Coordinator: After school programs promote success

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jaydrien Urias, 12, gets his face painted Thursday at the Lights on Afterschool program at the Lincoln-Jackson Family Center. The event was held to inform parents and students of the importance of after school programs. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Clovis students had something to do Thursday afternoon in the […]

God walks with us all along life’s journey

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Guest columnist I just saw something I thought I’d never see — but this week I’ve already seen a wad of things in that category.   I’m presently in the air over northern Africa. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a light flash on outside the window. The […]

Jesus provides light in darkness

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Kansas and parts of Oklahoma and Texas have been in the news lately because of the heavy rains. We had an experience in Kansas years ago when the rain was heavy and the tornadoes were threatening. But just to note how long ago that was, it was before emergency lighting […]

Resident: ‘I’ve never seen hail like this’

Freedom Newspapers Thunder, lighting and a feisty spell of hail hit the Tucumcari area between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Fluctuations in power flickered lights. Tucumcari Police officers directed traffic at Highway 54 and Route 66 because the signal lights were out. Hail was about three to four inches deep in that area. […]

Day Trip: Brighten holidays with trip to River of Lights, Luminaria Tour

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Thousands of illuminated luminarias, hand-filled sandbags with lighted candles, will line the streets of Albuquerque during the annual Luminaria Tour on Dec. 24. (Courtesy photo) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers For a dose of well-lit Christmas spirit, take a drive to Albuquerque for the city’s annual River of Lights or Luminaria Tour. Get tickets for […]

Hundreds brave cold to attend annual Christmas parade

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A group of elves dances for the judges Saturday in front of the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tradition trumped biting cold Saturday evening. Hundreds of people — shivering even beneath hats, layers of clothes, and blankets — lined Main Street for the annual Christmas Lights Parade […]

Tree lighting, parade set for tonight

CNJ Staff Seventy small dancers clad in green and red elf costumes will perform on Main Street tonight in downtown Clovis. The performance will kick off the city’s 2006 Christmas Lights Parade. A tree lighting is also scheduled for 5 p.m. at Seventh and Main streets. The theme for this year’s parade, which begins at […]

All I want for Christmas

Janet Taylor-Birkey An informal survey of Cannon’s middle tier asked the question, “When you were deployed, what would you have enjoyed receiving in a package?” Here are some of the responses we received, ranging from humorous to sentimental, practical to just-for-fun. No federal endorsement implied. Socks (white) Cheap insoles for our boots Plain notepaper/envelopes Batteries […]

1/31 Local roundup

Cause of loud boom unknown Officials Monday said they were not sure what caused the loud boom and flickering lights reported around 7 p.m. at Clovis High School. “I don’t have a clue (what caused it),” said Clovis Fire Department Lt. Ricky Mitchell, on duty at the time of the incident. Several people exiting the […]

Jesus gives support, comfort in times of grief, crisis

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I have heard news last week of much sadness: a baby dies and a wonderful young man killed in car accident. I have no words of wisdom and pressed for words of comfort for these situations. I just know that we have an advocate, Jesus Christ. Perhaps this illustration will […]

Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

By Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch- worth of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Norman Luboff […]

Ruidoso hosts festival of lights

Compiled by Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers For most people — and anyone who enjoyed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — a big part of the holiday season is the variety of lighting displays. A few hours down U.S. 70, Portales and Clovis residents can enjoy the lights of homes and businesses in nearby Ruidoso, and perhaps […]

Parade showcases floats, lights, holiday spirit

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Boy scouts from troop 226 ride atop their float in the ninth annual Christmas Light Parade on Main Street Saturday night. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Nina Galvon, 15, sat in a folding chair on Main Street, bundled in a blanket with hot cocoa in hand, as she waited alongside […]

State police department lacks discipline

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Speeding down U.S. Highway 70, I glanced into the rear-view mirror and saw the red lights. Red lights are pretty on a Christmas tree. If you are going 72 in a 65 mph zone, they are about as welcome as a Baptist teetotaler at a Budweiser convention. The New Mexico […]

Christmas lasts longer than one day

By Curtis Shelburne: Local Columnist I’m afraid that in the first column I write after Christmas Day each year I’m beginning to sound like Johnny One-note, but I’ll risk it again as I remind you that Christmas is not over once Christmas Day is over. Now I can easily see why tired to the bone […]

amos: tangled in christmas

By Gary Mitchell a view from under the pew   Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks — except hyphens and dashes.   tangled in christmas    boss i don t know if you […]

Christmas story reminds us to trust God

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist An example from my childhood offers a good perspective for this Christmas season. Our family moved to Clovis in 1956. During those early years, I would ride home with my Daddy at night after church. Memories of my childhood days and Sunday nights of long ago in the old church on […]

Letters to the Editor: Trash collectors targeted for critcism

I don’t know how hard it is to be a refuse collector/driver. I imagine driving a truck that picks up the dumpsters is easy, picking up the green dumpsters and dumping them in the truck is hard, as well as doing the alley cleanup. As a consumer, I get tired of waiting a month or […]

Police Blotter: Dec. 5

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Tuesday to the 1500 block of Claremont Terrace on a criminal damage report. The complainant told police someone had entered his yard and ripped off five of his solar powered yard lights. He stated the value of the lights at […]

Parade will light up Main Street

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Members of the Gattis Junior High School Bear Essentials dance team perform on Main Street during the 2003 Clovis Christmas Lights Parade. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Santa Claus is coming to town. Look for him on top of a fire truck Saturday evening on Main Street. The Clovis Rotary […]