Military lifestyle foreign to many

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist It’s almost impossible not to think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays. As military families, we may have loved ones away, and the holidays can be a particularly trying time. I found that to me the holidays reveal a deep disconnect between military families and civilians. […]

Fire danger up during cold months

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo An apartment building at 1000 S. Oak St. caught on fire around 8 a.m. Sunday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A half-dozen fires have displaced Curry County residents from their homes since Thanksgiving weekend, according to a local Red Cross official. It’s a reminder to think fire safety during […]

Nov. 25 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. W” Household members: Seven Children: Six Special circumstances: “Ms. W” is out of work for medical reasons and is trying to support six children. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size small. Girls pants size 6-slim. Girls shoe size 1 1/2. Toys list: […]

Counselor: Deployments leave marks when personnel return

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks A local family counselor says deployments can be hard on families before, during and after the deployment period. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Family counselor Kathy Woodard braces for busy days at her Clovis office when Cannon Air Force Base personnel return from a deployment. Over the weekend almost […]

Tragedy teaches lessons

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of losing their lives expect those in charge to live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, […]

Culture shock second to Jesus

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Years ago when my parents were in seminary in Kansas City, Kan., our family had the opportunity to live among other families at the seminary. We lived on the seminary grounds in apartment buildings three stories high. So we had seminary families all around us, below us and above us. […]

Teachers, parents must work together

By Clyde Davis: Columnist School is, by this time, almost universally on summer break. It seems an appropriate time, then, to focus on teachers of all levels and the gifts which they bring to our world. The attitude of some families came to light, once again, in a recent conversation. A person in his mid-20s […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Bike rally raises $4,265 for tornado victims

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor MICHAEL GALVAN, 29, HIS FATHER, FRANK GALVAN, both of Farwell, and Clovis friends Mark Call, John Jones and Richard Ryerson wanted to help tornado victims. Their mission was “to help local families right now,” so they wouldn’t have to wait to receive government or insurance assistance, according to Michael […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Lions grant given to victims

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers THE CLOVIS EVENING LIONS CLUB was recently able to help 80 local families affected by the March 23 tornado through a grant from Lions International, according to member Merle Terry. Families in need were identified by several local school principals and each was given a $100 gift card for food […]

Kicking O.J. out of restaurant good business move

By Freedom Newspapers Jeff Ruby’s restaurants are the kinds of places people go to spend an evening with friends and sometimes bump into someone famous. Ruby, a longtime Cincinnati restaurateur, works hard to maintain his company’s reputation for fine steaks and seafood and providing a great place for customers to relax and enjoy themselves. So […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Two host families sought

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Educational Resource Development Trust is looking for two volunteer host families. This is a non-profit educational foundation that finds host families for exchange students to come to the United States for one year of high school. There are two students who need to be placed by Monday. Both […]

“Helping Our Kids and Families” campaign started

CNJ staff Money and gift card donations are being sought to help Clovis public school children and staff members whose families suffered damage to their homes or property from the March 23 tornado. Clovis Municipal Schools and the Clovis News Journal will collect donations for two weeks. The campaign starts Monday and runs through April […]

United Way exceeds goal

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Incoming United Way of Eastern New Mexico President Leo Lovett, left, and Executive Director Erinn Burch present the award for Volunteer of the Year to outgoing United Way President Don Thomas at the awards banquet. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The United Way of Eastern New Mexico annual banquet […]

Police: Snow falls, violence rises

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Snowball fights, sledding, building snowmen and steaming cups of cocoa are popular icons of snowy, winter days. The reality is domestic disputes can more than triple, according to officials, and police officers say they spend much of their time traversing snow-packed roads to settle conflicts for families kept home […]

News isn’t just news to military

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist This week, I was going to send off my column about humorous misadventures at a restaurant with some friends and a rather belligerent stranger who kept asking me if I could teach her Italian, when I watched President Bush’s speech, and decided I had a more pressing topic. I have […]

Navy’s role in terrorism war changing

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lt. Joseph “Max” Ernest is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer with 11 years of law enforcement experience and two as a counterterrorism analyst for a defense contractor. Yet last April, when Ernest mobilized to Iraq as an individual augmentee or “IA,” the Army made him a logistics officer to Iraq’s […]

Five-day work week not just for rest of us

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Not that anyone missed me or even knew, but I have been out of New Mexico for the past few days. I left the office Thursday night and flew back to see my family in Montana, then flew back on Monday morning so I’d be ready for work on […]

Military life can be difficult

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist People seem to have an uncontrollable desire to share their opinions about the war in Iraq with me, a simple yet exuberant military wife. A conversation usually starts with questions such as, “Where is your husband right now?” and “When is he getting back?” It quickly progresses to heavier topics […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Vigil will honor lost children

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis mother whose infant son died from a medical complication and others who bear the grief of losing a child will hold a candlelight vigil Sunday. The vigil is held annually around the world in remembrance and honor of children who have died at any age from any […]

Spreading the holiday cheer

By CNJ STAFF Dozens of area organizations and businesses are making plans to help those less fortunate this holiday season. Here’s a sampling. — Clovis Aerie 3245 of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles will pay for shopping sprees for underprivileged children. The Eagles will give 100 children $100 to spend at Wal-Mart. The Eagles […]