The holidays can be holy days of genuine Joy

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist My kids tell me that I’m younger now than I was when they were growing up. I think “childish” may be what they have in mind; I prefer to think in terms of “younger.” It seems to me that the transformation started sometime after my wife and I discovered […]

First Person: Gym owner stays fit for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Oscar Cleare, a personal trainer, says the best ways to stay fit over the holiday is to remain active and use portion control. Oscar Cleare has been a personal trainer for almost 30 years. He now owns his own gym, Bodies in Motion. His secret to staying fit and healthy […]

AAFES aims to be military shoppers’ first choice for the holidays

American Forces Press Service DALLAS — Promotions, prizes and popular name brands will anchor the efforts of Army & Air Force Exchange Service officials to invite military families to “rediscover the value” their exchange is offering this holiday season. Exclusive savings on holiday decorations, care package items and electronics will be cycling in and out […]

City landfill swamped during holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Christmas trees are recycled Tuesday at the Clovis landfill. Christmas tree are just a small part of a big increase in waste at area landfills this time of year. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Whether it is disposable aluminum pie pans, fruit cakes or ravaged gift wrapping and packing […]

Clovis shoppers spending less during the holidays

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte David Stepanek, of Del Rio, Texas, said he was visting relatives in Clovis as he was shopping for video games at Game Stop at the North Plains Mall. He said the economic downturn and the credit crunch has him shopping for deals and paying with cash. Gabriel Monte Jeremy and […]

Participation in Empty Stocking program increases

CNJ staff As the holidays approach, many local families are experiencing financial crisis this year, according to Salvation Army Capt. Tammy Ray. Friday the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune will launch their annual Empty Stocking program in partnership with The Salvation Army. Every day until Christmas, a local family in need of assistance for […]

Holidays about creating memories

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist One spring when our mom bought baby chicks at the feed store, my brother got some baby turkeys. He was about 10 years old, and this was his first money-making project.

Expert: Identity theft increases during holidays

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CNJ Photo Illustration: Gabriel Monte Clovis Detective Sonny Smith said residents should shred junk mail and other documents containing personal information before throwing it out to protect their identities. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Identity theft happens year round but thieves strike more frequently during the holidays because of increased shopping activity, according to […]

Many airmen move during holidays

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Instead of tinsel and lights, their homes are filled with brown cardboard boxes. And rather than neatly folded, brightly colored wrapping paper, the rustle of packing paper being swathed around fragile items echoes through empty rooms. Military families are no strangers to moving, but many at Cannon Air Force Base […]

Notes on appreciation, understanding

Anita Doberman It’s almost impossible not to think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays. As military families, we may have loved ones away, and the holidays can be a particularly trying time. I find the holidays reveal a deep disconnect between military families and civilians. Most non-military people I come across […]

Military Feature: Families moving house amid Christmas bustle

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Instead of tinsel and lights, their homes are filled with brown cardboard boxes. And rather than neatly folded, brightly colored wrapping paper, the rustle of packing paper being swathed around fragile items echoes through empty rooms. Military families are no strangers to moving, but many at Cannon Air Force […]

Military lifestyle foreign to many

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist It’s almost impossible not to think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays. As military families, we may have loved ones away, and the holidays can be a particularly trying time. I found that to me the holidays reveal a deep disconnect between military families and civilians. […]

Education Digest: Clovis schools close for holidays

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis Schools are dismissed for the holidays. Classes resume Jan. 10. The Clovis Schools Central Office reopens Tuesday.

Have A Happy Thanksgiving!

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Generally speaking, even though I really enjoy my daily work, I enjoy holidays a great deal. I like special times when most folks take a much-needed day or two off to enjoy each other, eat too much, and goof off a bit. Taking a little time off on occasion, […]

Motorcycle drive nets over 200 toys

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Laura Reynosa and her 22-month-old son, Israel, wait for the start of the “Operation Santa Claus” toy run Saturday at High Plains Harley-Davidson. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Braving low temperatures and cutting winds, bikers bundled up Saturday morning and tucked dolls, cars and teddy bears in saddlebags to […]

Chapel, Clovis community make holidays brighter for single Airmen

Airman 1st Class Jessica Martinez, 524th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, walks off with one of the more than two dozen prizes awarded at the Single Airmen’s Holiday Dinner Dec. 15. Janet Taylor-Birkey “It was pretty bad,” said Mr. Al Jolly to a roomful of Airmen at the chapel Dec. 15, recalling his first Christmas in the […]

Christmas season deserves better than Scrooge

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist A blood-splattered, life-size Santa stands in a front yard wielding a knife. Wait, it gets better. He’s next to a tree full of decapitated Barbie dolls. Wait, it still gets better. Beside the tree is an evil elf clutching one of the decapitated doll heads that has fake blood streaming […]

Christmas greeting debate nonsense

By Ned Cantwell Hand me that AK-47. I am about to join the Culture War. There is the notion that somehow the entire Christmas season has become an orchestrated movement by Christians to impose their faith on non-believers or followers of other sects. Therefore, goes the argument, a Nativity scene on a courthouse lawn is […]

Battle over Christmas greeting absurd

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Let me begin by speaking the forbidden words. Merry Christmas. There, I said it. So did the sky crack? Did the oceans turn to blood? Is a horde of angry Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists storming the gates, demanding a retraction? Or does the world look much the same as it […]