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 […]

Spread of prairie dog towns concerning residents

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A prairie dog stands watching traffic on Grand Avenue as it zips by Tuesday. Sharna Johnson The conveniences of town life may be appealing, but there are certain kinds of residents who find they just aren’t welcome. Residents in the area between Seventh Street and Grand Avenue between Upsilon and […]

Grass fire consumes 150 acres

Freedom New Mexico A grass fire Friday morning northeast of Portales burned about 150 acres, according to a fire department spokesman. No one was injured in the blaze reported about 11:31 a.m., said Portales Fire Department Lt. Floyd Hancock. Hancock said the fire started on Highway 467 and spread to Roosevelt Roads 2 and 3. […]

Caroling group aims to spread love, joy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joni Anthony, right, leads Joni’s Sandia Carolers in practice Tuesday at her home. The group will sing and dance to Christmas carols. Liliana Castillo Their shirts say “For the Love” on the back, and that’s why they do what they do. They are Joni’s Sandia Carolers. For the 10th year, […]

TB confirmed in Curry County inmate

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File photo Curry County and New Mexico Department of Health officials are scrambling to trace a Curry County Detention Center inmate’s steps through the facility after he tested positive for tuberculosis July 1. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Curry County and New Mexico Department of Health officials are scrambling to trace a Curry County […]

Rumors spread quicker than flu

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist When the announcement came that the New Mexico Activities Association was suspending athletic events due to swine flu outbreak concerns, I have to admit I was on the fence. From my platform as a media representative, I saw a positive in that it makes immediate coverage a little bit easier. […]

Hounds still learning spread offense

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico On the surface, Eastern New Mexico University’s switch from a run-dominated option game to a pass-oriented spread offense this season looks like it’s not going well. And it isn’t, if you look at the Greyhounds’ 1-4 record (0-1 Lone Star Conference South Division). Still, freshman quarterback J.J. Harp sees […]

Cyclists spread message of hope

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By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Noah Cherry, left, of Glouchester, Mass., talks with Rueben Sanchez, a client at ENMRSH on Monday in Portales. Cherry was one of 23 Journey of Hope cyclists on a cross-country bicycle ride to raise awareness for the needs of the disabled. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — […]

Cream puff in a pan

1 cup water 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1 cup flour 4 eggs 6 oz Instant french vanilla pudding mix 3 cups milk 8 oz cream cheese 16 oz whipped topping chocolate syrup Bring water and margarine to a boil. Add flour all at once. Remove from heat. Beat in eggs, one at a time. […]

Two Wildcats in Golden Spread games

CNJ Staff Two Clovis High seniors are playing this weekend in the Golden Spread All-Star Games. Guard Cody Thornsbury and center Michael Lewis are playing for the West All-Stars in tonight’s game against the North. The game is 7 p.m. (MDT) at the First United Bank Center in Canyon, Texas. The team will play in […]

Jesus’ story survived, even without TV

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist News spreads within minutes these days. Major earthquakes, fires in California or “leaks” in governmental investigations are spread around the world in minutes via 24-hour news channels. However, the breaking news that weekend Jesus was crucified spread quickly even without sophisticated technology. Jerusalem was a packed city because of Passover, […]

TB case found in Portales

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers An employee at a local milk processing plant has contracted tuberculosis, but health officials say there is little danger of the disease spreading. DairiConcepts spokeswoman Monica Coleman confirmed late Thursday the company had been contacted by the state health department regarding an employee with tuberculosis. She said all employees had […]

Like fire, gossip spreads and does harm

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist I heard today that the town of Edgewood is fighting a grass fire and some townspeople have had to be evacuated. Grass fires can be a terrible thing because they destroy everything in their path. On the spiritual side, James, a book in the New Testament, notes that gossip […]

Fire guts bridal shop

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Clovis firefighters work Sunday to control a fire at Freeman’s Bridal Shop and Formal Wear on Main Street. The fire left a hole in the building’s roof. (CNJ correspondent: Martha Richardson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff photo The downtown shop Marjorie Noble owned and operated for more than 30 years was severely damaged in a […]

Fire destroys home

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A child’s bike is among the carnage of a house fire on Morse Street as a Clovis firefighter carefully picks his way through burned rubble looking for “hot-spots.” (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Jeff Christensen was letting his dog out Tuesday morning when he noticed flames shooting over the roof […]

Reacting to hate only encourages groups to return

Freedom Newspapers Toledo, Ohio, residents over the weekend demonstrated why it is generally better to ignore messages of hate than trying to outshout the unreasonable messengers. A crowd that gathered to protest a white supremacist group’s march instead began a riot. The crowd threw rocks at police and vandalized vehicles and stores, burning a bar. […]

Peanut butter a diverse miracle spread

By Grant McGee Sunland Peanuts, on U.S. Highway 70 between Clovis and Portales, recently had the grand opening of its peanut butter plant. I got to go on a tour of the place. The peanuts go in, get roasted, mooshed up, seasoned and the delicious stuff is shot into jars. Then I saw what, to […]

Common senses key in invasive species discussion

Freedom Newspapers A recently announced federal effort to eradicate so-called invasive species, if not taken to absurd lengths, is probably a good thing. But a lot of things are taken to absurd lengths in America, so we worry. There’s no question that exotic, non-native plants and animals have huge potential for remaking the landscape, frequently […]

Researchers gaining on bindweed

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Mark Renz, a weed specialist with New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, holds flowering field bindweed. New Mexico State Extension Service photo Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Researchers at New Mexico State University are using chemicals and parasites to successfully control field bindweed, a pesky plant that invades crops, pastures and gardens in […]

God can identify his children

By Curtis Shelburne GOD CAN IDENTIFY HIS CHILDREN During one of the more famous battles ever fought, the World War II “Battle of the Bulge,” the Germans made use of a battalion of men under the command of Major Otto Skorzeny, “the most daring commando in the German army.” According to author Stephen Ambrose in […]