Empty stocking — Dec. 16

Today’s Focus: “Ms. R” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. R” said her family just moved to Portales from Colorado and does not have its belongings. The family depends on the income of her husband and times are tough right now. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have things to play with […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 14

CNJ staff Today’s Focus: “Ms.T” Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. T’s” husband has had little work this year and their family budget is tight. They are afraid they won’t be able to give gifts to their children. Her holiday hopes: To find a way to give her children gifts for Christmas. Clothing […]

Cannon reaches out

Tech. Sgt. Tory Gard, 27th Mission Support Squadron, helps Clinton Worley test drive his new remote controlled Hummer. Airman Thomas Trower Children at the Baptist Children’s Home in Portales were treated with a visit by more than 30 Airmen and their family members, accompanied by gifts. During the holiday season, people from Cannon sponsor all […]

Empty stocking — 12-3

CNJ staff Today’s focus: “Ms. A” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: Ms. A’s husband left her after selling most of her household items. She is expecting a child and, because her doctor said she is at risk for miscarriage, she has been placed on bed rest and is unable to work. Her holiday […]

Empty stocking 11-26

Today’s Focus: “Ms. S” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: A single mother, working to support her two children. Her holiday hopes: To be able to give Christmas gifts to her children. Clothing needs: Boys pant sizes 32 and 2T, boys shirt sizes large and 2T, boys shoe sizes 9 1/2 and 6 1/2. […]

7/19 Business Licenses

The following business licenses were obtained from the City of Clovis in the month of June: Name: Quality Renovations Type: General contractor Owner: Diego L. Lucero Jr. Location: 821 W. 16th St. Name: Best Value Car center. Type: Automobiles Owner: Lloyd Seefeld Location: 117 N, Main Name: Richard’s Fantasys and Gifts Type: Gifts Owner: Richard […]

Angel Tree helps inmates’ children

By Cassie McClure: CNJ correspondent A group of National Honor Society students from Fort Sumner went beyond family gift-giving this Christmas. For the fifth year, each student bought two gifts for children on behalf of the child’s incarcerated parent as part of the Prison Fellowship Ministries’ Angel Tree program. Mary Ann Cortese, director of the […]

Christmas spirit resonates here and around world

CNJ staff On Christmas Day, like no other on the calendar, compassion and generosity resonate. Children are the center of our universe. Our bonds are celebrated. Hope lives. It is Christmas. This is the day the birth of Jesus is observed in Christian communities from Tucumcari to Portales and across the world. As told in […]

Santa’s Helpers – Area residents and organizations pitch together to help the needy


by David Irvin, CNJ staff writer A small caravan set out east from Clovis Sunday night on a secret mission. Their first target was an unsuspecting family of five a little down on their luck. Along for the ride were local radio personalities, fire department personnel and even a small squad of elves. This was […]

Empty Stocking: Dec. 17, 2004

Today’s focus: Carmen Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “With having to pay bills and buy food and all of this being done with just me, it is hard to make ends meet. I work 40 hours a week and study at night when I have time at work. There is just enough money […]

Empty stocking: Dec. 14

CNJ staff Today’s focus: Tara Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “This year I’m not working because of illness; and it doesn’t look like Christmas will happen, because with the income I have it’s either pay rent and bills or buy gifts, and we all need somewhere to stay.” Her holiday hopes: Have gifts […]

Empty stocking: Dec. 3, 2004

Today’s focus: Lori Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “I am not working because of illness and it doesn’t feel like Christmas will happen because with the income I have it’s either pay rent and bills or by gifts and we all need somewhere to stay.” Clothing needs: 8 boys’ pants, medium boys’ shirt, […]

Empty stocking — Wednesday, Dec. 1

CNJ staff Today’s focus: Shelley Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “I was sanctioned from my TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefits due to being in the hospital with my ill son, Seth; and I couldn’t meet my work requirements.” Clothing needs: 12, 8 and 2T boys’ pants and shirt, 18 months girls […]

Birthday celebrations

White Milton White of Elbert, Colo., will celebrate his 90th birthday at 2 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2004, at the Mountain View Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was born on Feb. 14, 1914, in Petersburg, Texas. He lived around Clovis before moving to Colorado in 1947. He has 16 children; 26 grandchildren; and 36 […]

Salvation Army in need of donations to meet goal

By Darrell Todd Maurina Unless the Salvation Army receives a large amount of donations this morning, the organization won’t make its fundraising goals. Things are better than they were two weeks ago, however, according to Capt. Hector Diaz of the Clovis unit. On Dec. 13, the kettle collection fund had received only $13,000 toward its […]

Merchants have gifts for little kids and big ‘kids’

By Jack King If you’re the parent, relative, or even a close friend of a preteen girl, among the most popular ways to say “Merry Christmas” this year is “Bratz.” The fashion-plate dolls were mentioned most often when Clovis merchants were asked Wednesday which are the hottest-selling toys this year. “Craft kits are also really […]

Empty Stocking Fund may fulfill two-gift wish

Eric Butler Shelly isn’t looking to have everything for her 5-year-old daughter this Christmas. It’s not a stocking full of goodies or a tree that appears to have a gift-wrapped box foundation that the single mother wants. In fact, Shelly has very modest goals for little Stephanie. “I just want a nice, quiet Christmas,” she […]

Christmas overcomes Scroogey feelings

Helena Rodriguez I was feeling a little Scroogey just before Thanksgiving and had an if-I-can-only-get-through-the-holidays attitude. But the day after Thanksgiving, I got a burst of energy and decided to put up the Christmas tree. Once we started, my dad, who was also determined to be a Scrooge, was inspired, too. He took to the […]

Religion Briefs 12/5

Church gives fund a Christmas boost Operation Christmas Child, a program that collects gifts for distribution to poor children worldwide, reported a 17 percent increase in collections at its Lubbock center and much of that increase appears to have been due to a collection drive by First Baptist Church of Clovis. According to Sammy Rhodes, […]

Memories are made at gift-giving season

Helena Rodriguez Trying to figure out what to get my loved ones for Christmas this past week got me started thinking about the favorite Christmas gifts I’ve received in my life. Now some of these Christmas gifts should not have been given to me in the first place. Oh, the things a bored adolescent can […]