your manicure and how you’re wearing it this season. Let’s talk about color choices first. I’ve noticed that the town majority […]

Precision in language matters

By Clyde Davis Local columnist Recently, viewing “The Giver” with our granddaughter, on whose summer reading list the novel which gave birth to the movie had been listed, I was given insight into, or renewed insight into, certain small truths of life. Since reading the book was a prerequisite for Mikayla viewing the film, she […]

Senior calendar — Aug. 31

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: Labor Day-Center Closed Tuesday: Quilting, 8 a.m.; Exercise equipment, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Pinochle, 1 p.m.; 8-ball pool,1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Musical, 6 p.m. Wednesday: 8-ball pool, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Exercise equipment, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sew days, 10 a.m.; . Crafts, 1 p.m. Thursday: Line dance trip, Exercise equipment, […]

New show covers animal care

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on teaching children about caring for animals, making a regal rainbow ruffle cake, and using a curved tool to make a table runner will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. All times are Mountain. Matthew Festa is with Guardians of Rescue in […]

On the shelves — Aug. 31

The following books are available for checkout: Clovis-Carver Public Library Wish You Happy Forever: What China’s Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains by Jenny Bowen relates the inspiring story of triumph in the face of struggle as two empty nesters overcame enormous challenges to become the only Westerners working with the Chinese government to transform […]

School menus — Aug. 31

Clovis elementary Monday: Labor Day, No School Tuesday: Breakfast, Banana bread. Lunch, Sloppy Joe on a bun, tater tots, green peas, grape tomatoes with ranch dressing, culled peaches. Wednesday: Breakfast, Yogurt & graham cracker. Lunch, Bean & cheese burro, salsa, Spans rice, ;lettuce & tomato, orange halves. Thursday: Breakfast, Banana bread. Lunch, Corn dog, baked […]

Border, customs not as nimble as need to be

The U.S.-Mexico border is about 1,933 miles long and, to patrol that border, more than 18,000 agents are assigned to nine sectors. When an immigration hot spot breaks out, as it has in South Texas, the agency’s response is as sluggish as the muddy Rio Grande that defines a long stretch of the border. The […]

Reading gives me such a rush

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist When I occasionally turn off the TV and computer and open a book, a strange jolt surges through my brain. Granted, there are no opera-singing cats, graphics comparing Hillary to Hitler, or a bachelor making out with 25 women on 25 first dates, but the endorphin rush makes electronic entertainment […]

State needs some free enterprise

By Tome McDonald State columnist Blue collar, white collar, it doesn’t matter. They’re both collars. I’m referring, of course, to the workplace, where so many of us are little more than dogs on a leash, going only as far as our masters will let us, digging holes in the yard to bury the bones they […]