In defense of a crowded closet

Aisha Sultan My ambitious clothing audit began with an impulse to purge. It was getting harder to pull garments in and out of a packed closet, in which tops pressed up against dress shirts, which nudged jackets into a dark corner. I decided to catalogue each item taking up precious space by color, age, style […]

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. […]

TV can’t compare to country living

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist I was in high school when I saw television for the first time. Some friends who lived in town had one. They bought a green plastic cover they taped over the screen to make the “snow” seem not so bad. Our family wasn’t impressed, but everyone else thought it was […]

Tracking down good trees not too difficult

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales nursery owner Curt Jaynes said a good way to check on a tree’s freshness is to pull on its branch, and remember healthier trees are slower to shed needles. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Across the country millions of people are flocking to nurseries and tree farms to […]

Best gifts given aren’t bought at Black Friday

Freedom New Mexico It’s Black Friday; do you know where your Christmas shoppers are at? Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is when the holiday shopping season moves into high gear. Today has become known as Black Friday because it’s when many American retailers start to tip over from “red” deficit spending to keep their doors […]

Thanksgiving turkeys test patience

One spring when our mom bought baby chicks at the feed store my brother got some baby turkeys. He was about 10 years old, and this was his first money-making project.

Holidays about creating memories

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist One spring when our mom bought baby chicks at the feed store, my brother got some baby turkeys. He was about 10 years old, and this was his first money-making project.

Success, good deeds tainted by scandal

Freedom New Mexico So what are we to think of Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli now that he has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to Securities and Exchange Commission investigators, and been suspended from involvement with the Anaheim Ducks, which he and his wide bought in 2005? On the one hand, Samueli is a […]

Autobiography: 1964 Chevy II

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1964 Chevy II By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A look at area residents and their vehicles. Name: Mike and Joe Muraco Car: 1964 Chevy II Tell us your auto story: “I bought the engine that is in the car in 1983 and it’s been in three cars before this one. I’m making this car […]

Drug store owner helped develop Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist George H. Sasser, a native of Alabama, came to New Mexico in 1915 and joined the staff of the drugstores at Artesia, Carlsbad, Hagerman, and Roswell. He came to Clovis in 1922 where he organized the Fox Drug Companies, probably the largest drugstore in the State of New Mexico. Sasser […]

CCC bookstore bustling

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Joella Gerzon, left, of Clovis shops for school supplies Monday at the Clovis Community College bookstore with her daughter. The store sold out of flash drives, according to bookstore officials. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sarah Kraft and Michael Pino sat on a couch in the main lobby Monday […]

Foray into fish farming fresh idea

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “If we can grow a garden, we can grow our own fish,” proclaimed The Lady of the House, walking in our front door from the supermarket. “Well, hello to you, too,” I said with a smile. “What’s that all about.” “I just bought frozen fish from China. China! Can I […]

Musical evolution sheds hardware layer by layer

By Freedom Newspapers As you navigate the process of downloading 1,000 songs onto that MP3 player you got for Christmas, and then wonder how you’re ever going to find them on there, you can ponder for a moment the disappearance of all the hardware that used to be involved with being a music fan — […]

Brain possibly next Bluetooth frontier

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christmas is great for many reasons: Congress isn’t in session, so I have no reason to get upset about what elected officials are doing. All kinds of once-a-year food items and television shows are available, including Mint M&M’s and “Home Alone,” a movie that’s just no longer realistic because […]

Bikers use bells to ward off evil spirits

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(CNJ Illustration: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even seasoned motorcycle riders share a superstition, a belief that there are road gremlins who cause mechanical failures and accidents. To ward off “evil road spirits,” bikers dangle bells near the front wheel. The “freedom” or “spirit” bells are steeped in bike lore and tradition. […]

Playin’ and Dancin’

Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The boys don’t line up on one side of the room with the girls on the other — each waiting for the first couple to get on the dance floor. In fact, there’s little to no hesitation as soon as Bill Case and the Velvetones launch into the opening bars of […]

Horoscopes for your children

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Don’t fret over those expensive items you bought for your kid as he entered school this fall. You should instead smack your forehead and cry, “I shudda bought a Student Horoscope!” Allow me to explain. The 2005 Old Newsman’s Horoscope is hot off the presses, and it’s just what your kid […]

Guns have place, but not at my place

By Grant McGee I was kicking back in Elida with my good friend Kent, bard of the Pecos. We were having iced tea, talking about his return to this small outpost of Roosevelt County. During a lull in the conversation, my mind wandered to the rifle by the door. There weren’t any firearms in my […]

Davis, Carleton

Carleton Davis Service: Have been held. Carleton Davis, 87, of Clovis died Friday, March 12, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born on Sept. 3, 1916 in Leavenworth, Kan., to Ira and Grace Davis. The family moved to Clovis in 1923. Family members said he supported himself by selling shoes and hopped a […]

Lobbyists spend money in wrong places

By Ned Cantwell Here’s the thing. You can shower me with all kinds of gifts. I will accept the Lexus. Nice gesture. Oh, and how I am looking forward to those two weeks in Hawaii at your expense. Be warned, though. Those gratuities will have no effect on me whatsoever should I ever write about […]