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 […]

Include safety in your summertime fun plans

Master Sgt. Patrick Mehmert Good old summertime means fun at the lake, camping, and swimming. At Cannon, this often means spending a bit of time behind the wheel. There aren’t many lakes or mountains in our immediate area, so we often hit the wide-open New Mexico highways in search of family fun. Unfortunately, along the […]

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 […]

Pool opens, offers splashing good summertime fun

Cannon’s Liberty swimming pool opens Saturday for a summer season of water fun. The pool will be open noon to 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Janet Taylor-Birkey The days of summer may not be as lazy as they were a few generations ago, but many people still […]

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 […]

CHS swim program building

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Clovis junior Laura Pyeatt swims laps during practice Friday at the Play Inc. pool. The swim team travels to Hobbs today for a meet. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer For most people, Tuesdays are just another day of the week. For the Clovis High swim team, they are something […]

History shows number 40 significant

Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist My sister Becky sent me an e-mail that posed the question, “Why do we women gain weight as we age?” The answer is that we women are so full of the wisdom we have acquired over the years that we run out of room in our brain to hold it all, […]