Furniture delivered to displaced families

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CNJ staff photo: Tonjia Rolan Matt 25 Hope Center Director Steve Reshetar helps load donated furniture to be delivered to families displaced by the Feb. 1 Clovis Apartments fire. Tonjia Rolan Over the weekend, Matt 25 Hope Center’s Director Steve Reshetar and staff delivered donated beds, dressers, sofas and tables to storage units of three […]

Investigators rule fire accidental

CNJ staff A fire that gutted Clovis Apartments and displaced 12 families Feb. 1 was ruled accidental by the Clovis fire marshal. “The fire originated in the attic space above apartments 93 and 95 of Building 8 and was not intentionally set,” Fire Marshal Allan Silvers said in a press release. Silvers said the purpose […]

Fire victims assistance meeting

New Mexico Emergency Management Director Kenneth De Los Santos asked that all families displaced by the Clovis Apartment fire meet at the Lighthouse Mission 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Red Cross will assess the needs of fire victims and arrange for temporary housing and other services. Clovis Apartment Manager Judy Portillo said Belle Vista school will […]

Petraeus: Loans force families apart

Many military homeowners who saw their homes plummet in value in the financial crisis still can’t get relief from “under water” mortgages that leave families owing more to loan servicers than their homes are worth. The situation is especially difficult for the military where families must move every two to four years. Some affected members, […]

Wellness event day of health education

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Gayla Jaquess, nurse manager at Clovis Health Office, speaks to a Health and Wellness fair attendee about the actual amount of sugars found in sweets commonly consumed such as soda and ice cream. Benna Sayyed The United Way of Eastern New Mexico held its fourth annual Health and Wellness Day […]

Going the extra mile(s)

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Zane Dalton: Courtesy photo Ryan Jackson, left, was one of the Kappa Sigma fraternity members who ran in the Run for the Heroes event in 2010 to raise money for the families of injured military personnel. He and his fraternity brothers will run again this weekend after raising twice as much money as last year. […]

Time for fed to make return to gold standard

Freedom New Mexico Families across America are suffering what we’ll call pump shock: A doubling of gas prices in the past two years. A couple days ago, one of us paid $4.27 a gallon, spending about 43 bucks to fill up a Toyota Corolla. At a Town Hall meeting in Reno last week, President Barack […]

Reader-submitted content: United Way’s Day of Caring teams helped three organizations

Sara Newell On April 16 United Way of Eastern New Mexico held their annual Day of Caring. Each year the Day of Caring challenges our community to come together for a day of service to help enhance the cities we live in. In previous years, United Way has taken on projects like rebuilding the Portales […]

Families overwhelmed by community support

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Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Alisha and Steve Robertson sit on the wall of what used to be their master bedroom in front of the mobile home they plan to live in while rebuilding their house. Sunday’s fire destroyed their home, but they said they have received a lot of help and love from the […]

Accepting Christ life-changing experience

Judy Brandon It was in the early 1950s, and my parents were in seminary in Kansas City. Our family had the opportunity to live at the seminary with other couples and families. All were full time students at the seminary just like my parents were. We lived on the seminary grounds in apartment buildings that […]

Letter to the editor: Families should have been notified

Families should have been notified We are among the residents upset over the “clean sweep” done at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens on Llano Estacado Boulevard. We were tending to my daughter’s grave Jan. 15 when a young couple asked us if we were missing anything from our grave site because someone had removed all the […]

Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve […]

Obama plans support for military families

The Associated Press President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their […]

Empty Stocking program launches Friday

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The Salvation Army is hoping to raise $25,000 for this year’s Empty Stocking fund to help families in need through the holidays. Freedom New Mexico With 100 more families applying for help this holiday season, the Salvation Army is hoping to raise enough money to meet their needs and help […]

Education column: Cameo aims to connect with parents

It seems that Thanksgiving brings to mind families more than most holidays. Being together as families is not always easy, but it is important. Cameo Elementary is connecting with families big-time these days. Not only are parents welcome, Cameo is actively seeking their involvement. As principal, Tony Igo, shared: “We know the more that parents […]

Area families share Thanksgiving traditions, recipes

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Lori Robbins moves a fresh batch of pork tamales from the pot to a platter Friday at her home in south Clovis. Alisa Boswell Thanksgiving is the time of year treasured for memories of holiday traditions and family legacies. With this in mind, Freedom New Mexico decided to […]

Host families, ballpark schedules on baseball meeting agenda

Kevin Wilson The Pecos League has found a pair of home ballparks in Clovis. They’re hoping their players can find some homes as well. Host families, ballpark schedules and numerous other issues will be discussed 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Parks and Recreation Department building at 500 Sycamore. The Pioneers will play the 2011 season […]

Veterans can remain optimistic

Anthony Principi, former secretary of veterans affairs, warned last week that disabled veterans and their families will suffer if Americans “lose faith in the integrity” of VA disability compensation system. Thankfully, for hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans in line to be compensated for three additional diseases linked Agent Orange exposure, few senators seemed ready […]

Childcare assistance cuts raising concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis’ ABC Developmental Care Center Director Kisty Gartner said she is concerned about recent cuts to state childcare assistance and what it could mean down the road for working families who need help paying for childcare. Sharna Johnson Recent cuts in state childcare assistance money and the potential for more […]

Ministry helps connect families to vehicles

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Noel Hunt of Farwell said she’s going focusing on getting families transportation and may not worry about cosmetic damages to the next car she’ll be donating. Liliana Castillo A Farwell woman has started a ministry to help needy families better navigate their lives. Noel Hunt, a wife and mother of […]