Bottles leave bitter memories

By Bob Huber: Local columnist You can’t buy bitters anymore. They were all the rage during the Civil War, but their popularity petered out. You see, armies of the North were to a large extent financed by a special wartime tax on booze, and so bitters were born. Bitters were an alleged medicine containing alcohol, […]

Friend says accident victim dedicated wife

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer She was a good neighbor, devoted to her husband. That’s how friends described Delores Jacks, 71, who was killed while crossing the street on Monday night. Officials said a Clovis police officer was driving the car that killed Jacks at 12th and Mitchell streets. An investigation into the accident […]

Two cows explain politics

Bob Huber You haven’t reached life’s high-water mark until your grandkids ask, “What’s the difference between Republicans and Democrats?” The upshot is, if you’re smart, you’ll devise a basic list of replies designed to be understood by children. Take my personal favorite, the “Two Cows Response.” Here’s a sampler. It begins with, “If you are […]

Holiday haunts boonies

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Let’s take a look at Sasquatch in New Mexico, because October is Halloween Month. And that’s just the tip of the frightberg. Ghostly sounds can be heard, such as owls hooting, bones rattling, trees swaying and slurping water like vampires. To make matters worse, whenever Halloween rears it monstrous head, up […]

Woman finally got used to New Mexico

Don McAlavy Lula Mae (Ikard) Pack was born at Ninnekay, Okla. She said Ninnekay was a route, not a town, close to Chickasha, which was 15 miles away. The family sometimes left home at 5 a.m. in a wagon wrapped in quilts. “We would spend the day and shop and get all of our groceries […]

Valentine’s Day marks sacrifice for love

Helena Rodriguez If you think Valentine’s Day is just for lovers, you’re wrong. There’s no reason anyone should be excluded because love is giving a part of oneself to others in many ways, not just in an affectionate way. On Valentine’s Day, it is better to give than to receive, just like during Christmas time. […]

Police linked seemingly unrelated cases

Freedom Newspapers Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey said three seemingly unrelated cases of child sex abuse came to police attention about the same time in mid-September. Police soon linked them to a home at 700 E. 10th Street and found other alleged victims. Carey said an internal check of police records on Wednesday also showed […]