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 […]