Estimated burn area reduced

1192763292-1007fireweb.jpg

Freedom New Mexico: Casey Peacock Portales Fire Department personnel travel down railroad tracks Wednesday along U.S. 70 spraying smoldering railroad ties. The smoldering ties resulted from the grass fire that burned through the area. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A day after an out-of-control grass fire ran for better than seven miles east of […]

Divine touch central to survival

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist One time on a trip to Houston, our family witnessed an episode that warmed out hearts. Entering through the security gates at an apartment complex next to a golf course, we noticed a young woman running quickly, even frantically, through the parking lot. She stopped at a parked car and […]

Work mistakes can rack up big bill

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers And you thought making a few innocent mistakes at work was bad, such as accidentally hanging up on your boss or inadvertently deleting an e-mail message you were supposed to forward. Or you felt guilty for wasting company resources, such as accidentally using two instead of one of those little […]

Barber bows out of business

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Wendell Kelly gives his last haircut at Sands Barber Shop in Portales after a career spanning 50 years. An era came to an end as local longtime barber Wendell Kelly of Sands Barber Shop retired after 50 years of cutting hair. For 30 years, he and his wife lived and […]

Motherhood is full-time position

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone has a strong opinion on whether a mother should work or stay at home with her children. Working moms say that it’s not the amount of time spent with their children that matters but the quality of time they have together. Stay-at-home moms say that the only way to raise […]

Former college president: Temp job turned into 30 years

After graduating in 1952 from Portales High School, Jim Turner thought his career would come outside of eastern New Mexico. More than half a century later, he has a 30-year career at Clovis Community College. The former college president, who graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1956, is now an inductee of UNM’s […]

City works to patch potholes

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Street Superintendent Clint Bunch said his crews have been working into the night and on weekends repairing winter-weather-induced potholes. Already working extra hours to salt, sand and plow roads during recent snowstorms, the overwhelmed crews have faced their latest challenge with the pothole plague, Bunch said. “We’ve been […]

Business feature: Job not toiling for Tillie

1171946429-2-18-tiley-shaw1.ad_.jpg

At 89, Tillie Shaw is serving as the chief executive officer at the Clovis Board of Realtors. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Tillie Shaw has been called a champion, a cheerleader and a workhorse by friends and associates. She was the first women elected Curry County treasurer in 1964 […]

9th Judicial District program director seeks local involvement.

1168497723-1-11-steve-north.ad_.jpg

Steve North sits in front of a graffiti wall in his office. North said, “If we can see it every day, we won’t forget about it.” (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer As the new director of the community prosecution initiative for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Steve North […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Former Melrose man named to advocacy panel

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A former Melrose resident is adding tax advocate to his resume. Steve Fulkrod, a 1978 graduate of Melrose High School, has been selected to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. Members of the Federal Advisory Committee are selected by the U.S. Treasury Department, according to an agency news release. […]

“Hardest-working” title fit self-reliant Brown

By Freedom Newspapers It was almost a shock to hear that James Brown was only 73 when he died on Christmas morning in Beech Island, S.C. It seemed as if the self-styled — but accurately so — “hardest working man in show business” had lived through enough to fill at least three or four ordinary […]

Holiday haulin': Truckers, others work for holiday

By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers Not everyone has the luxury of having Thanksgiving off. Finishing a busy 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. waitress shift at Cook’s truck stop, Patsy Downing was sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal at the 24-hour restaurant on U.S. 60/84 that caters to truck drivers and locals. “Today was a nice […]

Tidman-Elliott Engagement

Bud and Melanie Tidman of Albuquerque announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Erin Tidman, to Adam Elliott, both of Portales. He is the son of Bryan and Kathy Elliott of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the New Covenant Church in Albuquerque. The reception will be […]

Drug war is losing battle, setbacks show

Freedom Newspapers There is an old saying, “There are none so blind as those who will not see,” which comes to mind when we see news reports about expanding the international drug war. Two stories from Colombia recently support that belief. The first was a United Nations report that noted that despite record-setting eradication measures […]

Cannon celebration in works

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Air Force and state dignitaries will take part in a July 1 celebration of Cannon Air Force Base landing a mission. Tentative plans include a static display of the aircraft used by Special Operations from the 16th Special Ops Wing that will call Cannon home by October 2007 along with […]

Some like it hot

1149915200-6-10-Working-in-Heat-web.jpg

Becky Queener, 22 of Clovis, sits in the sun during her shift a lifeguard at Potter Park Pool. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Freedom Newspapers With summer around the corner and temperatures climb toward triple digits, staying cool can be a challenge — even more so when it involves working outside. Here are profiles of six […]

Longtime commissioner paved way for street project

1149051312-5-31-Isidro-Garcia.jpg

Isidro Garcia has represented southeastern Clovis — District 2 — for more than 19 years. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Inside the stucco home Isidro Garcia built is a wall that tells of his service as a city commissioner. More than a dozen certificates hang there, inches away from color […]

Student profile: Tanner Fickling

Tanner Fickling is a senior at the Clovis High School. He is the son of Mark and Lisa Fickling. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Fly fishing in beaver ponds while it is pouring rain. What’s so great about your favorite sport? Football: Running out on Leon Williams Stadium on a Friday night in […]

Living debt-free harder than it looks

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I completed the Consumer Credit Counseling Services program a while back. A few years ago my bills got the better of me and started to drag me under. I reached out for a helping hand and CCCS grabbed it. When I was through I got a packet with a congratulatory […]

3/12 Letters to the editor

Students have right to attend school I read Victoria Rae Bryant’s letter to the editor in Tuesday’s CNJ with amazement. (“Principal squelching students’ rights”) I didn’t realize students had rights. Back when I was in high school, the only right I had was that the doors were open when I was supposed to be there. […]