Fantasy candy featured on show

Information on making fantasy candy, natural blood pressure control and cooking with potatoes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday Designer Laura Bray will show how to make fantasy candy, and even though it’s not edible, it certainly looks delicious. She will show a project that allows […]

Community shares Valentine’s Day thoughts, memories

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School junior Emily Wickham chops mushrooms during a practice session at the high school in the industry-standard kitchen that serves as the culinary classroom for CHS. Freedom New Mexico Valentine’s Day…our official celebration of love, romance and candy hearts with silly sayings. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s […]

Relic boxes, candy bark treats featured on program

Sheryl Borden Information on creating relic boxes, making candy bark treats and new products for relieving stress will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Crafter Marisa Pawelko will show how to create relic boxes, which are miniature time capsules that can capture special memories for any occasion. […]

Christmas candy cane taunts me

The first few days after Christmas are magical. OK, maybe that’s not the best word. Instead, let’s go with, “really really good.” That’s the best way I can think of to describe the post-holiday sales. The half-off wrapping and candy works for everybody. We get cheap stuff that will work next Christmas (and other holidays […]

In Search of Ponies: Gift horses tether to Grandpa

Sharna Johnson The childhood memories are many and vivid. There were the sweets; sugared mulberries and raspberries on top of vanilla ice cream, butterscotch candies, the nectar from honey suckle blossoms, boxes of oranges and grapefruits at Christmas and thin ribbon candy. And the countless hours I spent at Grandpa’s house, sitting in the branches […]

Local companies unaffected by peanut recall

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Local peanut and peanut product producers are safe from a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Officials with Sunland Peanut Inc. and Leslie Candy Co. said their peanuts are grown locally, nowhere near the salmonella contamination identified by the Food and Drug Administration. There have been 488 cases of salmonella […]

Baby born in back seat of Cadillac

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Candy McDonald gave birth to her 5-pound, 15-ounce daughter Jaliyah Marshall in the back seat of her grandmother’s Cadillac SUV Wednesday while enroute to the hospital. Mother and baby, nicknamed “Escalade” by hospital staff, are doing j By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Cadillac Escalade was the location of […]

Parade draws residents, sense of pride

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Navy veteran Natasha Beckwith, left, holds the American flag Saturday standing with fellow veteran Les Bassinger on the American Veterans Post No. 14 float during the Veterans Day Parade. To view more photos from the parade, visit fnm.mycapture.com. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Milia and Cadence Ratledge, 4-year-old twins […]

Childhood games instill good values

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Once an innocent way of deciding who went first or who got the last piece of candy, the game “rock, paper, scissors” is now organized into a televised U.S. championship. Surfing the channels one night last week, there it was on an obscure Fox Sports channel, folks in […]

Railroaders reminisce

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Each month a group of retired and current railroaders get together to keep up the family feeling their group shares. The third Thursday of every month, the National Association of Veteran and Retired Railway Employees holds a potluck at Baxter-Curren Senior Center so that railroaders can come and talk […]

Stocking stuffers

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CNJ staff photo illustration: Liliana Castillo Stockings are a chance to show your friends and family members you’ve been paying attention to what they like. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Stocking stuffers can be anything from holiday candy to money, but in the end, as long as the stuffers bring a smile to the […]

12-11-07 It’s their business

Leslie Candy Co. Name: Leslie Candy Co. What they do: Manufacture and distribute candy in 16 states as well as operate a small candy store in Clovis. Who’s in charge: Greg Southard Employees: 14 How long in business: Since 1949 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Contact: 763-3990 or www.lesliecandy.com Of note: […]

’89 Ford just part of lifelong journey

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Mom called to tell me recently that Dad found an old set of my car keys. Judging by her description, they didn’t sound familiar. She handed them to me a few days later, though, and memories reawakened. “Here!” Mom handed me a set of rusty keys held on to a […]

Halloween hijinks

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Seven-year-olds Colter Figg, left, and Max Rowley visit the house of Lisa and Ray Dant Wednesday. This was Colter’s first year trick-or-treating and he said he was having fun. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Lisa and Ray Dant take great care in decorating their house to make it spooky. […]

Halloween safety tips

CNJ staff Children trick-or-treating should: Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards. Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses. Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult if under age 12. Know their phone number and carry a cell phone if possible. Cross streets at […]

Trick-or-treating, generosity don’t mix

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House is frustrated. She can’t find just the right things she needs to dress us up for a Halloween party. “We could keep it simple,” I said. “We both tie on a box of corn flakes then stick a butcher knife in each box.” “What kind […]

Halloween candy should bear warning

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Diet commercials used to start in January, after people gained five pounds from holiday binging. Now they begin before the Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe they should run before Halloween. That’s when sweets appear in bulk. Halloween is like the pre-holiday kick-off, but there are no fat busters screaming over the television […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Dogs earn keep by helping store owner

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Customers at Sandia Wholesale are usually greeted into the store with welcoming barks from its four-legged employees. Jim Graham, who owns the candy and paper product distributing store on North Main Street, has taken his dogs to work with him for the last 10 […]

County fairs picture perfect

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist A county fair means one thing. Crouching down into an immobile ball for several hours beside the pigpens. No, I was not hiding from the cops. Nor was I attempting to steal a corncob from an unsuspecting sow. I was armed with a camera to get the ultimate photo of a […]

Reporters are the best pranksters

By Bob Huber: local columnist News reporters in olden times enjoyed pulling pranks. They all did. You probably think they acquired that fun-filled pastime in journalism school, except the reporters I knew never went to college. That’s why they were reporters. The most applauded jokes were those that involved large groups of people. Politicians and […]