Birthdays —

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Laccur [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Ilario Laccur of Clovis celebrated his first birthday Aug. 17. The celebration was hosted by his mom Naomi Garcia, sister Lynnea Olivas, grandpa Joe Bullet, step-grandma Debbie Garcia, grandma Vickey Garcia and great-grandparents Jake and Trini Garcia. Ilario was born Aug. 17, 2010, in Clovis.

Seniors lend helping hand at schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Foster Grandparent Magdalena Gallegos works with students Wednesday in her assigned first grade class at La Casita Elementary School. Liliana Castillo Seniors Juanita Chavez and Magdalena Gallegos are called grandma by more than their biological grandchildren. They are two of the 14 seniors who participate in Curry County’s Foster Grandparent […]

Birthday — Sept. 5

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Sena Sena [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Sarah Marez and Gabriel Sena of Clovis would like to wish their daughter, Kye Lee Nieves Sena, a very special first birthday. How beautiful you have grown in the last year. Grandma Nene is watching over you every step you take. We love you. Kye is also the granddaughter of […]

First person: Pretty in pink

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gabriella Tapia, 7, said her favorite thing to do at the park was to play on the swings. Gabriella Tapia, 7, said she spent her spring break outside and dressed in pink sun dresses. Favorite part of spring break: I like coming to the park with my grandma and her […]

Two holidays better than one

Tonya Fennell I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday filled with family and good food. I know my family certainly did. We actually had two Thanksgiving meals this year. The first meal was with our new “military family” here at Cannon — the 73rd Special Operations AMXS. We ate fried turkey and watched as […]

Trick-or-treating, generosity don’t mix

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House is frustrated. She can’t find just the right things she needs to dress us up for a Halloween party. “We could keep it simple,” I said. “We both tie on a box of corn flakes then stick a butcher knife in each box.” “What kind […]

In Tribute: Teacher left mark on peers, students

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer By the time Sylvia Burgett retired as a teacher, she’d taught students in kindergarten through high school for more than 40 years around the world, including more than 18 years in Texico. Burgett died July 12 at 89. Born and raised in Grady, she graduated in a class of […]

Meaning of Easter needs resurrection

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers And then he bowed his head and died. John 19:30 sounds like a great ending to a dramatic story, but for billions of Christians worldwide, it marks a new beginning. The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were open and the […]

Lenten sacrifices lend greater appreciation

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist The 40-day Lenten journey to Easter Sunday has begun. It’s during this time of year that I think of Grandma Emma, her Friday meals without meat and the stories she’d share with us. If you’re Catholic, you know meat is out on Fridays during Lent. But with Grandma Emma’s special […]

Knowledge improves each generation

Helena Rodriguez While visiting my grandma in Lubbock last weekend, she said I have a cara de suegra. In translation, that’s the face of a mother-in-law. Grandma Chaya was basically saying that my 15-year-old daughter Laura is maturing into a young lady and it may not be too long before Laura gets married and I […]

Late-learning Spanish not easy as ABC

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I guess I was destined to learn to speak Spanish late in life like many gringos. I read last week that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three other guys who want his job have been busy learning to roll their Rs so they can hablar en español. According […]

Chanclas: Effective as good paddles

Helena Rodriguez: CNJ columnist This month’s issue of Latina magazine features a short story on chanclas, you know, the old flip-flops or sandals that abuela used to whack you with? Chanclas still make good paddles, but these days, they also make great fashion statements. During my childhood, it was the infamous “pink sandal” that we […]

Tamales hard to keep around, fun to make

Helena Rodriguez Trivia: What’s the most popular gift unwrapped during the holidays in New Mexico? Answer: Tamales. Don’t you just love tamales? Who doesn’t? There’s even a popular children’s book by Gary Soto called “Too Many Tamales.” But as my daughter, Laura, and I found out last week, you can never have too many tamales. […]

Grandma was a snuff-spitting joker

Don McAlavy This story comes from John Paul Pitts, a Texas oil man. He was 9 years old when he feared the world had come to an end near Wink, Texas, about 200 miles south of Clovis. This was in 1940, on a Saturday night, long after the sun had set. A mess of roughnecks […]

Tricking elderly out of money outrageous

Ned Cantwell: State columnist The corporate thugs who screwed Enron employees out of their retirement savings are saints compared to these guys. Your daughter brings home one of these guys and you tell her to go out and find someone nicer, like maybe a paid assassin. We’re talking about the cruds who cozy up to […]