2010’s first baby family’s third daughter

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Laura Larko and Chris Austin welcomed their third daughter, Aaliyah Lynn Austin, at 2:19 p.m. Saturday, making her the first baby to be born in 2010 at Plains Regional Medical Center. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Laura Larko has never had a baby on her due date. With her […]

Daughter will get support needed

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist This week ‘an official evaluator’ informed me that my daughter Eva could have a learning disability related to her auditory processes and possibly including language. She then added that perhaps Eva doesn’t have a learning disability. Maybe she’s too young and we need more tests to figure out what’s going […]

Great American Smokeout kicks off

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It was just time. Steve Chancy said he had tried to quit many times before with no success. But when his daughter was born 29 years ago, Chancy said things fell into place and realizing he wanted to be around for her and watch her grow, he gave up […]

10-4 Engagements

Whitehead/Hamilton David N. Whitehead of Papamoa, New Zealand and Teresa A. Whitehead of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Michelle Leah Whitehead of Clovis to Jorde Matthew Hamilton, of Clovis, son of Rich and Sherry Hamilton of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows Nov. 20, 2009, in Clovis. The bride-elect is […]

Kids always test, inspire

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist My kids inspire me to be a better person. They test my patience, they make me laugh, they make me cry, they humble me. I can always do better for them. My daughter Anna has a special place in my heart. One that includes uneven bars, a beam, a bouncy […]

Politics won’t be Kennedy’s lasting legacy

Freedom New Mexico It may seem ironic but it is somehow fitting: The most lasting contribution of one of the most intensely political dynastic families in American history will be an institution that transcends politics. It was started by a family member who never held or even ran for political office. The Special Olympics, officially […]

Police chief not out of line

Roger Hatcher is the chief of police in Tucumcari. So, one day a mother brings her out-of-control daughter to the Tucumcari police station because the daughter has beaten the mother. The mother wants law enforcement to step in and deal with the daughter. Then this out-of-control daughter decides to run from Mom and police. She […]

Deployment stress results in gray hairs

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist Gray hair is taking over my dark brown head at a rapid pace. It’s an invasion that I fight with all my might, but one that is met with large obstacles, such as the expense of getting to a salon every six weeks to keep the enemy at bay. I […]

Husband’s presence missed during trip

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist This week, I took my six year old daughter Anna to a competitive gymnastics’ camp, 500 miles away from our home. She’s too young to stay overnight so we, myself and her four sisters, had to go with her. My husband and I had originally planned that I would take […]

May 3 Engagements

Sparks-Waggoner Jeanna and Michael Pace of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Rebecca Sparks of Clovis, to Bryan Waggoner of Clovis, son of Michael and Roberta Waggoner of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows June 19, 2010, at their family home. A reception will follow. The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate […]

Daughter fondly recalled as ‘mystery’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer “She usually found what she thought to be the underdog of things… I’m sure she would have defended the guy and his actions.” And that was Elizabeth in a nutshell. Her dark hair, big brown eyes and huge smile were those of a tough advocate who would jump to […]

Head bumps scary

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist A few days ago, my oldest daughter, who is eight years old, fell while playing on our living room and smacked her head on the carpeted floor. She was playing some sort of Barbie acrobat game with her sisters and hit the back of her head. Aside from yelling “ouch!” […]

Melrose mother facing child abuse charges

A Melrose woman who called 911 to report her infant daughter was crying when touched and couldn’t use her arms to hold a bottle is now facing child abuse charges along with the baby’s father. A warrant was filed Friday for the arrest of Crystal Broeder on a felony charge of child abuse, according to […]

Feb. 15, 2009 Letters to the editor

Increasing need for firearms On Jan. 30, two males kicked in the door of our home and were approximately 4 1/2 feet from my daughter. (“Clovis woman fires on intruders,” Feb. 6 CNJ) I am extremely grateful the police arrived within three to four minutes. Unfortunately crime is escalating and we cannot expect them to […]

Feb. 8, 2009: Weddings

Pair-Willard Mitsi Pair and Joshua Willard, both of Austin, Texas, were joined in marriage Dec. 31, 2008, at Chateau Bellevue in Austin. Ryan Strebeck performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Morris and Marci Pair, both of Clyde, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Layton and Melba Holt, of Mabank, Texas. The […]

Feb. 1, 2009 Weddings

Pair-Williard Mitsi Pair and Joshua Willard, both of Austin, were joined in marriage Dec. 31, 2008, at Chateau Bellevue in Austin. Ryan Strebeck performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Morris and Marci Pair both of Clyde, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Layton and Melba Holt both of Mabank, Texas. The […]

Homicide victim’s daughter shares remorse over mother’s death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer She wishes she had taken her mother’s call Dec. 19 and more than anything, she wishes she could get back the voice mail she erased. But at the time, Katie Murphy had no way of knowing her mother would never call again. “She called me the night that it […]

Jan. 4, 2009 Engagements

Polich-Hanson Tammy Chandler and Levi Polich of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Chelsey Polich of Portales to Devin Hanson of Clovis. He is the son of Steve and Cheri Hanson of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows 6 p.m. Jan. 9, 2009 at Central Baptist Church. The reception will be […]

Two arrested on gift card theft charges

Freedom New Mexico A Quay County mother and daughter were arrested on Christmas eve, accused of stealing Christmas gift cards intended for foster children. The cards were purchased and donated by a local church, according to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Jennifer Dominguez, 24, of Tucumcari, was charged with larceny and tampering […]

Dec. 21, 2008 Weddings

Lucero-Sena Tracy Denise Lucero of Clovis and Aaron Christian Sena of Clovis were joined in marriage Dec. 6 at The Masters. The Rev. Dick Ross performed the simple ceremony. The bride is the daughter of James and Louine Easley of Clovis and the late Kenneth Sandefer. The bridegroom is the son of Marcy Sena and […]