Longtime residents


When brother and sister Mary Lucero and George Garcia first moved to Portales in 1960 from Las Vegas, N.M., the town and world were truly a different place. Lucero and Garcia arrived in Portales with their seven other brothers and sisters, and their parents who were in search of work in the fields. More than […]

Careful listening kept us on track

In the days before GPS and rural addressing it was those of us who listened carefully to directions who weren’t lost. Growing up in the country we knew the county roads but they didn’t have names. Well not organized names that were published on a map. We had names for places that meant nothing to […]

A few real answers trump a boatload of questions

The Lord has blessed me with some sons I’m very proud of, and I can tell you some stories from their growing up years that still brings joy to a father’s heart. This is not one of those. It was a line-up. No, the police were not involved, but I would used a lie detector […]

Hippies and dreadlocks; our kind of town

It was October vacation time. The Lady of the House and I were staying in Tombstone, Arizona. “Let’s go to Bisbee,” I said to The Lady of the House. This is the mile-high town where I once lived, about 20 miles from Tombstone. Often when I tell tales of when I lived there folks around […]

Breakfast will be late for awhile

Sorry guys, starting Sunday, breakfast will be late and dinner too. It’s not going to make sense, but things are going to change. For starters, your people will be sleeping a little later every day – hence the late breakfast. When this happens, it is very important when the sun comes up that you not […]

No, it’s not beginning to look a lot like Christmas

On my return from Phoenix last weekend, flying into Sunport, after two days of meetings that seemed to last a month, the first thing I did was what many of us, I suppose, do. I tuned in the car radio, looking for familiar Albuquerque stations, and prepared to run a few errands. Imagine my surprise. […]

We were boredom fighters

Imagination and ingenuity are traits they don’t pass out much anymore. We never lacked those qualities growing up. If we got caught out visiting some boring relative or friends of our parents where there were no toys or balls, we improvised. A shirt or towel could be rolled up and tucked or tied with string […]

Decorating tips coming up on new shows

Information on decorating wooden frames, making treat pops, and using botanical design stamps will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, and noon Thursday. Lisa Rojas is a mixed media artist and designer, and she’s going to demonstrate how to decorate a wooden frame with rubber stamped images and chalk pencils to […]

No place like home


Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com After spending years traveling the world with her husband while he was in the Air Force, June Phillips said the two were passing through Clovis in 1973, stopped to visit some friends, and simply never left. “It was a place to settle down until we decided where we wanted […]

God’s goodness unequaled

America has given us so many blessings we can hardly count them. Aren’t you glad you were born? Can you contain the joy of knowing God planned your birth? He has a special plan for your life. Had I never been born, I would not have I known or appreciate God’s provision of healing. (Psalm […]

Engagements — Oct. 27

Krouse-Kruckeberg Gary and Elaine Kruckeberg of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Teri Kruckeberg of Clovis, to Michael Krouse, of Clovis, son of Dean Krouse and Barb Lewis of Middleville, Mich. The couple will exchange vows 2 p.m. Nov. 9, 2013. The bride-elect is a 2008 graduate of Clovis Community College. […]

Marriage: Snowberger-Clauss

SooJee Annah Clauss of Albuquerque and Nicholas Edward Snowberger of Roswell were joined in marriage on May 25, 2013, at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Albuquerque. The Rev. Kevin Niehoff and Pastor Shawn Kelly performed their double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of David and Donna Clauss of Albuquerque. The bridegroom is […]

Birthday — Castle

Gladys Castle of Clovis will celebrate her 101st birthday Nov. 2, 2013. She will celebrate the birthday with a family dinner. Castle was born Nov. 2, 1912, in Rogers, Okla. She has six children, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Club Notes — Oct. 27

Daughters of the American Revolution The El Portal chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Oct. 12 at the Roosevelt County Historical Museum at Eastern New Mexico university in Portales. Cori Snobble and Vicky Stratton were hostesses. After touring the museum, the business meeting was conducted by Regent Vicky Stratton. Jessie Strauch suggested […]

On the Shelves — Oct. 27

These book are available at the: Clovis-Carver Public Library Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories From Iraq by Michael Kamber presents a groundbreaking new visual and oral history that reveal the inside and untold stories behind the headlines of America’s nine-year conflict in the Middle East. The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice explores the power […]

School menus — Oct. 27

Clovis elementary schools Monday: Breakfast — breakfast pizza. Lunch — beefy Mac, garden salad, mini carrots with ranch, seasonal fruit. Tuesday: Breakfast — cinnamon roll. Lunch— grilled chicken sandwich, baked French fries, veggie cup with ranch, fruity Jello. Wednesday: Breakfast —mini pancakes. Lunch — chicken taco, seasoned pinto beans, salsa, sunshine corn, orange smiles. Thursday: […]

Senior Happenings — Oct. 27

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 11 a.m. (Clovis); 1 p.m., Bingo (Clovis); Sewing class, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Portales) Wednesday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., daily activities; 1 p.m., Loteria (Clovis) Friday: Daily activities, 9 […]

Desire to harm societal concern

This isn’t a story for the squeamish, which I am not, but it’s a story that needs to be told. It especially isn’t a story for a dog lover, but I am one, and the story needs to be heard. She’d have weighed at least 70 pounds, in good shape. As it was, I doubt […]

Food TV shows out of control

Karl Terry

But before I drive off in a ditch where my wife is liable to drive over me, let’s get back to talking about the glamour that is celebrity cooking these days. Julia Childs was, I suppose, the first celebrity chef. It was always amazing how that pot roast that needed to cook slowly for three […]

Our People: The lady behind the desk

Marie Roberson: Courtesy photo
Roberson, left, with her husband Oscar about four months after the couple married. They used this photo as Christmas gifts that year.

Marie Roberson said most people know her as the lady behind her desk at Graham Abstract on Second Street in Portales with her faithful dachshund by her side. She started in that line of work in 1946, only taking a brief pause to raise her two children, and now at 86, she’s helped generations of […]