Engagements — Jan. 15


Montanez-Castorena [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Mr. and Mrs. Robert Montanez of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Amanda Montanez of Lubbock, to Miguel Castorena of Lubbock, son of Mrs. Sylvia Castorena and the late Gilbert Castorena of Muleshoe. The couple will exchange vows on June 9, 2012, at Marriage Island in […]

Weddings —


Ward [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Mr. and Mrs. Tommy J. Miller of Logan announce the love and marriage between Mariah Jai Ciemny, daughter of Maretta J. Miller and Rick L. Ciemny, of Wellington, Kan., to Justin Dwayne Ward, son of Suzy R. Carpenter Young of Brownwood, Texas, and Marshall E. Ward of Merkel, Texas. The […]

Accuracy important in marriage

Grant McGee On our recent vacation we stopped to visit family in Pensacola, Fla. It was still another 10 hours of driving, one way, to visit my mom in south Florida. “That’s a long way,” said The Lady of the House. “I might just want to stay here with my sister.” “My brother has a […]

Military mama: A few tips for surviving military marriage

I’ve been asked for tips on surviving a military marriage. In response, I have compiled a simple how-to guide for military spouses, those just starting out and those needing a little refresher. I know I always need the reminder. • First and foremost be flexible. Understand that shifts will change, locations will change, and pretty […]

Engagements —


McBride-Kiser Sharon Logemann of Portales announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Morgan McBride of Portales, to Jarod Kiser of Clovis, son of Keith and Elizabeth Kiser of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows Sept. 17, 2011, at the Sunken Garden in Clovis. The reception will be at the American Legion in Clovis. […]

Gay marriage: Let speculation begin

Whenever somebody tells me that allowing same-sex marriages will decimate heterosexual marriage, I tell them gay marriage will make hamburgers tastier. As long as neither of us has proof … A slightly more rational argument is taking place after New York’s Legislature approved same-sex marriage. There’s already talk of a domino effect, how New York […]

Engagement — May 29


Johnson-Brock Ron and Teresa Johnson of Clovis announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Britni Johnson, to Jared Brock, son of Joe Brock of Lubbock and the late Judy Brock. The couple will exchange vows on June 17, 2011, at Camp Blue Haven. The reception will be in August in Shallowater, Texas. The […]

Anniversaries —


SONY DSC Sercey On March 4, James and Martha Sercey celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. When they met, James Franklin Sercey was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and Martha Anna Drager was attending school in Bovina, Texas. It wasn’t long before they were happily married at the First Presbyterian Church on Pile Street in […]

Clerk: Strange dates the norm for marriage licenses


CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Maria Moreno Orozco and Israel Moreno wait Tuesday afternoon while Curry County Marriage License Clerk Connie Backoff files their license, making their marriage official. Sharna Johnson In five years on the job, Connie Backoff has discovered issuing marriage licenses is nothing short of interesting. From age gaps to unusual date […]

Marriage has been good to me

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist The year was 1982. June was starting out hot like most Junes in eastern New Mexico. The spring I turned 23 is the one I’ll never forget. My wife and I celebrated 28 years of marriage this weekend. We’ve both remarked over the last few years that it sometimes seems […]

Monday morning briefing: From cane maze to same-sex marriage

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing.

Talking strengthens marriage

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist My husband returned home for a short visit before taking off again. I guess we should be used to the routine, the coming and going, and to the changes we adjust to, but each time I’m taken back by how tough it is, no matter the preparation and good intentions. […]

May 29 — marriages and divorces

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from May 21 through Wednesday:• Ralph R. Cano, 52, to Donna D. Davis, 56, both of Amarillo• Aaron Kyle Osborne, 30, to Maricia Leigh Chavez, 29, both of Albuquerque• Carl Chris Gonzales, 37, to Cynthia Ann Flores, 41, both of Clovis• Robert Eugene Porras, 38, to […]

Marriages and divorces

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from May 14 through Wednesday: • Robert J. Betancourt, 20, of Clovis to Brittany Roxanne Villanueva, 18, of Portales • Tyler Gordon Anthony, 23, of Mansfield, Texas, to Casey Nicole Richards, 23, of Lubbock • Jose Angel Graxiola, 39, to Manuela Garcia, 35, both of Farwell […]

Deployment stress taking its toll

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist I never realized how much influence Uncle Sam had over my marriage until a few days ago.

Boiling mad at Uncle Sam

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist I never realized how much influence Uncle Sam had over my marriage until a few days ago.

May 8 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from April 30 through Wednesday: • Lester Powell II, 21, to Danielle Nicole Martin, 20, both of Clovis • Raul Hernandez, 20, to Che’T Nicole Baggett, 22, both of Clovis • David Sanchez, 24, to Crystal Hernandez, 27, both of Portales • Adrian Charles Higgs, 22, […]

May 1 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from April 23 through Wednesday: • Christopher Eric Mendoza, 21, to Kelly Lynn Prather, 20, both of Clovis • Richard Derek Thomas, 20, to Lindsay Christine Hale, 23, both of Clovis • Francisco Javier Sandoval, 21, of Hereford, Texas to Karla Robledo, 19, of Bovina, Texas […]

April 24 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from April 16 through Wednesday: • T. Steven Lucero, 20, to Yvette C. Nanez, 21, both of Clovis • Michael Joseph Tardy, 59, to Pamela Kay Millender, 53, both of Amarillo, Texas • Derrick Shawn Barnes, 24, of Clovis to Sherry Marie Harris, 31, of Denver […]

Wife’s hair color livens up marriage

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist My true hair color is blonde. I’m not so sure about my wife’s color. I knew when I got married I was getting a bottle blonde but she was hot looking and I was in love so I didn’t really care. Had I taken the time to calculate the investment […]