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 […]

Child's questions can be challenging

By Anita Doberman Children ask all sorts of embarrassing questions and sometimes put us on the spot. This weekend, I had a lot of explaining to do when we visited New Orleans. I went with my five children and my teenage babysitter — naturally hubby still deployed. We thought that it would be fun to […]

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 […]

Parents of deceased airman give testimony in Saturday’s session

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter was dead and the interactions that followed with a son-in-law they barely knew. Edward Novak, a Cannon airman, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 20-year-old wife. Patricia Bollman said Edward Novak […]

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 […]

Daughter needs support

Anita Doberman 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 a competitive […]

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 […]

Two holidays better than one

Tonya Fennell I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday filled with family and good food. I know my family certainly did. We actually had two Thanksgiving meals this year. The first meal was with our new “military family” here at Cannon — the 73rd Special Operations AMXS. We ate fried turkey and watched as […]

Some children wise beyond their years

By Anita Doberman: 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 it’s […]

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 […]

Duck feeding ends in chaos

Tonya Fennell I’m not one to just sit around. I need to be doing something. This is especially true when my husband is deployed or TDY. I try to occupy myself so I’m not constantly thinking about how many days are left until he comes home. A few weekends ago, after the house was clean, […]

Senior balks at traditional celebration

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Here’s the dilemma: I envision a nice dinner and dance on commencement night for my daughter and niece who graduate from Portales High School in May. My daughter envisions a night of going to other people’s parties. High school graduation may seem far away, but it’s not, and already, I […]

School shopping can be juggling act

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer I love to shop. However, I don’t enjoy shopping when back-to-school time rolls around. Mile-long school supply lists and a son who refuses to wear anything other than black does not equal a good time. This year, I chose to drag my children to the mall the weekend before […]

War tough on loved ones left behind

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My daughter Robyn lives back east and has been seeing a young enlisted man. I’ve never met him. I’ve just heard her talk about him, heard the smile in her voice when she talks about the places they go, the things they see when they get time together. By all […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Policeman’s daughter raising money for K-9 safety vests

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer THE 9-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER of a Clovis policeman has started raising funds to buy bullet-resistant vests for the police department’s K-9 officers. Destiny Muller told her father, officer Eric Muller, during a visit to the police department she was surprised the department’s three K-9 officers didn’t have protective vests. She […]