Columnist debunks teddy bear scandal

By Ned Cantwell: state columnist It’s just another example of the dirty, rotten big-circulation elite media imposing its will on the rest of the country, disdaining just plain folks like you and me. Or, maybe, it’s you and I. Whatever. These inside-the-beltway columnists whose words bring even the most powerful to their knees trample the […]

Slaying victim’s family visits site

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David and Maria Beardmore view a cross they placed Thursday to mark the location where the body of their daughter, Laura McNaughton, was found by hunters in December. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer On the edge of a desolate, wind-whipped field stands a small homemade cross wrapped in a […]

Hispanic names need not be in Spanish

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist “Marsha” may not exactly be at the top of the list of popular Hispanic baby girl names, like Arianna, Marissa, Aaliyah and Olivia, but maybe “Masa” is. My friend Marsha Salazar doesn’t know why her mom named her Marsha, maybe after the Brady Bunch show. As the saying goes, “It’s […]

5/14 Letters to the editor

Slaying victim remembered on Mother’s Day Mother’s Day is a special day to commemorate and celebrate mothers for their nurturing, love and support they displayed in raising their children. This year, Laura McNaughton — an exceptional mother — will not be able to share Mother’s Day with either her mother or her two daughters. She […]

Parents should let village aid children

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist We all know the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” But what happens when the village doesn’t want to raise the child? What happened to the old days when children were taught to listen to adults and other figures of authority? And what happened to the days […]

Teen driver forces examination of habits

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist What kind of a sick, twisted, teenager would voluntarily go to school at 7 a.m. every morning? Now change the question. How far will a teen go to get a driver’s license? The things teens will do these days just to get behind the wheel of a car are interesting. […]

Greene, Laura

Laura E. Greene, 51, of Muleshoe, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2006 at her home. She was born May 18, 1954, in Albuquerque. She married Charles Greene in Oklahoma City on Jan. 3, 1977. In 2000 they moved to Bovina. She worked in the family business, Master Trim, for many years. She also worked in the […]

Folks should make time for small things

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I ran into my comadre Connie Pacheco recently, and Connie, my daughter Laura’s godmother, told us to visit her. I planned to, but I kept putting it off. I finally went last Friday, only it was for her husband’s funeral. My daughter’s godfather, Robert Pacheco Sr., passed away after a […]

Dreams helped resolve gambling addiction

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Many people don’t make New Year’s resolutions because they’ll break them. But my resolutions, which I’ve been slow in revealing, are based on years of hard work, prayers and recent dreams I’ve had to reaffirm them. Life is not a gamble, so I’ve made a big decision to completely stop […]

Dishwashing soothing — except for pans

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I’m waiting a week to reveal my New Year’s resolutions for two reasons: • I need to make sure they don’t fall apart by next week. • There’s a more pressing matter: dirty dishes. Dirty dishes are a critical issue. In fact, there’s probably some dirty dishes sitting in your […]