Giving up smoking ain’t easy

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today’s lesson is: How to Stop Smoking and Go on Living. My wife, Marilyn, badgered me for years to stop smoking. She also said I should eat at least five vegetables before the sun sets each day. I wondered at the time why she was so eager to keep me […]

Learning means transition

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleKathi Shaw teaches 4-year-olds at Cameo Elementary School. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer In a little more than two weeks, area students will return to school. Awaiting some are significant changes. Here is a closer view of alterations in area school districts. Clovis High School Tradition returns — in the […]

NIE honors Clovis special ed teacher

CNJ staff A stack of newspapers greets Tonnette Carpenter and her students twice a week. Horoscopes, comics, and sports immediately grab the attention of the students. But Carpenter directs her pupils to local and national articles, using words printed on the page as a learning tool. “The more one reads, the better reading skills become,” […]

Leary, Leonard

Leonard Leary, 66, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born March 7, 1939, in Reading, Mass., to Marcella and Philip F. Leary. Mr. Leary graduated from high school in Reading in 1956. He moved to Portales in 1962 to attend Eastern New Mexico University. He earned a bachelor of […]

12/11 Letters to the editor

Liberals want reading material, too I recently moved to this lovely little town from Austin, Texas. Of course I understand that small towns are often insular and conservative, but I have been highly disappointed by the fact that even the local newspaper provides no break in the routine. For a moderate liberal like me, it […]

Spanish influence goes beyond holidays

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist If you’re a regular reader, you probably feel like my comadre and know all about me, from my family and adventures going back to school to raising a teenager and going to Mexico to learn Spanish. Since I began writing a column in 2000, first for a newspaper in Abilene, […]

The Bible — One day at a time

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The Davis family, left to right Leslie, Susan, Otis, Holly and Christine, gather around the Bible. The family is reading the Bible in its entirety for the third time. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Bible can look like a huge and intimidating book to open. A local ministry […]

Christian author offers Harry Potter alternative

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Stores such as Hastings in Clovis have already started gearing up for the release of the newest Harry Potter book. CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson By Leslie Radford: CNj staff writer Since the release of the first Harry Potter book in the mid-1990s, J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular tales of sorcery and witchcraft have been viewed […]

Do you believe in magic

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer It may be a bunny or a magic book that Jamie O’Hara will pull out of his magician’s hat Friday when the Portales Public Library kicks-off its summer reading program. O’Hara, who calls himself “The Magic Guy,” has been practicing magic since he was 7 years old. “I have […]

Elementary teacher wins NIE award

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Third-grade teacher J’mi Heflin uses newspapers to teach core subjects at James Bickley Elementary. She was recently selected the local Newspapers in Education 2005 Teacher of the Year, having been nominated by Principal Cindi Tabb. “I had asked the teachers (at James Bickley) what they used in their classrooms […]