Monday morning briefing: Spring flowers, local authors and a huge fad

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Spring flowers March 22-23, Plains Regional Medical Center Hospice will be selling arrangements and bundles of daffodils. It’s a fundraiser for their programs and helps pay for medication, utilities, groceries and funeral expenses. More info: 769-7399 Faculty authors Several faculty members at Eastern New Mexico University and […]

Flower pressing featured on show

Information on pressing flowers, cancer-preventing foods and making bumper pads will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Kate Chu represents pressed-flowers.com, and she’s going to show different ways that pressed flowers can be attached to different objects, such as magnets, jewelry, candles and even light-switch plates. Chu […]

Child Sense: Remember your child’s dominant sense while starting a garden together

Priscilla J. Dunstan Family activities are wonderful for creating memories, building family unity and having fun. It’s important to pick activities that the whole family can enjoy, remembering that not everyone enjoys things in exactly the same way. Building a spring garden together, while using each child’s dominant sense, can make each part of the […]

Fringe flowers featured on program

Sheryl Borden Information on candles, choosing happiness after a divorce and making fringe flowers will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. and noon Thursday. Rita Fuentes is an independent consultant with PartyLite in Plymouth, Mass., and she says that not all candles are created alike! It’s what you can’t see that […]

Fall foliage, pressing flowers featured on show

Cheryl Borden: Creative living Information on pressing flowers, fall foliage and using recycled materials for craft projects will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Kate Chu represents pressed-flowers.com, and she’s going to show different ways that pressed flowers can be attached to different objects, such as magnets, […]

Thieves nab flowers, stuffed bears from shop

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Courtesy Photo The entrance door to Katie’s Flowerland was smashed to gain entry. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Rose Riley was surprised when burglars struck her shop Thursday night and took only flowers and teddy bears. “They left a glass trail where they shopped,” Riley said Friday morning. “They knew the difference between the […]

Flower show blooms at fair

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Encanto Garden Club vice president Jacquie Wuest, right, said she hopes the club’s booth at the Curry County Fair will encourage horticulture. Also pictured are Elsie Dean, center, and Barbara Voges, left. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer An array of flowers from ageratums to zinnias will be on display […]

Potholes before flowers

Editors asked for readers’ response to Tuesday’s municipal elections in which Gayla Brumfield became Clovis’ first female mayor and voters approved Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. Here’s what Maria Cheverez had to say: • “For me the alcohol sales on Sundays is a minor thing when we have bigger tumbleweeds to deal with. Congrats to […]

May 27, 1934

City banks and other businesses were planning to close in observance of Wednesday’s Memorial Day holiday. Clovis Floral Co., located at 501 E. Fifth, reported it could have flowers “delivered fresh to most any address in the United States.” … Area farmers were complaining that city residents were hauling trash to the country and dumping […]

Memorial Day’s meaning sadly more relevant

By Freedom Newspapers It is all too commonplace to think of Memorial Day as the semiofficial beginning of the summer vacation season. The attitude was reinforced by Congress in 1971, when it was pegged to the last Monday in May — to make for a nice three-day weekend — rather than the traditional date of […]

Jan. 8, 1955

Stagner and Sons Inc. obtained building permits from Clovis City Hall, announcing plans for 78 new homes in the north part of town. The homes had a combined value of “over a half million dollars,” according to the “Clovis News-Journal.” … Dunlap’s at 318 Main was having a “January clearance sale.” Cotton blouses were $1.93 […]

Rare cactus blooms

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers A rare cactus bloomed at a local couples’ home this last week, giving them and their neighbors a chance to see a beautiful sight available only once a year. Portales gardening enthusiasts Cecil and Mary Clotfelter own a species of cactus commonly called the night-blooming cereus, which blooms its white […]

Backus, William C.

William C. “Bill” Backus, 58, of Clovis, died Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at his home after a brief battle with cancer. Born June 3, 1948, to Robert and Gertrude Hoyer Backus in Manitowoc, Wis., he married Nell Van Putten on July 12, 1968, in Amersfoord, Netherlands. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc and […]

2/26 Highland Elementary honor roll

Highland honor roll second nine weeks Third Grade A: Ashley Gallagher, Dakota Grummer, Autumn LaPlante, Kasia Olguin, Ashley Barnett, Karlie Bojorquez, D’Lanor Briggins, Kayla Eaton, Stephanie Gulley, Zach Hays, Erika Herebia, Sammy Hopkins, Lexi Montano, Madyson Petner, Valon Smith. A/B: Jacob Biederman, Monica Danner, Allyson Dugan, Dakota Flowers, Matthew Lopez, Annabelle Andrade, Brettenie Burch, Robert […]

2/17 amos

Editor’s note: In light of Valentine’s Day just past, a reader asked about Amos’ love life, and, in response, he has requested we re-run this column about Jenny, his next-door neighbor, with whom he has fallen in love (although he prefers to say, “grew in love,” and it does seem to have a more natural […]

Honor Roll: Highland Elementary School

CNJ Staff Highland Elementary School Third Grade Honor Roll: A – Jacob Biederman, Ashley Gallagher, Dakota Grummer, Autumn LaPlante, Matthew Lopez, Kasia Okguin, Annabelle Robles, Jacob Biederman, Ashley Gallagher, Dakota Grummer, Autumn LaPlante, Matthew Lozez, Kasia Olguin, Annabelle Robles. Third Grade: A/B – Monica Danner, Rodrick Dean, Allyson Dugan, Natalie Edwards, Dakota Flowers, Mitchell May, […]

Brown, Jacqueline “Jackie”

Jacqueline “Jackie” Brown, 75, of Clovis, died Sept. 23, 2005, in Lubbock, Texas. She was born July 8, 1930, in Ennis, Texas to J.D. and Anna Collins.  She was an active member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, a historian of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 117, a member of the N.A.A.C.P and A.A.R.P. won medals and […]

Amos 5-6

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s Note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the mother s day gift dilemma who would ever think finding a gift for your mother would be such hard work boss question mark here you forget she s a female […]

If at plants you don’t succeed, try weeds

Jim Lee Plants hate me. When I watch those leaves, buds, and stalks (in other people’s yards) bobbing and swaying in the breeze and those emerging blossoms basking in the Portales sunshine, I see much more than meets the eyeball. Yes, I know what they’re doing. I can see through all that supposedly innocent plant […]

amos finds his true love

Gary Mitchell and Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks — except the hyphens and dashes. In light of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, Amos himself asked about our recapping his finding the love […]