Officials: Less holiday trash collected this year

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Chances are the day after Christmas you took a heap of trash out to a bin that was either full, almost full or overflowing with garbage. But area trash crews report collecting less waste after Christmas compared to last year. And they are not expecting much of an increase […]

Holiday crimes down

PNT staff Christmas holiday crimes were down this year in Roosevelt County and Portales. Portales police reported 14 cases between Dec. 23 through Dec. 28, which is less than half of 2008’s numbers for that period. Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said the department had one criminal damage report. “It was a chain link […]

Holiday season an exhausting time

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I’ve known since last January that Christmas would be Dec. 25. So why can’t I prepare ahead of time? Earlier this month it occurred to me I probably should do something about a tree, so I went to the local garden store. They had a gazillion trees, all set up […]

Jesus’ birth showed new way to think

Freedom New Mexico It is curious in some ways that modern-day Western Christians have created a more lavish holiday — which in many ways has become a thoroughly secular and in some ways excessive celebration in which Santa Claus and Rudolph play a larger role than the baby in the manger — of the birth […]

Holiday happenings

Empty Stocking — Financial donations go to supplement Salvation Army Christmas charity programs throughout the local area. Donations can be dropped off at the Clovis News Journal, 521 Pile, or mailed to P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, NM 88102. Envelopes should be clearly marked “Empty Stocking Fund.” Checks must be made payable to “The Salvation Army.” […]

Causey holiday luncheon scheduled Sunday

Freedom New Mexico The Causey community has scheduled a Holiday Luncheon for 1 p.m. Sunday in the Community Building. Ham, turkey, dressing and drinks are to be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a salad, vegetable or dessert. Information: 273-4220 or 607-6543.

Empty stocking program starts Friday

Freedom New Mexico The number of children the Salvation Army is hoping to help has almost doubled this holiday season, according to Maj. Kevin Ray. Friday the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune will launch their annual Empty Stocking program in partnership with The Salvation Army. Every day until Christmas, a local family in need […]

Holiday mailing deadlines

Deadlines For Dec. 25 delivery Domestic U.S. Postal Service • Parcel Post: Dec. 16 • First Class letters, cards: Dec. 21 • Priority mail: Dec. 21 • Express mail: Dec. 23

Press Release: ENMU sets holiday concert

Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host its annual Holiday Concert at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at the University Theatre’s Mainstage. The concert features the University Singers and the Chamber Singers, conducted by Jason Paulk and accompanied by Kayla Paulk, and the Symphonic Band, directed by Dustin Seifert and […]

Editor shares thanks for family

By Chris Schmaedeke: FNM columnist I am thankful for three things this holiday season: • Family • Friends. • Football. Actually, I am thankful for many things this year. I have had many life-changing events and most have worked out in my favor. I am thankful for my wife. Stephanie and I got married on […]