Jan. 1 Shopping with Tonya

It’s New Year’s Day, which means sales, sales and more sales. Now is the time to find leather jackets and cashmere sweaters marked down 50 percent or more. Almost all stores have their winter apparel on sale to make room for their spring fashion lines. So, stock up on basic pieces for next season.

Holiday memories offer moment of peace

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist As I write this column the day before Christmas, I am thinking about the changes in our world since our children were small. Many things have changed. Christmas presents for kids have changed. Annie and Buffy both went through a time when they wanted Cabbage Patch Kids. I remember frantic […]

Homecoming causes nervousness

Tonya Fennell I’ve been having a recurring dream lately. In the dream, I am walking around Cannon Air Force Base surrounded by women crying tears of happiness, children jumping with joy and airmen giving sharp salutes. Everywhere I look, Air Force wives are hugging and kissing their husbands. But, I just stand there searching the […]

Exercise important for moms

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This week I took my youngest daughter, 11 months old, to a play date with several other moms, which was really an opportunity for me to enjoy some grownup company. As it often happens when women get together, our conversation eventually drifted toward issues of weight and looks, culminating with a […]

Exercise important for moms

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This week I took my youngest daughter, 11 months old, to a play date with several other moms, which was really an opportunity for me to enjoy some grownup company. As it often happens when women get together, our conversation eventually drifted toward issues of weight and looks, culminating with a […]

Friendship not based on rank

Anita Doberman I recently went to a dinner party organized by a military spouses club. The food was very good and the evening was pleasant, until someone sitting at my table started talking about how we should separate enlisted wives and officers’ wives into two distinct clubs. “Why?” I asked, and the friendly yet misinformed […]

Gruntles remain mystery

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Guest columnist  The English language is a strange and wonderful thing. And, at times, rather mysterious.   I’m not sure if Paul Harvey and his listeners ever quite got one English mystery figured out, but, long ago, they spent a good bit of time trying. According to the news report that […]

Death penalty can be sought in Bedford trial

By Freedom Newspapers District Court Judge Steven Quinn refused to bar the death penalty Friday in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso argued the constitutionality of the New Mexico death penalty in a broad series of motions heard by the judge […]

Penny provides grand exit in pinch

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The pledge: Explain the copper/sweat bonding, and how it’s improved by intelligence. Demonstrate by affixing the penny to your forehead, then hit the back of your head to knock the penny off. Raising your eyebrows will help loosen the penny. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I write this column against better judgment, because it […]

Gifts great, small all make difference

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I was renting a movie a few weeks ago, and the clerk asked me, “Would you like to donate a dollar to the Muscular Dystrophy Association?” That evening, I agreed and the clerk told me to write my name on the card “so people will know what a sweetheart […]

Opinion: Gifts great, small all make difference

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I was renting a movie a few weeks ago, and the clerk asked me, “Would you like to donate a dollar to the Muscular Dystrophy Association?” That evening, I agreed and the clerk told me to write my name on the card “so people will know what a sweetheart […]

March 20, 1966

Frances Liles reported the purse stolen from her several days earlier had been found in the alley behind Sutton’s Bakery, 515 Main. Thieves took $15, but failed to find a $20 bill she had “secreted away” in a photo compartment of her billfold, she said. … Phil Crystal, Curry County’s extension agent, was writing a […]

March 20, 1966

Frances Liles reported the purse stolen from her several days earlier had been found in the alley behind Sutton’s Bakery, 515 Main. Thieves took $15, but failed to find a $20 bill she had “secreted away” in a photo compartment of her billfold, she said. … Phil Crystal, Curry County’s extension agent, was writing a […]

Bus brings residents relief from prescription costs

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Frances Apodaca of Clovis attended Wednesday’s “Help is Here Express” national bus tour at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The program helps low-income residents pay for prescription drugs. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Having suffered a heart attack, Frances Apodaca depends on three prescription drugs to remain healthy. The 49-year-old […]

There is no shame in seeking therapy

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist I see a psychologist. Perhaps, I see nothing unusual about this because of my background. My mother, sister, aunt and cousin are psychologists, and most of my extended family saw a therapist at one time or another. I grew up thinking that going to a psychologist was just like going […]

Late rising more elusive later in life

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers As children, my sister Becky, my aunt Paula and I competed to see who could rise the earliest. In college, the competition turned into who slept the latest. Now, I’m back to being an early bird. These are the cycles we go through in life. Of course I can’t forget […]

Cocaine worth $100,000 seized

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Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Brockett displays a brick of cocaine seized during a traffic stop outside of Melrose Wednesday night. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy discovered more than two pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop about 11 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 60/84 east of Melrose, […]

Jail officials should be held accountable

Letters to the editor Regarding recent issues at the Curry County Adult Detention Center: I find it interesting that jail Administrator Leslie Johnson is investigating a jail break and stabbing trying to find out who is responsible. Where I come from, the person at the top is responsible. So this to me is the fox […]

Searching for elusive pheasant

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Sean Little, 31, of Clovis stops for a moment while looking for pheasants in a tall-grass field at the annual Pleasant Hill Fire Department pheasant hunt on Thursday morning. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price Each armed with a 12-gauge, single-barrel shotgun, Alan Jesko, Sean Little and Jerry Draper walk in a line […]

Local merchants aim to sweeten holiday shopping

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County retailers are enticing shoppers with discounts and extended hours. “Shop Clovis,” a five-week promotion sponsored by the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, will stretch through Dec. 17. According to chamber representative Jenni Gee, the event was initiated to encourage residents to “stay in Clovis to shop” for […]