Endangered coyotes may endanger you

By Ryn Gargulinski: local columnist A visitor from New Mexico is lurking behind my California home. No, it’s not a prairie dog, a rattlesnake or Gov. Bill Richardson. It is a coyote. And it wants to eat my dog. Actually, my mom, who is visiting from Michigan, is the one who spotted the coyote when […]

Something to be said for dog’s taste in food

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The family dogs are named Jessie and Tilly. Jessie is the shepherd mix, Tilly is an Airedale. Their dominion is the back room and back yard. We would let them into the rest of the house to join the family but Tilly has forgotten she was housebroken. The Lady of […]

4/28 amos

Editor’s note: An avid reader has requested that Amos retell his adventures in the watermelon patch. Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. amos in the watermelon patch despite what one-time country crooner roger millerbug sang — you can go fishin in a […]

Restraint key in holiday feasting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Restraint. It is a word, and a concept, horridly out of place during the holiday season, especially around Thanksgiving. It is possible, however, to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast without causing irreparable damage to the waistline, according to local fitness experts. “The entire holiday season is the season of […]

Thanksgiving treats

Compiled by Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Debi Lee Portales city manager • What is your favorite dessert? Dr Pepper cake • Why is that your favorite? Because it’s chocolate and it’s rich. You can only stand to eat it once or twice a year. • How often do you eat it? Holidays • Who […]

Lee Roach, Lee Scott

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Lee Roach Date of birth: Nov. 27, 1918 Dates of service: April 3, 1941, to March 29, 1946 Hometown: St. Vrain Lives in: Clovis […]

In Tribute: Chris Baglien

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Chris Baglien was a loving family man who had a hunger for food, cars and gadgets. His wife, Trudy, said even in his final days, her husband only thought about others. “When he was in the hospital and people would come to see him, he said, ‘how are you, […]

9/9 view from under the pew

Editor’s note: Amos, our erstwhile churchmouse poet, bumped into bertie woeworm last week, who was bemoaning the “sad state” of his life. Being a churchmouse, Amos is unable to use the keyboard shift keys and is unschooled in the art of punctuation. bertie s lament – part two i tell you bertie told me i […]

Bill considers right to eat enchiladas

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Should have known better. My teenage grandson said I just had to rent “Napoleon Dynamite.” I love Kyle and figure that sooner or later there has to be a movie we both like. You would think that after “Anchorman,” a real piece of doo-doo, the lesson would have been learned. […]

People have every right to be dumb

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Suppose I decided to eat at a vegetarian restaurant morning, noon and evening, seven days a week, on and on, without a break. Just lettuce, nothing else. I know it’s dumb — or peculiar — but there is nothing difficult about imagining it. Many people are, indeed, dumb or peculiar, […]

Aging gracefully: First Baptist Church in Texico was built 100 years ago this month

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Texico Baptist Youth Minister Seth Ellsworth plays the guitar as he leads the youth group in worship Wednesday at the church. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Marie Wall of Bellview drives almost 45 miles every Sunday to attend services at the First Baptist Church in Texico. All week she […]

Mom’s wisdom stands test of time

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, I stayed alert to the whims of the Axis power, namely my mother, and I found she had a vast array of covert knowledge hidden beneath her quaint farm-girl homilies. Her views on some of mankind’s most endearing areas of scholarship stick with me to this day. […]

Strangers to each other, but not to God

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist I can still recall the man who used to roam the streets of Clovis. Our children named him the “strange guy.” The first time we noticed him was on one of our usual trips to the grocery store. He was peculiar, we thought, as he held his chin high, holding his […]

Taking baby steps

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Walking was a problem. Fried foods were a holiday staple. And spending time with the grandchildren meant sitting and reading a book. Maryjo Jones was too heavy to do anything else. “I couldn’t breath,” said Jones, who lost 90 pounds after joining a Taking Off Pounds Sensibly club in […]

Let’s keep Friday the 13th under control

Bob Huber In case you didn’t notice, we had a Friday the 13th this month. To put it in a more scholarly manner, it behooves us to utilize the Freedom of Information Act in the examination of perils existing in all Fridays the 13th and offer up some time-honored, laboratory-tested solutions to make our lives […]

Hungry for life: Football player fights cystic fibrosis

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Clovis Christian senior Corey Hastings prays before the start of a game against the New Mexico School for the Deaf on Thursday at Jim Hill Field in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor When Corey Hastings was 4, his father ordered him an adult’s steak-finger basket at a Dairy Queen. […]

Early ‘lunch’ is a New Mexico thing

By Helena Rodriguez When Mom says to Dad, “Ven a almorzar!” that means it’s time to come and eat breakfast. The only problem is “almorzar” means lunch, and to make it more confusing, Mom and Dad are usually eating their breakfast at noon. Just like green chile, referring to breakfast as “almorzar” is a New […]

Coyotes are not always the bad guys

Letters to the editor I read an article in Tuesday’s newspaper about coyotes and it makes the coyote the villain. I have been around coyotes all my 48 years of life. I just want to express my opinion and a few facts about the coyotes. Coyotes are not very big animals. They range in weight […]

Eatery owner serves up more than food

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Mike Reyna of Clovis visits with Velma Jackson as she fixes Reyna a plate Monday. June 30 will be the longtime owner’s last day at Velma’s Country Cookin’ Resturaunt. CNJ photo by Eric Butler. By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent When Velma’s Country Cookin’s closes at the end of the month, customers will obviously miss Velma […]

Liars always get caught, often by themselves

Judy Brandon Once I stole a Hershey candy bar at the drug store. The cover up left me in an entangled snare of deceit. On that day, we were at the Katz Drug Store in Kansas City. Following my mother to the pharmacy area, I spotted the Hershey on the candy aisle. I justified in […]