Mayor race produces strong feelings

Janet Mason is not excited about the choices for Clovis’ next mayor. “Gloria Wicker scares me,” she wrote in an e-mail. “I don’t feel there are any good choices. But of all of them, Gayla Brumfield is the lesser of all evils.” Clovis’ Frank Dalton has some pretty strong words related to the mayor’s race […]

Editor takes trip back in time

Billy the Kid is said to have been a frequent visitor to the Portales Springs, no doubt when he was stealing horses and driving them to sell at Old Tascosa in the Texas Panhandle. Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor Karl Terry brings the Springs to life in his latest Web log entry: Karl Terry’s blog • […]

Web voters: No to Sunday alcohol sales

Sixty-three percent of voters in last week’s Clovis News Journal Web poll said they are opposed to Sunday alcohol sales at Clovis restaurants. Most of those votes were cast Saturday night. About 5 p.m. Saturday, the score was 36-9 in favor of Sunday alcohol sales. The final score was 63-37 opposed. The real election is […]

Snazzy place to eat

Do you remember the Snazzy Pig? Don McAlavy ate a lot of hamburgers and tried to pick up girls at Clovis’ old restaurant on east First Street. He shares his stories in Sunday’s Clovis News Journal. • • • Dorothy Nelson says Rube Render is her choice for mayor of Clovis. “He’s retired military, also […]

One vote for Render

Dorothy Nelson says Rube Render is her choice for mayor of Clovis. “He’s retired military, also retired from Lockheed Martin, has a master’s degree in human resources, and is just a genuinely nice guy … all qualities which would serve a mayor well,” she wrote in an e-mail. “Rube seems truly interested in community affairs […]

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Web site shows sights of our nearest neighbor

By Tom DiFrancesca The Martians are coming! Run for your lives! At least that’s what some folks around the world are saying. Why? Because the planet Mars has drawn nearer to the Earth, closer than it has in a very long time — 60,000 years to be exact. What a great photo opportunity. In fact […]

Ideas sought for the ultimate cybercafe

Stop the presses — I’ve got nothing new to write about, I’ve reached the end of the Internet. Not really. There are thousands of new Web sites posted every day — I will never run out of things to write about. Now that’s great job security. Last week, I mentioned the fact that a new […]

Google lets users tailor news to interests

By Tom DiFrancesca Lots of newsworthy events have occurred this past week. Sometimes it’s hard to keep with up everything going on — locally, nationally and worldwide. That’s when Google really comes in handy. I’ve spoken with lots of folks lately, and they have narrowed down their breaking news resources, to one Web site: news.google.com […]

Finding friends or pictures of celebrities

By Tom DiFrancesca Any autograph collectors out there? I recently stumbled across a Web site that offers autographed pictures of celebrities. The prices range from $25 to $100; and there seems to be a pretty good selection of famous folks to pick from. Just jump over to www.autographedtoyou.com and check it out. You can, in […]

International lottery scam crops up on the Web

By Tom DiFrancesca Well, it looks like I won’t be writing this column much longer. It appears that I have just won a little less than a million dollars, can you believe it? I mean, with all that money, I’ll just be too busy livin’ it up with the rich and the famous to write […]

Exercise care in selecting a blog service

By Tom DiFrancesca Thanks for the visits — the visits to my Web site, that is. Traffic to the site seems to be on the increase. Now that I’ve installed a site-based search engine, I can track what kind of things my readers are interested in — and then write about those subjects. Speaking of […]

Wal-Mart is in the movie renting business now

By Tom DiFrancesca I have something outrageous to share with you, and I’ve entitled it the “Internet absurdity of the week.” It seems as if a 12-year-old girl from England, connected up with a 31-year-old ex-Marine via the Internet. After a year of corresponding, the ex-jarhead traveled to England, and he and the young girl […]

Internet abounds with good movie information

By Tom DiFrancesca Seen any good movies lately? Summertime is always a good time for exciting and entertaining films to hit the big screen. Sometimes, though, there seems to be too many choices. Don’t you just hate it when you finally decide to see a particular movie — and then discover that it’s a real […]

Scam alert: Don’t give credit card info

By Tom DiFrancesca Scam alert: If you receive an e-mail purportedly from the folks at Paypal, and the e-mail is requesting you confirm your credit card information — delete it. Don’t even think about providing any information whatsoever — it’s a con. Although the e-mail may look official, it’s not. Paypal will never ask anyone […]

Don’t buy a new calendar, go to the Web

By Tom DiFrancesca I just want to let you know about some enhancements that I have made to the Tracker Tom Web site. I frequently receive e-mails asking me to please provide the writer with information from my previous columns. The requests normally run something like “remember you wrote about Spyware a few months ago, […]

Father’s Day facts found on the Internet

By Tom DiFrancesca Happy Father’s Day to all of the men out there who have gallantly taken on the responsibilities of that office — keep up the good work. I found a couple of interesting Web sites dedicated to today’s holiday, but one stands out above the rest: mail.theholidayspot.com/fathersday/ there you will find the history […]

Internet helps planning trips

By Tom DiFrancesca I hope that everyone had a “fantabulous” Memorial Day weekend. I hear that it was a wet one in eastern New Mexico. Miss Susie Q and I hopped into the “Country Cadillac” (pickup truck) and headed to the western side of the state to do some exploring, so, unfortunately, we missed out […]

Web great to promote business

By Tom DiFrancesca In last week’s column, I wrote about a couple of Internet success stories, and I asked for my readers to send in their own. I did receive one this week, from Mr. Robert Schriefer of Cincinnati, Ohio. He’s a loyal reader and receives my column each week through a subscribable mailing list. […]

Wheeling and dealing

By Tom Difrancesca This past Saturday morning as I was driving around town, I noticed the proliferation of posted garage sale signs. That’s how I can always tell that spring has sprung and that summer is right around the corner. I love watching the “garage sailors” as they cruise the blacktop searching for priceless treasures. […]