Climbing the Seven Summits

Courtesy photo U.S. Air Force and Australian Defense Force members stand together displaying their flags on the summit of Australia’s highest peak, Mt. Kosciuszko, Oct. 3. This was part of the U.S. Air Force Seven Summits Challenge, where a group of airmen have made the goal of climbing to the top of each continent’s highest […]

Dance fundraiser set

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Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Jim Standifer, left, and Derrell Carter, both members of the War Memorial Committee, display the banner that will be hanging at the county fairgrounds to advertise a dance. The event is to raise funds to build the Roosevelt County veteran war memorial in front of the county courthouse. A dance with […]

Dance to raise money for Portales war memorial

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell The corner of Second Street and Main Street in Portales is where a memorial for Roosevelt County war veterans will be located. Alisa Boswell A dance with a patriotic theme is being held Saturday night to raise funds for the new $20,000 war memorial being brought to Portales. According to […]

Giant map takes students to South America

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texas Tech education faculty Reese Todd asks Zia Elementary sixth graders to show the flow patterns of rivers in South America Wednesday on the National Geographic Giant Traveling Map at Central Baptist Church. Liliana Castillo Clovis students walked across South America this week. It was a basketball court-sized National Geographic […]

Vacation mishap makes story

Hearing about students and families on spring breaks this last week or so has brought out a streak of jealously in me. I did spend a few spring breaks backpacking, though, and actually had one beach vacation when I was in college. It wasn’t your typical beach spring break, though. A buddy and I who […]

Food at the speed of life: Pumpkin bread light, tasty

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Lonnie Berry of Portales recently brought something new to my attention: pumpkin cornbread. He said he got the recipe from a woman at church. I tried it. Pumpkin cornbread is easy to make, healthy and tasty. It’s low fat, and by using Splenda and making half the flour whole wheat, you get a pretty guilt-free […]

Shooting victim’s widow recalls memories of husband

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Courtesy photo Rey Ornelas, his wife Shirley Ornelas and their son Rey jr. were a close family and enjoyed spending time together on the farm where Rey worked. Rey Ornelas was shot and killed May 30, 1993. Sharna Johnson Her son has grown from a boy to a man. Her home has aged and seems […]

Portales ceremony commemorates 9/11

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Freedom New Mexico: Jared Tucker Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry speaks to a crowd at the annual 9/11 ceremony Friday morning at James Polk Stone Community Bank. “9-11 made heroes out of normal, everyday people,” Berry told the crowd. Jared Tucker Local leaders and business owners voiced their opinions about current governmental issues while […]

Coloring the sky

Sam Pedregon’s 300 foot dragon kite is the length of a football field. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections A dragon kite the length of a football field welcomed attendees to the seventh annual Kite Karnival. The 300-foot kite belonged to Sam Pedregon of Colorado. Its colorful striped tale was one of the kites that dotted […]

Motorists dealing with slick, icy roads

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Madison Howard, 7, of Clovis helps her parents remove snow from their family’s driveway Thursday morning. Madison said that helping to remove the snow is fun and it needs to be cleared out for Santa Claus. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It just might be a white Christmas on […]

Missing boy brought community together

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Six-year-old Matthew Roberts, son of Debbie and Geoff Roberts of 500 W. Christopher in Clovis, went missing on May 8, 1990. His disappearance sparked a massive search by residents and law enforcement officials that included approximately 5,000 people. The disappearance was given national television attention, massive media coverage and national […]

People defined by their actions

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist My Bible reading this week brought me to a verse that I remember because I learned it early in my childhood. I didn’t understand it as a young child; Mother explained it to me in terms of plant apple seeds and from that come apple trees and then apples […]

Federal bailout for newspapers poor concept

Freedom New Mexico There has not been a formal agreement yet, let alone a turnover of funds, but a lawsuit has brought out the fact that the publisher of the venerable Philadelphia Inquirer has at least had discussions with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell about getting something like $10 million from the state government. Being keenly […]

Moments of weakness plague us all

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connection columnist I met a man. Business brought us together. I contacted him about an upcoming project and we started talking. I do a lot of work over the Internet, so informality is pretty common — no “Dear Sir:” and somber punctuation, but lots of first names and exclamation points. He […]

Marriage matters online, too

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ Columnist I met a man. Business brought us together. I contacted him about an upcoming project and we started talking. I do a lot of work over the Internet, so informality is pretty common — no “Dear Sir:” and somber punctuation, but lots of first names and exclamation points. He invited […]

Jan. 11, 2009 Club Notes

Claud Rainy Day Extension Club The Claud Rainy Day Extension Club met Dec. 17 with Joy and Sue Pattison. Eleven members brought food to serve with the lamb main dish. Mr. Hoyt Pattison joined for lunch and took pictures of the group by the Christmas tree. Aloha Starbuck, president, conducted the business meeting. A letter […]

Price increased for Sunday paper

CNJ staff The price for Sunday editions of the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune is going up by 25 cents. Freedom New Mexico, which publishes both papers, is increasing the price from $1 to $1.25 effective Sunday to offset production costs, according to Publisher Ray Sullivan. Sullivan said the rising cost of utilities, labor […]

Navajo mysteries brought to life by author

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist I saw in the Florida’s St. Petersburg Times on Monday that Tony Hillerman had died this last Sunday of pulmonary failure. He was 83. I almost cried, as I had been reading his great books since 1971 and still have some of them now. Hillerman was born in Sacred Heat, […]

Alcohol sales being considered by Texico officials

By CNJ staff writer: Gabriel Monte Texico city officials are looking into allowing alcohol sales in the city. Proponents say alcohol sales could increase city revenues. Detractors say burdens outweigh benefits. The idea was brought up last month during a roundtable discussion regarding the city’s budget, according to Texico City Clerk Carolyn Johnson. She said […]

God can help us to bear our best fruits

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I passed a huge garden near Texico the other day, and it brought back memories of my garden planting experiences. I estimated that the garden was about an acre and the owner had it so manicured and neat that it could appear on the cover of any national magazine. I […]