First person: Called to serve

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Emily Patterson has been a Farwell police officer for six months. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Emily Patterson bought aviator-style sunglasses and wore them home one day. Her husband laughed at her as soon as he saw her. Emily Patterson, 23, is a police officer in Farwell and does […]

No bull here

Glenda Price Glenda Price When my husband and I were young and just starting out, we decided to apply for a loan from a government-underwritten outfit to purchase a few cows. We had the place to run them secured and the drought was temporarily over (which is all we can ever ask for in the […]

Everybody has a snake story

Glenda Price What were your mother’s parting words every time you left the house? Right. “Watch for snakes.” In August, we were told to be extra careful because the rattlers would be shedding their skins, their eyes would be covered for a few days, and since they couldn’t see they would strike at the sounds […]

And the bear said to the atheist …

Charles Hemphill passes along a joke about an atheist in the woods: As he walked along, the atheist heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. When he turned to look, a 7-foot grizzly bear was charging toward him. He ran but the bear was soon on top of him and the atheist began crying […]

She was the ‘Bayou Babe’

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, editors have been asking readers, “How did you meet your spouse?” • Christian and Jeannie Heller met on the C.B. radio. She was the “Bayou Babe.” • Carolyn Spence met her husband Karl on a blind date, after he’d been stood up on a double date. • Janet Mason met her husband Rodney […]

True love began on a blind date …

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, editors have been asking readers, “How did you meet your spouse?” Carolyn Spence met her husband Karl on a blind date, after he’d been stood up on a double date. Janet Mason met her husband Rodney at a softball game. She smashed a triple and the rest is history. See […]

Smile when life gets tough

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist In the last few weeks, I missed my husband’s calls from overseas too many times. If it’s just once or twice I don’t mind, but if it happens on numerous occasions, I feel frustrated and disappointed. I wanted to share our excitement about an upcoming trip to Atlanta to attend […]

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 […]

Sixth baby draws criticism

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist I had two miscarriages after my first daughter was born. Although they were early in the pregnancy, I felt a deep sense of loss and despair for the babies I lost, and it took me a long time to recover and move forward. I hated having to tell everyone that […]

Columnist supports daughter’s choice

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This past weekend I attended my oldest daughter’s first cheerleading competition. Actually, it was also my first cheerleading competition. I arrived at this event with mixed feelings. Cheerleading has been a big point of contention between my husband and I. Unfortunately, while he agreed to let our daughter be part of […]

Military Feature: Running on faith

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Running a stretch of road between St. Vrain and Cannon Air Force Base on Friday, Gene Roberts of Baltimore is on a cross-country quest. The former Marine said he wants to share his love for Jesus with others. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An explosion in Vietnam robbed a […]

Widow runs 10K to honor husband

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Courtesy photo Pernethea Evans’ husband, Cannon Air Force Base Capt. Kermit Evans, was killed in an Iraq helicopter crash in 2006. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Pernethea Evans joined thousands in Washington, D.C., last weekend to run in the 2007 Marine Corps Marathon in honor of fallen service members. Evans’ husband, Cannon Air Force […]

Salas: Brother shot boy

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry District Judge David Bonem questions Lisa Salas on Tuesday in a Roosevelt County courtroom after the prosecution objected to her being called as a witness in her son’s first-degree murder trial. Bonem allowed Salas to testify. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Demetrio Salas took the stand in his defense […]

Military Feature: Senate panel endorses military raise

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An endorsement from a Senate panel Tuesday could mean a 3.5 percent pay raise for military members and civilian Department of Defense employees. The pay raise exceeds the 3 percent recommended by President Bush. “It’s a very good pay raise considering the circumstances and what’s happening right now,” military spouse […]

Not all warriors fueled by meat

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Whenever people find out that my husband is a vegetarian they are surprised, and often ask me how it’s possible that he is both in the military and a vegetarian. These two notions, in apparent contradiction, baffle many of our friends and acquaintances. Friends and even family members wonder if […]

Immigrants help shape America

By Anita Doberman: Columnist 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 […]

New Mexico woman recounts her past

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Editor’s note: Miss Nelle Gable moved to Santa Fe in the late 1890s. On Jan. 3, 1899, she married Charles Adolphus Scheurich, who in his lifetime became known as a pioneer builder in New Mexico, Curry County, and especially Clovis, she said. This is her story. “My husband was the grandson […]

Rank not important

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I recently went to a dinner party organized by a military spouses club. The food was very good and the evening was pleasant, until someone sitting at my table started talking about how we should separate enlisted men’s wives and officers’ wives into two distinct clubs. “Why?” I asked, and the […]

Lady Bird Johnson epitome of strong Southern belle

By Freedom Newspapers We join Texans — and Americans — everywhere in mourning the loss of a great lady, Lady Bird Johnson, who died Wednesday at age 94 at her Austin, Texas, home. Johnson, as much as anyone, embodied the legendary Southern charm and Texas hospitality with her warm, genteel demeanor. That outward calm belied […]

Women of the cloth

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Rev. Bonita Knox preaches at Trinity Lutheran Church. Knox uses the baptismal font to perform baptisms and “to remind people to live wet in their baptism.” By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer The Rev. Bonita Knox, 50, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, said she rarely encounters problems leading a […]