First person: Called to serve

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Emily Patterson has been a Farwell police officer for six months. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Emily Patterson bought aviator-style sunglasses and wore them home one day. Her husband laughed at her as soon as he saw her. Emily Patterson, 23, is a police officer in Farwell and does […]

And now for some good news

Doug McGregor passes along good news about his granddaughter, Jezika Freeman, who was seriously injured in a recent automobile accident that killed her husband. “Friday she told the therapist that the therapy was ‘hard’ so they told her she would get to rest on Sunday as there wouldn’t be any therapy on Sunday,” McGregor wrote […]

How much can you eat?

Humor columnist Argus Hamilton is making fun of a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball promotion in today’s column: To access the column, click on “More features” below or follow the link: Argus Hamilton • • • U.S. Rep Tom Udall, D-N.M., wants to bestow Bataan Death March veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal. The Veterans of Foreign […]

Udall wants to honor Bataan vets

U.S. Rep Tom Udall, D-N.M., wants to bestow Bataan Death March veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), 2.3 million members strong, has endorsed the plan, according to a news release from Udall’s office. “The coalescing support around this long-overdue tribute to the veterans who endured […]

Mayors should work like good water heaters

Gayla Brumfield is Clovis’ new mayor. Here’s what Raymond Atchley is expecting: “Please take may analogy in the right way,” he wrote in an e-mail in response to an editor’s question, “but I want my mayor to work very much like my water heater. I always have plenty of hot water, it makes me feel […]

Alcohol sales shouldn’t even need ballot

Freedom New Mexico By now you have heard every argument imaginable for and against Sunday alcohol sales in Clovis restaurants. Yes, alcohol abuse is a great evil in our community, state and nation. Yes, economic development could get a boost if area residents could have a glass of wine with their Sunday dinner out. But […]

Mayor was a train stopper

Did you know Clovis Mayor David Lansford took 28 offensive charges as a senior basketball player at Clovis High in 1977? He described himself as one of Coach Jimmy Joe Robinson’s “obedient students.” “If he told me to stand in front of a train, I’d do it,” Lansford said. • • • Here’s something Steve […]

Gotta love the weather

Here’s something Steve Gershon loves about Clovis: “The weather mostly, with the exception of the wind,” he wrote in an e-mail. “The travel time to bigger cities for things to do and shop is not bad. If you want something to eat that we here in Clovis don’t have, it’s only a short trip away […]

Capturing the essence of a city

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A grandmother’s eyes is one of Armenta’s works in progress. By Liliana Castillo, CNJ staff writer Ruben Armenta, 49, has seen the essence of Clovis. It is in the intriguing, mysterious and hardworking eyes of the individuals of Clovis as a part of his painting project “Eyes of Clovis.” • […]

Sending love along

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Eliana Uvalli, 9, gives 1st Lt. Andy Zelechoski strict instruction on how to draw a squirrel Friday at Mesa Elementary School. “He’s small. And draw him on a hill,” Uvalli said. The airmen visited Mesa on Friday to help the students make Valentine’s Day By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico […]

One day left to donate

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is $43,285 short of reaching its fundraising goal of $521,714, according to a press release issued Thursday. The campaign ends today. To contribute, call 769-2103 or go to United Way of Eastern New Mexico • • • From the “Cat person-als” feature in the January-February newsletter of Sundance […]

Lt. Guv supporting Hillary

New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has announced she’s supporting Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House. “New Mexicans are concerned about the fate of the country and are paying close attention to who our next leader will be,” Denish said in a press release following Tuesday’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nev. […]

Senators issue press release on “Air Force Roadmap”

U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman are reviewing the mission impact of a new “Air Force Roadmap.” The report indicates the types of missions and aircraft that could be deployed at New Mexico Air Force bases. The “More Features” section below provides access to the senators’ information. Highlight “Press Releases.” • • • Steve […]

Beer with Sunday meal OK

Clovis’ Jeff Greene is in favor of a proposal that would allow city restaurants to sell alcohol on Sundays. “People with drinking problems are going to buy enough on Saturday to last them through Sunday anyway,” he wrote in an e-mail. “We should be able to buy a beer or a glass of wine with […]

Soldier’s family seeks answers

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Courtesy photo Army National Guard Sergeant Benjamin Griego was found dead in his quarters July 13 at White Sands Missile Range in Alamogordo. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Benjamin Griego’s family braces themselves for their first Christmas without him, they are filled with unanswered questions and frustration about his death. The Army National […]

First Person: Santa Claus

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CNJ Staff Photo: Sharna Johnson Saylor Garza, 4, tells Santa she wants a “Baby Alive” doll for Christmas. Randy Rhue said he makes sure the real Santa gets the message about what kids want. When he walks in the room, all eyes, young and old, are on him. But peel away the beard, the faux […]

Brumfield to run for mayor

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File photo Gayla Brumfield By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Clovis Realtor Gayla Brumfield announced her intention to run for mayor Friday afternoon. She joins Gloria Wicker, Rube Render and Tim Ashley in announcing a bid for the office. Mayor David Lansford announced in November he would not seek a fourth term. Mayoral and city commission […]

Teen loitering issues rising

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cruising Main Street, hanging out at the mall, and gathering in parking lots are part of teen culture. So is angst and mischief. Police were called Friday to assist security officers at North Plains Mall when more than 80 youth gathered in a parking lot, according to dispatcher call […]

New base? Hope it’s a nice place

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Everywhere I turn, military wives from Cannon Air Force Base are talking about how their husbands are meeting with the assignment team. Yes, orders for reassignment are coming down and people are getting excited. Two women I work with and several mothers of children who attend the same day […]

The grind: Coffee debate goes on

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The classic cup The group gathered at A-ME-D’s Diner in Texico includes a farmer, five retirees, and a couple of cattle buyers. Every weekday around 3 p.m. they regale each other with stories about the past, their grandchildren and their work over coffee. They […]