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:

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 […]

Love the continuity

Comedian Argus Hamilton is pleased to see New Yorkers have “continuity in government.”

Ordinance not for all

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Where people see junk, county resident Alvin Clark sees his livelihood. Clark, 70, a scrap metal dealer, told members of the county’s Land Use Committee on Thursday that a countywide nuisance ordinance now under discussion would be the end of his livelihood. “I have junk on my property. I […]

Mick remarking again

Mickey Winfield is blogging again. See what he has to say: http://micksremarks.freedomblogging.com/ • • • Earl is doing battle with a calf today. The daily comic can be found under “More features” below or at this link: http://www.cnjonline.com/sections/editors-notebook/earl/• • • Have you participated in our Web poll lately? To access it, click on “More features” […]

One ‘h’ is for heart

Glenda Price knows all about 4-H. Maybe too much. See her column in the Opinion section.

March 7 – Garage sale

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bob Snipes shows Juana Gonzalez some of the kitchen accessories Friday on the many shelves of his garage sale on Pile Street. Snipes and Gonzalez have been friends for ten years, Gonzalez said, and she always stops by to see what Snipes is selling. Snipes said he has the garage […]

First person: Called to serve

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Emily Patterson has been a Farwell police officer for six months. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Emily Patterson bought aviator-style sunglasses and wore them home one day. Her husband laughed at her as soon as he saw her. Emily Patterson, 23, is a police officer in Farwell and does […]

Election night, blow by blog

The editor blogged live on Tuesday night during Clovis’ municipal elections. See how it turned out: Falling, With Style