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Alyssa’s 7th B-day Notice the cool dad in the background with the awesome Emmitt Smith throwback gators jersey!!! Now that’s gangsta. Submitted by Shawn Martinez

Funerals not always sad occasion

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I told my sister Maria recently, “You missed a good funeral,” and she looked at me like I was nuts. “No, I mean it,” I explained. “It was a good funeral, getting to meet and visit with Dad’s side of the family.” It’s something we rarely got to do while […]

Tough times will eventually pass

By Grant McGee: Columnist To me, a good Christmas is about lifting your spirits. A good Christmas is about smiles and sharing and stuff. The presents, the food and all the other Christmasy things are just icing on the cake. What was your best Christmas ever? I’d have to say mine was 23 years ago. […]

Why does God attend worship?

By Curtis K. Shelburne Several years ago I took some of our family 70 miles down the road looking for a little dose of culture. We went to hear the symphony, and with them, the man who’s arguably the best classical guitarist in the world. His performance reminded me of one of my own. No […]

Memories define holiday season

By Clyde Davis: Columnist The other day, while doing some browse-shopping in our local chain bookstore, I came across two books to put on the “maybe” list. Complete scripts, or at least apparently complete, for “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Miracle On 34th Street.” Since both rank high on my favorite blond’s list of touching […]

Accident didn’t slow down farmer

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist This story is told by the daughter of Clyde Sparks, Neva Riggins of Clovis, and takes place in the fall of 1945. “Dad said that he lacked two rounds being completely finished with the wheat harvest in that field. It was close to sundown so he felt that he could […]

‘Julio’ popular name in Hispanic family

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Before the month is over, I must write about how popular the name Julio is in my family. My dad is named Julio. His favorite uncle was named Julio and he has cousins named Julio. Many males born in July on my father’s side of the family are named […]

In Tribute: Former pastor defies doctor’s predictions

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer When Otis Foster had a stroke, doctors predicted he wouldn’t make it through the night. The Baptist deacon, farmer and grandfather of 30 defied the odds for 18 years before he died May 16. He was 96. “I told my dad he was a bull, he was going to […]

Low-tech friendships were just as good

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer I’m so out of the loop that I’ve never MySpaced, let alone started a Web page or blog. My idea of chatting is old fashion, talking face to face with a real person, or on a real cell phone. When we were kids, MySpace.com was my bedroom, I mean […]

Student profile: Wheeler

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cade Wheeler is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Mike and Paige Wheeler. He was selected as the CHS Teen of the Week for March 19-23. Who is your hero and why? My dad. He has been a great role model for me in […]

Ellison Green remembers growing up in Hillcrest Park

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist One of the nicest guys in Clovis is Ellison Green, who after all these years wrote about his growing up in a home in Hillcrest Park. Here is his story he told to me. I wish you could have known the people and the times when I was young. My […]

Mothers can still be daddy’s girls

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist I never thought of myself as daddy’s girl. My dad, who is a tour manager in Rome, recently went back to Italy after spending several weeks with me during my husband’s deployment. My hubby left a few days after my fourth C-section, and my parents were concerned about my situation […]

Holiday time to count blessings

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist This Thanksgiving my husband will not be with us. Like countless other families whose loved ones are serving in the armed forces, we’ll do our best to keep the holiday spirit alive, and show our children that we have lots to be grateful for, despite the fact that Daddy is […]

To avoid time in jail, heed mom’s advice

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Recently I met Leslie Johnson, warden of the Curry County Detention Center. In chatting with her, thoughts about jail and prison came to mind; some inspired by movies, some by my own experiences. I’ve often pondered hard time in the hoosegow. It started when I was a kid watching Burt […]

Dads take baby steps toward learning the basics

The class was fun just hearing the dads with kids talk about how much fun kids can be. Just other little stuff, like it doesn’t matter how much money you make your kids are always going to remember the time that you spent with them. Janet Taylor-Birkey Nine male Airmen were racing to the finish […]

Forgetfulness sign of brain overload

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist What kind of a child forgets their own parents’ wedding anniversary? A self-centered, ungrateful, spoiled brat, right? Or in my case, a normally organized and occasionally thoughtful daughter suffering from brain overload. Yes, I’m guilty as charged. Line me up before the firing squad. But I have a perfectly justifiable […]

Heritage plays role in people we become

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist This is the season; the time of year is on us. It’s usually perfect, too; not too hot, not yet cold. Maybe some rain, but more often only the threat. It’s a good time of year to make a road trip, which in our case was necessary. The trip was […]

Nothing can separate man and his sofa

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The phone rang and woke me from a glorious Saturday afternoon nap. The Lady of the House took the call as I slowly re-entered reality. I smiled to myself. Life doesn’t get any better than this: resting on pillows, bare feet sticking out over the end of the sofa, easy […]

Include safety in your summertime fun plans

Master Sgt. Patrick Mehmert Good old summertime means fun at the lake, camping, and swimming. At Cannon, this often means spending a bit of time behind the wheel. There aren’t many lakes or mountains in our immediate area, so we often hit the wide-open New Mexico highways in search of family fun. Unfortunately, along the […]

Signs easy to see in hindsight

By Clyde Davis: local columnist I was leaving the parking lot of a large hardware chain when I heard the sound of a driver slamming his way through the vehicle’s gears. The sound reminded me high school and Skip Weil. Pleasant, rotund Skip, our group’s resident gearhead, whose 1967 Chevelle was a patiently crafted and […]