In search of ponies: Family faced tough decision to stomach

At one time or another, most of us have played those hypothetical question games, you know, the ones where you imagine what historical figures you would invite to dinner if you could, or what three things you would want to have with you if deserted on an island. Here’s one to toss around… If you […]

Visitors from as far as United Kingdom attend festival

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Airman 1st Class Nichole Jimenez, left, and Senior Airman Sarah Klasnich, both assigned to the 27th SOLRS at Cannon AFB, listen Thursday as tour guide Jay Parmenter of Clovis explains the history of the Norman Petty Studio. The tours continue until Saturday, one of the many events taking place during […]

Risk-taking OK, but don’t expect taxpayer help

Freedom New Mexico The city of Galveston, Texas, has asked Congress for $2.2 billion to repair hurricane damage to the island city’s port, rebuild infrastructure and housing, restore beaches and give grants to small businesses. It has become traditional, of course, for Congress to appear generous in such instances by appropriating large sums of other […]

Pet of the day: Cocoa

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Name: Cocoa About: Cocoa is an adult Hog Island Boa. Hog Island Boas are extinct in the wild and only found in captivity. I have had her for about six years and she is around 7-feet long. She is very strong and generally sweet though she gets restless when it’s time to eat and you […]

Gurgling Sinks and a Lesson Learned from Plumbing

By Curtis K. Shelburne For at least the 20-plus years of my pastorate here and — I now know — even longer, a minor phenomenon has been occurring in the kitchen of our church fellowship hall. No big deal, but when you run water down the sinks in the “island” in that kitchen, a few […]

Commonwealth status has its own advantages

Freedom Newspapers The question of statehood for Puerto Rico is again bobbing to the surface like a mossy coconut, as it seems to with annoying regularity. Some Republicans — including a few in the Bush clan’s inner circle — apparently have convinced themselves this would mean a political windfall for the GOP, in terms of […]

Hauptmann, Janet

Mrs. Janet Hauptmann, 58, of Portales, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, at her home in Portales. She was born April 11, 1947, in Blue Island, Ill., to Florence and Joseph Seleb. She grew up in Calumet Park, Ill., and attended grade school and high school in the area. She graduated from Dwight D. Eisenhower High […]

Jay C. Boone

Sharna Johnson Boone was part of the first wave that took the island of Leyte after off-shore guns had cleared the way… 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. Jay C. […]

The secret archives of boyhood projects

Bob Huber You’ve probably never heard of the World War II coastal fortifications on Long Island known as the Marginal Line, built to keep the European forces of evil in check. Frankly, I hadn’t either until recently when secret archives of that great project were opened to me. What happened was… Two patriots, Don and […]

September brings out silliness in some

Bob Huber Here at the American Institute for Bigger Calendar Pictures of Milk Cows, we’re celebrating the month of September with this theme song (sung to the tune “St. Louis Woman” or “America the Beautiful,” whichever comes up first): “Rooty-toot-toot, rooty-toot-toot, we’re the guys from the Institute. We don’t smoke, and we don’t chew, and […]

Adventure comes in scary packages

By Clyde Davis The pine barrens begin in the central part of New Jersey and stretch to the ocean in an easterly direction, to Cape May in the south, and touch the Delaware River in the East. It’s a vast area of rural terrain and downright wilderness, and is heavily grown over with cedar stands, […]

A tale of two patriots

By Darrell Todd Maurina On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Darren Eicken followed his normal routine by walking the few blocks from his home to his New York City law office in a building located just three blocks away from the World Trade Center. Eicken had a much longer walk that afternoon after terrorists […]