Too bad logic can’t be purchased

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Have economic hard times avoided you so far? Well, they don’t have to, because there are plenty of investment opportunities for people with just too much disposable income. Perhaps you’ve seen the Snuggie, a fleece blanket that’s basically a robe, with arm holes and a hood. It’s $19.99 plus shipping […]

Nov. 11 Letters to the Editor

Feds after our hard-earned funds The Democratically controlled House of Representatives in Washington is attempting to nationalize our privately held retirement accounts. Hearings are being held on taking over our 401k plans. This is a terrible idea. The Politicians see a huge pool of assets

Tight credit market changes focus for local business

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer The economic development arm of the city is pumping its brakes on recruiting businesses because of the tight lending market and focusing efforts on supporting existing ones. Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry said the meltdown on Wall Street has made it hard to secure financing to […]

Special Olympics money lost

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Chris Morgan said she is having a hard time forgiving herself. She’s already making more blankets to sell and maybe she’ll organize a yard sale. She’s determined her daughter and other area Special Olympics athletes won’t have to skip a beat. Saturday morning, Morgan said she got an oil […]

Hard work, effort make for successful soap box derby

k2unn5-622soapboxderby3web.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis High School Football center Juan Lopez said lifting the cars onto the 6-foot high ramp was similar to the workouts he does three times a week. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Now Brian Chambers and Earl Stewart know how the weight guesser at a carnival feels. The Clovis […]

Bahama Buck’s slated for early summer opening

jympqg-41wildartbahamabucks2.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ronnie Marez of Clovis, applies chalk on the bottom of a roof eave Monday at the Bahama Buck’s being built on Prince Street For additional informationm, see today’s business feature. By CNJ Staff Clovis residents Stephen Powell and Chris Foster are working hard to open a surf-themed shaved ice shop […]

Dairy hit hard by storm

jy5zoi-323dairy3web.jpg

Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Mike Mitchell stands outside the rebuilt milk barn at Grande Vida Dairy on Saturday. After the 2007 tornado the block wall of the building was a pile of rubble. Mitchell rode out the storm just inside the door in the middle of the building. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico […]

Richardson: No more Mr. Nice Guy

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Think back to the great couples, their linked identities warming our hearts. So many come to mind. Elvis and Priscilla. Pebbles and Bam Bam. Sonny and Cher. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Ike and Tina Turner. Al and Tipper. John Smith and Pocahontas. Ken and Barbie. Bill and Hillary. Bill […]

Machinist preserves icon

1203830247-223derrill1web.jpg

De Baca County News photo: Scot Stinnett Derrill Mitchell has parts ready for a new windmill to be erected near Las Vegas, N.M. The project was delayed by 12 inches of snow in the area. By Shaminder Dulai: The Associated Press FORT SUMNER — It’s hard to imagine the American frontier without a windmill poking […]

Giant upset

Reader reaction to New York’s 17-14 upset win over New England in Super Bowl XLII on Sunday night. • “All that I can say is it’s nice to be from NEW YORK. Fantastic.” – Steve Gershon • “Three boring quarters (if you like offense), but a frantic and fantastic last five minutes. Glad the ’72 […]

Living in ‘fatosphere’ has good, bad points

By Anita Doberman I recently stumbled upon an interesting article in the New York Times about something called the fatosphere. Yes, those who inhabit this corner of cyberspace insist on calling it the fatosphere, where fat is in, or at least not as out as it used to be. The people who frequent this space […]

“Fatosphere” has good, bad points

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I recently stumbled upon an interesting article in the New York Times about something called the fatosphere. Yes, those who inhabit this corner of cyberspace insist on calling it the fatosphere, where fat is in, or at least not as out as it used to be. The people who frequent […]

‘Brokeback Mountain’ star Heath Ledger found dead

The Associated Press NEW YORK — On a day meant for celebration in Hollywood, Heath Ledger, one of film’s bright young stars, was found dead at age 28, his promising career extinguished just as it was reaching full expression. Hours after the Academy Award nominees were announced, pomp and circumstance gave way to the sad […]

Returning adopted child unjustified

Anita Doberman Hard to believe, but a Dutch couple returned their adopted Korean daughter after seven years. The parents had adopted the little girl from South Korea when she was four months old. Reports of how the situation unfolded were contradictory, but it appears that the girl was given over to the care of the […]

Adoptive parents give back daughter

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Hard to believe, but a Dutch couple returned their adopted Korean daughter after seven years. The parents had adopted the little girl from South Korea when she was 4 months old. Reports of how the situation unfolded were contradictory but it appears that the girl was given over to the […]

In Tribute: Family: Practical joker took God seriously

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Sterling Graham worked hard as a farmer, a hospital maintenance supervisor, and to never lose a practical joke battle. But Graham’s greatest work, his children said, was trying to be the best Christian, father and grandfather he could be. Graham died Oct. 9 at Parmer County Community Hospital in […]

Grace is amazingly hard — and amazingly wonderful

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Grace is hard. It is almost incomprehensibly wonderful. It seems almost too good to be true because it actually is almost too good to be true. It is amazing! But it is hard. Grace is hard because accepting it means nothing less than death to our pride. If the […]

Plastic panic

Tonya Fennell It’s hard for me to admit, but I’m an addict. No, it’s not drugs, or alcohol or shopping (OK, maybe shopping a little bit) that I can’t live without. It’s my wonderful, handy, quick little debit card that is my true addiction. I love not having to fumble for cash while balancing a […]

Immigrants help shape country

Anita Doberman This week my sister and my cousins came to visit me while my husband is deployed. We spoke Italian at home and during our outings, and many people asked where we came from. Sometimes they were surprised when I answered in fluent English, but we usually moved on to talk about how long […]

Rejection hard regardless of age

Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s hard to accept rejections. For children, first rejections are even more painful because they become aware that the outside world can be a tough place, and they may not get what they want when they want it. It also shows them that mommy or daddy can’t make it better. This week […]