Wednesday morning briefing: Books or movies, money for college and a fickle rodent

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Book signing Mystery writer Darynda Jones will be autographing copies of her debut novel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Vines Restaurant in Portales. “First Grave on the Right” is set in Albuquerque and categorized in the paranormal romance genre. Question […]

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 […]

Attractiveness lies with symmetry

While at a restaurant drive-through last week, I encountered a nice lady, maybe a little older than me, who told me … well, I can’t tell you exactly what she told me as it may prove a tad PG-13 for the Quay County Sun. Suffice it to say she made a flattering comment about my […]

Christmas dinner takes year of planning

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Joe Garcia, co-owner of El Rancho Restaurant, places a pan in the buffet bar in preparation for the free Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. Clarence Plank The Garcia family starts planning a year in advance for the annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant. Co-owner Joe Garcia said every […]

In tribute: Restaurant founder remembered for generosity

Argen Duncan A public memorial service for Cattle Baron restaurant founder Jeffrey Walter Wilson, remembered as a supporter of youth and a good employer, is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Monday at the Roswell Civic Center. Wilson died Sunday in Roswell at the age of 57. “He was a very generous man, helped the community any […]

Business digest: Restaurant manager recognized

Restaurant manager recognized Clovis’ Red Lobster’s general manager has been recognized for his service to Darden Restaurants. Jason Cooper of Clovis recently received the Diamond Club Award, a top honor for the national company, according to a company press release. Cooper was recognized for “living Red Lobster’s core values of respect, integrity, genuine caring, hospitality […]

$9,000 stolen from Subway in overnight break-in

CNJ staff Clovis police said the Subway restaurant at Prince Street and Mabry Drive was burglarized. Police Chief Steve Sanders said employees found a front window broken when they arrived at work early Thursday. He said the burglary was reported at 6:40 a.m. Subway Manager Stephanie Martinez said she came to work at 6:35 a.m. […]

Police blotter — May 25

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 7 p.m. May 4 an officer responded to a restaurant in the 200 block of Seventh Street for a report of theft. A clerk told the officers a group of five young children ordered $46 in food. She said when she […]

CHS’s Judy Uerling named ProStart Teacher of the Year for New Mexico

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Judy Uerling is the 2010 ProStart Teacher of the Year for New Mexico. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School ProStart teacher Judy Uerling is the 2010 ProStart Teacher of the Year for New Mexico by the National Restaurant Associaton’s Hospitality Industry Education Foundation. Each state can select […]

Bill would allow concealed weapons in restaurants

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican People with licenses to carry concealed guns could take their firearms into restaurants that serve beer and wine under a bill that zipped through a Senate committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, cleared the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee by a […]