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 […]

Titles not always revealing

By Clyde Davis I had completed my first year of seminary, and for my life could not understand why my seminary friends were not more accepting of Laura, who was between her junior and senior years of college. She was from Annapolis, a field hockey player with dark, short, wavy hair and the firm femininity […]