Our people: Agent enjoys helping youth

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Courtesy photo Gutierrez, right, and her mom, Jeri Robinson. Portales resident Melanie Gutierrez has been the 4-H agent in Roosevelt County for three and a half years and deals with anything related to 4-H. That means she spends a lot of time with children and youth and Gutierrez said she enjoys watching the students grow […]

Our people: Having a ball

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Danni Williams enjoys sports because she likes competition, meeting new people and traveling to new places. Clovis resident and Yucca student Danni Williams, 14, can always be found near a basketball game, if she’s not on the court. With two older brothers who play and a father who coaches the […]

Cannon airmen aim for big losses

USAF: 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine Justin Garrison, manager of the Clovis GNC store, offers coupons and product samples to participants at the Cannon’s Biggest Loser kickoff Jan. 10 at the base fitness center. GNC sponsors the competition, in which teams of four compete in a six-week program for total weight loss. Prizes will be awarded […]

Our people: Ticket master

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Courtesy photo Clovis’ Pat Blanchette works as a health assistant in the Clovis High School nurses office. Clovis resident Pat Blanchette has been the Wildcats’ purple-wearing ticket taker at Clovis Schools sporting events for 18 years. Blanchette and her husband moved to Clovis when Tom was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in 1992. The […]

Squashing political speech not answer

Freedom New Mexico We add our thoughts and prayers to the many for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the six people killed, including a senior federal judge, a 9-year-old girl fascinated by politics, a congressional aide and three other innocents, as well as the 13 people wounded, in the attack Saturday in Tucson. The accused, […]

Area’s last Bataan Death March survivor remembered

Courtesy photo Irvin Butler died Christmas Day in Lubbock, one day short of his 92nd birthday. He was the only native Bataan Death March survivor still living in Roosevelt County. Kevin Wilson ered for his time in the military and surviving a 55-mile death match. But he would have been just fine if people knew […]

Iraqis ready to handle own problems

Freedom New Mexico A coordinated suicide bombing that killed at least 14 people and wounded 53 in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, is a reminder that the country the U.S. has tried so hard to pacify, through military action and nation-building advice and subsidies, is still plenty turbulent. While this fact might tempt […]

Our people: Seasonal Santa

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident Jimmy Craven has played the part of Santa Claus for 12 years and, yes, the beard is real. Clovis resident Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Village and about 40 other engagements during the […]

Portales residents line up for community dinner

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Melvin McAfoos, right, talks to a little boy Saturday after snatching a dessert from the bar to take to a customer during the rush at El Rancho Restaurant’s annual free Christmas dinner. Clarence Plank The seventh annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant Saturday was a time for many […]

Program lets local residents adopt airmen

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Airman First Class Joshua Johnson, left, and Clovis resident Joe Hill talk during an Adopt an Airman program mixer at the Drop Zone at Cannon Air Force Base. Gabriel Monte Airman First Class Joshua Johnson, of Mankato, Minn., said one of the reasons he joined the Air Force was the […]

Portales Inn getting remodel

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Maxwell Group LLC managing member Bob Morrow talks about the renovation plans for the Portales Inn while standing just inside the hotel’s entry off Avenue B. The group plans to turn the building into a boutique hotel with several kinds of food and beverage service on the first floor. Argen […]

Ticket feature: Resident hosting charity light display

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A light show at 1024 Jeanie Drive includes holiday music and 7,000 lights. Freedom New Mexico With 7,000 lights and Christmas music, visitors can take part in the holiday spirit. A holiday display at 1024 Jeanie Drive in Clovis is lit 7-9 p.m. nightly through Christmas for people to enjoy. […]

Our people: Record holder

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Courtesy photo Williams as the Exalted Ruler of the Clovis and Portales Elks Lodge in 1991. Curry County Assessor Randy Williams has been employed by Curry County for 31 years, which turns out to be a record. He’s retiring Jan. 1. Williams is also a second generation assessor. His mother Alyce Pat Williams Littlejohn served […]

Our people: Driven by music

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Courtesy photo J.T. Montoya began playing music at age 11 and played keyboard for a Tejano band at 16. J.T. Montoya lived in Clovis for 8 years until breaking out on his own in Phoenix to be a musician. His artist name is Keize which is a derivative of keys and seize. It originates from […]

Plenty for which not to be thankful

Kevin Wilson This is the time of the year where people say what they’re thankful for. I like to be a contrarian, so here’s what I’m not thankful for. • I’m not thankful that, despite numerous statements that airline travel is safe, we’re being put through body scanners reminiscent of “Total Recall” and pat-down sessions […]

Clovis shuttle service expanded

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Make-A-Connection Shuttle Service received clearance Monday to begin shuttle service to and from the Clovis Municipal Airport. Liliana Castillo Shuttle service to and from the Clovis Municipal Airport began Monday after a lengthy and expensive process. Make-A-Connection Shuttle Service, owned by Clovis resident Colleen Mahoney, received authorization from the New […]

Our people: Man of action

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Steve Blakeley began sweeping floors in a printing shop after high school and worked his way up to manager. Eastern New Mexico University’s Director of Printing Steve Blakeley has been in printing since 1972. His passion lies in teaching Taekwon-Do which he has done at his own studio for the […]

Rangel’s actions not without consequences

It is always a little sad to see prominent and powerful people brought low, especially when the fall is due to their own weaknesses and a certain sense of invulnerability that powerful people sometimes acquire. It is also the case that the line can be difficult to draw between business-as-usual in Congress and outright criminal […]

We should strive to be prisoners of hope

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I have never studied the life of Desmond Tutu but I read an interesting article about him just last week. Desmond Tuto grew up in Johannesburg. When he was grown, he did not appreciate the South African system of educating black students because it was a very inferior system compared to […]

Letter to the editor: Be sensitive to adopted children

Be sensitive to adopted children In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, the Christian Child Placement Service where I intern would like to draw attention to the importance of positive adoption language. People with the best intentions can cause harm by using ill-informed words regarding those who have been involved in the adoption […]