Obama becoming Democrats’ long-awaited answer to Reagan

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is running for president. He’s appeared in New Hampshire, where he will need to make a mark, drawing crowds at fund-raisers and autographing his obligatory, pre-campaign memoir. He is running for president, but maybe it’s temporary. Our latest political phenom even made an appearance on the high-profile, Monday night football game […]

To Really Worship is To Experience Wonder

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Some of us were born for the “do it yourself” age. Even if I could afford to pay someone to do the “fix it” jobs and “honey-do’s” that are continually begging to be done around the house, I’m not sure I would. Up do a point (a point I […]

Leadership from the past can set standards for today

Lt. Col. John McLaurin Jr. By the time Meriwether Lewis turned 31, he had accomplished more than most people accomplish in a lifetime. His birthday was in August 1805, and in the previous week, he had successfully negotiated with the Shoshone Indians for horses that would take him and a crew of about 15, along […]

Caring companions

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleWanda Beavers, right, 79, of Clovis, gets help with her daily activities from senior companion Nadine Fixler, left. Fixler is taking over for Beavers’ regular companion while she recovers from knee surgery. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Senior companions help their clients run errands. They alert doctors and relatives about […]

Mastering coffee drinking takes practice

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I’m a novice when it comes to the art of coffee drinking. As a somewhat new sipper of this perked beverage, I’m envious of the grace and skill my parents exhibit in drinking coffee. My first attempts to become a coffee drinker in my early 30s resulted in a scalded […]

Allergies leave nothing to sneeze about

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The stuffy head, the clogged breathing, the sore throat … I have all these as I sit here writing. The allergy has arrived. Or is it allergies? I don’t know. All I do know is I feel funky and I have finally joined the ranks of lots of other sneezing, […]

Should We Feel Guilty When Our Lives Seem Good?

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Colunist Let’s be honest: Some days and some times in our lives are of the sort that we just pray to get through. If most of the times of our lives are of that sort, well, some more questions and prayer, introspection and counsel, might be helpful. If you’re going […]

In Cristal matter, rappers may be all wet

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist “Don’t believe the hype” — Public Enemy I feel sorry for Shawn Carter. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. It seems that in recent weeks, Carter, a rap star and music executive known professionally as Jay-Z, has pronounced himself angry with the makers of Cristal champagne. Cristal, you should […]

County seeing spike in suicides

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The number of suicides in Curry County in the first six months of 2006 has nearly reached the yearly average, according to local and state figures. There have been four suicides in 2006 — two in the county and two in the city, according to police. Curry County averaged […]

Vietnam veteran flies flag daily to salute American servicemen

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Zak Casarez, left, and his grandfather, Dale Fite of Clovis, fold up the flag at the end of the day Wednesday. Fite said he is teaching his grandson the importance of paying respect to the flag with the daily ceremony. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When storms rise over Clovis […]

Candidate profiles: Curry County sheriff

Doug Bowman Jr. Party: Republican Current position: Undersheriff What is your background? I am a lifelong, third-generation resident of Curry County and a graduate of Clovis High School. I have been married to Peggy Kelley for eight years and have a 2 1/2-year-old son named Logan. I have more than nine years of continuous law […]

Take time out to love yourself this Valentine’s Day

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist TUCUMCARI — When you are trying to quit smoking, everyone lights a cigarette. When you’re on a massive diet, the only trucks that ramble by are owned by Sara Lee. And when, like I am, you are moving 1,942 miles to the West Coast and leaving behind five goats, a […]

Moment evokes feelings, wishes for upcoming year

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist While driving north along Prince Street, I happen to glance up at the sky above a field to the east, where I see what appears for a split second to be a toy kite or plastic bag. Realizing it is none of the above, rather a desert falcon, I stop the […]

United Way campaign on track

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer United Way of Eastern New Mexico has raised less than half its goal for the campaign, but the organization’s executive director said she is not too concerned. “This is always the nail-biting time of the year,” Erinn Burch said on Friday. “I would say that I’m anxious but I […]

Q&A: Base commander honored by nomination

Col. John Posner, commander at Cannon Air Force Base was recently nominated for a promotion to brigadier general. Q. How long have you been at Cannon? A. 18 months Q. Could you describe your daily duties? A. There are just under 4,000 people here at Cannon. Most daily duties are handled by the individual units. […]

Q&A: Santa Fe physician to run for governor

Dr. J.R. Damron is president of Santa Fe Radiology. The Santa Fe Republican plans to run in the 2006 state gubernatorial race. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Barbara, an oncology nurse, and two children. Q. How would you align yourself politically? A. I’m conservative and moderate on some issues. I feel people […]

Merged schools may not be as effective

CNJ Readers I am pleased to have my daughter in her third year at Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy. I support the arts-infused education provided by LJAA and would be glad to see that same education provided to any interested child. That said, I’m concerned about the proposed merger with Bella Vista Elementary. First, LJAA has […]

Spanish influence goes beyond holidays

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist If you’re a regular reader, you probably feel like my comadre and know all about me, from my family and adventures going back to school to raising a teenager and going to Mexico to learn Spanish. Since I began writing a column in 2000, first for a newspaper in Abilene, […]

Balancing life can mean compromise

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist An article in the September issue of Latina magazine caught my eye, “The Perfectly (Un) Balanced Life” which asks, “Who says we mujeres must have a perfectly made bed while making it to the top?” This stopped me in my tracks because, well, I’m a woman who usually leaves home […]

Lady Rams hungry for another shot at state

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Portales senior Megan Kabrick passes the ball during Friday’s practice. The Lady Rams open their season Friday at the Wildcat Invitational in Clovis. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — For all intents and purposes, the next state volleyball tournament for Michaela Alexander will be her first. She hopes it will […]