A family affair

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Aaron Belcher and his mother Glenda Belcher crack jokes over the stove as they cook spaghetti together for dinner in their Melrose home. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico By Thomas Garcia Freedom New Mexico Like many area families, cooking up a feast or making treats in the kitchen is […]

Hand life’s worries over to Christ

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist The CEO of a famous company spoke at a church in another city last Sunday. The gentleman was a skilled business leader, a husband, father, and a dedicated Christian. His words were forwarded to me by a person who attends that church. Here is basically what he said: “This week […]

Resolve to better ourselves is free

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist When I came to America I was 17. Once I turned 18 I ran away from my family. My father was a brute, and in America I didn’t have to accept him as my lord and master past age 18. Of course, I had nothing at all to […]

Late friend full of tales of Clovis’ past

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist Ike Stanford was born in 1905 in Pontotoc County, Okla. He was only a year old when he came with his family by covered wagon to these parts. His father, Richard Penn Stanford, filed a homestead four miles south of Blacktower. When Ike was 5, the family moved into Clovis […]

First Person: Businessman carves niche

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Chick Taylor works in his woodworking shop because it keeps him happy, he said. Chick Taylor, 75, carved a home for himself, his wife and brother-in-law from his father’s printing business. The 90-year-old, 7,000-square-foot downtown business building has five bedrooms, five dining areas, a five-car garage and a woodworking shop […]

Son keeps kidney ready for father

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Courtesy photo John M. Montano said giving his father a kidney is the least he can do after all his father has done for the family. The two are scheduled to undergo a transplant procedure in October. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For the last few months, John M. Montano has been spending a […]

Escaped killer’s father arrested

CNJ staff The father of an escaped killer has been arrested for obstruction of justice, District Attorney Matt Chandler said at an afternoon press conference. Isidoro Salas, who lives in Albuquerque, was arrested on Wednesday. He is the father of Edward Salas, who was among eight inmates who escaped Sunday night from Curry County Adult […]

A funeral, and the depth of family love

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Columnist I went to a funeral yesterday for the wife of a fine friend. She was a dear friend, too, of course. Her family and my family had been friends, her father and my father close colleagues since before I was born. I am richly blessed to have been one of […]

Racing is family affair

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Andrew Collings, 10, left, holds down the front axle of his soap box car while his father, Rick Collings, tightens the bolts to fix it to the car. Andrew is competing Saturday in the Clovis soap box derby for the first time. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Andrew Collings […]

Children share appreciation for dad

In honor of Father’s Day, 24 children from Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center revealed the good, the bad, and the embarrassing aspects of their dads. All of the children expressed appreciation for dad’s rebellion, and said their favorite thing about dad is he allows them to eat junk food before dinner, even though mom gets […]