Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch-high pile of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and the Norman Luboff Choir. […]

Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

Reporter’s notebook: Fifth-grade class plants trees at Fort Sumner State Monument

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Courtesy photo: Raymond Samora Karen Kimmell’s fifth-grade class at Fort Sumner Elementary School planted fruit trees Wednesday on the grounds of Fort Sumner State Monument. A Fort Sumner man is hoping schoolchildren will literally see the fruits of their labor every time they visit the Fort Sumner State Monument. It was at the monument a […]

Variety of trees can survive and thrive in New Mexico

For more than 100 years, residents of New Mexico’s eastern plains have been planting trees and shrubs to improve living conditions and protect property from climatic extremes. Early settlers brought seedlings with them or dug seedlings from other locations to plant around their homesites. Today, many trees are bought from mail order catalogs and online […]

Press Release: Free Christmas trees

SANTA FE – Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons today announced the State Land Office will issue free Christmas tree permits to New Mexico residents effective immediately through December 20th.

Company we keep truly influences us

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Each time I am drive down Commerce Street, my thoughts turn to my very old Marshall Junior High School days. Now it is called Marshall Middle School but when I was there, it was 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Also I have noticed that some of the trees are now […]

Superintendent says stormy first day of school went well through district

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Seven-year-old Hannah Luscombe poses for a photograph for her grandmother Suzanne Estes in front of Barry Elementary School Friday on the first day of school. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Some limbs were lost on the first day of school for the Clovis Municipal Schools system. Tree limbs that […]

Proper tree disposal advised

CNJ staff The city of Clovis Department of Public Works urges community members to dispose of trees safely. The best way is to put trees near a garbage bin in the alley behind the house or to take them to the landfill. The department says they will grind the trees into mulch. Decorations should be […]

Tracking down good trees not too difficult

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales nursery owner Curt Jaynes said a good way to check on a tree’s freshness is to pull on its branch, and remember healthier trees are slower to shed needles. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Across the country millions of people are flocking to nurseries and tree farms to […]

Fourth graders to plant trees

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Recycling gives Christmas trees new life

CNJ staff Ornament and tinsel-free Christmas trees left by Dumpsters will be picked up by Clovis’ team of refuse collectors. Trees also can be taken to the landfill on East Brady Street. Either way, the trees will be ground up to make free mulch at the landfill. “People will use the mulch and it’s better […]

Favorite ornaments say a lot about you

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The story begins at Holland’s Christmas Shop and Nursery, in Lubbock. I was debating whether to buy the Lenox “Dorothy” ornament as an early Christmas present for my wife,who loves The Wizard of Oz. Having decided that this was worth it, I was standing in line behind a woman who, […]

Clovis native served as head of state historical society

By Don McAlavy: Columnist Not too many people will remember Roland F. Dickey. He was famous to us historians. He was born in Clovis in 1914, grew up here, and moved away in 1934. His father, Albert Lull Dickey, homesteaded in 1906, “two miles north of Clovis.” That’s right off Prince and East Manana now, […]

March 24, 1931

Pioneer Motor Lines schedule called for those leaving Clovis at 4:30 p.m. to arrive in Fort Worth by 7 a.m. … As fruit trees blossomed and shade trees began to bud, the city prepared for snow. Temperatures in the 60s were expected to drop into the 30s in the next 24 hours. (They did – […]

Local Roundup: Trees will be picked up after first of year

By CNJ Staff Now that Christmas has come and gone and this holiday season is almost over, it’s time to think about untrimming the tree and boxing up the decorations for another year. The Clovis Public Works Department is asking residents who used live Christmas trees to dispose of them properly. Clovis Public Works Administrator […]

Ornaments include sentiment

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Delores Eichenberger of Clovis points to a Christmas ornament that decorates the tree her husband, Frank Eichenberger, inherited from his grandparents.(CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) Freedom Newspapers This Christmas season, eastern New Mexico residents shared the history behind their favorite ornaments with Freedom Newspapers. The history of Christmas tree ornaments Modern Christmas trees emerged in […]

Holiday customs come from various origins

By Clyde Davis: Columnist During the first week of December, as part of the routine of decorating our home for the holiday season, we placed the Advent wreath in its usual place, arranged in the middle of the dining room table. Because our wreath is “modular” for storage purposes, it could be arranged in several […]

Christmas trees auctioned for charity

By CNJ staff Eleven fully decorated Christmas trees are being auctioned off to benefit cancer research. Bidding for the silent auction, which is being held at the Master’s Centre, 810 E. 21st St., closes at noon today. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event. The 11 Douglas firs were decorated […]

Grackles cause grief for Roosevelt courthouse

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl TerryGreat-tailed grackles have invaded the trees around the Roosevelt County Courthouse recently. Wildlife specialist Tony Gennaro is set to try noise measures to get the birds to move on. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Like a scene from a horror movie, hundreds of great-tailed grackles descend upon the Roosevelt County Courthouse as […]

Capital outlay cuts strike CCC, Clovis schools

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Some budget and capital outlay measures squashed by Gov. Bill Richardson on Wednesday have sent ripples through Clovis. His capital outlay cuts totaled about $1.7 million in Clovis and Curry County. The governor vetoed $60 million for infrastructure improvements at colleges and universities across the state. He also pulled […]