Our people: Life in development

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LilianaCastillo: Freedom New Mexico Nathan McCreery runs a photo studio, lectures at Eastern New Mexico University, and is an adjunct instructor in art at Clovis Community College. Bio Name: Nathan McCreery Birthdate: January 28, 1948 Hometown: La Junta, Colo. Profession: Photographer Family: Wife Virginia of 38 years, a son and his wife, and their two […]

Our people: Covering all the bases

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Courtesy photo Hill and his family spent time together at a park near Portales. Pictured are Hill, left, his daughter Morgran, top left, wife Debbie and son Jordan. Bio Name: Greg Hill Birthday: June 21, 1963 Hometown: Portales Profession: Head baseball coach at Clovis High School Family: Wife Debbie of 23 years, children Morgan and […]

Our people: Teaching soulful work

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LilianaCastillo: Freedom New Mexico Gary Mitchell keeps his references close by while teaching classes at Wayland Baptist University. • Name: Gary Mitchell • Birthday: Feb. 18, 1948 • Hometown: Clovis • Profession: Executive director and dean, Wayland Baptist University-Clovis campus • Family: Wife Judy Mitchell, daughter Mara Andrews, grandchildren Thomas Andrews and Aubrey Andrews, and […]

Our people: Keeping stories going

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LilianaCastillo: Freedom New Mexico Don Criss has worked at KENW-TV for 36 and a quarter years. He said he’ll remain busy after retirement by telling stories at church and getting a ham operators certification. Name: Don Criss Birthday: Jan. 7, 1943 Hometown: Portales Profession: Director of Production Services for KENW-TV Family: Wife of 42 years […]

Our people: Taking center stage

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Courtesy photo Mendoza and her aunt Rachel Cassillas do everything together, Mendoza said. Name: Christy Mendoza Birthday: Nov. 28, 1949 Hometown: Clovis Profession: Film and theater instructor and director, Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series director Family: My mom Mary Mendoza and my aunt Rachel Cassillas Christy Mendoza was born in Los Angeles. She moved […]

Our people: Call of the wild

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Tony Gennaro, 76, continues to enjoy nature and wildlife. Bio Name: Tony Gennaro Birthday: March 18, 1934 Hometown: Raton Profession: Desert biologist, writer

Our People: Still going strong

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Courtesy photo Realtors Al Winklejohn, left, and Jim Fisher, right, made T-shirts to celebrate Shaw’s celebrated peanut brittle. They presented her with this T-shirt in Albuquerque in 1992. Bio: • Name: Tillie Shaw• Birthday:

Our people: Literary legacy

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FNM correspondent: Jeanette Everett Betty Williamson loves hugs from children and the smell of rain. By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico editor Bio Name: Betty Williamson Birthday: Nov. 12, 1961. Volunteers for: Friends of the Portales Public Library, High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival and Dora schools. Famous relative: She’s the niece of novelist Jack Williamson, […]

Clovis superintendent will resign in June

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File photo Rhonda Seidenwurm is in her fifth year as superintendent of Clovis schools. Clovis Municipal Schools will be undergoing massive construction projects in the coming years and Rhonda Seidenwurm said she wasn’t looking forward to the focus. “We’re getting ready to start a really exciting phase for Clovis of redoing every building we have,” […]

First person: Teaching natural path for Clovis native

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Blythe Turner grew up in Clovis and was named the teacher of the year in 2008 by the New Mexico Public Education Department. CNJ staff Blythe Turner grew up in Clovis with two teachers as parents. When she went to college, she decided to follow in her parents footsteps and […]

Wife’s hair color livens up marriage

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist My true hair color is blonde. I’m not so sure about my wife’s color. I knew when I got married I was getting a bottle blonde but she was hot looking and I was in love so I didn’t really care. Had I taken the time to calculate the investment […]

City officials thinking green

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City leaders in Clovis are seeing green these days when they look at water from the treatment plant. Green like the color of money. Members of the city’s water policy advisory committee decided Wednesday there is big money to be made by selling effluent — the non-drinkable water discharged […]

Feb. 11 – Let’s play dolls

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Theresa Lucero, 66, makes dolls and all their accessories as a hobby. Thursday, she sits at La Casa Senior Center fixing up the on-site nurse, Margie Caballero’s first doll. Caballero received the collectable Alexander doll from her adopted parents when she was a little girl. Lucero said she made everything […]

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Press malfunction delays deliveries, limits color

Ray Sullivan: Publisher To our readers: Early this morning , major press problems occurred just as the night crew was printing today’s Portales and Clovis papers. It was soon followed by another mechanical problem, so we printed the papers in black and white for today. We apologize to our customers whose papers were delivered late, […]

In tribute: Christmas baby was crafty lady

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Carmen Greathouse was an artist on the job, an artist in the kitchen, and an artist in charity. She was also a dedicated mother, family members said. A Portales resident, Greathouse died Sept. 28 at age 76. “She was excellent,” said daughter Tomma Irvine. “She was always there. She […]

I made my bed, and I burned in it

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I don’t have what you’d call a varied wardrobe. If there’s a shirt I find comfortable, I usually buy one in every available color. Another dress code rule for me is, “No shorts.” It all has to do with my attachment to self-esteem, and my hatred of my exposed white […]

It’s Their Business

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Staff photo: Tony Bullocks CNJ staff Name: Clovis Cutz Location: 1010 West 21st St. What they do: Barber haircuts, some women’s chemical services such as permanents, color and highlighting. They plan to start pedicures and manicures late this year. Who’s in charge: Christina Vasko is the owner. Employees: Three. How long in business: Since November […]

Red not just color of holiday season

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I’ve been seeing a lot of red lately, and I’m not referring to my bank account. Yes, it has something to do with the red bows, lights and candy canes of Christmas, but there’s more. Have you ever noticed there is something about the color red that puts people on […]

Something red, something white, something blue

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Red, white and blue. On and around July Fourth, these patriotic hues can be seen nearly everywhere — in yards, storefronts and the aisles of grocery stores. But these decorations are ephemeral. Paying homage to the nation’s colors, the Clovis News Journal searched for them in more permanent states. […]