Educating at home

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Before he started high school two years ago, 16-year-old Jeremiah Schultz wanted to explore what it would be like to go to a public school instead of being homeschooled. “He interviewed teachers, students and peers,” said his mom, Margaret Schultz. He also explored both of the high schools in […]

Fiddler extraordinaire played for governor

By Don McAlvay: Local columnist I’ve lost track of Alva J. Parker. Last I knew he was with his daughter in Farmington. I hope he’s still kicking. Parker won more fiddle contests left-handed than most right-handed fiddle players won. He did not change the order of the fiddle strings. Parker shared his fiddle with his […]

Campus prank goes haywire

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It began with the “Jack the Ripper” movie. This horror flick, from sometime in the 1930s, contained all of the classic elements that make for a still viable fright-night feature. As the main focus on the campus horror movie evening for Halloween, it was supplemented with “Sorry, Wrong Number” and […]

Candidate profiles — District 63 State Representative

CNJ staff Republican Russell R. Grider and Democrat Jose Campos are running for District 63 State Representative. Name: Jose Campos Occupation: Owner of Joseph’s Bar and Grill Party: Democrat Age: 43 Hometown: Santa Rosa Wife: Christina Rivas Children: Analisa, 18; Andrea, 16; Jose III, 14 Hobbies: History, antique automobiles, scuba diving, golfing, camping, boating, water […]

On the road to salvation

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Doug McGimpsey (left) Gary Ford (center) and pastor Art Evans each played a role in the crosses being erected in Broadview. There are three crosses on the roadside, including one 30 feet high and two others 24 feet tall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer During a car ride home, Trenton […]

Everyone is a writer at heart

By Judy Brandon I could call myself a writer. I am smart enough to know that I cannot write professionally for a living. I just enjoy writing to express the emotions, thoughts and ideas of my heart. But in reality, everyone is a writer. A person doesn’t have to have an article published in the […]

Amos — spooky superstititions

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types poetry by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. spooky superstititions weird things have been happening to me recently boss it s like some black cat has been […]

Gonzales, Lugarda Casaus

Lugarda Casaus Gonzales Services: Have been held. Lugarda C. Gonzales, 97, of Fort Sumner, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at her home. She was born on July 21, 1907, in Fort Sumner, to Juan B. and Antonia Sandoval Casaus. She was raised in Fort Sumner where she graduated from high school. She married Pablo Gonzales […]

Nine apply for county manager position

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Curry County manager’s office is on the cusp of a regime change, and the seated county commissioners have never been through this process before. Commissioners have not formally discussed the applicants or the transition process, but when they meet again on Tuesday they will introduce their ideas for […]

Monster hobby

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Lisa Marrow said it took three days to decorate the inside and outside of her home for Halloween. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Ghosts hang among pots on an overhead rack, a cauldron full of candy sits atop a counter in the kitchen, a bat dangles from a light fixture, […]