Cow dogs: Rancher’s best friends

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By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish). If a cantankerous cow decided to quit the herd, my dad would say, “Get her, Oso,” and he’d chase her down. Before […]

Pet place always open

Pet lover Sharna Johnson reports you can search for critter friends 24/7.

You’re anonymous, or you’re not

By Kevin Wilson The Internet helps me make friends, but it’s helped me keep so many more. People move for jobs, school, or family reasons, and I’m one mouse click away from keeping the friendship going. Likewise, the Internet helps my friends keep up with me. There is Friend Type A, who reads every column […]

Friends reunite after 20 years

USAF Photo: Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe Master Sgt. Darrell Harris (left), 27th Special Operations Mission Support Squadron, and Tech. Sgt. Jarvis Moore, 712th Maintenance Squadron (provisional), play a game of pingpong while catching up on old times. The two sergeants were in the same flight By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th SOW Public […]

They began as best friends

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, editors have been asking readers, “How did you meet your spouse?” • Frank Dalton’s reply: “I met my wife Lois at A&M Farm and Ranch, where she worked in the clothing department and also ran the cash register. “I had just moved back to Clovis from Houston and frequented A&M for supplies […]

Jan. 28

A Friends of the Library meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. today at Clovis-Carver Library. The meeting will involve an election of officers. Information: 769-7840.

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. […]

Each new life should be celebrated

Anita Doberman 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 the baby didn’t […]

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 […]

Mommy police create guilt over inability to breast feed

Anita Doberman I remember, after having my first child and dropping out of the work force, really the adult world, feeling isolated. Of course, the fact that my military husband was often gone didn’t help, but many mothers I have spoken to over the years have shared the same sense of isolation, no matter what […]

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 to native Italian

Anita Doberman 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 and colorful, […]

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 […]

Mother must be allowed to raise child

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections I am a believer in the old proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. I welcome the school’s input (to a point) on my son’s academic life and the daycare’s tips on how to break my daughter from the pacifier. However, I don’t appreciate random strangers trying […]

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 […]