Halloween hijinks

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Seven-year-olds Colter Figg, left, and Max Rowley visit the house of Lisa and Ray Dant Wednesday. This was Colter’s first year trick-or-treating and he said he was having fun. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Lisa and Ray Dant take great care in decorating their house to make it spooky. […]

Residents buy cheaper groceries through charity

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers About 200 Portales residents went to First Baptist Church on Saturday to take advantage of a new program that provides low-cost groceries. The Angel Food Ministries, a Georgia-based non-profit organization, reports on its Web site the average retail value of the groceries is about $50 per box. The charity sells […]

Michael Angel Romero

Michael Angel Romero, infant, died, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born Jan. 19, 2006. He is survived by his mother, Angelica Villarreal of Clovis; his father, Michael Romero of Clovis; grandparents, Elida Gonzales of Clovis, and Roger Romero (and wife, Joann) of Clovis; and great-grandparents, Jessie Gonzales […]

Torres, Angel

Angel Kaiden Torres, infant, of Clovis, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Survivors include his mother, Sonya Aragon; father, Joseph Torres; a sister, Keirra; a brother, Jayden; maternal grandparents, Anastacio and Mary Helen Urioste; paternal grandparent, Corine Gallegos; four uncles, Hiame, Anthony, Gene and Andrew; six aunts, Mary Helen, Diana, Suzy, […]

Pageant performance led to spiritual understanding

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist One Christmas as a child, I participated in the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas play. It was really a simple program with the farm children in the area whose families attended that church. We were to tell the Christmas story. On that day, my sister Susie had strep throat so […]

TOUCHED BY LITTLE ANGELS: Mesa students give to needy

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Kindergarten students in Robyn Ericson’s class raised $75.31 for two angels. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Evidence of a committed 6-year-old: Grace Teter researched the prices of a dozen or so toys on the Internet and recorded her findings on a sheet of paper, her handwriting like most in kindergarten […]

Salvation Army effort targets needy families

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The 12-foot artificial Christmas tree in Wal-Mart isn’t decorated with fancy lights or ornaments. It is instead filled with paper cutouts, bearing children’s names and their Christmas wishes. Nearby, sits a box filled with various items: a new novel — “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince;” a plastic-wrapped board […]

Barron, O.J. lll

O.J. Barron III Services: Have been held. O.J. “Jim” Barron III, 57, of Angel Fire, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005. He was born in Lubbock, raised in Spur, Texas, graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and attended Texas Tech University. He was involved in ranching in Texas and New Mexico and as a ranch broker […]

Angel Tree helps inmates’ children

By Cassie McClure: CNJ correspondent A group of National Honor Society students from Fort Sumner went beyond family gift-giving this Christmas. For the fifth year, each student bought two gifts for children on behalf of the child’s incarcerated parent as part of the Prison Fellowship Ministries’ Angel Tree program. Mary Ann Cortese, director of the […]

Christmas performance makes religion personal

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist All of the children’s Christmas programs scheduled for December remind me of the time I participated in the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas play. It really wasn’t a play, but a simple program with several of the farm children who lived in the area. On this particular pre-Christmas Sunday, Susie had […]