Teen loitering issues rising

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cruising Main Street, hanging out at the mall, and gathering in parking lots are part of teen culture. So is angst and mischief. Police were called Friday to assist security officers at North Plains Mall when more than 80 youth gathered in a parking lot, according to dispatcher call […]

New base? Hope it’s a nice place

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Everywhere I turn, military wives from Cannon Air Force Base are talking about how their husbands are meeting with the assignment team. Yes, orders for reassignment are coming down and people are getting excited. Two women I work with and several mothers of children who attend the same day […]

The grind: Coffee debate goes on

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The classic cup The group gathered at A-ME-D’s Diner in Texico includes a farmer, five retirees, and a couple of cattle buyers. Every weekday around 3 p.m. they regale each other with stories about the past, their grandchildren and their work over coffee. They […]

Assignment team prompts wife’s wish list

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico Everywhere I turn, military wives are talking about how their husband’s are meeting with the assignment team. Yes, orders are coming down and people are getting excited. Two women I work with and several mothers of children who attend the same day care as my daughter will all be […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Player has passion for piano

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD DAVID BROSFEAU has played piano for more than half his life, earning accolades including a third-place finish at the state competition of the Piano Music Teachers of New Mexico. He’s also performed before such dignitaries as Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Brosfeau said he was introduced to the piano […]

Rejection hard regardless of age

Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s hard to accept rejections. For children, first rejections are even more painful because they become aware that the outside world can be a tough place, and they may not get what they want when they want it. It also shows them that mommy or daddy can’t make it better. This week […]

Rejection painful regardless of age

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s hard to accept rejections. For children, first rejections are even more painful because they become aware that the outside world can be a tough place, and they may not get what they want when they want it. It also shows them that mommy or daddy can’t make it better. This […]

Keep your eyes on God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist When I was a little lad, old enough to ride a bicycle but not nearly old enough to drive a car, somewhere in the pre-teen larva stage, my family and I (those of us who were still at home) spent some evenings doing what families now almost never do: […]

Education Feature: Patchwork project

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Patricia Thompson, 56, holds a quilt she made for a teaching class at Wayland Baptist University. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Patricia Thompson’s fascination with quilt making and the underground slave railroad earned her an A in her last class. Her quilt has also given her an opportunity to […]

Children shouldn’t be rushed into activities too soon

Anita Doberman It’s the first day of swimming lessons. In my house, the commotion starts at 6 a.m., when my three older girls wake up ready to go, never mind that lessons don’t start for another three hours. They can’t contain their excitement and demand to put on their bathing suits immediately. “No,” my 4-year-old […]

Kids learn at their own pace

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s the first day of swimming lessons. In my house, the commotion starts at 6 a.m., when my three older girls wake up ready to go, never mind that lessons don’t start for another three hours. They can’t contain their excitement and demand to put on their bathing suits immediately. “No,” […]

Life is too short to skip dessert

By Don McAlvy: Columnist “I, Ann Choate Smith (born in Clovis) had a date for lunch with my lady friends. Mae, a little old ‘blue haired’ lady, about 80 years old, came along with them. “All in all it was a pleasant bunch,” said Ann. “When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and […]

Tornado doesn’t slow seniors

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Not even a tornado can stop a group of Clovis senior citizens from their dance and social programs. That’s what Baxter-Curren Senior Center Program Coordinator Brenda Hankins learned after a March 23 tornado temporarily robbed them of their social hub. She said the programs have been scattered to the […]

Sexual assault in Air Force gets zero tolerance

Janet Taylor-Birkey A young Airman decides to have a few drinks after a long work week. The Airman loosens up with a few friends and acquaintances, and before the night is over, something has been compromised – their personal space. They are now the victim of a sexual assault. What should have been a night […]

Pool opens, offers splashing good summertime fun

Cannon’s Liberty swimming pool opens Saturday for a summer season of water fun. The pool will be open noon to 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Janet Taylor-Birkey The days of summer may not be as lazy as they were a few generations ago, but many people still […]

By giving a little, we receive so much more in return

Lt. Col. Roseanne Warner I’m sometimes asked why I would volunteer outside the workplace given the constant 24-7 demands on my time/life/family. I could easily agree that “Yes, my time is so limited I don’t want to ‘waste’ another minute from my personal life.” After all, I work hard and I deserve a break. This […]