In Search of Ponies: Animals can eat themselves to death

Feeling a little stuffed? Having just survived the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be beating yourself up from that comfy spot on the couch, filled with guilt about how much food you managed to consume despite your best intentions. Even sitting there with your belt loosened, entertaining the thoughts tumbling around in your head about another […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Ten things to know before you become Mom

Marla Jo Fisher Life would have been easier if I had known these things before I had children: 1. It’s pointless to buy nice furniture It’s so much easier to just get cheap stuff than to spend your life hollering and frantically running around trying to clean up messes. My children are active _ OK […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Parents fantasize revenge on their kids

Marla Jo Fisher Seriously, you people have been mulling this over. Last week, I wrote a column describing my plans to get revenge on my kids when I’m a doddering old lady living in their house, for all the things they do now that set my teeth on edge. For example, I plan to drink […]

So, what can’t I eat now that I’m pregnant?

TheBump.com Editors Now that you’re eating for two, what goes in your mouth is very important. Here’s what’s off-limits (or partially off-limits) and why. Alcohol It goes into baby’s bloodstream and could lead to big problems, from an increased miscarriage risk to issues related to development. Certain Fish Stay away from swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, […]

Super Bowl party better when planned

How to appropriately plan for a Superbowl celebration: 1. Don’t go if you are going to be a spoilsport. By spoilsport, I mean anyone who cannot enter into the spirit of the event because he or she is too frustrated over, for example, what the Bengals did. It may be easy for me to say […]

Detention officer fired last week, county manager says

Sharna Johnson A Curry County detention officer has been fired for taking two inmates outside the jail to eat last week. Tuesday, County Manager Lance Pyle confirmed the detention officer was fired Friday by jail Administrator Keith Norwood. The detention officer has not been identified. Norwood said the two inmates were taken outside the jail […]

Food at life speed: Cooking can be quite an adventure

I love good food, but I have neither the time nor the patience to spend a jillion hours in the kitchen. I also want to be able to eat good food without it going straight to my hips, but I think moderate indulgence has its place. And that is the basis of this column. Before […]

Education column: Seuss honored at Literacy Night

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools One car, two cars, blue car, red car Everywhere I look there are cars, cars, cars Could you, would you eat hotdogs and chips at school? Yes, I could and would eat hotdogs and chips at school. Okay, so it is a feeble attempt at writing like Dr. Seuss, […]

First Person: Gym owner stays fit for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Oscar Cleare, a personal trainer, says the best ways to stay fit over the holiday is to remain active and use portion control. Oscar Cleare has been a personal trainer for almost 30 years. He now owns his own gym, Bodies in Motion. His secret to staying fit and healthy […]

Odd food preferences run in family

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Foods and the way we eat them may say a lot about us. Lately they’ve been screaming a lot about me from just above my belt. Some recipes, concoctions and combinations are specific to extended families and maybe even certain areas. You know what I’m talking about. Every family […]

Cooking school teaches diabetics and families to eat right, exercise

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Freedom New Mexico: Helena Rodriguez (Left to right) Dolly Salas of Portales, Rosemary Nance of Clovis and Jodi Fulton of Portales sample some food made during Kitchen Creations Cooking School for Diabetics and Their Families at ENMU in Portales. By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Janelle Newberry of Portales doesn’t have diabetes, but her 3-year-old […]

Jan. 22, 2008: Shela

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Name: Shela About: Shela was a pound puppy that I saw on CNJonline.com’s “Pet of the Week” and instantly fell in love. She’s at least part Red Healer and has “adopted” my daughter Meghan as her mom. In this picture, she is checking out our new Alpaca Socks from Windrush Alpacas and I’m not sure […]

Snazzy Pig burgers were something else

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist When I was going to school in Clovis in the late 1940s, I would often get down to the Snazzy Pig at noon just to eat one of “Pop’s” great hamburgers. The Snazzy Pig was just around the corner from the Clovis Steam Laundry, on east First Street. “Pop” Townsend’s […]

Bible Verse of the Day January 18, 2008

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is life not more important than food and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in […]

New Year's resolutions

Tonya Fennell What is it about Jan. 1 that drives people to make New Year’s resolutions? Everyone wants to be thinner, healthier or richer each year. And I’m as guilty as the next person about breaking New Year’s resolutions. I have resolved to lose weight in the past only to discover that starving myself is […]

Thanks for the memories

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By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Bittersweet holiday Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Nuckols’ father died the day after Thanksgiving six years ago. Though his father had been diagnosed with cancer 18 months earlier, his death caught family members by surprise. “We had a great family gathering that day,” Nuckols said. “A lot of […]

Halloween safety tips

CNJ staff Children trick-or-treating should: Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards. Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses. Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult if under age 12. Know their phone number and carry a cell phone if possible. Cross streets at […]

Not all warriors meat eaters

Anita Doberman Whenever people find out that my husband is a vegetarian they are surprised, and often ask me how it’s possible that he is both in the military and a vegetarian. These two notions, in apparent contradiction, baffle many of our friends and acquaintances. Friends and even family members wonder if my husband is […]

Life is too short to skip dessert

By Don McAlvy: Columnist “I, Ann Choate Smith (born in Clovis) had a date for lunch with my lady friends. Mae, a little old ‘blue haired’ lady, about 80 years old, came along with them. “All in all it was a pleasant bunch,” said Ann. “When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and […]

Letters to the Editor: Passing trash ordinance waste of time

As Ronald Reagan would say, “There you go again.” Our City Commission just imposed another senseless and unenforceable ordinance down the throats of the citizenry of Clovis (“Trash measure passes despite opposition,” April 20 CNJ). I suppose my disagreement with the mayor will be trivialized as just another whiner. As Mayor David Lansford stated, “I […]