Girl’s night out

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Saige Bell takes a short ride during the 8-and-under calf riding event Wednesday evening at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Sugar and spice and everything nice, as the saying goes, are what little girls are made of. But you can’t blame […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Dogs earn keep by helping store owner

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Customers at Sandia Wholesale are usually greeted into the store with welcoming barks from its four-legged employees. Jim Graham, who owns the candy and paper product distributing store on North Main Street, has taken his dogs to work with him for the last 10 […]

God’s love should flow full force

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist When the children were smaller, we lived in a newly developed area with a large, vacant field in front of our house. Many days an exciting sight unfolded on the corner of our street. On those days, a fire engine and a smaller fire department truck with several firemen would […]

Sister’s move brings up quotes from Oz

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer “I think I’ll miss you most of all, Scarecrow.” Those are the words my mom said to my 5-year-old niece, Marissa, as she hugged her goodbye when my sister Julie moved her family to Odessa, Texas, in April. Since then, Mom has referred to Marissa as her little scarecrow […]

Flannel boards taught many lessons

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Learning Bible stories with flannel boards was a significant aspect of my childhood spiritual heritage. Flannel boards went right along with Bible school, Sunday school and Mrs. Kitten Skarda, who taught children using flannel boards. Flannel board teaching was simple. It was a cardboard covered with flannel material. The characters […]

Lady Rams fall in finals

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales High girls tennis team edged St. Michael’s 5-4 in the state team Class 1A-3A semifinals on Saturday before losing in the title match to Bosque 9-0. “I thought we were a little intimidated going into Bosque; I thought we could have done better,” Lady Rams coach Michelle Wallis said. […]