Sweet Home New Mexico: Alone time important

Something happened last week that hasn’t happened to me in over six years since I had my first child; I spent three days entirely alone. There was a conference in Albuquerque I attended, so my mom flew in from Alabama and watched my kids in Clovis while I traveled to Albuquerque. Having not spent any […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Stop, listen to the music

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The 21st century is a fast-paced place. Our entire existence is geared toward getting things done as quickly as possible. High-speed Internet, fast food, drive-thru dry cleaning, and express lanes at the grocery store are a few ways businesses are trying to cater to and keep up with our hurried culture. Red lights, the DMV […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Proud to be part of a select few

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Sometimes, I wonder if I am the only one that feels a special sense of pride when I hand my military I.D. to the friendly gate guards as I make my way onto the base. As soon as I am beyond the gate, I can’t help but feel this little surge of glee that I […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Looking to fast forward through next few months

It’s not even a week past Christmas day and I’m already experiencing a post-Christmas letdown. Am I the only one that experiences this? Please, tell me no. There are things I love about all seasons of the year, but October through December are my favorite three months of the year, no doubt. There are so […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Calling New Mexico home — for now

I never thought my passion for blogging about the comings and goings of my family would lead me to pursue a position as a columnist, but here I am and I am happy to be here! By way of introduction, Cannon Air Force Base is my family’s first Air Force home. I am an Alabama […]

Food at the speed of life: Sweet snack mix packs variety of tastes

A single handful of snack mix has a great variety of tastes and textures. Munching on all the components is fun. That, coupled with my sweet tooth, made the following recipe sound quite good. It’s from www.tasteofhome.com, reprinted with permission. “Pack a sandwich bag of this treat in each of your children’s lunches and watch […]

Food at the speed of life: Mousse dessert easy to whip up

Sweet, creamy … and low-calorie. One of my friends has a great recipe for mousse. She often makes it with the help of visiting children, since the recipe is simple, doesn’t involve hot equipment and contains no eggs and therefore no worries about salmonella when kids want to lick the bowl. She says it’s impossible […]

McGee: Marriage is a sweet deal

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist It was another Saturday morning, another morning of venturing forth out onto the High Plains in search of great yard sales. I was hungry so I sank a knife into the big pan of brownies The Lady of the House had baked the day before. “What are you doing?”said a […]

Sen. Tom Udall to speak at ENMU commencement

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Courtesy photo: Jessica and John McGraw Siblings John and Jessica McGraw are teenage students at Eastern New Mexico University and karate instructors in Hobbs. Jessica, 16, is preparing to graduate with her bachelor’s in biology this week, and John expects to finish his bachelor’s in biology and finance in December, at age 19. Argen Duncan […]

Memories of punishment still linger

I loved Mrs. Butterfield. I loved her name, her smile, her sweet, caring attitude, the way she made me feel good about myself. I even loved Mrs. Butterfield after she walloped me so severely I remember it 64 years later. It was a daily routine at the one-through-twelve Boardman schoolhouse outside Youngstown. My desk was […]

Memories of summer still sweet

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist The old summertime saying goes: “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” I’m not too sure I’ve ever done too much screaming for ice cream but I sure have moaned and complained after eating too much of the frozen sweet stuff. I could eat ice cream every […]

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. […]

Sweet potatoes part of Portales’ past

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The sweet potato has been a part of Thanksgiving fare for a long time. Sweet potatoes were also a part of the Roosevelt County agriculture scene for nearly a century. Sweet potato crops slowly died out in the 1970s and 1980s around Portales. Growers that are still around aren’t […]

Sweet breads bring back memories

By Anita Doberman: Columnist “Panettone” and “Pandoro” are traditional sweet Italian breads, usually popular around Christmas. I try to get these specialties every year. It’s easy to find Panettone, but almost impossible to find Pandoro. For Christmas, I must have my Pandoro and it has to be a Bauli brand Pandoro. If I don’t, it […]

Readers make columnist’s job easy

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Comes now the argument that just might shape the dimensions of the cockfighting debate this coming statehouse session once legislative leaders hunker down and Gov. Bill Richardson throws his considerable weight in whichever direction he intends to throw it. From Cotton City, which Google places near Animas, a grandma gamer […]

Cats help South cruise to all-star victory

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Manzano’s Nicky Lawson goes over South defender Steven Gonzeles (32) of Mayfield for the North’s only touchdown in Friday’s Class 4A-5A New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star football game in Albuquerque. (Albuquerque Journal photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — One recent senior from Clovis, Chris Finch, isn’t sure whether he’ll be attending […]

Half-dozens Cats together one more time

Chris Finch, left, and Randy Cerda helped Clovis go 12-2 in 2005. (File photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Feeling slightly jilted he originally was an alternate to the South squad in Friday’s New Mexico High School Coaches Association North-South all-star game at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, the former Clovis High […]

Student profiles: Devin Sweet, Kelsy Hale

Devin Sweet is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Tim and Pam Sweet. What’s your favorite TV show, past and present? “That ’70s Show.” What’s so great about your favorite sport (football)? Being able to play with all of my friends and getting to hit people and hear the crowd […]

Student profile: Jonathan Sweet

Jonathan Sweet is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Andrew and Diana Sweet. What’s so great about your favorite sport? Football is a very physical sport where I can take out all my frustrations on the other team and not get in trouble for it — unless I get a […]

CHS’ Sweet takes AD job at Rio Rancho

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Andy Sweet is preparing to take over the largest high school athletics program in the state. Sweet, 45, a math teacher and a volleyball and track assistant coach at Clovis High for the past two years, has been hired as athletic director at Rio Rancho High School. He starts […]