Our people: Rising to the top

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Courtesy photo Sievers hiking at San Luis Peak in Colorado in July. Portales resident Joel Sievers is the team physician for Eastern New Mexico University, Portales and Clovis high schools. Sievers said he believes overcoming an injury helps young people learn how to overcome other obstacles they will face in life. “I enjoy teaching athletes […]

McGee: A case of deja vu all over again

Do you ever get the idea that you need to be listening to people better? I think I do. This realization came to me after reading an article in The Atlantic magazine in which the writer detailed a personal hacking experience. “Wow,” I said as I came down the hall, “These hackers are getting REALLY […]

Our people: Farwell resident enjoys music

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Courtesy photo Farwell resident Marjorie Watkins enjoys playing 42 and the piano and organ at church. Farwell resident Marjorie Watkins has lived in the Clovis area for the majority of her life. She has mainly lived in the smaller outlying communities and held an elected office in Parmer County for 12 years. Watkins is in […]

Our people: Living in the moment

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LILIANA CASTILLO: FNM correspondent Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys her job at Oasis State Park because she gets to work outside. Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys working at Oasis State Park because she gets to meet new people and learn about them. She has worked there for seven years. “I have met people from all […]

Ticket feature: Chinese acrobatic troupe performing in Alto

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Courtesy photo The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China was first established in the 1950s by the Chinese government. Freedom New Mexico The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, a group straight from Beijing, will be performing 7 p.m. Oct. 6-7 at the Spencer Theater in Alto both nights in their […]

Our people: Man of steel

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Liliana Castillo: FNM Correspondent Clovis Family YMCA Director Shane Nelson is such a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he has an entire wall themed in their signature yellow and black in his office. Shane Nelson, associate executive director of the Clovis Family YMCA, made the first big move of his life to bring the […]

Salvation Army hoping to spread word

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Workers at the Salvation Army Thrift Store strategically stage clothing and furniture to boost sales. Benna Sayyed Times have been tough for the people Clovis’ Salvation Army helps. They’ve also been tough for the organization itself. Commanding Officer Jim Gallup said business has been slow the past couple of months […]

Our people: Mentality for music

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Courtesy photo Clovis resident Chuck Tipton has been involved in music for more than 20 years. Most stories about Clovis resident Chuck Tipton begin with “When we were working on that musical…” There’s reason for that. Tipton taught music in Clovis’ schools for 20 years at all levels, including college, and he never got out […]

In search of ponies: Horse in for a rough ride

Sharna Johnson Things are tough. The economy is tight, people are stretching their dollars to cover the cost of the rising expenses and most of the recent data says they are doing it without pay increases. And to make things worse, drought and wildfires in the area have hit the feed supply for animals. As […]

Life existed before cell phones

One of the best ways to annoy somebody is to answer a rhetorical question. Why do drive-thru ATMs have Braille on the keys? First, it costs more to make two slightly different ATMs than it does to make them all with Braille. Second, blind people can be passengers in cars, so Braille lettering is an […]