New school year time to embrace change

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist It’s a fact of life: You can’t keep doing the same thing and then expect different results. Keep this in mind as you start the new school year. But also keep in mind that while it’s better to get things right the first time, there’s nothing wrong with going back […]

Burton, Laura L.

Laura L. Burton Laura L. Burton, 79, of Santa Fe, died Wednesday, June 29, 2005, at her home. She was born on Oct. 27, 1925, in Fort Sumner. She grew up in Norton, and worked at J.C. Penney’s and retired from the gas company of New Mexico after 17 years of services. She was preceded […]

Compadres make for big, happy family

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist My daughter Laura has a new set of godparents, or a new madrina and padrino, as we call them. And in the process, I guess I’ve got myself a new set of compadres. Last Sunday, my uncle and aunt, Manny and Matilda Ortega, drove from Hobbs to serve as sponsors […]

Traveling temporary escape from world

By Helena Rodriguez My 14-year-old daughter Laura recently got to fly for the first time. In fact, she traveled by almost every possible mode — land, sea, plane and train — in the course of only a few days. Laura and I accompanied my friend Yolanda to Houston last week for outpatient eye surgery. We […]

Pope John Paul II hard act to follow

By Helena Rodriguez When we lived in Abilene, Texas, my daughter, Laura, called me from a youth conference at the archdiocese in San Angelo and excitedly exclaimed, “I met The Pope!” I was like “What?” and then I started rolling in laughter. When I told this to my friend, Debra Vasquez, who was the religious […]

Houston, Laura

Laura Houston Services: Have been held. Laura Beatrice “Bea” Houston, 81, of Logan died Friday, March 25, 2005, at Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari. She was born Aug. 18, 1923, in Texas. She was a long-time resident of the Logan community, moving there with her husband. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter […]

Clark, Mary

Mary Clark Services: Have been held. Mary F. Clark, 95, of Montrose, Colo., died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at Heidi’s Chateau in Montrose. She was born on July 2, 1909, in Kevil, Ky., to Eligah and Laura Bell Eminiser Freeman. She spent her childhood in Kentucky and Oklahoma, and attended Waynoka High School in Oklahoma. […]

Chanclas: Effective as good paddles

Helena Rodriguez: CNJ columnist This month’s issue of Latina magazine features a short story on chanclas, you know, the old flip-flops or sandals that abuela used to whack you with? Chanclas still make good paddles, but these days, they also make great fashion statements. During my childhood, it was the infamous “pink sandal” that we […]

Buchwald, Daisie

Daisie Buchwald Services: Have been held. Daisie Lorena Buchwald, 95, of Santa Fe, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at El Castillo Nursing Home in Santa Fe. She was born on Jan. 12, 1910, in Roosevelt County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie Buchwald. Survivors include a son, Lloyd Buchwald of Santa Fe; […]

Life is like puzzle; pieces have to fit

Helena Rodriguez: CNJ columnist My daughter Laura and I recently achieved a great accomplishment. We finished a 500-piece puzzle together. Wow, 500 pieces. Big deal. In today’s world though, that just may be a big deal. How many people actually sit down and do puzzles anymore? When I bought the puzzle, Laura objected to the […]

At what age is it good to have children?

by Helena Rodriguez The miniature rubber duckie on the soap dish in my shower always reminds me of Amanda. Dear, sweet Amanda. But here lately, I see the rubber duckie and all I can think is, “Amanda is pregnant! Amanda is pregnant!” Amanda was my daughter Laura’s best friend when we lived in Abilene, Texas. […]

Creativity needed to get kids to clean room

by Helena Rodriguez How clean is your house? That’s a scary question to ask someone, even a good friend, during a casual conversation. “How’s your day?” and “What do you think about the weather?” These are valid conversation topics. But talk about what lies behind someone’s closed doors and inside their closets and you just […]

First lady making campaign stop in Clovis

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CNJ staff First lady Laura Bush is scheduled to be in Clovis on Wednesday to campaign for her husband’s re-election, local Republicans said Thursday evening. Rube Render, a member of the Curry County Republicans central committee, said the first lady is scheduled to appear some time in the afternoon. The tentative location for the campaign […]

8/15/04 Weddings

Casaus Gina V. Apodaca of Clovis, and B.J. Casaus of Clovis, were joined in marriage on Aug. 4, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nev. The Rev. G. Graham performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Ronny L. and Frances Apodaca of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of George Eloy and Estefanita Baca […]

Coming soon: Back to school stress

By Helena Rodriguez I interrupt this long, hot summer for some important breaking news. It’s urgent, more pressing than our current national security code level. It commands your full attention. It’s back-to-school time! Back-to-school time! Back to school! In case you missed it, “School! School! School!” Only 28 shopping days until school starts in Portales […]

Teen’s good behavior surprises mom

By Helena Rodriguez What kind of teenager have I created? That’s what I asked myself the other day when my daughter did something unexpected. She copied me. You know, it’s the old “Do as I say, but don’t do as I do!” adage. So what hideous act did I catch my 13-year-old daughter doing? She […]

Parental involvement key to learning

Is the glass half empty or half full? I consider it half empty. My daughter, Laura, my niece, Crystal Diaz, and my cousin, Danielle Madrid, graduated from Portales Junior High School last Friday along with 180 other students. We in the Rodriguez clan made a big deal out of it with a cookout, cake, flowers […]

King, Laura

Laura King Services: Have been held. Laura King, 91, of Ruidoso, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Ruidoso Care Center in Ruidoso. She was born on Aug. 22, 1912, in Buffalo, Mo., to Lettie and B.F. Bennett. At the age of 4, her family moved to the Dora area where she attended school. She married […]

Smith, Martin

Martin Smith Services: Have been held. Mr. Martin Smith, 22, of Clovis, died Sunday, May 11, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born on Aug. 5, 1980, in New Jersey, to Jerry Lee Smith and Laura Bordonaro. He is survived by his parents; a son, Tristian Smith of Clovis; his son’s mother, Misti […]

Kids, adults could learn ‘down time’ lesson

I don’t know how many times this summer my daughter Laura has called me at work with breaking news. The kind that warrants, in her mind, a press conference with a blue curtain in the background, a cluster of information-starved news reporters, a crawl line on CNN and the whole shebang. At least, that’s what […]