In search of ponies: Swallows keep pests away

Sharna Johnson I struggled with the thought of knocking it down, but they were working so hard I just didn’t have the heart. Instead, I sat in the front yard and photographed the swallows as they swooped in and out, fluttering under the eave with beaks full of mud. Over several days I watched as […]

Conference geared toward promoting employment of people with disabilities

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson From left, Eastern Plains Council of Governments Information Technology Manager David Brown, Josh Pando of the state’s risk management division and Pat White of the state’s Commission for the Blind plan for Tuesday’s Focusing on Abilities conference at Eastern New Mexico University. Alisa Boswell The Eastern Plains Council of Government […]

City working out landfill policy kinks

Kevin Wilson The City of Clovis is still working out kinks in its week-old landfill payment policies. Effective May 1, landfill customers must pay every time they use the landfill. The old policy allowed for monthly billing. “We had a lot of overdue accounts,” Public Works Director Clint Bunch said. “We had people who pretty […]

Communities prepare Easter events

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sierra Strait, 8, and Joseph Snodgrass stuff Easter eggs at Living Stones Community Church Wednesday for a city egg hunt Saturday. With 20,000 eggs to stuff, Snodgrass, the church’s children’s pastor, said volunteers plan to work most of Thursday. Alisa Boswell Easter eggs, by the hundreds, will be scattered across […]

Our people: Former farmer stays busy

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Courtesy photo Longtime Clovis resident and retiree Don Reid said he’s busier now than he ever was. Clovis resident Don Reid is a self-declared house husband. In his retirement, he spends his time working around the house, visiting hospitals and retirement homes, spending time with his grandchildren, teaching a men’s non-denominational Bible class and going […]

Our people: Music fan

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Courtesy photo Petty, middle, with Mickey Thomas, left, and Bobby Vee at the 2010 Clovis Music Festival. Clovis native Randy Petty has been working at Triangle ACE Hardware since he was 11 years old. Petty is now 47 and spends his time as general manager of ACE, a volunteer with Faith Christian Family Church and […]

Letters to the editor: Illegal immigrants danger on road

Illegal immigrants danger on road It is my opinion that our senators have forgotten whom they are supposed to be working for and protecting. They have the mistaken idea that the illegal immigrants are the true New Mexicans they are elected to serve. Because of their mistaken allegiance to illegals, the New Mexico driver’s license […]

Portales resident enjoys helping

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Dennis Lopez’s office displays the photography of his wife Rachel. Dennis Lopez is active in the Portales community. He was a Roosevelt County commissioner for eight years from 2000 to 2008. As the director of support employment at Mental Health Resources, Lopez said he enjoys helping and working with his […]

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]

Proposed fee increases ‘modest’

Lawmakers seeking guidance from military associations on whether to support the new Defense Department plan to raise TRICARE Prime enrollment fees modestly for working-age retirees next year, and then to adjust them annually for inflation, will get mixed signals this time around. Joyce Wessel Raezer, national director of the National Military Family Association, is not […]