Businesses, individuals honored at United Way banquet

CMI staff photo: Alisa Boswell Hoyt Skabelund of Plains Regional Medical Center speaks at the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s annual banquet Tuesday night, telling his audience that the time they give volunteering in the community is the most precious commodity. “To me, what we’re gathered here for today is very real and personal,” […]

Religion digest — Feb. 17

Sermon series culminates Sunday The final part in a series of sermons by Pastor Scott Seymour focusing on young Americans opting out of Christianity will be held at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church. Part of the sermon “Road Blocks to Faith: When Christians Get it Wrong in Dealing With Homosexuality” is based […]

Giving life

Tonjia Rolan United Blood Services will hold a blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Boulevard. UBS will collect whole blood and red blood cell donations in the common area of CCC. The process will take between 30 and 45 minutes for whole blood donors and around 1 […]

Monday morning briefing: Help for fire victims and a slight chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fire victims Donations are needed for 12 families left homeless by a recent fire at Clovis Apartments. Money is most needed and cash or checks can be mailed or dropped off at United Way of Eastern New Mexico, 1200 N. Thornton St., Suite G, […]

United Way campaign winding down

Benna Sayyed United Way of Eastern New Mexico has surpassed last year’s pledges by more than $10,000 as it nears the end of its annual fundraising campaign. But it’s only slightly more than halfway toward meeting its ambitious $1 million goal with just 13 days left. Executive Director Erinn Burch said United Way has raised […]

Reader-submitted content: First United Methodist presenting ‘A Festival of Christmas’

The Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church in Clovis will present “A Festival of Christmas” Sunday at both the 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. morning worship services. FUMC considers this event to be our Christmas gift to the Community of Clovis and extends a warm invitation to all our friends and neighbors to attend […]

Ticket feature: New York-based quartet performing at ENMU

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Courtesy photo Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting a free New York Polyphony concert 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting a free concert by a New York-based quartet 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. […]

Freedom limits, not population world’s problem

United Nations demographers estimate that the world’s population has reached 7 billion; it hit 6 billion just 12 years ago. Almost all commentators said this milestone was a bad thing. Worried the Center for Biological Diversity, an ecology group, “Overpopulation and overconsumption are the root causes of environmental destruction. They’re driving species extinct, destroying wildlife […]

Clovis groups form charity network

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Steve Reshetar, executive director of the Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis, inventories a storage room with items reserved for people in emergency situations. Benna Sayyed Local community organizations and churches will soon have a method of working together to provide assistance in real time. Thirteen Clovis community groups and […]

United Way seeing greater needs

Kevin Wilson United Way of Eastern New Mexico figures there’s plenty of need in Curry and Roosevelt counties, and they’re thinking six figures might be what it takes to provide for it. The charitable organization is in the first stages of its annual fundraising campaign. This year’s goal: $1 million. That’s almost twice the charity’s […]

Our nation must continue to persevere

Freedom New Mexico In the hours after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the story of four of the passengers of hijacked Flight 93, which crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside, captured the interest of Americans and their supporters around the world. Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Jeremy Glick and Tom Burnett, after […]

Engagements — Sept. 11

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Creighton- Jones Gary and Ginger Creighton of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Oma Alysse Creighton of Portales, to Kenneth Lowell Jones, of Portales, son of Kenneth and Sally Jones, of San Antonio. [image #2, align=left, size=medium] The couple will exchange vows Oct. 15, 2011, at First United Methodist Church in […]

Visitors from as far as United Kingdom attend festival

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Airman 1st Class Nichole Jimenez, left, and Senior Airman Sarah Klasnich, both assigned to the 27th SOLRS at Cannon AFB, listen Thursday as tour guide Jay Parmenter of Clovis explains the history of the Norman Petty Studio. The tours continue until Saturday, one of the many events taking place during […]

Religion feature: Church welcomes new music director

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Courtesy photo Ken McDonald, shown with his wife Marge, is the new director of music ministries at First United Methodist Church in Clovis First United Methodist Church in Clovis is pleased to announce the addition of Ken McDonald to its professional staff. McDonald will serve as the director of music ministries and brings a wealth […]

United Way offers help with prescription cost assistance

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CNJ photo illustration: Liliana Castillo The United Way of Eastern New Mexico can connect users of prescription drugs with cost assistance programs from various pharmaceutical companies. Liliana Castillo United Way of Eastern New Mexico can help connect people with prescription drug cost assistance. Volunteers at the nonprofit have been trained on a computer program that […]

Dairyfest draws crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Heather Steinle preps ice cream cups for the root beer float stand during Dairyfest Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The event featured free dairy products and demonstrations from the industry. Liliana Castillo United Dairy Women’s Dairyfest attracted thousands of people Saturday after taking a year off in 2010. Michelle […]

United Blood Services holding blood drive

CNJ staff United Blood Services is holding a blood drive 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Saturday at 21st Street Church of Christ. All donors will be registered in a drawing for a gas grill, cover and utensils. For an appointment, visit bloodhero.com or call 800-333-6920. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Lack of nuclear support could prove positive

Freedom New Mexico In Europe, which gets an even greater percentage of electrical energy from nuclear power than does the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, spooked by the Fukushima disaster in Japan, says she wants to shut down all her nation’s nuclear reactors by 2022. Although Merkel tried to put a happy face on […]

Bin Laden reaction: He needed to be brought to justice

They were already planning to move back to New Mexico to be closer to their families, but Eastern New Mexico United Way Director Erinn Burch said Sept. 11 made she and her husband want to come home that much more. “We decided we didn’t need to find the perfect job; the perfect this or that […]

Reader-submitted content: United Way’s Day of Caring teams helped three organizations

Sara Newell On April 16 United Way of Eastern New Mexico held their annual Day of Caring. Each year the Day of Caring challenges our community to come together for a day of service to help enhance the cities we live in. In previous years, United Way has taken on projects like rebuilding the Portales […]