Our favorite things: Three creative toys to keep kids occupied in these last weeks of summer

Color blanks

Provided by Disney FamilyFun magazine The Color Blanks are funky white plastic figurines. The Color Blanks sets come with permanent markers and stickers. Ages 6 and up. RoseArt, $5 to $10. Disney FamilyFun magazine Creative Fun: A Figure of a Different Color Here’s a unique blank slate for kids’ creativity: 4-inch-tall, posable, funky white plastic […]

Fort Sumner cowboy signs to rodeo at Mesalands

CNJ staff Kit Pettigrew of Fort Sumner signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on the Mesalands Community College rodeo team for the 2011-2012 season. The Mesalands Rodeo Team competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Last year, Mesalands claimed the Grand Canyon Regional Championship title.

Remnants of ghost town show struggle to survive

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Frontiersman Kit Carson told an audience more than 100 years ago: “When you get to Onava … you will be on the edge of tomorrowland, also called the land of manana by the Spanish speaking people there.” His audience, the members of a wagon train, was encamped for the night […]

Prince Lounge closing

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Bartender Linda Kelm serves drinks at the Prince Lounge. Owner Kit Pettigrew opened the bar in 1965. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With money he said he earned gambling, Kit Pettigrew bought one of 12 liquor licenses available in Clovis and opened a bar. More than four decades later, […]

New Mexican named Secretary of Agriculture in 1945

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Clinton P. Anderson was born in South Dakota in 1895. I’m not sure when he came to New Mexico, although he served as state treasurer of New Mexico in 1932-33. He was elected to Congress for three terms. In 1945 President Truman appointed Clinton P. as secretary of agriculture for the […]

The Christmas spirit comes from the heart

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist What about the Christmas spirit? Can one “catch” it? I can remember a particular Christmas when I was just a little girl living in Kansas City. I recall it for two reasons: Susie was very sick that Christmas and I asked for a Pink Lee Secret Message Writing Kit. I […]