In search of ponies: Story behind quack attack

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Sharna Johnson Molesting a zoo visitor during a dedication ceremony elevated one hard-luck duck to marginal fame this week and earned him a new name. But there’s more to Merv the… Oh never mind, we’ll just stick with Merv… than meets the eye. He waddled into the spotlight during the dedication of a newly-donated water […]

Hopefully next year will bring luck

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist If you’re like me you’re glad to leave 2009 behind. Good luck didn’t seem to visit often in the year past for most of us. We’ve got to do something to change our luck in 2010. There are plenty of superstitions and customs connected with bringing in the new year […]

It’s time for some time out of town

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist With any luck, within an hour after I get this column written and e-mailed to the newspapers, I’ll be headed out of town for a few days. It’s time, in more ways than one. It’s the time of year again when my three brothers and I all try to […]

Superstitions abound in local area

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Anyone who can read this should consider themselves lucky — they survived yet another Friday the 13th. Not that I’m superstitious, knock wood, but certain things, like a full moon or the stray black cat that’s been circling my yard, just make me a little wary. This certainly applies for Friday […]

Wakefield, Milton E.

Milton Eady Wakefield, 87, of Roswell, died Friday, June 23, 2006. He was born July 9, 1918 in Mexia, Texas, to Grady and Blanche Wakefield. He was raised in Portales. He graduated from Portales High School, Amarillo Barber College and attended Eastern New Mexico University. He married Otero Pate on April 29, 1938. After serving […]

No such thing as luck, only hard work

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I walked under a ladder on purpose the other day to prove a point. Some men were climbing onto a roof at Eastern New Mexico University and one of them forewarned me not to as I boldly walked right under the ladder with a sarcastic smile on my face. “You’re […]

1/13 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift key, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. it s weird friday amos strange things have been happening to me today boss it s like some black cat has been […]

Ticket: Roswell concert features Broadway flavor

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The sounds of one of the world’s most famous Broadway shows is on its way to Roswell. A benefit concert for the Roswell Symphony Orchestra is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Pearson Auditorium, located on the campus of New Mexico Military Institute. The concert features pianist and […]

Glenn D. Spell, Ben Luck

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. Glenn D. Spell Date of birth: June 26, 1926 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Melrose Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]

Uncle Claude has no luck

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist I had an uncle, a farmer hounded by failure. When I was a kid in high top shoes and bib overalls, he tried to buy a one-way ticket to that Great Cornfield in the Sky and, true to form, failed. It was Great Depression time and Uncle Claude’s luck was […]

Peatschman, Mary

Mary Peatschman Services: Have been held. Mary “Myrt” Catherine Good Peatschman, 78, of El Paso, Texas, died Sunday, April 3, 2005. She was born on March 23, 1927, in Kenna, to Dora Howell and Benjamin F. Good II. She grew up on the family ranch in Yeso and went to school in Fort Sumner. She […]

Odd traditions may bring us good luck

by Grant McGee I ran across a weird Christmas ornament the other day: a pickle. Not a real pickle. It was made of glass. I thought it would be something nice to give to my friend Lizzie for her tree, kind of like the pound of butter I gave to my buddy Wayne last Thanksgiving […]

Reporters notebook: Card draw decides election

By luck of the draw, Christopher Maestas is Tucumcari’s newest city commissioner. He defeated incumbent Jimmy Sandoval in a card game. The two drew cards on Thursday to break a tie vote for the city commission seat. Maestas drew a nine of spades, and Sandoval drew a two of spades. Both men received 67 votes […]