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 […]