Education feature: Texico students helping complete shop facility

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Courtsey photo: Terry Whitener Cesar Chavez, left, and Paden Hagler, right, weld together a new sheet metal storage rack. This is part of a project that is providing necessary tools for the school’s newly-modeled shop facility. Benna Sayyed Powers Hagler taught himself to weld as a youngster growing up on his family’s farm about four […]

Victim’s sister: Capture chance for justice

Kevin Wilson Seventeen months from now, Clovis High School will hold commencement services for its 2013 graduates. Some of Carlos Perez’ classmates from Cameo Elementary will be graduating. Whatever Perez’ classmates do and wherever they go, Carlos Perez remains a fifth-grader in Clovis. That’s because on Sept. 15, 2005, one day shy of his 11th […]

Our people: Resident enjoys helping veterans

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Beverly Miller can be seen wearing red, white and blue nearly every day. Clovis resident Beverly Miller is involved in a number of auxiliary groups for veterans in the area and Friendship Senior Center. She said she enjoys her work and wouldn’t change it for the world. Miller, 76, can […]

‘Unfunded’ benefits can hurt vets

Through a decade of war, Congress has pumped billions of additional dollars into new benefits and programs for veterans. They deserve them, lawmakers say. Helping vets also is popular with constituents. Veterans’ service organizations have lobbied for these benefits, but with the expectation that newly authorized programs would be fully funded. Last year, even as […]

BNSF helping raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters

CNJ staff The BNSF Railway company’s Railway Special car will be in Clovis on Thursday and Friday as part of its 11 city tour, according to a news release. The BNSF Special will provide train rides to BNSF employees and their family members as a thank you for their service. The ride will also raise […]

ENMU offering helping hands with Eastern in Action

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File photo Eastern in Action volunteers do yard work during the group’s service day last year. With the program, Eastern New Mexico University students and employees volunteer to do various jobs around Portales once a year to give back to the community. Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University is offering many pairs of helping hands […]

Portales resident enjoys helping

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Dennis Lopez’s office displays the photography of his wife Rachel. Dennis Lopez is active in the Portales community. He was a Roosevelt County commissioner for eight years from 2000 to 2008. As the director of support employment at Mental Health Resources, Lopez said he enjoys helping and working with his […]

Ex-CHS standouts helping college teams

Kevin Wilson Three years after helping Clovis reach the Class 5A boys state championship game, a pair of ex-Wildcats standouts are trying to replicate that success on the college level. Jaden Isler is handling point guard duties for NCAA Division III tournament-bound McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, while Hill’s outside game has helped Fort Worth-based […]

Our people: Agent enjoys helping youth

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Courtesy photo Gutierrez, right, and her mom, Jeri Robinson. Portales resident Melanie Gutierrez has been the 4-H agent in Roosevelt County for three and a half years and deals with anything related to 4-H. That means she spends a lot of time with children and youth and Gutierrez said she enjoys watching the students grow […]

Commissioners approve agreement toward Hotel Clovis renovations

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson An artist’s rendering of the planned Hotel Clovis Lofts, a $13 million conversion project by Tierra Realty of Clovis. Kevin Wilson City officials feel tax dollars will be better spent helping a private company renovate the Hotel Clovis than tearing down the city-owned building. The Clovis City Commission met Friday […]