County officials find gross receipts taxes inconsistent

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Numbers may not lie, but right now they apparently aren’t telling anybody anything either. Officials say gross receipts tax revenues, which not only line coffers of local government but also serve as an indicator of consumer spending, have been inconsistent in recent months. December’s 12 percent drop in gross […]

Udall to AIG: “Give the bonuses back, or we’ll find a way to take them back”

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D.N.M., today joined a group of his Senate colleagues to send a message to A.I.G. executives who took $165 million in taxpayer bailouts as bonuses:

Barbers and the God who knows our hair count

By Curtis K. Shelburne When you need a good brain surgeon, you really need one. But for most of us, most of the time, a good barber is of a great deal more practical use. I like barbers. Come to think of it, I find it hard to imagine a more honorable line of work. […]

Feb. 22, 2009 Letters to the Editor

Shooting woman acted irresponsibly I find it somewhat amazing that our citizens are making a hero out of the young lady who fired her gun at the potential bad guys breaking into her home (“Clovis woman fires on intruders to defend home,” Feb. 6 CNJ). The article stated she saw a 12-year-old-boy knocking at her […]

Children need to find own path

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ Columnist My oldest daughter, age eight, is beginning to show concerns about what other people think of her. She asks me if a skirt looks nice or if her hair resembles the other girls’ in her swimming class. I see her eyes furtively checking out her friends’ attires and shoes before […]

Clovis Community College sponsoring blood drive

Find the HERO in you! Every two seconds, someone needs blood. This year alone, as many as five million patients will require blood transfusions. You can help!

Dancers deserve benefit of doubt

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist The joke goes that there are three things you can find around any military base — tattoo parlors, pawn shops, and strip clubs. It’s the last one that interests me and this week I interviewed an exotic dancer, though she did prefer the more simple term, stripper. I met “Bambi” […]

Students discover art in everyday life

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CNJ staff photo: Lili Castillo Tiarah Light, 11, looks at her close up photograph of a tulip on the wall in the front lobby of the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Light said she enjoyed taking the close up because she could see all the details of the flower. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer […]

Buck Pennington: Docked in Portales

If you Google “Portales” you will soon find this Web log:

Ferrets can be busy

Are you sure you want to play “find the ferret?”

Volunteers find unmarked graves in Texico cemetery

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Long-time friends Marcia Leavell, left, and Margie Crooks became involved with Texico’s cemetery after attending Crooks’ father-in-law’s funeral and being embarrassed by the tall weeds that covered the headstones. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Marcia Leavell and longtime friend Margie Crooks attended Crooks’ father-in-law’s funeral at the Texico cemetery […]

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Novak found not guilty

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Airman Basic Edward Novak, left, shakes hands with defense attorney Maj. Shawn Vandenberg after Novak was found not guilty Friday of premeditated murder. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After 3 1/2 years of suspicion, investigation, allegations and military court proceedings surrounding the 2004 death […]

‘I was the best around’

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, editors have been asking readers, “How did you meet your spouse?” • Raymond Atchley’s reply: “I unknowingly had seen Esther on the peripheral of my life since 1977 for sure and maybe earlier. “Her family and my ex-wife’s family had been fairly close and she also worked at Clovis Memorial Hospital with […]

Jan. 1 Shopping with Tonya

It’s New Year’s Day, which means sales, sales and more sales. Now is the time to find leather jackets and cashmere sweaters marked down 50 percent or more. Almost all stores have their winter apparel on sale to make room for their spring fashion lines. So, stock up on basic pieces for next season.

Holiday memories offer moment of peace

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist As I write this column the day before Christmas, I am thinking about the changes in our world since our children were small. Many things have changed. Christmas presents for kids have changed. Annie and Buffy both went through a time when they wanted Cabbage Patch Kids. I remember frantic […]

Exercise important for moms

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This week I took my youngest daughter, 11 months old, to a play date with several other moms, which was really an opportunity for me to enjoy some grownup company. As it often happens when women get together, our conversation eventually drifted toward issues of weight and looks, culminating with a […]

Gruntles remain mystery

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Guest columnist  The English language is a strange and wonderful thing. And, at times, rather mysterious.   I’m not sure if Paul Harvey and his listeners ever quite got one English mystery figured out, but, long ago, they spent a good bit of time trying. According to the news report that […]

Death penalty can be sought in Bedford trial

By Freedom Newspapers District Court Judge Steven Quinn refused to bar the death penalty Friday in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso argued the constitutionality of the New Mexico death penalty in a broad series of motions heard by the judge […]

Penny provides grand exit in pinch

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The pledge: Explain the copper/sweat bonding, and how it’s improved by intelligence. Demonstrate by affixing the penny to your forehead, then hit the back of your head to knock the penny off. Raising your eyebrows will help loosen the penny. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I write this column against better judgment, because it […]