Walkin’ … Just for the health of it

Michelle Seeber Mall walkers find the early-morning shelter of North Plains Mall ideal for all-weather exercise. Can walking help you live longer? Winnie Moore, 93, of Clovis, says it can. She “faithfully” walks five days a week at North Plains Mall to maintain low cholesterol and a healthy heart. She said she started walking at […]

Head ‘em up and move ‘em out on the old Chisholm Trail

Tom DiFrancesca Last week, I ended my column by mentioning Glen Seeber’s Internet endeavors. Glen is the news editor for the Clovis News Journal. So, as promised, I’m here with the scoop. The Chisholm Trail — after hearing or reading those words, I immediately picture in my mind, long arduous cattle drives, men who receive […]

Almanac’s weather appears to beat the professionals

By Tom DiFrancesca III Seems like a pretty strange winter we are having. One day it’s cold, the next day we are out washing our vehicles in short sleeves. I seem to recall that during the fall — the National Weather Service had predicted that this part of the country was in store for a […]

Website commemorates 9/11 with stories, pictures

By Tom DiFrancesca III It’s now year 2004. Time sure seems to fly as I get older. To think, the infamous date of Sept. 11, 2001, is now years behind us, and yet it still feels like yesterday. I don’t believe that date is too far back in anyone’s mind — probably won’t be for […]

Web site commemorates 9/11 with stories, pictures

Tom DiFrancesca It’s now year 2004. Time sure seems to fly as I get older. To think, the infamous date of Sept. 11, 2001, is now years behind us, and yet it still feels like yesterday. I don’t believe that date is too far back in anyone’s mind — probably won’t be for a very […]

With high-tech apologies to Clement C. Moore

By Tom DiFrancesca ’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring — except for a computer mouse. For you see, “Dad” was lazy this year and didn’t get his shopping done. Now he’s at froogle.google.com — trying to find a really good deal, on a brand new BB-gun. […]

Online game can get players under its spell

By Tom DiFrancesca I’ve never been real keen on computer games — in fact, I’ve never been much of a game player of any kind. Things have changed a little lately though. A few weeks ago, somebody — I really wish I could remember who, so I could give them credit — told me about […]

Take a virtual tour of England — it’s worth your time

Tom DiFrancesca I’ve just returned from yet another trip to Great Britain — virtually that is. At the request of my friend Jason, who works for British Tours Ltd. — I re-visited their Web site at www.britishtours.com/ and I’m glad that I did. This time, I got to roam the grounds of the Tower of […]

Surfing your way into Las Vegas is smart and easy

Tom Di Francesca Greetings from the floor of the Las Vegas (Nevada) Convention Center. I and my trusty sidekick “K” (short for Kyocera) — which is actually a combination cellular telephone and Palm Pilot — are here to attend COMDEX. COMDEX is an acronym for “computer dealer exposition” and the event takes place in November […]

Going hi-tech with homework

By Sue Gilmore For many working parents, staying up-to-date about what’s going on in the classroom can be a challenge. But thanks to the Internet and teachers, parents can catch up on what’s been happening at school. Information available to parents — and kids — includes homework assignments, test schedules, teachers’ notes and project access. […]

Newest feature not in black and white

David Stevens — From the editor’s desk The Clovis News Journal has added two new features, but you won’t find them in the pages of our newspaper. They’re on our Internet Web site. Pull up our site — www.cnjonline.com — and on the left side you’ll see a section called “Web Exclusives.” Below that heading […]

Busy week yields ‘killer’ search engine

Tom DiFrancesca It’s been a busy week in “Internet Land,” lots of changes, lots of activity, and I’ve come across a lot of interesting Web sites. I mentioned in last week’s column about all the buzz that has been generated on the Web since Google.com announced its possible intentions to go public next year. Well, […]

Spammed out? ‘Make them pay’ is creed of Vanquish software

Tom DiFrancesca Here’s an update on the Clovis “WhyNot” project: We need more folks to get involved. A couple of local concerned citizens have registered at the Web site www.whynot.net/clovis but that is not enough. We need a lot of concerned citizens to participate in this project. I’m going to mention the endeavor in future […]

‘WhyNot?’ Web site may include Clovis, with our help

Tom Di Francesca Considering, that Halloween is coming up, I was going to write about some great Halloween related Web sites. But that has changed. Something significant has occurred and something even more significant is about to happen, and so I’d like to share that with you. I’ve mentioned the “WhyNot?” Web site a couple […]

Everyone loves a freebie … software, that is

Tom Di Francesca Every one loves free software right? Especially when it’s spyware and virus free. Go take a peek at www.coffeecup.com/freestuff/ and you’ll find a pretty good selection of free programs to play with. Of course, the folks at CoffeeCup are hoping you will be so enamored with their freebies that you’ll actually purchase […]

Web site provides lifeline or suicidal students

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Ulifeline.org offers help for people who feel they are in need of reaching out to talk to someone about problems in their life. CNJ staff illustration: Eric Kluth STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Faced with a growing number of student suicides, some universities are trying to combat the trend by offering depressed students the anonymity of […]

Search engines: The race for the big money

Tom DiFrancesca Lots of breaking news concerning search engines this past week. Although Google.com has remained one of the more popular and profitable (through advertising sales) search engine services on the Web — for some time now, that may all be changing soon. For a while there, I watched as some of the major Internet […]

Collaboration may be the key to problem solving

Tom DiFrancesca I mentioned a few columns back about the ability to listen to Clovis Wildcat football games online — during the games. Well, now the folks at KWKA/KTQM and I-Net of New Mexico have gone a step further; you can go to www.kwka.com and listen to past games. The streaming broadcasts have been archived […]

Residents to share experiences with readers

Welcome to My Life. That’s a new feature that begins today in the Clovis News Journal. Each week, the newspaper will recruit a different local resident to share his or her life’s experiences through the pages of a daily diary. Muleshoe mayor and restaurant owner Victor Leal is our first volunteer. His diary will appear […]