Mom finds career fix

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joanna Von Bon hammers a seal out of a timing cover on a British-made car. Von Bon says she prefers to work on old cars. “You never know what you’ll find under a hood,” Von Bon said. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Joanna Von Bon said she always wanted […]

Final federal budget better late than never

Editorial If your family or business operated this way it would soon be shunned by creditors and suppliers. But the U.S. government operated without a budget for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, until now, thanks to petty and sometimes incompetent maneuvering. But this institution that can’t keep its own house in order has […]

Hounds take advantage of wind

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo was sure he wanted his team going with the wind in the first half on Sunday against Missouri Southern. The move paid off with three goals, two by freshman forward Edgar Bear, and the Greyhounds cruised to a 4-0 Southwest Soccer Conference […]

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 […]

First Person: Surgeon gained inspiration from family emergency

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Gutierrez Dr. Albert Kwan was recently elected president of the New Mexico Medical Society. Born in Hong Kong in 1952, Kwan came to the United States in 1972 to attend college. He graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1983, then served in the Air Force as […]

In tribute: Friend: Traveler enjoyed life

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Thelma Middleton loved to travel, her friends said, and on one trip she met a fortune teller who told her she’d live to be 50. She decided she wanted to live to be 100, and she did. The Clovis centenarian died June 25. She was born in Gatesville, Texas, […]

Daughter’s pursuit of degree inspiring

The graduates are on their way. The diplomas have been handed out, now it’s on to the next stage. For some it’s more schooling, for others it’s a job; some waited for that diploma to get married, others will be going into the military and some will go into the family business. This is a […]

Spilled coffee tests faith

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I’ve never understood how anyone writes without coffee. It’s been years since I tried anything so foolhardy.   I may drink too much of it, though as evidence of coffee’s health benefits keeps accruing, I won’t concede that point. Friends have suggested that I just hook up an I.V. […]

Choices good alternative for student worker

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ correspondent Ziola Buenrostro made several sacrifices when she switched to Choices Alternative High School from Clovis High School last year, including playing volleyball. However, she said, the tradeoff has been worth it. Taking advantage of the school’s more flexible schedule, Buenrostro, 17, was able to work as a server at the […]

Work not as important as The Word

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist What if you are having several people over for Sunday dinner? Women, are you concerned with the rolls and dessert or do you want just to visit with your guests? It seems trivial but let me explain. Among the many characters mentioned in Bible passages that chronicle the week before […]

Police say fugitive sighted in Clovis

CNJ staff Police said Tuesday they have information a fugitive wanted in the shooting of a 10-year-old boy is in the Clovis area. Noe Torres, 27, is wanted in connection with the 2005 shooting of Carlos Perez, who was sleeping next to his brother when he was hit in the head with a bullet, one […]

Spouse’s return causes frenzy

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist My husband recently came back from a deployment. I was anxious to welcome him back home, and the days leading up to his arrival were filled with expectations and work. I wanted to accomplish all the things on my to-do list, making everything and everyone appear as far from chaos […]

Wilson visits Iraq on fact-finding trip

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Congresswoman Heather Wilson, wrapping up a fact-finding trip to Iraq, said Saturday the United States needs to change its strategy to protect its interests in the region. She also passed along encouraging messages from Cannon Air Force Base troops stationed there. “The situation in Iraq is dangerous and is not […]

Shopper stories

Freedom Newspapers Some shoppers got everything they wanted in a matter of minutes. Others fought through crowds to discover their targeted items were sold out. We talked with a few shoppers on their Black Friday experiences in eastern New Mexico. Ashly Baccas, shopping in the afternoon with family, said she has never done the early […]

Former patrolman acheives goal as chief

Dan Blair started his tenure as chief of the Clovis Police Department Saturday, taking the reins over from the retiring Bill Carey. Blair has never worked for another law enforcement agency, spending all 21 years with the CPD. He spent most of his years working with the department’s Special Response Team, and has since risen […]

In Tribute: Santiago Hidalgo

Santiago Hidalgo By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He dedicated years of his life to helping others through community service and the American Legion. A wounded Vietnam veteran, Santiago “Saunty” R. Hidalgo made helping youth and fellow veterans his purpose in life. He wore many hats, holding the position of chaplain with American Legion Post […]

Purple Hearted: Clovis native killed in Iraq was serving his second tour.

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Leroy Segura Sr. hugs his niece, Alisha Segura, on Tuesday at his home in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. had already earned a Purple Heart when he returned to Iraq for a second tour of duty in July. Returning to the war-ravaged country just […]

Clovis soldier killed in Afghanistan

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Courtesy photo Robert Paul Kassin, 29, of Clovis was killed Sunday in Afghanistan when his unit came under fire, according to the Army. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis soldier killed Sunday in Afghanistan was helping to rebuild communities in the war-torn country, his father said. Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, 29, died near […]

Daughter of ex-CHS star a prep All-America

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Too bad for the Clovis High girls basketball team that the whole family of LaMar Lucas doesn’t have the same affinity for Clovis as he does. If that were the case, the Lady Wildcats would have a high school All-American on their hands. When he was in high school, Lucas […]

Don’t forget: Journalists have dangerous jobs

Freedom Newspapers Journalists have been criticized a lot lately, sometimes justly, as in Dan Rather’s infamous 2004 “Memogate” report that used a falsified document on President Bush’s military service. But journalists still are the men and women on the front lines of wars, riots and disasters, bringing the news to us. Sometimes journalists are hurt […]