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 […]

Halloween simply about fun

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Once upon a place and time, there was a magical, charming, innocent world. The autumn days would follow frosty nights, moving from jacket to shirtsleeves to jacket again, and the buckeyes and acorns would leap from the trees into the waiting paws of squirrels or little boys who threw them […]

Parents shouldn’t always be serious

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When was the last time you really laughed out loud? If you have to think for a while before you answer, it was too long ago. I am not talking about smiling or a polite chuckle. I am talking about a real heartfelt laugh with teary eyes. I happened to have […]

Tractor gets pink paint job to raise cancer awareness

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Shelia Smith of Roswell drives her pink 1955 Farmall tractor in the parade at the New Mexico Ag Expo Tuesday in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Nestled among the antique tractors on display at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo was a 1955 Farmall 400 tractor belonging to Connie […]

Pretend presidential run must be fun

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I’m in a fortunate position where I can expend 500 to 600 words reflecting on whatever I want. Sometimes, a thought of mine simply isn’t enough to fill that word amount. So here’s a bunch of thoughts worth sharing but not worth their own column: • If somebody lures […]

New Year’s not about parties

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist There is a lot of pressure to celebrate New Year’s Eve. When I lived in New York City, I went to parties and made it to Times Square to see the ball drop. It was cold and my toes were frozen by the time I left. I’m not even sure […]

Tobogganing can be dangerous sort of fun

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Folks in these parts aren’t real familiar with deep snow, toboggans and holiday omelets, and that’s probably a good thing. But I’m recalling the now famous Great Toboggan and Omelet Debacle of 1945, an unparalleled event in the annals of winter sports, although it was heralded by some as the […]

Vice principal Jeopardy! champion

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer As a boy, Andrew Espinoza was a loyal fan of the TV trivia show “Jeopardy!” “He always watched the show and would get a lot of the questions right,” said his mother, Maria Espinoza. In late October, the Muleshoe, Texas, native appeared on “Jeopardy!” In his first appearance, Espinoza, […]

Halloween should hold fun for all

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist In the town of Salineville, gateway to Ohio’s share of the Appalachian Mountains, where I served my student ministry internship, the main street of town winds from one end of the village to the other, east to west. Like the stream whose bed it follows. It was not surprising, then, […]

Political candidates flock to county fair

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer All smiles, shaking hands and meeting new people, politicians from near and far worked the crowd Friday at the Curry County Fair. As locals arrived for a night of fun and games, candidates converged on them hoping to make an impression that will last until the November elections. David […]

Day Trip: Parks can help make fun finale for summer

With summer winding down, families are looking to squeeze that last little bit of fun from summer. A quick way to do that on a day trip would be a visit to an area amusement park. Casel-Land Fun Center Located on the outskirts of Clovis, Casel-Land Fun Center includes a go-cart track, 18-hole miniature golf […]

Summer fun located all over area

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleMiranda Andazola, 8, of Clovis, skates at Hillcrest Park Wednesday. Miranda was at the park with her father, Willie, and sisters, Caitlyn and A’lani. She is spending her summer skating, swimming and reading. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A promenade of three tumbled from the minivan and into the shade […]

Maypole tradition fraught with danger

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers It’s a mystery to me how a pagan fertility dance ever found a place in Bible-thumping Portales and became a 77-year honored tradition. I’m speaking, of course, about Maypole at Portales High School. While I didn’t attend this year, I got close enough to the action this week in putting […]

Voter wishes, like grammar rules, must fall

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist A couple of friends who no doubt had crushes on their childhood grammar teachers were carping recently about newspaper writers who split infinitives. They didn’t mention names, but I could sense their glances darting to me when I wasn’t looking. Feigning disinterest, I was mentally cataloguing all the infinitives I’ve […]

TV show reminder of youthful imaginations

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The public television station out of Portales, KENW, runs a kids show every weekday afternoon called “Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks.” It’s an animated show that originates from the United Kingdom. The show revolves around Piggley and his friends: Ferny the bovine, Dannan the duck, his sister Molly and […]

Some struggling with commercial side of Easter holiday

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Norma Stickley shops for Easter baskets and bunnies Thursday at the Main Street Crafters Mall with her great-granddaughter, Alexys Ortiz, 6. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer It’s beginning to look a lot like Easter, with the aisles of local stores filled with vivid displays of pink bunnies, assorted chocolates, marshmallow […]

Pink ladies: PRMC Auxiliary has been providing services for nearly 40 years

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Ramona Parker delivers balloon bouquets Tuesday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Sharna Johnson Best known as the “Pink Ladies,” the Clovis Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has been in Clovis for almost half a century. Beginning with 12 women, they now boast a membership of more than 100, performing a multitude of volunteer functions at […]

Born to run: Dog agility competitions catching on

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Maggie, a 2 1/2-year-old border collie, posted the fastest time in three events in her first competition. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Through a tunnel. Over an A-frame. Weave through poles. Lay down on the platform. Jump the hurdles. Good dog. Where dog shows are beauty pageants for pampered pets, […]

Winds integral part of life in New Mexico

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist There’s a New Mexican in Washington, D.C. who has told me when the wind blows there it reminds her of home. Yes, we have the wind here. Phoenix has its heat, there are hurricanes for the Gulf Coast and the West Coast has earthquakes. Here in eastern New Mexico and […]