In search of ponies: Good to be in the middle of the penguin pack

Sharna Johnson “Did you know penguins push one of their own into the water to see if it’s safe?” I asked a teen. We were discussing social angst among teenagers and the evolutions he has been through in recent years. “No,” he answered, a smile forming on his face as if he knew where I […]

Local experts offer tips on holiday shipping

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Sabrina Gutierrez, an assistant manager at the UPS Office Store in Clovis, wraps decorative glassware Friday at the store. Store employees recommend sending items no later than the second week of December to make sure it will arrive in time for Christmas. Alisa Boswell The time is fast-approaching to mail […]

Cigarette tax hike proposed

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Anti-tobacco advocates say they have one way to help the state solve its budget crisis and help prevent smoking: Raise the tobacco tax in the state by $1 a pack. The idea could bring in $29.7 million in the first year. Although a bill has yet to […]

Police: Burglaries up for ’08

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Raymond Anaya and his daughter, Josett Anaya, of Clovis, search the paper for an apartment for Josett. Josett moved back into her parents house because her home has been burglarized twice in the last two months and everything she owned was taken. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer One burglary […]

Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico needs volunteers to sort canned goods, label and pack boxes; for office help and clerical work; and for warehouse work. The food bank provides wholesome, nutritious foods to agencies that feed or provide food to the ill, infants and elderly that are at 80 percent or below low […]

Smokers steaming over tax hike

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Beattriz Garcia retrieves cigarettes for a customer at Lowe’s in Farwell on Tuesday. According to assistant manager Barbara Rennie, “There has been no drop-off in sales, but we’ve had a lot of complaints.” (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Steve Burns is one of many eastern New Mexico residents who drove […]

Gift to mom taking kids to drive-in

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Mother’s Day always reminds me of a time when I supported a family, a dog pack, an ancient Ford, a cigar addiction and the federal government on $400 a month. In those days I put all our bills in a hat each month and drew one out to pay. If […]

Snake encounter leaves fellas rattle

By Bob Huber My first encounter with a bona fide rattlesnake left me with a lethal dose of ophidiophobia (Greek for fear of ophidios) complicated by lingering runny nose. It took place while I was on a fishing trip in the Colorado Rockies. I was there because in those days a group of young guys […]

Dogs, kids, drive-ins not good mix

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was bringing home $90 a week to feed a family of five, I experienced an illuminating event in my life. It should be noted that I also supported a pack of five dogs, a cigar addiction, and an ancient Chevrolet that came over on the Mayflower. If anyone […]

Texico expects pressure from Mesa Vista

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Texico coach Rich Luscombe said handling Mesa Vista’s quickness and pressure defense is a must. “You have to have a high degree of concentration, that you have to get to the right spot, you keep composure,” said Luscombe of today’s Class 2A quarterfinal matchup at West Mesa High. “With […]

Buffs more balanced heading into state

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent MELROSE — An early-season injury to their starting point guard was a real problem at the time for the Melrose Buffaloes. Now it may turn out to make the state-tournament-bound Buffaloes a tougher team to handle. But first Melrose had to overcame an 11-point third quarter deficit to beat Cimarron […]

Lady Cats ready for run at district title

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Members of the Clovis High School girls cross county team warm up on Wednesday during practice as they run West Brady Avenue toward Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ Staff photo: Eric Kluth John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Cross country racers from District 4-5A will burst off the starting line at Hobbs this Saturday at the […]

2nd straight victory for Lady Cats

CNJ Staff RUIDOSO — The Clovis girls won their second straight cross country meet, edging Carlsbad in the 11-team field. “The last two weeks have been good wins for everyone involved,” Clovis coach Brian Stacy said. “They’re starting to come together.” Clovis senior Megan Willis took fourth with a time of 22:19 in the 5k […]

Mary never had a lamb like this one

by Bob Huber Before they come after me with that final funny jacket, I have to tell you that the night the lamb broke up our bridge party ranks as a high-water mark in my otherwise serene life. Of course, it doesn’t live up to the time our neighbor lady shut down her husband’s drunken […]

‘Service pack’ installation could be confusing

By Tom Difrancesca: Internet Safari The long awaited “Service Pack 2” for Windows XP has finally been released, not without problems though. If you’ve got a good bit of computer experience, then installing the service pack shouldn’t be all that difficult. For most typical users though, it could end up being a royal pain. There […]

Windows service pack worth the long wait

Tom DiFrancesca If you’ve not run “Windows Update” on your PC lately, you need to do so. Microsoft has released yet another security patch for Internet Explorer. I’ve also just recently learned that Microsoft will be releasing “Service Pack 2” for Windows XP. The service pack is predicted to be large and may take some […]

Pack, Lula

Lula Pack Services: Have been held. Lula Mae Pack, 92, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born on March 12, 1911, in Ninnekah, Okla., to Jessie and Ada Mae Forsyth Ikard. She married Milton Pack on Aug. 28, 1926, in Ninnekah, Okla. She came to Curry […]

Woman finally got used to New Mexico

Don McAlavy Lula Mae (Ikard) Pack was born at Ninnekay, Okla. She said Ninnekay was a route, not a town, close to Chickasha, which was 15 miles away. The family sometimes left home at 5 a.m. in a wagon wrapped in quilts. “We would spend the day and shop and get all of our groceries […]

Buffaloes beat Floyd in regional final

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Harvey Park goes up for two of his 14 points in Saturday’s Class 1A Region B championship game at Floyd High School. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — The last time Casey Pack won two games in a row at Floyd, it gave his team a regional championship. History repeated itself over […]