Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity in Portales can use volunteers to help with organizing and setting up a “restore”; answer phones and do clerical work; clean up construction sites; collect aluminum cans; and to serve as a board member or committee member. Habitat for Humanity builds and sells simple, quality housing to people whose income otherwise wouldn’t […]

New home for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Laurie Kennedy fights back tears Saturday as she holds up her certificate of occupancy after she was presented with keys to her new house built by Habitat for Humanity. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Laurie Kennedy had her first gathering in her new home Saturday. Kennedy and her two […]

Former wildlife official’s credibility forever tarnished

By Freedom Newspapers There are at least two sides to every story. Until recently we had never heard the other side of Julie MacDonald’s story, freeing her enemies to paint as unflattering a portrait of the former Interior Department official as possible. But getting a more complete and balanced story is important, since the case […]

Workers raise walls for Habitat

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Laurie Kennedy, second from left, invests sweat equity Saturday into a home being built for her by Habitat for Humanity. People throughout the Clovis community helped with raising the walls of the home. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Laurie Kennedy helped lift the walls of her new house Saturday […]

Prairie chickens making comeback

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Joe Whitehead of the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Clovis shows a field trip group attending the sixth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival a clump of native little bluestem grass. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The lesser prairie chicken was once prolific across the shortgrass prairies of the Great Plains. […]

Proposed superfund settlement plan irks officials

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A preliminary federal report that recommends a cash settlement for environmental damage in Clovis be invested more than a hundred miles away has ruffled several local officials. The state and federal report recommends a $459,000 settlement from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway be used for the restoration of approximately […]

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Day Trips: Bitter Lakes refuge offers variety of activities

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The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge was established in 1937 to provide migratory birds a suitable habitat for wintering location and to preserve critical wetlands in the Southwest. (Courtesy photo) The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge near Roswell is a great place to hike, hunt, and enjoy birdwatching; thousands of migratory birds make the area […]

Clovis woman thankful for new home

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CNJ Photo: Eric Kluth Karen Banister, right, talks with project manager Monte Graham after the dedication for the first Habitat House in Clovis Tuesday at 917 Hinkle Street. Banister will move into the house with her two granddaughters. Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Struggling to hold back tears, Karen Banister sat tightly clutching her infant […]

United Way officials say closure would hit volunteer agencies hard

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Joyce Davis’ letter underscoring the impact of Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico is currently on a postal trail to the Pentagon. In particular, the coordinator for the Curry and Roosevelt County Habitat for Humanity hoped to point out the volunteer efforts of base personnel in the […]

Local Habitat for Humanity building its first home in Clovis

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Karen Banister, second from left, looks at the new plans for her house Wednesday at 917 Hinkle Street in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Tears flooded Karen Banister’s eyes as she dug the shovel into the dry dirt at the location of what will be her new home at […]

Wildlife service could designate Canadian River critical habitat for shiner

By Tova Fruchtman: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI —The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority heard concerns Wednesday about the possibility of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declaring the Canadian River a critical habitat for the Arkansas River shiner. Doug Murray of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission said the Arkansas River shiner critical habitat designation […]

Habitat helps area families own homes

By Kevin Wilson Randy Lee is working off 500 hours of community service, and he couldn’t be any happier to have the obligation. Lee, an employee for the city of Portales, was one of several Habitat for Humanity members that spent Saturday morning working on the construction of what will be his new house at […]

Thompson, Marsha

Marsha Thompson Services: Have been held. Marsha Thompson, 35, of Newton, Kan., formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, in rural Halstead, Kan. She was born on Jan. 23, 1968, in Dallas. She worked for five years at Graber’s Hardware as a bookkeeper/accountant. She was a volunteer for the Habitat for Humanity and the […]

‘Homeward bound’ becomes a reality for local families

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. Before Habitat for Humanity helped build them a new house to live in, Bill and Esther Faye Machen struggled to get by in a small trailer in […]

Habitat for Humanity picks up Clovis-area volunteers

By Gary Mitchell Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties picked up an additional seven or eight volunteers from the Clovis area during Tuesday’s orientation meeting in Curry County. “We were given a lot on Hinkle Street,” said Sandra Hidalgo, vice president of the local Habitat for Humanity. “We thought it would benefit Habitat, […]

Building parts given new life with project

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Carla Givens, solid waste manager for Cannon’s 27th Civil Engineer Squadron, and Tech. Sgt. Dan Gould of Habitat for Humanity work together to keep reusable building materials from being dumped into local landfills. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina Demolition begins today on the old 27th Security Forces building at Cannon Air […]

Cannon volunteers to the rescue

Darrell Todd Maurina The main mission of Cannon Air Force Base is training to fight wars. But each year, more than a thousand airmen put in more than 15,000 hours volunteering to help the communities of Clovis and Portales. “I’m always impressed that even with the major deployments we’ve had, folks still contributed their time […]

United Way adds two agencies

By Gary Mitchell A new program will allow the Curry County United Way to stretch its donation dollars further, according to local officials. All donations to the local office of the United Way will go directly to those in need with the help of a program called Corporate Cornerstone in which corporate donations will be […]