Retail all about respect

It was a little bit of a shock to see his obituary since I didn’t know what had become of Mr. Nick or for that matter that he was even still living. Luke Nichols, Mr. Nick, as my grandmother referred to him, was the J.C. Penny store manager in Portales when I was growing up […]

Owners line up for pet blessing

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Cleo, a Chinese pug, receives a blessing with owner Deedra Hines by Father Allen Brockmeier of the St. James Episcopal Church at Saturday’s pet blessing event at Trinity Lutheran Church. Benna Sayyed Merle could hardly sit still for his first blessing at church. At 3 months old, Merle was abandoned […]

In search of ponies: Spoiled horse gets schooled in manners

Sharna Johnson When Sancha first came into my life she was the only horse and like an only child often does, she became a bit of a diva pretty quickly. A number of the defiant or spoiled little stunts she would pull were enough to concern me about her future disposition and attitude. The general […]

Food at the speed of life: Little bit of spread adds a lot of taste

I’ve been experimenting with a novel spread. Awhile back, I looked through the book Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers gave out at her annual Christmas program and discovered a recipe for Cranberry mustard. Connie gave me permission to print it: Cranberry mustard • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard […]

Education column: Internet hosts holiday-themed educational opportunities

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools With kids out of school for the holidays, homes are most likely a bit more lively than usual. In case you’re looking for some educational support that’s fun and holiday-oriented, here are some Internet some to try for diversion: • http://www.allfreecrafts.com/christmas/index.shtml — over 150 free homemade Christmas craft projects, with […]

Military mama: ‘Mommy TDY’ just what I needed

When it comes to being a military wife I will admit I am a bit of a pansy. When my husband deployed the first time the prospect of living in Sin City with a grumpy toddler didn’t sound very appealing. Since my family was within a day’s drive it made sense to do the “Deployment […]

August weather hotter than average

Kevin Wilson A few degrees, and a little bit of humidity, makes a big difference. It’s not a surprise that it’s hot. In August. In New Mexico. However, Clovis and Portales are experiencing a heat wave in which the average high for the first 15 day so August has been more than 3 degrees warmer […]

Custom Classic upgrades, but legacy remains

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CNJ Photo: Kevin Wilson Sabrina Gutierrez of S.O.S. Softball offers a pitch during Friday’s women’s recreation game at the Plateau Wireless Custom Classic. The tournament includes 125 teams and is in its 27th run. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Roger Jackson remembers when he and staff would do Custom Classic brackets by hand, cutting […]

Business feature: Muleshoe store owner retiring after 42 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico You could say that Charles Bratcher got into a little bit of a routine while running an auto parts shop in Muleshoe for the last 42 years. Here’s how Bratcher says it: “After you’ve done something for a while, it becomes a habit. I’m kind of in the habit […]

Frugality takes hit on my wallet

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Cheap never seems to work out for me. I should know better than to try and save on eyewear. A little bit of personal history is in order here I think. I’ve been wearing glasses about 38 years now. I first learned my eyesight wasn’t so great after an exam […]

Some officials bit more frugal with tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico A story in Sunday’s newspaper detailed expense reports for six key government leaders in eastern New Mexico. The report covered 11 months and raised questions about how and why our appointed representatives spend our tax money. Why, for example, did Curry County Manager Lance Pyle spend more than $1,700 on food from […]

Lighthouse Mission hosting school vacation celebration

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Courtesy photo The Lighthouse Mission’s Fun in the Park event Saturday will include games, food, live music and prizes, including bikes for a few children. CNJ staff The Lighthouse Mission is making sure children get at least a little bit of vacation this summer. The mission is hosting Fun in the Park beginning at 11 […]

Rumors spread quicker than flu

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist When the announcement came that the New Mexico Activities Association was suspending athletic events due to swine flu outbreak concerns, I have to admit I was on the fence. From my platform as a media representative, I saw a positive in that it makes immediate coverage a little bit easier. […]

Perspective needed on economy

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist As one who tasted a bit of Nazism and communism, today’s economic fiasco strikes me as relatively mild as human disasters go. For starters, many in America remember the Great Depression and World War II, both of which devastated millions of lives, destroying the bulk and arresting even more. The […]

No fluff behind belly button article

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist With the economic news a bit on the gloomy side these days, I’ve been inspecting my navel a lot more as I’m sure you all have. Therefore I wasn’t surprised to see a story on belly button lint or fuzz on the newspaper Web page I was reading earlier this […]

Lightning ends ENMU’s match early with Lions

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Eastern New Mexico’s Michael James goes head to head against Missouri Southern State University’s Eddie Mulholland Friday during the matchup at the ENMU soccer pitch. By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Darkness was setting in, and both teams were trying to sneak in a goal. Neither did, so Eastern New […]

Protests ensure Vietnam still in public eye

Freedom New Mexico There were protests at the White House last month, and they were appropriate. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is still a long way from having an acceptable record on human rights and especially on religious freedom. It is helpful to remind the leaders of that country that people are still watching. Nonetheless, […]

Zoo keeper bitten by Gila Monster

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MCT photo Gila Monsters’ venom is not dangerous to humans, according to Clovis Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A Clovis zookeeper was in stable condition at the Plains Regional Medical Center on Thursday one day after being bitten by a venomous lizard, according to a city official. Clovis […]

Gambling not always a good bet

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist There was some news from the Mescalero Nation last week: Gambling revenues are up a bit at their casino near Ruidoso.

Path to Mexican soul always special

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist The feds shut down one of our ports of entry with Mexico last week. The place is about six hours from Clovis, the one just south of Columbus in Luna County in southern New Mexico. They re-opened the crossing after a bit. It was all over a shootout across the […]