Hands-on approach fits local workers

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleLuis Saenz, 17, of Muleshoe steams a hat Friday to help in the cleaning and shaping process at Joe’s Boot Shop in Clovis. Luis learned everything he knows about hat creasing through hands-on experience at the store. Freedom Newspapers Editor’s Note: The following is a series of profiles of people in […]

Recounting Hollywood memories

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Remember when Hollywood swept into New Mexico in the 1960s, ruthlessly taking over hearth and home from innocent, downtrodden natives who had carved a state out of the wilderness after moving here during the Eisenhower years? I was a United Press foreign correspondent in Santa Fe at the time and […]

For some, hats more than weather protection

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Rod Dickinson, left, helps Ray Montague look for a hat Friday at the Hat Barn in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson For some it’s a fashion statement, or maybe a statement of team allegiance. For others it’s just a way to protect against sunlight. For nearly everybody in the United States, there’s […]

Members of the Red Hat Society return to CCC to keep learning

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Ione Wood, left, and Valerie Benedix, right, are members of the Clovis Community College Red Hat Society or also known as the Frivolous Floozies. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The classes the women take aren’t conventional, and neither are the women. Nancy Bartholomew exercises in the Clovis Community College swimming […]

It’s firklytootling time again in Santa Fe

Bob Huber: CNJ columnist In case you haven’t noticed, the Legislature is firklytootling again up north, which brings to mind a political alert for all citizens of New Mexico: “Stay in the roundhouse, Nellie. The senator can’t corner you there.” I had occasion to spend several character-building years in that round building we call the […]

Finally, anthem singer in purple

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John Urban tries on his new Wildcats’ hat at his Kiwanis club meeting. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer John Urban has been a key part of Clovis High School football for 45 years. That’s his voice across the intercom before the game and during the halftime shows. For the past […]

Girls over 50 just want to have fun

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers There are no rules. No dues. No committees. No officers. No charity work. No men allowed. No set meeting dates. No actual meetings or parliamentary procedure. And absolutely no responsibilities. The only requirements to be a member of the Red Hat Society is you must be a woman age 50 […]