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Letters to the editor 6/1


Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will publish thank-you letters of public interest on the first Sunday of each month. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses may be deleted prior to publication.

I was visiting Clovis recently during a violent wind and dust storm. As the new branch coordinator for the Alzheimer Association in southeastern New Mexico, I was meeting with caregivers to form a new support group.

Debbie Bowman, director of the Baxter-Curren Senior Center, had offered her facility. We were just wrapping up when wind and debris pelted the windows. It sounded like the roof was coming off.

We went outside to check for damage. The driver’s-side windows on my Jeep Cherokee were shattered. A man in a pickup said a tree limb just missed him and blew into my car.

What a mess. And I had to drive home to Roswell.

While I was considering my options, two of the ladies from the meeting insisted that I follow them home and use the garage to clean up and tape up.

This was the first time either of these ladies had laid eyes on me, and yet they were determined to see that I was safely headed home. They literally picked glass out of the driver’s seat with tweezers, vacuumed and served refreshments while we worked.

Cathy McDowell and Mary Rogers are angels in my book.

It wasn’t easy driving home in the strong winds, and the thought of having to replace the windows wasn’t pleasant, but my spirit was light and my heart warmed from this encounter.

If these two are any indication of the quality of Clovis hospitality, you have a fine city indeed.

Many thanks and blessings.

Cathy Murphy


On May 2, the Clovis office of Children Youth and Families Department had an appreciation picnic for Curry County foster parents and their children.

Being a foster parent is often a demanding job and sometimes goes quite unnoticed, so it means a great deal to our office to do this once a year for these special people.

It would not be possible without the help of many businesses.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank them:

Clovis CASA, Talico Video, Clovis Elk’s Lodge, Lowe’s Supermarket, Bailey-Strebeck, W.T. Denton, Hamilton Ford, Stansell’s Grocery, Colonial Real Estate, Sonic, S&S Grocery, Coca-Cola, Taco Box, McDonald’s, Der Weinerschnitzel and Pepsi.

Their donations helped ensure this was a fun time for all and there was plenty to eat.

Personal donations of money and labor by all the office staff and Doris Admundson filled the gaps.

Hopefully, with help like this we will be able to continue to show our appreciation to the foster parents in the coming years.

Thank you again!

Barbara Martin

Clovis foster parent liaison


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