Snakes still receiving bad rap

What were your mother’s parting words every time you left the house? Right. “Watch for snakes.” In August, we were told to be extra careful because the rattlers would be shedding their skins, their eyes would be covered for a few days, and since they couldn’t see they would strike at the sounds we made […]

Family: Mother of three who died ‘good person’

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Mary Castillo, 56, died Thursday afternoon from injuries she sustained in a crash Wednesday night. Sharna Johnson Mary Castillo was a mother of three and a “good person” who had a lot of friends in the community. Angel Martinez said his family is still in shock at his sister’s traumatic death Thursday. Castillo, 56, lived […]

Police blotter — Nov. 14

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 11 a.m. Oct. 28, an officer responded to a school in the 1900 block of Thornton Street for a report of child abandonment. A 16-year-old girl said her mother moved to another state, leaving her with a friend. She said when […]

Ministry helps connect families to vehicles

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Noel Hunt of Farwell said she’s going focusing on getting families transportation and may not worry about cosmetic damages to the next car she’ll be donating. Liliana Castillo A Farwell woman has started a ministry to help needy families better navigate their lives. Noel Hunt, a wife and mother of […]

One size doesn’t always fit all

For most of human history, it used to be standard practice for parents to insist their children live by principles the parents have found to be sound. They also insisted children adopt all sorts of practices of dress, play, work, taste and so forth that they approve. Father was a barber, so son, too, had […]

Fair’s opening day draws livestock, vegetable entries

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Haidyn Mount, 8, entered four rabbits in the Curry County Fair Monday afternoon. Mount said she has been entering rabbits since she was 3-years-old and plans to enter horses next year. Sharna Johnson Haidyn Mount doted on her black-and-white spotted rabbits, watching them intently through the metal grate on the […]

Police say fewer people riding in truck beds

Sharna Johnson Local law enforcement say they see fewer and fewer kids riding in the back of pickup trucks, in part because of seatbelt laws and because of growing awareness of the danger. Wednesday a 14-year-old Texico girl fell to her death from a moving pickup truck when the wind caught a mattress she was […]

Impossible to fool Mother Nature

Years ago there was a commercial that said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” followed by a catastrophe. Actually, fooling Mother Nature is a fool’s errand — it can’t be done. That’s why country people are inveterate weather watchers. I grew up in the drought times of the 1950s. When the earth was brown […]

Children need fathers to be in their lives

Freedom New Mexico Mother’s Day might get more attention, with more elaborate celebration. Fathers often downplay the event themselves, partly due to modesty and perhaps also because they have to pay for any celebration that is made. It’s a generally accepted truth, however, that children tend to show more affection toward their mothers than their […]

Mother’s job duties never-ending

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Every job has a euphemistic title these days. Betty Lou, a wife and mother, met a “business man” at a meeting. When he asked about her occupation she replied, “I’m an early childhood educator.” “That sounds really interesting,” he said. “Do you ever get called in on weekends?” Betty Lou […]

Message of Jesus’ love always the same

By Judy Brandon: Religion calendar This past week, I read about the new Lighthouse Mission facility to be constructed this summer. Over the years, those folks, the Salvation Army and the newer Matt 25 organization have done a tremendous work for many people. I can remember different days in the 1950′s in Clovis. Daddy was […]

A redneck’s ode to his mother

Like most rednecks, I tend to get a little sentimental on Mother’s Day. Why shouldn’t I get a little choked up, after all she set aside 18-odd years of her life to raise me. OK, check that, 51-odd years and counting. She’s apparently not finished yet. I figure the least I can do is dedicate […]

Mothers share memories

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Luella Kelly works on a puzzle in her room Saturday night. Today she said she planned to spend at church and with her family. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer On Mother’s Day they think of other mothers they have known, not as a day to honor themselves. They don’t […]

Life’s choices determine who we become

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I wrote about my mother’s two cousins several years ago. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas and participated in a school club, the Busy Bee Club. There they learned homemaking skills like sewing, cooking and gardening. One year their club entered a competition for rural schools. The competition was […]

Tucumcari reverses in-school suspension policy

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari High School has reversed its in-school suspension meal plan after a student’s mother complained. “A child is already being punished by being placed in ISS,” said Peggy Brown, the parent of a student placed in ISS. Brown said food should not be used a punishment, noting tax dollars […]

Mothering styles show value placed on children

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Several years ago, my girls and I witnessed an incident in the airport in Lubbock that was a powerful commentary on mothering. While passengers were sitting around waiting for fights, we watched two women. I think we noticed them because they were completely opposite. Closest to us was one mother […]

Don’t single out homeless as polluters

Freedom New Mexico The homeless are harming Mother Earth. That’s the message of a Colorado Springs woman who filed a complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency against city government. She blames city officials for failing to prevent or manage pollution caused by those who live in shanties and tents. Homeless people harm the environment, for […]

Extension clubs more than gatherings for lonely moms

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian I always thought they were started so lonely mothers could have other women come to give them some company! And that meant us kids would have a lot of stuff to eat. (And they could make a quilt if they had time!) Now that is what I always thought. The […]

Family inspired to dish out dinners

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo J’Mi Heflin, left, talks to Christy Drake Thursday about paper goods Heflin and her family brought Drake. Heflin and her family used money they would have spent on each other for Christmas to buy dinners for 10 families in Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Helping her mother move […]

Doctor responsible for delivering thousands of babies

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Having a mother and father living in Texico, I was about to be born, but my father objected to having me be born in Clovis as my father was busy being a blacksmith at Texico. My mother knew an older woman next door who would take her to Clovis to […]