Choices determine life’s path

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I wrote about these two long-gone cousins about five years ago, but the time has come to tell their story again. This childhood story illustrates the point that the decisions and choices we make affect us. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas. In grade school they participated in a […]

Choices good alternative for student worker

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ correspondent Ziola Buenrostro made several sacrifices when she switched to Choices Alternative High School from Clovis High School last year, including playing volleyball. However, she said, the tradeoff has been worth it. Taking advantage of the school’s more flexible schedule, Buenrostro, 17, was able to work as a server at the […]

Too many choices make selection tough

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist There was one copy of this magazine sold from Hastings in Clovis last year. I know, because I am the one who bought it. The magazine is the Competition edition of Wildfowl Carving, which features the best of the previous year’s carving competitions, primarily in wood, for those who focus […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Students donate to family in crisis

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A CLOVIS FAMILY grieving the recent, unexpected death of their father has received heartfelt donations from Clovis students, according to Clovis Schools press release. Students from Choices school donated 1,055 non-perishable food items, $205, and a Christmas tree to the bereaved Terrones family, according to Choices Principal Scott Sparks. […]

Ingenuity, intelligence no match for wisdom

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Just for fun I bid on some old school lunch boxes on eBay. Years ago Annie, John Scott and Buffy ate lunch everyday at school with Charlie’s Angels, The Dukes of Hazard and Holly Hobby. So I thought I would put in a bid for each one on eBay. Was […]

Student overcame hurdles to graduate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her back is turned as she runs a brush through her long, black hair. She looks away from the mirror, and sits down on the hospital bed, where she has draped a bright, SpongeBob SquarePants blanket over the thin, white sheets. Suddenly, it is obvious. Erica Lopez isn’t the […]

No such thing as luck, only hard work

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I walked under a ladder on purpose the other day to prove a point. Some men were climbing onto a roof at Eastern New Mexico University and one of them forewarned me not to as I boldly walked right under the ladder with a sarcastic smile on my face. “You’re […]

Choices can lead to God — or stomachaches

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I wrote about Mother’s two cousins about five years ago. The time has come to tell their story again. This childhood story illustrates the point that the decisions and choices we make affect us. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas. In grade school they participated in a school club […]

Nobel winner never lost sight of human factor

Freedom Newspapers In awarding the Nobel Prize in Economics to Thomas C. Schelling, the Swedish Academy of Sciences honored a man who is “an exceptional independent thinker” and who has pioneered a variety of concepts in economics and in other social sciences. That’s the assessment of Dan Klein, who teaches economics at George Mason University […]

Talk to children about making good choices

Freedom Newspapers T he next target of the anti-drug hysteria that stems from our nation’s drug war could well be something many Americans have never heard of: marijuana-flavored lollipops. Marketed by several makers under names such as “Pot Suckers,” the candies contain no THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. But that doesn’t stop rabid drug […]