Manager: ‘Harry Potter’ flying off shelves

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Gutierrez Denise Adams of Clovis looks at a copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” for her grandson, Bryan McCormick. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Between 250 and 300 people waited at Hastings in Clovis until the clock struck one minute past midnight Saturday to buy “Harry Potter and […]

Companies underestimate consumers

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I recently got a new computer, and I’ve lost a lot of sleep over the last week customizing it to my liking. The computer started up right out of the box and it was fast — and by fast, I mean the speed at which Time magazine ran away […]

Kids go on shopping spree

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A huge bone-in ham topped the Christmas list for one local youngster. The 12-year-old boy was one of 102 local children who were treated to an early morning Christmas shopping spree by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The large group — made up of Eagles members, adult volunteers and […]

Shopping stress alters moods

By: Anita Doberman: Columnist Before Christmas, I undergo a Jekyll/Hyde transformation, most noticeably when I buy presents. I call it my Christmas dichotomy. There is the happy Christmas self and my alter ego, the stressed out shopper. When I am cheerful, nothing alters my mood. Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it with my […]

Deadline set for full payment of claims

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Service members who have household goods damaged or lost during government-directed moves will be reimbursed under a more robust “full replacement value” standard starting by at least March of 2008. Congress set the deadline in the 2007 defense authorization act signed into law Oct. 17. The National Military Family Association […]

Drugstore chain says it will buy Albertson’s Inc.

Staff and wire reports MINNEAPOLIS — An investment group led by grocer Supervalu Inc. and drugstore chain CVS Corp. said Monday it will buy Albertson’s Inc., the nation’s second-biggest traditional grocery store chain, for $9.7 billion in cash and stock. Albertson’s stockholders will get $26.29 per share in cash and Supervalu stock. The investment group […]

Last-minute shoppers scramble to buy gifts

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Shameka Patton, left, and her sister Tchicaya Williams shop Saturday at Bath & Body Works in the North Plains Mall. They were Christmas shopping for last-minute gifts for other sisters who will be in town for Christmas. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The aisles of Wal-Mart were filled, some so […]

Two cows explain politics

Bob Huber You haven’t reached life’s high-water mark until your grandkids ask, “What’s the difference between Republicans and Democrats?” The upshot is, if you’re smart, you’ll devise a basic list of replies designed to be understood by children. Take my personal favorite, the “Two Cows Response.” Here’s a sampler. It begins with, “If you are […]

Retirees getting second chance at program

By Tom Philpott: Military Update More than 800,000 military retirees who declined the Survivor Benefit Plan at retirement will get another chance to buy into a much-improved program, starting this fall. But delayed enrollment won’t be cheap, particularly for retirees who left service during the last six years. Congress voted last year not only to […]

Fly rod or fishing reel, that’s romance

Bob Huber: CNJ columnist A couple of years ago I was in a quandary concerning an appropriate Valentine’s Day gift for my wife Marilyn. Should I buy her a new fly rod or a miter saw? I’ve always been a hopeless romantic. All our married lives I never let Valentine’s Day slip by without lavishing […]

Government cannot prevent disasters

By Tibor Machan I have resisted writing about the tsunami because, well, it is such a horrible catastrophe that it seemed tacky to rush out a column about it. Now, closer to my home, we have a much smaller but no less disastrous event of a killer mudslide caused by recent heavy rains in Southern […]

Readers want good use made of YRB

Project Reader Reaction Readers want good use made of YRB A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “A city official wants to demolish the city-owned Youth Recreation Building, but the Clovis Bowhunters Club wants to buy the building for $1 and repair it. What do you think?” Some responses: “THIS BUILDING WAS BUILT when I […]

Taos is no longer the soul of New Mexico

Grant McGee I like to get out of town at least once a month. It makes me appreciate Clovis. The most recent destination: Taos, about four hours northwest in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo mountains. Taos means different things to different people: It’s an art colony, a ski destination and a tourist town. Taos beckoned […]

Lawmakers considering stiffer DWI legislation

David Arkin: CNJ correspondent There’s sweeping support statewide — and especially in eastern New Mexico — for legislation that would implement the harshest penalty yet for DWI offenders. This week, Gov. Bill Richardson threw his support behind a plan that wouldn’t allow DWI offenders to buy alcohol for five years. An offender’s driver’s license would […]

Hey, computer illiterates, this is fun

Leonard Pitts Jr. It is spring. I walk into my home office ready to work. My computer is not. It seems to have smoked crack overnight and will not function, despite repeated rebooting, several sharp slaps to the CPU and curses upon the name Bill Gates. I call technical support. Technical support explains that I […]

No whining about a capitalist Christmas

Tibor Machan Sometimes one ought to repeat a point, even over and over, since it is important enough to call attention to it often. Given that many people, such as celebrities with lots of media exposure, manage to repeat idiotic points, I have resolved to refute them repeatedly. Emma Thompson, whom I rather enjoy as […]

Horses go on the block

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Eldon Krebs, of Gordon, Neb., (far left) watches a video of a horse Saturday along with Ryan Andrews, of Beaumont, Texas, at Clovis Livestock Auction’s Fall Horse Sale. Andrews, who sells horses, has them on video tape for buyers to watch. By Janet Bresenham They come from all over the United States and south and […]

Water’s future flows with challenges

By David Stevens Those who’ve grown up around here have heard the warnings all of our lives — we’re going to run out of water some day. Some day is not that far away anymore. If we don’t do something quick — drastically reduce our water consumption or figure out a way to get more […]