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 […]

Our people: Veteran enjoys helping

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Steve Reshetar has been the executive director of the Matt 25 Hope Center for four years. Matt 25 Hope Center’s Executive Director Steve Reshetar has worked for non-profit organizations since 1988. He enjoys helping people. Reshetar said he enjoys how organizations in Clovis can come together and work toward one […]

Drug-sniffing dog donated to Curry County

Jared Tucker Portales police are helping the Curry County Sheriff’s Office take a bite out of crime — they’re donating their only drug-sniffing dog. Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill told City Council members on Tuesday that his only certified canine officer has resigned to pursue his passion for ranching, and none of his other officers […]

Letters to the editor: Helping beggers only enables them

People helping people? Let’s help these people who are standing in the streets of Clovis looking for a handout. I offered a couple a job twice working on a barn and they turned me down. He said they are doing well. You want to know why people from other places are willing to come to […]

New mission draws variety of volunteers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Billy Tate, auctioneer for Tate Auction Service of Clovis, makes a Monday inspection of items that will be auctioned off Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds Pavilion to provide funds for the Lighthouse Mission. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Area businesses are stepping forward to try and make a […]

Officials say options limited for helping builders

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Frankie Lopez of Double I Construction plumbs a post Thursday for a picket fence at a home under construction on Ralph Boone Drive in northeast Clovis near the Cannon Air Force Base 801 housing for personnel. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is set to receive […]

Guilt shouldn’t be factor in helping

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It is a running joke, of course, concerning some mothers that they relentlessly try to instill guilt in their children along lines of, “You owe me since I brought you up.” Never mind now that bringing up children is something parents usually sign up for freely and it […]

Free lunch fills volunteers with holiday cheer

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Joey Garcia, right, puts together a plate lunch Friday before heading to the kitchen to cook more food. This is the sixth year for the free Christmas dinner at El Rancho. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Volunteers helping with a free Christmas dinner Friday at El Rancho Restaurant say […]

Workshop to help homemakers rejoin work force

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Matt Barela, left, and David Brown of New Mexico Workforce Connection hold a conference meeting Friday, with John Hemphill, director of Workforce development in Ruidoso, via the polycom system. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women is helping Clovis area homemakers head […]

Group serves up cheese, wine, beer at downtown fundraiser

CNJ staff report Clovis Main Street wants area residents to be comfortable while helping the organization raise money. Main Street Director Robyne Beaubien said those attending Saturday’s annual beer, wine and cheese Downtown Gala run the gamut — from those who stay and sit all night and those who come and go. “It’s a great […]

Children helping me rediscover joys of reading

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist Recently I’ve discovered that the power and charm of my children’s books works on them as well as on me. I never thought that I’d actually hope my daughter wouldn’t fall asleep too quickly so that I could keep reading her books, but it’s happened the last few years […]