Party lines Facebook of my time

They called them party lines way back when. Today when I mention a party line most people under 40 would think I was talking about one of those 1-900 numbers where women talk dirty to you. Occasio-nally someone on the party line would talk dirty to you but it was just because you were interrupting […]

First person: Clovis volunteer toils behind the scene

Andy Ford was named the Clovis Municipal Schools’ volunteer of the year for his dedication to Zia Elementary School’s recycling program. Ford, 60, took charge of the dirty job of cleaning trash out of the school’s can collection trailer nine years ago. Backstage: The award was very nice. There are some people who do things […]

First Amendment protects artists as well as media

By Freedom New Mexico Journalists get passionate about the First Amendment, mainly because it helps shield the press against those who attempt to silence it. Because such attacks are becoming more frequent, thanks in large part to the Bush administration, most news coverage of the First Amendment revolves around the media. But the First Amendment […]

Official: Needle exchange program working

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The health department dispenses syringes, cotton filters, one-hit kits, sharps containers, alcohol pads and sterile water as part of its Harm Reduction program. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sandra Fentell hands out about 1,000 syringes to Clovis drug users each Thursday. A disease prevention specialist with the health department, […]

Dishwashing soothing — except for pans

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I’m waiting a week to reveal my New Year’s resolutions for two reasons: • I need to make sure they don’t fall apart by next week. • There’s a more pressing matter: dirty dishes. Dirty dishes are a critical issue. In fact, there’s probably some dirty dishes sitting in your […]

Inherited house-pigeon both pet, pest

By Bill Sconone: Guest Columnist About eight years ago, when my wife’s cousin Sheila lived in Nevada, a pigeon decided to follow her brother home from fishing. No one thought too much of it until the dirty bird took up residence. Sheila and her husband Hank traveled a lot and began to haul the dirty […]

Bird learns dirty talk

Bob Huber: Local Columist Our son Glen brought home a baby raven one day, and we named it Weird Harold. Glen claimed it had fallen from its nest on a ledge of the Federal Building in Santa Fe, and it was his notion to teach the bird to talk dirty by Halloween so he could […]

Teen’s good behavior surprises mom

By Helena Rodriguez What kind of teenager have I created? That’s what I asked myself the other day when my daughter did something unexpected. She copied me. You know, it’s the old “Do as I say, but don’t do as I do!” adage. So what hideous act did I catch my 13-year-old daughter doing? She […]

Clovis junior likes getting down and dirty

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Clovis shortstop Sean Cruce tries to beat the tag of Frenship High’s first baseman during the first game of their doubleheader Tuesday at Bell Park. Cruce was called out on the play. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Matt Ulibarri is a dirt magnet when it comes to baseball. Just check out his […]

Gray water rule makes a little sense

By Ned Cantwell I’m sorry, Taos. Look, I know you are a unique little city, a center of the arts, bastion of intellectual freedom. You are one of New Mexico’s gems. Your architecture is intriguing, your artistic colony outstanding. Your newspaper is a perennial award winner. Even your name has a mellow ring to it. […]