Time spent protecting trash wasted

Freedom New Mexico You know government’s out of control when it tries to control stuff people don’t want anymore. That’s what’s going on in Melrose. The village of 750 people about 25 miles west of Clovis made headlines this month when a resident was confronted for dumpster diving. Ted Stretmoyer, a retired federal worker who’s […]

Outages keep workers busy

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy power crews spent Thursday working to restore power across eastern New Mexico and west Texas. “There were a few scattered outages early on, but they were really limited,” said Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry. “The power company has been right there on the spot to take […]

For some, serving brings satisfaction

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Martha McNeil hands a plate of food to a fellow volunteer during the Lighthouse Mission’s Thanksgiving meal Thursday. McNeil said she has volunteered on Thanksgiving for five years because she enjoys helping others. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They spent their Thanksgiving afternoon serving others, and they wouldn’t have […]

Quilt fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity

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PNT Staff Photo: Clarence Plank Habitat For Humanity Executive Director Joyce Davis holds a quilt that the habitat is raffling off to raise money to help with the cost of supplies and other expenses. The quilt will be on display Saturday at the Portales First United Methodist Church. By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Gail […]

Players aren’t only winners in New Mexico Lottery

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CNJ illustration: Tony Bullucks and Liliana Castillo Curry and Roosevelt County residents won more than $3.4 million by playing the lottery in fiscal year 2009, according to the New Mexico Lottery. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For a handful of area residents, scratching, picking and rubbing has turned out to be lucrative. Curry and […]

Local car dealers sign up for federal trade-in program

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico New car dealers in Clovis and Portales spent a little time on Friday trying to register their businesses to be part of the federal government-sponsored Car Allowance Rebate System, formerly Cash for Clunkers, program. How much customers or the dealerships themselves will benefit from the $1 billion nationwide program, […]

Believing in ‘foolproof’ for foolish

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist My friend Bob spent a great deal of time horseback on his cousin’s family ranch when he was a kid. After he grew up, he left that behind and became a musician — a financially successful one, which is unusual. Through the years Bob rode horseback now and then at […]

Board strategic plan focuses on communication

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer As the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education worked on its strategic plan Tuesday night, the focus was on communication. The board spent roughly 90 minutes in a study session on the plan, which sets forth the district’s beliefs, mission statement, objectives and strategies. Deputy Superintendent Ladona Clayton guided […]

No one builds better than the carpenter of Galilee

By Curtis K. Shelburne There really is a great deal of satisfaction to be derived from a job well done. My brother and I spent yesterday replacing the windows and door in one wall of my grandparents’ old home in Robert Lee, Texas. It’s amazing what you discover when you peel back the layers of […]

First person: Prepping pumpkins

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gene Terry has painted pumpkins for the fall festival at Kingswood Methodist Church for eight years. Gene Terry has spent the last two weeks painting 20 pumpkins for Saturday’s fall festival at Kingswood Methodist Church. Each of the pumpkins has a different face, and some even have hats. Pumpkin harvest: […]