Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Mom vs. kid – Who will win droopy drawers war?

Marla Jo Fisher Late at night, I like to gather my children around me and tell them stories from the old days, back when guys wore belts to hold up their pants. I have to explain the concept of belts, of course, and that pants also used to fit around the waist, which prevented them […]

Hamburgers childhood treat

Having lunch with a couple of guys that are older fogies than myself I couldn’t win, so I just listened. The talk turned to hamburgers and how cheap we used to buy them growing up. When they got down to a quarter burger I knew I couldn’t beat that myself. I can maybe remember a […]

First person: Keeping up with change

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis native Gary Langford retired after 39 years with Suddenlink. Clovis native Gary Langford worked as a maintenance technician for Suddenlink for 39 years before retiring in June. He said he saw many changes in the system during his time but most happened in the last 10 years. Job title: […]

Monday morning briefing: Honors, finals and an old jockey guys rule

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Website of the day The Clovis News Journal is on Facebook. Friend us: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/cnjonlinecom/54982313944?ref=ts With honors Today, Clovis High School is honoring students with a 3.5 or higher grade point average. There’s a banquet 6 p.m. in the CHS cafeteria. Video game of the week Take off […]

‘Ranch-raised’ columnist begins today

We have a new online column today. Glenda Price, a contributing editor to New Mexico Stockman magazine since 1982, will write about her “ranch-raised” life and times. Today she’s focused on “Some big guys I’ve known.” Her column will be posted each Friday in the “Opinion” section.

Hounds set to ride top hitters

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh figures if the top five hitters in his batting order are successful, a lot of things could fall into place for the Greyhounds. ENMU opens its 2008 season Friday and Saturday with four games in the UT-Permian Basin Classic. […]

Hounds hopeful in 2007

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Leif Craddock is tired of losing. One of six players remaining from Eastern New Mexico University men’s first soccer squad in 2004, Craddock realizes it’s now or never for his group. “We definitely have to get the monkey off our back,” said the senior goalie, who earned […]

Role models don’t always go by ‘dad’

By Grant McGee: Local columnist There’s a framed black and white snapshot on my shelf at work. It’s of a smiling, jovial guy in a flannel shirt standing in front of a car with the hood up. Every now and then someone asks me, “Who’s the man in the picture?” “That’s Scoutmaster Phil,” I say. […]

Buffaloes outgun Hounds

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan said the Greyhounds aren’t playing defense well enough to win games. The coach’s observation was especially true against Lone Star Conference South Division rival West Texas A&M, which beat ENMU 91-79 Tuesday night at the First United Bank Center in Canyon. […]

Fully loaded

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Probationary firefighter Bryan Colvin, left, and Driver/Operator Lynne Demento climb down from the new fire truck after Demento trained Colvin on the ladder operation. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis Fire Department is now the proud owner of a customized, aerial fire truck, department officials said. Its most […]

Drinking in Corona certainly eventful

By Grant McGee: Local columnist One of our county extension agents is leaving. Les Owen and his young family are moving to Las Cruces. Les has been here for the past few years doing county extension things like working with 4-H kids and answering questions for me about rabbits and zucchini. Les’ big business, though, […]

ENMU men set sights on Division II nationals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Joel McMullen feels pretty good about his Eastern New Mexico University cross country program. The Greyhounds and Zias hope to make some noise in the Lone Star Conference and in South Central Region competition this fall. They open their season by hosting the Mike Boit Invitational on […]

Scouts taught more than survival skills

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The folks who run the Boy Scouts of America in the Clovis area are having a recruiting drive. Just hearing about the Boy Scouts brought back all kinds of good memories. I was in Troop 62 in a city back east. I don’t think it was a typical Boy Scout […]

Guys’ love affair with cars quite baffling

By Helena Rodriguez; local columnist What is it about guys and cars? Perhaps us women will never understand. As I mentioned in a previous column, my friend Bernard Polaco is into “Chevy porn.” When he goes to Wal-Mart, he can’t bypass the magazine aisle. He spends hours on Chevy porn Web sites and affectionately calls […]

Panning for gold pans out

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, schools shut down each June to give enterprising students a chance to get rich. Taking into account the prevailing economy at the time — a nickel bought a Coke that included a 2-cent rebate for the bottle, if you could find a nickel — whenever I […]

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 […]

Wildcats, Texico tune up for postseason

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The Texico Wolverines watch from the dugout during Tuesday’s game against Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Texico Wolverines are used to blowout games. That is, they’re used to winning them. Class 5A Clovis trounced Class 1A Texico 19-1 in a exhibition game on Tuesday, with both teams […]

High school dancing rite of manhood

By Bob Huber: Local columnist When I started high school, no one warned me that students danced cheek to cheek every day during lunch hour in the gymnasium. Had I known, I would have stayed in the eighth grade until Mr. Roosevelt drafted me or Social Security kicked in, whichever came first. What happened was, […]

PREP TRACK: Cats sport youthful look

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Clovis High seniors (front to back) Augi Briseno, Brandon Cook and Tanner Fickling work on their starts during Wednesday’s Clovis High boys track practice at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While Darren Kelley knows how hard it is trying to win a Class 5A state track […]

Youth sports important part of growing up

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist One morning last week, the host on a local station — yes, one that still uses local personnel — was sharing her experiences the previous Saturday regarding peewee basketball and how much fun it had been to watch the little ones playing their weekly games at Marshall. This column is […]