Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

Arguments against DST appealing

Kevin Wilson My grandmother refused to go forward. She always figured she’d be back anyway. Me: “Hey, Grandma, your clocks are all off by an hour. What’s wrong with them?” Her: “Oh, I just don’t change them when Daylight Saving Time comes around. I only need to change my watch, and I’ll just have to […]

Grandparents show perseverance

If there is one aspect of the human condition I find more prevalent than its tendency to sweet leisure and lethargy, it is a predisposition to self-doubt. Every single person I have ever met, including myself, wallows in the muck and mire of anticipating an unpleasant task or being afraid to fulfill an aspiration. In […]

Life too short to wait

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When I was in high school, I went with a girlfriend many times to see her grandmother, who lived in a rest home. The first time I went with her, we arrived at about 11:30 in the morning. What caught our attention was a little lady, sitting in the “parlor” […]

‘Purple man’ unmasked?

A letter from a thankful grandmother in Sunday’s Clovis paper referenced a “purple man.” Nora Cross’ 5-year-old grandson credited this stranger with helping him cross a busy 21st Street on his adventurous way to school last week.

Local residents enjoy annual parade

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Madeline Smith, left, and Norma Patterson, members of the Red Hat Floozies, wave to the crowd lining Main Street during the Pioneer Days Parade. The Red Hat Floozies’s float was dedicated to going green. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The 6-year-old redheaded girl pointed at the nearby horses and […]

Local resident wins national music honor

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Courtesy photo Former Portales and Clovis resident B.J. Brooks recently won a national competition for his musical composition to accompany a song called “Thou Art the Light.” By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico When B.J. Brooks was a little boy in Portales, he often spent weekends with his grandmother Lucille, who loved to play the […]

Cancer study seeks subjects

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sheryll Plyler, director of the cancer center at Plains Regional Medical Center, is organizing Cancer Prevention Study 3. The study looks at genetics, race, age gender and lifestyle to get a better understanding of cancer. Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Penny Bailey is willing to do whatever she can to […]

Veterans deserve respect, thanks

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Growing up I loved to hear my grandparents talk about their experiences during WWII, especially their escape story. During German occupation, my grandfather, who had worked for the Italian government in the past, was ordered to come back and collaborate with the Germans. Unwilling to do so and opposing the regime, […]

Momma Matriarch

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Carmelita Salazar worked as a cook for Clovis Municipal Schools and several restaurants. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Hands wrinkled with age, Carmelita Salazar deftly peels potatoes at her kitchen table. Beside the diminutive great great-grandmother, a small pile of shiny, white vegetables awaits washing. Today, the 95-year-old will […]

Baldwin, Brian A.

Brian Alan Baldwin, 32, of Clovis died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 26, 1974, to David and Nelda Quinn Baldwin in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was a 1992 graduate of Grady High School and was employed as a welder. He was a member of Central Christian Church. Family members […]

5/12 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks — except hyphens and dashes. the search for a great mom at first glance pastor leroy beetle made a really terrible blunder the other day boss he asked […]

Berry, Betty

Betty Lou Berry, 74, of Lubbock, died Friday, April 14, 2006, at her home. Born Nov. 25, 1931, in Afton, Texas, to William and Amelia Wade Hartman, she married Kenneth J. Berry on March 17, 1950, in Lubbock. Even though the family moved frequently because of her husband’s business, she always was involved with her […]

Our Father Is Big Enough To Wrap Us All in His Arms

By Curtis K. Shelburne I grew up a city boy, though these things are relative. To the poor souls unfortunate enough to grow up in New York, Amarillo would be a lot closer to country than they would ever care to get, but compared to Robert Lee or Stanton, where my two sets of grandparents […]

Scarborough, Dorothy B.

Dorothy Bernice Scarborough, 83, died on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, in Prescott, Ariz. She was one of five children born to John and Beatrice Peters in Carnegie, Okla., on Dec. 18, 1922. She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy J. Scarborough, and her friend, Kenneth Kerr. She is survived by her daughter, Diane […]

Vincent, Myrtle

Myrtle Ioleen Vincent, 76, of Seminole, Texas, died at her home Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006. She was born Oct. 21, 1929, in Portales to Roy and Jonnie Terrill. She moved to Seminole in 1999. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Family members said she loved to sing at church and she was […]

Laura McNaughton

Laura McNaughton, 30, of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, in Clovis. She was born Aug. 24, 1975, in San Diego to David and Maria “Lucky” Moreno Beardmore. She moved to Clovis in August 2002. She was currently working at the Rib Crib and was a student at Wayland Baptist, where she was working toward […]

Rodriguez, Adriana

Adriana L. Rodriguez, 20, of Portales, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital. She was born Jan. 24, 1985, to Diana (Baca) and Arthur Rodriguez. She graduated from Portales High School in May 2003. Family members said she enjoyed music, movies, and her computer she received from the New Mexico Make-A-Wish Foundation. She […]

Green, Brandon D.

Mr. Brandon Dale Green, 31, of Portales, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005, at his home in Portales. He was born Jan. 11, 1974, in Amarillo to Gary and Roxanna Green. He came to live with his grandmother in 1987. Family members said he loved fishing, talking on the phone with friends and collecting knives. He […]

Mariah Saiz Gutierrez

Mariah Saiz Gutierrez, 3 months, of La Luz, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, in Albuquerque. She was born June 23, 2005, in Alamogordo to Fernando Gutierrez of Clovis and Stephanie Saiz of La Luz. She is survived by her mother and father; grandparents, Roxanne and Sam Garcia of La Luz; a grandfather, Chris Moreno; a […]