Pets’ quirks make them endearing

Pets can have some pretty strange idiosyncrasies. Some of them become pretty endearing others are just irritating. Take for instance the younger of our two dogs, Ranger. Since the older dog slept on the bed with us, when he moved in he decided he would just sleep under the bed. Never mind that he has […]

Herding Squirrels: Greetings from a super villain

Traci Arbios As a young lass, I never wanted the “typical” dream of growing up and getting married and having 2.5 kids and settling down into the 3-bed, 2-bath home with the picket fence. Partial lie — I wanted the picket fence, but mostly I just wanted my parents to build a picket fence around […]

New bed provides marital peace

By Curtis K. Shelburn: Local columnist

Government bought control of businesses

He who pays the piper calls the tune. This should be a lesson to companies tempted to get in bed with the government or to plead for taxpayer bailouts because they are “too big to fail” after they have experienced a run of bad luck or bad management. President Barack Obama’s “pay czar,” Kenneth R. […]

Dec. 18 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 3 p.m. Dec. 7 an officer responded to a residence in the 300 block of Plaza Street for a report of criminal damage. A woman said the night before she heard a loud bang in front of her home. She showed […]

Late rising more elusive later in life

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers As children, my sister Becky, my aunt Paula and I competed to see who could rise the earliest. In college, the competition turned into who slept the latest. Now, I’m back to being an early bird. These are the cycles we go through in life. Of course I can’t forget […]

Gardening can be year-round hobby

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I am in the middle of the world’s longest ongoing project — cleaning and categorizing the garage. The workspace-clearing piece is important, as is the Christmas shelf area, not to mention the hanging of tools and storing of the toys. It is easy to get distracted from such an enjoyable […]

Some state laws too stupid to obey

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist The other day I nearly got run down in the middle of the street. By a police car. While jaywalking a mere two yards or so from a perfectly good crosswalk. As I cringed and hoped he wouldn’t notice me — as if one doesn’t notice a jaywalking female in combat […]

Consistency key to good parenting

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist Lately, my oldest daughter, Luisa, has been testing my ability to be a consistent parent. Every night, she asks to come in my bed when her younger sisters are asleep. I have allowed her to do so on occasions, but since my husband’s deployment her requests have increased in duration […]

Learning your ABZ’s

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleSleep therapist Bryan Ellis says sleeping disorders are underdiagnosed. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer By Marlena Hartz marlena_hartz@link.freedom.com He swings the door open to reveal an immaculate room. Not a crumb on the carpet, not a stain on the nightstand, not a wrinkle on the floral bedspread. Makes sense. After […]

Jack finally got his wish — to be buried in N.M.

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Sometimes I can get over my head in helping somebody. That was the case with Jack Skipworth. You’d have to know something about Jack to understand. Maybe this will help: Jack was sort of famous for being in trouble with the law. Some of you may remember I wrote a two-part […]

Suspect arrested in infant death

CNJ staff A phone tip to police led to the arrest of a 42-year-old man Wednesday in connection with the October 2004 death of an infant left in his care at a Clovis motel, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo surrendered to police at an undisclosed […]

Police searching for child-abuse suspect

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Police are searching for a 42-year-old Clovis man in connection with the death of an infant 13 months ago. An arrest warrant was issued Nov. 9 for Leroy Jaramillo for child abuse leading to the death of a 10-month-old Clovis baby in his care at a Clovis motel, according […]

Sleepy genius of Rip Van Winkle underappreciated

Ryn Gargulinski What do we all want, need and cannot live without? No, it’s not the $84 fuzzy shearling slippers from the latest Cabelas catalog. It’s our dear friend sleep. Studies have shown normal adults need at least eight hours of sleep per day. When we say “normal” we mean those who do not aim […]

What Blessings May Come From a 1:00 a.m. Phone Call?

By Curtis K. Shelburne I’ve got some work I need to finish up, but I’ll go to bed soon,” I told my already-in-bed-wife last night as I kissed her goodnight. “I don’t want to stay up too late, so I won’t work much longer.” “I’ll believe that when I see it,” she smiled sleepily back. […]

10/30 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call from a home on the 600 block of 13th Street regarding a stolen stove. The caller told police his rental home was being renovated and an electric stove was stolen sometime between Oct. […]

Balancing life can mean compromise

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist An article in the September issue of Latina magazine caught my eye, “The Perfectly (Un) Balanced Life” which asks, “Who says we mujeres must have a perfectly made bed while making it to the top?” This stopped me in my tracks because, well, I’m a woman who usually leaves home […]

270-bed apartment-style building put on hold

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A proposed 270-bed apartment-style building is on hold for now at Eastern New Mexico University. The university’s board of regents said Saturday they want to see what happens with the proposed closing of Cannon Air Force Base before moving ahead with the project. ENMU has partnered with Collegiate Development Services […]

amos: one hectic day

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. one hectic day boss i may have mentioned this before but life ain t easy under a […]

Psalmist is right: Joy comes in morning

By Curtis Shelburne Sometimes — and now that I think about it, maybe most of the time — I think the little things in life are the biggest and best of all. Oh, I know, some of the things that will one day, in the perspective of a whole life, seem really small seem pretty […]