Some struggling with commercial side of Easter holiday

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Norma Stickley shops for Easter baskets and bunnies Thursday at the Main Street Crafters Mall with her great-granddaughter, Alexys Ortiz, 6. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer It’s beginning to look a lot like Easter, with the aisles of local stores filled with vivid displays of pink bunnies, assorted chocolates, marshmallow […]

Hearts and flowers: Local gift shops braced for holiday rush

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Cindy Tarango orders Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets for her five children Monday afternoon at Katie’s Flowerland. “I wanted them to feel extra special. They’ve been extra good this year,” Tarango said. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Just as lovers monopolize Valentine’s Day, so do certain gifts. Giving greeting cards, candy, […]

12/25 Letters to the editor

War on ‘Christmas’ sign of decline At this Christmas season in America, it has become evident there is a diabolical plot to destroy the Judaic-Christian foundation of the greatest nation on God’s green Earth by attacking the word “Christmas.” The First Amendment to the Constitution has been blatantly misinterpreted by the liberal minds of judges […]

Moody planetarium hosts holiday shows

Freedom Newspapers Need a day trip diversion for the week between Christmas and New Year? The Moody Planetarium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock has a couple of special holiday programs going on through Jan. 8 that could just fill the bill for the whole family. A little science mixed with the […]

Holiday memories fueled by variety of experiences

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What are the pieces that compose the collage of memories that you have marked “Christmas and holiday season?” What are the sights, the sounds, and the special places that they take you in your mind at this time of year? In the middle of all the frantic juggling of schedules and […]

Learn how to curb those cards

Janet Taylor-Birkey The average American will spend about $763 for holiday shopping according to the USA Today. Typically, if a credit card is used, it will take approximately 36 months to pay off those seasons greetings. Holiday spending is inviting, but often digs a hole that is almost impossible from which to climb out. But […]

12-16 scoreboard

Boys Clovis 94, Moriarty 62 Des Moines 91, Grady 67 Dora 65, Farwell 47 Muleshoe 71, Morton 32 Route 66 Holiday Tournament Tucumcari 69, Elida 61 Floyd 42, Mountainview 32 Fort Sumner 59, Dexter 52 Girls Clovis 81, Coronado 58 Farwell 68, Dora 37 Hobbs 42, Portales 41 Lady Lions Classic Fort Sumner 65, Questa […]

Ruidoso hosts festival of lights

Compiled by Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers For most people — and anyone who enjoyed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — a big part of the holiday season is the variety of lighting displays. A few hours down U.S. 70, Portales and Clovis residents can enjoy the lights of homes and businesses in nearby Ruidoso, and perhaps […]

Christmas season deserves better than Scrooge

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist A blood-splattered, life-size Santa stands in a front yard wielding a knife. Wait, it gets better. He’s next to a tree full of decapitated Barbie dolls. Wait, it still gets better. Beside the tree is an evil elf clutching one of the decapitated doll heads that has fake blood streaming […]

America teams up to defeat deadly crime

Airman Thomas Trower Impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. Nationally, more than 17,000 people died in alcohol-related highway crashes during 2003. Every 30 minutes, nearly 50 times a day, someone in America dies in an alcohol-related crash. Hundreds of thousands more are injured each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration […]

Multiple choice simplifies holiday letters

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Time again for my annual Christmas letter, a tradition dating all the way back to last year when I had nothing better to do than pretend I had a better year than you. When I adopted this ancient ritual, I decided traditional Christmas letters are too pretentious. So I developed […]

Impulse shopping often results in regrets

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist There is still plenty of time left for even thoughtful shoppers to find the right holiday presents, and with that in mind, space in this column next week will be devoted to that reality. In keeping with the mad rush of after Thanksgiving shoppers, we are going to focus this week […]

Holiday depression preventable with some preparation

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist Now it’s official. Halloween candy has hardened and most of us have recovered from eating three times our body weight at Thanksgiving. That means we can gallop onward like a Santa sleigh to the very next step. The big stretch of Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza and whatever year-end celebration may abound by cavemen in […]

Smaller stores see influx of holiday traffic

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Alicia Weed, left, and Millie Weed of Clovis browsed the gourmet items Saturday at Lizzie’s Menagerie. (Staff photo: Tonya Garner) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Many local people chose to avoid the “mega-stores” and head downtown to the smaller, specialty shops Clovis has to offer. Main Street was bustling with activity Saturday afternoon as […]

Restraint key in holiday feasting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Restraint. It is a word, and a concept, horridly out of place during the holiday season, especially around Thanksgiving. It is possible, however, to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast without causing irreparable damage to the waistline, according to local fitness experts. “The entire holiday season is the season of […]

Police increasing presence to curb holiday accidents

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer There will be an increased police presence this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to local agencies. New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints around the clock today through Saturday in every district of the state, according to State Police Capt. Oscar Gonzales. Eight to 10 officers will monitor […]

Turkey speaks out about American holiday

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: The following interview was conducted Wednesday with Tom T. Turkey in a barnyard just south of Portales. Q. Mr. Turkey, what does the middle initial T. stand for? A. Terrified, until I realized that was a telephoto lens in your hand and not a hatchet as you came […]

Holiday Food Safety

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Food and fun are packed into holiday celebrations for many people this time of year. How many times after a holiday gathering have you felt a little “out-of-sorts” and blamed it on eating too much? While overindulging can cause an upset stomach, so can eating food that was improperly handled. Keep the fun in your […]

Thanksgiving takeout gaining popularity

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Anita Ruelas, an assistant deli manager at Super Save in Portales, pulls a turkey out of the oven Tuesday night in preparation for Thanksgiving. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Brownies can be popped in the microwave and ready to eat in minutes. Salad comes in a bag, chopped, washed and […]

Holiday scams can hurt good intentions

Bob Huber: CNJ columnist The fun-filled holiday season begins this week unless you’re a Scrooge who would rather dump a jar of molasses in the Salvation Army kettle outside Wal-Mart. You probably developed that attitude because you didn’t get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas when you were a kid or a Shirley Temple […]