Old hospital now delivers hope

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CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin WilsonLueta Clark, a volunteer worker for the Matt 25 Hope Center, sorts through donated clothing Thursday morning at the center, located at 1200 Thornton St. Clark said the center has four rooms full of clothing. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer A building that once healed the physically ailing is now […]

Local Guardsmen volunteer for border

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A handful of Clovis National Guardsmen wait for word they will head south to support U.S. border patrols. As of yet they are unsure when or where they will go, but they have begun volunteering for the detail, according to Sgt. 1st Class Terry Stevens, public information officer for […]

Pink ladies: PRMC Auxiliary has been providing services for nearly 40 years

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Ramona Parker delivers balloon bouquets Tuesday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Sharna Johnson Best known as the “Pink Ladies,” the Clovis Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has been in Clovis for almost half a century. Beginning with 12 women, they now boast a membership of more than 100, performing a multitude of volunteer functions at […]

2/7 Business digest

Portales hosting agricultural expo Portales will host the 14th Annual New Mexico Agricultural Expo on Feb. 21-22. According to an expo press release, the event will feature more than 400 vendors in 160 booths with products, technological advancements and services. The expo is sponsored by Plateau Wireless and Hamilton Automotive Group. The event is free […]

Student profiles: Sarah Limmer

Sarah Limmer is a senior at the Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Craig and Gwen Limmer. Tell us about a happy time: Last year at Ghost Ranch I met some incredibly interesting people and it began with us sitting by the fire, or rather the fire we were desperately trying to keep […]

Food Bank collecting items

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is asking Clovis residents to leave out more than their trash today. Volunteer drivers will cover Clovis looking for bags of non-perishable food by mailboxes and curbs, for the food bank’s third annual holiday canned food drive, according to Food Bank director […]

11/10 Student Profiles

Jessica Russell is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Donnie and Jovita Russell. What is your idea of a perfect day? Going to an amusement park with my friends, and then going to the beach. Tell us about your pets: I have two dogs and two cats. They are really […]

‘Zoo to You’ brings exotic animals to schools

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Mesa Elementary a third-grader Destiny Williams looks at a leopard gecko Tuesday at the school during a visit by representatives of Albuquerque’s Rio Grande Zoo. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A periodic meow and a range of other noises, including human-like greetings and high-pitched squeaks, emanated from the cloth-covered cage. […]

Volunteer firefighters provide safety net for rural areas

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Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said his members perform their roles as volunteers for personal enjoyment and for their community. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The 9-1-1 report said the caller was “bleeding profusely.” Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said he and fellow firefighters rushed to the […]

Advocates program looks out for children’s best interests in court system

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer To know that an abused or neglected child has an opportunity for a better life is why Beth Fisher volunteers for Court Appointed Special Advocates, a state program that looks out for the best interest of children as they move through the court system. “If I can make a […]

Curry County volunteers get ‘thank you’ from community

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ Staff writer National Volunteer Week honors those who help others Clovis has more than 50 volunteer organizations — 20 under the umbrella of United Way of Eastern New Mexico — and dozens of other church, social, sports and veterans clubs. As diverse as their causes and backgrounds, they all have one […]

For love and community

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George Lees and Millie Goslin’s relationship has flourished since meeting through AARP. The couple received the state’s AARP Andrus Award as a pair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer It all started with a prescription drug forum in Portales. As liaison to the state office for the non-profit organization AARP, George […]

Sex scandal hits Buena Vista nursing home

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer A state-appointed volunteer, charged with reporting on the condition of Clovis’ Buena Vista nursing home, solicited sexual favors from nursing home employees, the nursing home’s owner has alleged. A state official said this week she did not know about the allegations, but said the volunteer’s reports played only […]

Hale, Helen

Helen Hale Services: Hve been held. Helen Hale, 86, of Portales, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at Lubbock Healthcare Nursing Home. She was born on Feb. 25, 1918, in Red River County, Texas, to Mae Ola and Oco Norris. She was adopted by her aunt and her husband, Maggie and J. Coy Williams. She graduated […]

Banquet honors more than 100 seniors for their service

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Some like volunteering with children. Others with the poor. Many with the elderly. Harold Burris teaches a driver’s safety course at Clovis Community College. He gets a kick out of some of the stories he’s heard, like the time an elderly lady told him she wouldn’t drive in a […]

Clinical Pastoral Education could expand horizons

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Shirley Rollinson, a chaplain, talks about the Clinical Pastoral Education program at the nurses station at the medical unit Thursday at Plains Regional Medical Center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center is offering an intensive training program to assist local pastors in doing hospital ministry. […]

Volunteer of the Day — Gena Hankins

Curry County Volunteer Coalition is selecting a “Volunteer of the Day” throughout April. Today’s honoree: In 2003, Gena Hankins donated many hours with the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). She is an active member of the LEPC Community Awareness committee, assists in the planning and organization of activities to ensure the public is prepared and […]

City of Clovis has volunteer vacancies

CNJ staff report The City of Clovis has the following volunteer board vacancies: Three vacancies exist with the Economic Development Tax Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the Clovis City Commission regarding the disbursement of funds generated by the economic development tax. The vacancies include representatives from District 1, District 2 and from banking/finance. Vacancies […]

New Mexico mountie retires

Reporter’s Notebook Wayne “Dick” Higgs, 79, recently retired from the New Mexico Mounted Patrol after 30 years of volunteer service. He began volunteering for the Mounted Patrol in 1975 while employed by the State Highway Department. In the 1940s, the Mounted Patrol rode horses, but by the time Higgs began volunteering, he rode with the […]

Tax help ready for military

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Cannon Tax Center Director Myra Barnum helps Senior Airman Aaron Tibbits learn to help others with their tax returns. CNJ photo by Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina If taxes are troubling you, and you’re in the military or retired from the military, people at the Cannon Tax Center want to talk with you. […]