Camel helps pay student’s way through college

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Edwin Snell said he and Caesar the camel, who he took to college with him in Las Cruces, have been together 11 years. Sharna Johnson A college student would be lucky to have a wingman like Caesar. And Edwin Snell is. Caesar the camel is not only a companion after […]

Charity light, music show offered

CNJ staff A Christmas music and lights show for charity will be a nightly feature at a Clovis residence. The 7-9 p.m. show, which features 7,000 lights, will be at 1024 Jeanie Dr. through Christmas evening. Music, broadcast through 107.7 FM, includes Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, The Boston Pops, The Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr., and […]

Vietnam veterans reunited after more than 40 years

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carlton Zarling Jr., left, and Clovis resident Romeo Sierra reunited after serving together in Vietnam 43 years ago. Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Romeo Sierra thought Carlton Zarling Jr. died in a helicopter explosion in Vietnam in April 1967. That was until he was the voice on the other end of […]

Press release: Freeze Watch for Oct. 27 and 28

FYI All: Lower Rio Grande Valley-Tularosa Valley-Union County-Harding County-Eastern San Miguel County- Guadalupe County-Quay County-Curry County-Roosevelt County-De Baca County-Chavez County Plains-Eastern Lincoln County-Southwest Chavez County Wed, Oct. 27, 2010 The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a freeze watch which is in effect from late tonight through Thursday morning. • Temperatures — Lows will […]

In tribute: Builders contributed to Clovis history

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Kevin Wilson A drive through Clovis or a talk with family and friends gives clear indication — Duffy Sasser and Cotton Simms were, so to speak, above par as residents and leaders. But the versatile architects, students and businessmen never thought of themselves that way. “He was one of those people from the quiet generation […]

Parmer, Bailey early voting runs through Friday

CNJ staff Parmer and Bailey County voters have a few state races to weigh in on from now until the Nov. 5 general election. There are no contested elections in Parmer County. The only contested race in Bailey County features incumbent Republican Deb Stone and Democrat Julian Dominguez vying for justice of the peace. Early […]

Area 4-H clubs seeking members

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Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico Samantha James, 12, works with one of her show sheep Friday at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in Portales. James, a Roosevelt County 4-H member, said the sheep’s head is held in this manner so it will push at her, flexing its muscles for the judges. James and other […]

Students dig into project

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sixth grader Hannah Ayre gets instruction from sixth grade teacher John Wangler during the dig. Liliana Castillo After the Clovis Christian School middle school academy read about, etched, fossilized, researched and wrote about archaeology, they got on their hands and knees and did it themselves Wednesday at the east campus. […]

Clovis part of scenic route

Don McAlavy The route from Fort Worth, Texas to Las Vegas, N.M., is 639.8 miles, and it runs through Clovis, New Mexico. The subject of this Route Book I’ve had for many years is furnished to tourists accurate and reliable information that will aid them in traveling through one of the most picturesque portions of […]

Education digest — Aug. 26

CHS hosting open house Clovis High School is holding an open house for parents and students on Monday, according to a news release. Counselors will run an abbreviated schedule for parents to go through their child’s classes and meet their teachers. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Clovis […]

Hands-free device better on animals

Glenda Price My friend and I were strolling through the local farmers’ market one day, when she suddenly began talking. I tried to answer her, even though I really didn’t know what she was talking about. This went on a few minutes — her talking, then me talking — when she finally turned toward me […]

Equity tax buried deep in Obamacare

Freedom New Mexico The 2,300-page health care reform bill was rushed through Congress without many people — even those who voted on it — knowing many of its details. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously put it in March, “(W)e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” […]

Our people: Sports fan

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Oscar Robinson of Portales enjoys sitting in his favorite chair and watching sports. Oscar Robinson is in his second term as the city councilman for Ward B. He said he ran again because he loves Portales and he can lend a positive outlook to the processes the city needs to […]

Start of school inching closer

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Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Brown Early Childhood Center secretary Tanya Baca works at her desk Friday at the school. The Brown secretaries returned to work for the new school year this week. Argen Duncan Decorating bulletin boards, installing landscaping, going to meetings, ordering food. School employees in Clovis and Portales are getting ready for […]

Human touch needed even as technology advances

Judy Brandon: Religion Columnist One time on a trip to Houston, our family witnessed an episode that warmed our hearts. Entering through the security gates at the apartment complex next to a golf course, we noticed a young woman running quickly, even frantically through the parking lot. She stopped at a parked car and quickly […]

Education digest: Science camp returning

Science camp returning The Camp Invention program is returning to Clovis this summer. The week-long camp delves students into science, technology, engineering, math, history and the arts. Each day, children rotate through five integrated modules that employ creative thinking to solve real-world challenges. Mesa Elementary School is hosting the program from 8:30 a.m. to 3 […]

Agility trials showcase pooch prowess

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Linda Kipp of Las Lunas and her border collie Raisin race to the last hurdle Saturday on the jumps and weaves course at the second annual Stars and Stripes American Kennel Club Dog Agility Trials. Raisin was one of 150 dogs competing in the three-day event. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ […]

U.K. leadership could influence U.S. voters

Freedom New Mexico To get through its current crisis, the United Kingdom needs another Iron Lady. That’s the derogatory term bestowed by her opponents upon Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Party’s prime minister from 1979-90. But the moniker later was adopted by supporters when they admired Thatcher’s getting the country through the major crises of the […]

County releases video footage of escape attempt

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CNJ photo A surveillance video released by the Curry County Sheriff shows four inmates rampaging through the jail on Feb. 21. Jail officials estimate the inmates did $15,000 worth of damage. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A surveillance video released by the Curry County Sheriff shows four inmates rampaging through the jail, taking turns […]

Census forms available for residents who didn’t receive them

CNJ staff Residents who have not received a census form in the mail can pick up and complete a form at various Questionnaire Assistance Centers located in the city. Census workers will staff the following locations: Motor Vehicle Department, 814 W. Sixth St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. New Mexico Workforce Connection, […]