Bombing range lease signing ceremony Wednesday

Freedom New Mexico A signing ceremony is set for Wednesday in Santa Fe to pave the way for an expansion of the Melrose Air Force Range. A two-part process will lease about 11,000 acres of state trust land in Roosevelt County to the U.S. Air Force. The range currently includes about 66,000 acres in northwestern […]

My turn: Local flag folders part of moving ceremony

On this Veterans Day eve, I tip my hat to Roosevelt County’s own folders of the flags, the honor guard from American Legion Post 31. They offer what is arguably the most moving of American ceremonies, military honors at the funerals of men and women who have served in any branch of the armed services. […]

ENMU dormitory name to be revealed at groundbreaking ceremony

Groundbreaking for Eastern New Mexico University’s new $15.6 million, three-story residence hall will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at 17th and South Avenue K streets in Portales, the site where the previous dorm, Lincoln Hall, was torn down. The name of the new residence hall will also be revealed at this time. ENMU dorms are […]

Weddings —

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Strebeck Laurie Elizabeth Bellah and Layne Terrell Strebeck of Lubbock were joined in marriage July 30, at First United Methodist Church in Throckmorton, Texas. The Rev. Ryan Strebeck, brother of the groom, of Abilene, Texas, led the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Jody and Betsy Bellah of Throckmorton. She is the granddaughter of […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates 9/11 attacks

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Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. Stephen Mercer of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron was 17 years old and attending high school in Denver when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred. It was a day that cemented his resolve to join the military and become a firefighter. “I try to take a step back every […]

Sept. 11 ceremony focused on remembrance

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Alisa Boswell “I’m proud to be an American” was the opening statement at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony Friday morning in the parking lot of J.P. Stone Community Bank in Portales. Bank president David Stone addressed the crowd of area residents with a message of remembrance. “Osama bin Laden had never been heard of … […]

Reader-submitted content: Habitat for Humanity volunteers break ground on new project

By Marge Rhode Last Thursday at 5:30 p.m., approximately 40 friends and neighbors joined the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and our newest prospective homeowner, Sonia Dunlap, to hold a short groundbreaking ceremony at 2100 West Manana Blvd. in Clovis. After a short opening prayer, Brumfield spoke regarding the need […]

Anniversaries —

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Gutierrez Adam and Dolores Gutierrez celebrated their 50th anniversary on July 5, 2011, with their children and family on the Carnival Ecstasy ship with a ceremony renewing their vows. Capt. Robertio Tennie presided in the ceremony.

Cannon command changes in emotional ceremony

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Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark paused during his outgoing speech to quell a rush of emotion Friday as he bid farewell to the airmen of Cannon Air Force Base during a change of command ceremony. Clark turned command of the base over to incoming commander Col. Albert Elton II, ending his two years in charge […]

Change of command coming for Cannon AFB

Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony Friday morning. Clark, who has been selected to the grade of brigadier general, took command of Cannon in May 2009, nearly two years after the […]

Change of command ceremony being held at base

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will hold a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. July 8. Col. Albert Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen Clark. Clark took command of Cannon in May 2009. His next assignment is as director of plans, programs, requirements […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May 30, a few Clovis and Portales military and veteran residents decided to share what the holiday means to them and how they honor fallen comrades. Senior Airman Craig McKay of Cannon Air Force Base said while he was in Afghanistan, he witnessed a ceremony in which the body […]

Weddings — March 20

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Roach- Rodriquez Kayla Roach and JoDerick Rodriquez of Portales were married Feb. 26 at Central Christian Church in Portales. The Rev. David McVey performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Billy and Karen Roach and Tehsa Payne of Portales. She is the granddaughter of Sharon and Steve Miller and Sandy Phillips of […]

Grace in winning important lesson

We humans feel we need ceremonies and symbols, some more elaborate than others. When we marry, we have a ceremony during which words are spoken, and among Christians they invariably involve the three main Christian directives: Faith, hope and charity (love), the greatest being love. Symbols of the love are exchanged — before witnesses. I […]

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Prestage Shelley Prestage and Michael Prestage of Clovis were married Dec. 11, 2010, at Highland Baptist Church. The Rev. Garlan performed the wedding ceremony. The maid of honor was their daughter, Rachel Prestage. The bestman was their son, Michael A. Prestage. The flowergirl was their granddaughter, Annika Hernandez. The couple will reside in Clovis.

Portales kicks off holiday with tree lighting ceremony

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Argen Duncan Santa would have brought Rudolph, but it’s deer season in New Mexico, the jolly old elf explained during the lighting of the Mayor’s Blessing Tree Monday night at the Yam Theatre. Along with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, the annual event included a performance by Portales High School choir students, 36 […]

Portales ceremony commemorates 9/11

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Jared Tucker Local leaders and business owners voiced their opinions about current governmental issues while honoring lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at an annual ceremony Friday in the James Polk Stone Community Bank parking lot in Portales. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry, one of two guest speakers at the ceremony, […]

9/11 memorial set for Friday

The James Polk Stone Community Bank will host its annual 9/11 community memorial ceremony 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to a press release. The ceremony will take place near the bank’s flag pole at the corner of Abilene and West First Streets. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry and J.P. Stone Community Bank President David Stone […]

CCC graduation nearly 200 students

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College students will be making the next step with graduation this week. The college is set for its 24th convocation, with a 6 p.m. Friday ceremony at the Clovis Civic Center. Lisa Spencer, director of marketing for the college, said there are tentatively 198 students set to […]

Honors — May 9

Tasha Daale Tasha Daale of Clovis was among 287 Dordt College students awarded diplomas at the 2010 commencement ceremony held May 7, in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Daale is the daughter of Eric and Tamara Daale of Clovis.