Master plan not needed

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist A 6-year-old girl on my daughter’s swim team has a cell phone, which she proudly showcases to everyone who is willing to look. She’ll even allow you to play with her games, if you look admiringly at her toy. This has created a negative buzz among other parents, who think […]

Sept. 7, 2008 Anniversaries

Bookout J.W. and Barbara Bookout of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday at the home of their son and daughter-in-law in Clovis. The celebration was hosted by their children and grandchildren. The couple was married Sept. 5, 1958, in Bethal. They have four children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is a retired auto […]

June 15, 2008 Engagements

Madril-Gonzalez Joaquin and Naty Madril of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Ramona Madril of Clovis, to Casey Gonzalez, of Gig Harbor, Wash. He is the son of Casimiro and Lidia Gonzalez of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at noon July 19, 2008, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. The […]

June 8, 2008 Engagements

Luce-Parsons Dennis and Dona Luce of Fort Sumner announce the engagement of their daughter, De’Ann Luce, to Chance Parsons, both of Portales. He is the son of Curtis and Sandra Parsons. The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. July 19, 2008, at the First Baptist Church in Portales. The reception will follow at the […]

With proper parenting, TV is good

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist My 20-month-old daughter clearly knows Sponge Bob Squarepants (“Bub-bob”) and can sing the song well enough that even non-family members recognize it. She is also more than familiar with Dora and Diego; I think she expects them to come over for a visit any minute now. A few years ago, […]

Graduation emotional time for parents

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A tearful Josefina Gaytan hugs her son, Elvis, after he graduated from Texico High School during a ceremony Saturday. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer As LeAnn Gibbs watched her daughter, Emily, walk around the Texico Sports Arena on Saturday night in her cap and gown, she said she remembered […]

Video fallout mixed

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist I fully expected my children to be ecstatic when we put on a recording my husband sent from Iraq. But I was surprised by my 4-year-old daughter’s reaction. We received hubby’s DVD through a program called “United Through Reading,” sponsored by The United Service Organizations and the Family Literacy Foundation. […]

Prom dress memories priceless

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ Columnist I see the little black dress dangling from a hanger in my daughter’s closet. I see the shimmering rhinestones making an elegant pattern across the otherwise bare back. I close my eyes and sense memories it will hold: Memories of prom … Laura’s senior-year prom. On Saturday night, my hita […]

April 13, 2008 Engagements

Pickens-Bryant Maureen Burns of Clovis and Cary and Sheila Pickens of Winters, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Heather Pickens, to Phil Bryant, both of Clovis. He is the son of Mark and Phyllis Bryant of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. May 24, 2008, at the Clovis […]

April 6, 2008 Engagements

Kern-Whitaker David and Judy Kern of Clovis announce the engagement of their daughter, Barri Kern, to Jeff Whitaker, both of Lubbock. He is the son of Mark and Karen Whitaker of Hobbs. The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. May 10, 2008, at Trinity Church in Lubbock. A reception at the church will follow. […]

Yearly tax preparation no easy feat

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ Columnist When my daughter Laura was a toddler, she would say, “When I grow up, I’m going to smoke cigarettes and do income taxes like grandma!” Laura would sit on the couch next to Mom, with one of Mom’s calculators in hand, and wearing play reading glasses, she would scribble on […]

Youngster gives back in heart fundraiser

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gabbie Brewer, 11, tries double-dutch jump rope for the first time Thursday during Jump Rope for the Heart at Zia Elementary School. Brewer had heart surgery when she was 2 weeks old due to a restricted heart artery, and doctors never thought she would b By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff […]

Airman’s reaction analyzed

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The view from the witness stand in the Cannon courtroom where Airman Basic Edward Novak is standing trial. Photography is not allowed in the courtroom while court is in session. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter […]

Family seeking closure at Novak trial

By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico For Kimberly Novak’s parents, who will travel to New Mexico from their home in Arkansas for the murder trial of her husband, the investigation into their daughter’s death has been a long, slow, excruciating process. Edward Novak II was charged in March 2006 with the Oct. 28, 2004, slaying […]

Columnist supports daughter’s choice

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This past weekend I attended my oldest daughter’s first cheerleading competition. Actually, it was also my first cheerleading competition. I arrived at this event with mixed feelings. Cheerleading has been a big point of contention between my husband and I. Unfortunately, while he agreed to let our daughter be part of […]

Winning isn’t what it’s all about

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist I try to focus on living in the moment and not get fixated on results. I attempt to do this with my children, my husband and in all areas of my life. I often fall short of my good intentions and measure myself against others’ accomplishments and successes. And while […]

Quilters gather at annual festival

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Casey Peacock Verdena Massey and her daughter Gloria Blackwell stand before the Pineapple Pattern quilt Massey quilted and entered into the second annual High Plains Quilt Festival, held at the Memorial Building in Portales. By Casey Peacock: Freedom New Mexico Volunteers and vendors alike were busy among the kaleidoscope of colors […]

Sept. 16 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 7 p.m. Sept. 6 an officer responded to an apartment in the 1300 block of Pile Street for a domestic dispute. A woman told the officer a 31-year-old female cousin had been fighting with her […]

Sept. 9, 2007 Local Briefs

Udall aide to hold office hours in area Christopher Neubauer, staff member for U.S. Representative Tom Udall, D-N.M., will hold constituent office hours in Grady, Clovis and Portales next week. Anyone wishing to discuss issues related to Congress or the federal government is welcome to stop by or make an appointment. Wednesday Grady — 11:30 […]

Sept. 9 Engagement

Jones/DeGroot Debra Graves of Los Alamos announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter Kristine E. Jones of Portales to Samuel J. DeGroot of Portales. The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Alan Graves. The prospective groom is the son of Mitch and Susan DeGroot of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at […]