Traffic signals stand out for blind

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson A new crosswalk to aid visually-impaired residents doesn’t look different from other crosswalks, but vibrating buttons and audio signals are features of the $5,000 system. It was installed the first week of January. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer From the seat of a car, or a nearby building, the […]

True love began on a blind date …

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, editors have been asking readers, “How did you meet your spouse?” Carolyn Spence met her husband Karl on a blind date, after he’d been stood up on a double date. Janet Mason met her husband Rodney at a softball game. She smashed a triple and the rest is history. See […]

Claims rep not handicapped by blindness

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Tom Martinez uses a Braille pad below his keyboard that transcribes the text on the screen and a computer that speaks to him to perform his work. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) by Ryan Lengerich There is a good bit of irony each morning when Claims Representative Tom Martinez arrives at the Social Security Administration office […]

True endorsements come from first-hand accounts

Judy Brandon What is an endorsement? It is a testimonial that someone gives on behalf of a person, company, product or service. The person who endorses something may be a character admired by Americans or a successful athlete or renowned movie celebrity. Advertisers pay famous athletes and gold medal winners to endorse their shoes, tennis […]

Blind calf roper spreads message of never giving up

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Jerry Long of Capitan shakes the hand of Jonah Walls, 7, while talking to him and his mother Valda Walls, both of Texico, Tuesday evening at the Texico Educational Complex. By Gary Mitchell Jerry Long caught his friend by surprise a little more than four years ago when he said he […]

Jesus the light in a darkened world

By Judy Brandon The summer before my senior year in high school, my sister Susie and I traveled with Mother and Daddy to Kansas City for a church convention. Because we were near a community where Daddy once pastored, my parents decided to take the next week as vacation and attend a revival. They wanted […]

Wanted: Couple to care for blind Alaskan dog

Darrell Todd Maurina Specially trained seeing eye dogs have helped blind people for years. Several Clovis animal lovers are looking for a different kind of human-canine partnership: a special couple willing to care for a blind Alaskan Malamute dog. “Quincy,” a 6-year-old male, is now staying with Doug and Carol Doty, who have taken him […]