First Person: Librarian has a life-long passion for books

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marilyn Belcher prefers reading to watching television. Marilyn Belcher, Clovis-Carver Public Library director, has been working in libraries since high school. She grew up helping her mother run the Elida Public Library. Then, in high school and college, she worked at both those libraries. Working in libraries is the only […]

Twelve-year-olds capable of crime

Connie Belcher needs to open her eyes (“Shooting woman acted irresponsibly” in last Sunday’s letters to the editor). So much in our world has gone crazy — 12-year-olds have beaten people to death and who knows the age of the others running with the 12-year-old when he knocked on this young lady’s door. I don’t […]

A family affair

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Aaron Belcher and his mother Glenda Belcher crack jokes over the stove as they cook spaghetti together for dinner in their Melrose home. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico By Thomas Garcia Freedom New Mexico Like many area families, cooking up a feast or making treats in the kitchen is […]

April 20, 2008 Club Notes

Cloudy Day Rainy Extension Club The Claud Rainy Day Extension Club met Feb. 27. Guests were Glenda Belcher and LaWanda Meeks. Eight club members visited the Smithsonian Institute display March 12 at the Eastern New Mexico University’s library. Planning and preparation days for hosting the Nite Owls Extension Club for an afternoon tea held March […]

Melrose officer involved in auto accident

By Marlena Harftz: CNJ staff writer The only police officer in the village of Melrose was involved in a car accident while on duty Thursday night, according to a spokesperson with the state police. No serious injuries were sustained in the collision, according to officials. Melrose Police Marshal Lee Ferguson failed to yield at an […]

Local girls succeed at pageant

By Kristelle Siarza: CNJ Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Kalila Pack succeed at her goal to make friends at last weekend’s Miss New Mexico American Co-ed Queen pageant. A student at Clovis Christian School, Kalila also took home third place in the Sweetheart Division in her first pageant. “She’s a little diva,” said Elizabeth Pack, Kalila’s mom. […]

Curry County Democrats elects new slate of officers

CNJ staff Curry County Democrats elected a new slate of officers. The newly elected Curry county officers are as follows: • Chairman: Jan Elliott • Vice Chairman: Drew Tatum • Secretary: Connie Belcher • Treasurer: Lance Pyle State Central Committee Members were also elected and are as follows: Elliott, Tatum, Belcher and Gary Swinford. • […]

Families can spend New Year’s Eve together

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Freedom Newspapers photo: Patrick Wyrick of Garden Grove, Calif., has a collection of 300 to 400 games. Studies have shown games are growing more popular as a family activity. Though most people have far fewer games than Wyrick, they may be a way to By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ Staff Writer As many fight that end-of-the-year […]

Teens remain hospitalized

CNJ staff An early Sunday morning accident that claimed two lives and sent three to the hospital is still being investigated by New Mexico State Police, officials said. Aaron LaRue, 17, of Clovis and Dathan Garcia, 17, of Tucumcari were killed in the accident, which happened south of Portales. The driver of the truck, Travis […]

Melrose students third at nationals

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent A group of students from Melrose finished third at the Business Professionals of America high school conference in Cincinnati in early May. The six-person team grabbed the award in a 26-team parliamentary procedure event. Each team member was asked 50 questions before the schools were assigned a problem to be […]