It’s Their Business: Simon’s Saltwater Fish and Friends

Name: Simon’s Saltwater Fish and Friends Location: 900 N. Prince St. What they do: They carry saltwater and freshwater fish, tanks and accessories. They also carry ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, bunnies and on occasion puppies, along with pet items such as dog collars, leashes, bedding and small animal cages. Who’s in charge: John and Frances […]

First person: Hank Baskett

Clovis native Hank Baskett recently finished his second season with the Philadelphia Eagles: On being back in Clovis: There’s no place like home. It’s always great to see friends and family. You can never get enough of friends and family. On being named special teams player of the year by the Eagles: It did help. […]

Sixth baby draws criticism

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist I had two miscarriages after my first daughter was born. Although they were early in the pregnancy, I felt a deep sense of loss and despair for the babies I lost, and it took me a long time to recover and move forward. I hated having to tell everyone that […]

Christmas greetings based on status

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer You’ve probably seen some TV show where somebody does something rude, and the response is, “You’re off the Christmas card list.” Remember when that used to mean something? It seems like I don’t have a Christmas card list, and it’s very rare that my friends do either. I received […]

Toilet becoming hot tourist attraction

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When I booked my two-week, two-state vacation, I should have been looking forward to seeing my family, my friends and a bunch of famous Florida theme parks. But my biggest excitement came from a restroom I’d only get an hour to visit. While flying from Montana to Florida last […]

Holiday special for native Italian

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday I grew up with — in Italy we obviously don’t celebrate it, but I quickly took to it when I immigrated to this country. In fact, even as a young college student I looked forward to this special day. The first few Thanksgiving I celebrated were new […]

Businesses offering incentives to designated drivers

By Sharna Johnson With the holidays around the corner, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office is working with local businesses to encourage designated drivers to step up for their friends. Deputy Dean Marney said the initiative is expected to start in time for Thanksgiving and will run through January. Kits complete with a pledge card, wrist […]

Nov. 18 Birthday

Louderback Wanda Louderback of Clovis will celebrate her 80th birthday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18, 2007, at 313 W. Plains. The celebration will be hosted by family and friends. Louderback was born Nov. 21, 1927, in Clovis. She has three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The celebration is open to friends […]

In tribute: Work, prayer vital to nurse

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Praying for friends and relatives is not an uncommon thing among those of the Catholic faith, and Stella Beaulieu certainly did her share. A drive by Lawn Haven Gardens would reveal just how deep Beaulieu’s faith and compassion went. “She (was) praying for the dead souls to get out […]

Counselor: Deployments leave marks when personnel return

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks A local family counselor says deployments can be hard on families before, during and after the deployment period. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Family counselor Kathy Woodard braces for busy days at her Clovis office when Cannon Air Force Base personnel return from a deployment. Over the weekend almost […]

9-23 Birthday

Shafer Douglas Shafer of Portales will celebrate his 80th birthday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Portales Memorial Building. The celebration will be hosted by his family. Shafer was born Oct. 3, 1924, in Dora. He has three children. The celebration is open to friends and relatives.

In Tribute: Portales civic leader dies at 62

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Giving back to his local community and fellow man was central to Rick Hauptmann’s being. An accountant by trade, he devoted himself to civic work through organizations including United Way, Rotary, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, Roosevelt County Literacy Council, Eastern New Mexico University Foundation and others. Friends and […]

Rank not important

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I recently went to a dinner party organized by a military spouses club. The food was very good and the evening was pleasant, until someone sitting at my table started talking about how we should separate enlisted men’s wives and officers’ wives into two distinct clubs. “Why?” I asked, and the […]

Thank You Letters: Burglary victims thankful for support

As the victims of the burglary/vandalism/arson that occurred earlier this month, we want to express our most heart-felt thanks to the scores of people who have offered their comfort and support over the past few days. Cannon Air Force Base, the Operations Support Squadron and the Airfield Operations Flight have shown once again that the […]

Cage fights draw strong support

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Staff photo: Gabriel Monte Brandon Head of Prime Performance Boxing and MMA captured his match against Jonathan Petit of Kensu Studio of Portales. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Despite the wind and rain blowing in through the side of the arena Curry County Fairgrounds, more than 600 fans gathered to see watch cage fighters […]

Local jeweler had colorful sense of style

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer By Gabriel Monte CNJ Staff writer If clothing made the man, Anthony “Buddy” Holmberg’s clothes made him a man with a passion for having fun. Holmberg, 75, who owned and operated one of the oldest jewelry stores in Clovis, died Tuesday at his home. Colorful clothing was his signature, […]

Low-tech friendships were just as good

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer I’m so out of the loop that I’ve never MySpaced, let alone started a Web page or blog. My idea of chatting is old fashion, talking face to face with a real person, or on a real cell phone. When we were kids, MySpace.com was my bedroom, I mean […]

Mother’s Day lesson one to remember

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist One Mother’s Day many years ago, I got in trouble at church for talking during the Sunday morning service. I was sitting in the balcony of the old church at eighth and Hinkle. The church was packed that day, but Mother’s Day was not on my mind. I had just […]

Sci-fi author honored in lectureship

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Freedom Newspapers: Casey Peacock Members of the science fiction community gathered Friday in the Science Fiction Special Collections area of the Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University for a panel discussion on the legacy of Jack Williamson. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Traveling across the country to participate in the 31st annual Jack Williamson […]

Priorities must be set in life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My cousin Vani is an established physician, a radiologist who lives and works in Italy. She has a 13-month-old son, whom she adores and still breast-feeds. There shouldn’t be a problem with this picture, except for the fact that everyone has been telling her she is crazy. She hears from family […]