Altrusa Home Tour on Sunday

Alisa Boswell The 39th annual Altrusa Home Tour will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at four Portales homes. According to Altrusa member Elly Helton, the tour is a fundraiser for the Altrusa Club’s community service projects, such as scholarships to the Eastern New Mexico University, the Reading is Fundamental Program, eye […]

State police: Lack of response to call result of procedural breakdown

Robin Fornoff New Mexico State Police on Thursday said a procedural breakdown resulted in no response to a call for help from a Quay County couple whose home was invaded by a stranger. “Somebody should have been here,” said Fay Edwards, 68, who placed two calls to 911 after a man barged through her back […]

Portales gas leak evacuees allowed to return home

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales firefighter Rick McNally is stationed near the site of a gas leak Tuesday afternoon on North Boston in case of a fire or explosion. Alisa Boswell A handful of Portales residents were allowed to return to their homes about 5 p.m. Tuesday after being evacuated earlier in the day […]

Reader-submitted: Steve Sims joins First Baptist Church ministry staff

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Steve Sims First Baptist Church of Clovis recently welcomed Steve Sims to its ministry staff. Steve and his wife Carrie moved to Clovis with their two children to become a part of the ministry of First Baptist on Aug. 21. Steve and Carrie have lived in Amarillo the past several years, where Steve served as […]

Our people: Voice of the Cats

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Liliana Castillo: FNM Correspondent Bill Gaedke of Clovis is known as the voice of the Wildcats and couldn’t choose a favorite sport to announce for. Clovis resident Bill Gaedke has been called the voice of Clovis High School Wildcat sports. He earned the name by announcing for every home game of nearly every sport at […]

Herding Squirrels: The long dry season

Traci Arbios For those of us in blended-family land, it’s been a long, long summer. I never exactly know how to feel about this particular season. My husband and I are the primary parents to our massive brood of kids; but come summer, visitation schedules change, culling our herd. How would I describe it? By […]

Tax reform, cuts would provide economic push

Freedom Newspapers Tax reform is in the air. One proposal floating around is to eliminate or reduce the tax deduction for home mortgage interest. About 35 million homeowners use the deduction to reduce their yearly tax bills. The total deduction amounts to about $131 billion a year. During the recent wrangling in Washington over the […]

No easy escape from financial crisis

Tea party conservatives have been told to accept their victory and go home. They really took it to President Barack Obama and all the old liberals in Congress, some contend. “The winner is the tea party,” said conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer on Fox News. “They have changed the debate in the country. I think they […]

Lost dog returning home

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Courtesy photo Caesar, lost during an automobile crash, was recently found in Tucumcari and is being returned to his family in Clio, Mich. Thomas Garcia Welcome posters and open arms are what await “Ceasar,” a Maltese dog who will be reunited with his owners in Michigan more than a year after he disappeared following a […]

In search of ponies: Yankee makes home in Southwest

Sharna Johnson “Oh man, the flies are awful here!” my visiting family member exclaimed by way of a greeting when I arrived home from work. “Actually they haven’t been bad this year at all,” I replied, a little confused as he guided me to my kitchen counter, turned-killing fields and proudly showed me the carnage. […]

Former Clovis resident opening microbrewery, restaurant

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Justin Cole pours one of his homemade brews in the building on Main Street in Portales where his restaurant and microbrewery will open in March 2012. Cole said he has been home brewing for six years and has been planning his own business for the last two years. Freedom New […]

Birthdays — July 24

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Fails Alvin Fails of Clovis celebrated his 95th birthday on July 23. The celebration was hosted at his home. Fails was born July 21, 1916, in Milnesand. He has five children, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Child Sense: Tips for helping your child walk home from school

Priscilla J. Dunstan Consider the way your child relates to the world when planning his walk to and from school. Pick a route that is easy for your child to remember even if it may take a little longer. Turning one corner is easier for your child to remember than having to turn five. Find […]

Dirty Laundry: Taking care of fathers complicates family roles

Aisha Sultan Amy Goyer left her home in Washington two years ago to care for her aging parents in Phoenix. Her mother had suffered a stroke two decades earlier, and her father was beginning to show signs of dementia. Goyer works at AARP as a family expert and has walked hundreds of caregivers through this […]

Police blotter — July 3

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around noon June 23 an officer took a report of theft at the police department in the 300 block of Connelly Street. A man said he left for work at 8 a.m. and when he returned around 10 a.m. he discovered someone […]

Home severely damaged in Saturday fire

CNJ staff A home fire Saturday night cause severe damage before firefighters were able to extinguish it. Firefighters were called to the residence at Curry Roads 5 and L around 6:45 p.m., according to Fire Chief Ray Westerman. When they arrived, the home was fully engulfed. “It was defensive in nature upon our initial arrival […]

Police blotter — June 19

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 10 p.m. June 4 an officer responded to a residence in the 1900 block of Chapparal Court for report of shots fired. A woman said someone shot a pellet gun at her home, causing a hole in the wall. The woman […]

Hello, we’re awesome: Kids who feel good about themselves make parents feel the same way

Paula Sirois My 8-year-old daughter and her friends started a band called Hello, We’re Awesome. I helped her design some fliers for their first performance, complete with star borders and stage names: Milk Chocolate, Mandarin Oranges, Laughing Twizzle and Tropical Starburst. Granted, they haven’t decided on the type of music they’ll play or if any […]

Moms gear: Home spa products to pamper yourself

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Provided by Harnn The HARNN Exfoliating Black Rice Soap with vegetable carbon helps detoxify and deodorize. It is made from rice bran oil, palm oil, coconut oil, herbs, essential oils, and no preservatives. For all skin types. It is $6.99 for a 3.5 oz. bar at www.harnnusa.com. McClatchy-Tribune HARNN Asian-inspired home spa collection includes products […]

Brothers remembered

Bob’s older brother was Richard. Ronnie’s older brother was Anthony, and Jeff had an older brother named Jimmy. David and I were the older brothers in our families, so we had to share the above older brothers. By their cars could you know them. Rick drove a ’57 Chevy, the queen of cars. Jimmy had […]