Life too short to wait

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When I was in high school, I went with a girlfriend many times to see her grandmother, who lived in a rest home. The first time I went with her, we arrived at about 11:30 in the morning. What caught our attention was a little lady, sitting in the “parlor” […]

Air traffic controllers critical to runways

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Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Master Sgt. Scott Underbrink, left, prepares Senior Airman Aaron Otero-Bunker to take over ground control in the Cannon Air Force Base air traffic control tower. Six people man the tower at a time. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Senior Airman Aaron Otero-Bunker spends his work days with five other people […]

Curry and Roosevelt counties see unemployment increase

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American Medical Alert center grew from 45 employees to 75 in 2008. By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Local economic development experts said Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing has softened the blow of unemployment in the area. New Mexico’s unemployment rate climbed to 4.9 percent in December, a 53 percent […]

Businesses see shoplifting spike

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Fuzhou’s Chinese Buffet Manager Fang Pin Huang was injured and has bandages on her head and hands after she chased a group of teens who ran out without paying last Monday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer She was frustrated and angry when she grabbed onto the car door. She […]

Police say DWI lower this year

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County law enforcement officers say they see few incidents of DWI and other violations of alcohol-related laws New Year’s Eve. Detective David Meeks of the Portales Police Department said city police handled one DWI case this New Year’s Eve compared to two last year. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said reported […]

Being sweet matters

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist All this political talk is making my head spin. In fact, I think it may be giving me migraines. Everywhere I turn someone is talking about politics. To take a break from this frenzy, my husband and I decided to go see a silly movie and called our occasional baby-sitter. […]

Shooting victim remembered as loving father

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gary Payne traveled to Lubbock on Thursday afternoon to visit his daughter and see her new house. After the visit, he headed home for Melrose, but never arrived. Police said Payne and a Lubbock woman, Melissa Ward, were shot in the head about 11 p.m. Thursday as they drove […]

Local housing market on rebound

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mike Valero of Cannon Moving and Storage packs a truck full of Linda Urie’s possessions on Chanticleer Place in north Clovis. Urie said she sold her house in exactly one month. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis and Portales Realtors are starting to see the housing market improve from […]

Commission made proper ruling in case

Freedom New Mexico We are still not fans of the military commission system for dealing with suspected terrorists being held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. But the first test of the system, the trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver for terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, has come out with a verdict […]

Postcards no substitute for e-mail

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Just a few ramblings while I wonder if I should see “The Dark Knight” for a fourth time or “Hellboy 2” for the first: • I sent a postcard to a friend the other day, and I’ve come to realize there’s no better thing to write than, “I’ll e-mail you […]

Mommy Guilt, Anyone?

By Anita Doberman I recently made plans to go see a movie with a friend and scheduled a babysitter to watch my five children for a couple of hours. When the time to leave came, I felt terrible because all the kids were crying and seemed so unhappy to see mommy leave.

Have You Ever Won Anything on eBay?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist eBay. A few years ago that would have appeared here only as some sort of typographical error. But now we see those four letters and know they point to the premier online auction site. I’ll bet my user I.D. you’ve heard of eBay. Have you ever gotten lost for […]

If you see a bear …

New Mexico’s Department of Game and Fish offers these suggestions if you see a bear while camping:

Mommy guilt, anyone?

By Anita Doberman I recently made plans to go see a movie with a friend and scheduled a babysitter to watch my five children for a couple of hours. When the time to leave came, I felt terrible because all the kids were crying and seemed so unhappy to see mommy leave.

Demons in your mirror

The only Satan or demon you will ever see is the one looking back at you from your mirror.

Fast fact about Tucumcari

Ever see the movie “Two-Lane Blacktop” starring James Taylor and Warren Oates?

In Tribute: Vietnam vet dedicated to appliance repair

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There were two things Duward Moon hated to see — a home appliance that didn’t work and a veteran who didn’t belong to a Veterans of Foreign Wars post. He spent his free time fixing both. The Vietnam veteran and repairman died March 31 at age 61. Born Jan. […]

Prom dress memories priceless

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ Columnist I see the little black dress dangling from a hanger in my daughter’s closet. I see the shimmering rhinestones making an elegant pattern across the otherwise bare back. I close my eyes and sense memories it will hold: Memories of prom … Laura’s senior-year prom. On Saturday night, my hita […]

Our father in heaven loves grandfathers, too

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist I need to go see my granddaughter. Yes, I know. You wonder, “How can such a young man already be a grandfather?!” It is indeed a great mystery. But I assure you, I am a grandfather. True to the breed, I affirm that, of any accolade or degree […]

Newest green efforts lack proper funding

Freedom New Mexico All the feel good mumbo jumbo aside, we see further evidence that going fully green still requires too many greenbacks to make it feasible. The most recent example comes from western Indiana. Reynolds, Ind., was to become BioTown USA. Gov. Mitch Daniels and the state Department of Agriculture wanted to create a […]