Concept of death confuses children

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When we first decided to travel to Rome, I told my children we were going to visit my parents’ home because my grandmother was dying. I didn’t hide the fact she was ill, and that this was the last time I would see her. I also explained that my parents and […]

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 […]

Life offers best of both worlds

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I am writing this column from my hometown. It’s a miracle I made it across the ocean with my children on my own. Indeed, I survived our atrocious 24-hour trip to Italy, which included a five-hour drive to the airport, and two flights to get to Rome. I am now sitting […]

Police report two weekend stabbings

CNJ staff Two Clovis men suffered non-fatal stabbings Sunday in separate incidents, police said. Police discovered a 43-year-old man just before 4 a.m. Sunday with four stab wounds to his torso in the yard of 916 W. 10th Street, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. Police were responding to a report of shots fired. The […]

Police not charging teen for admitted altercation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Officials will not pursue criminal charges against a teen who admitted to being in an altercation in April that has hospitalized Eric Burrell, 39, of Clovis. The teen came forward after reading newspaper reports and told police he beat Burrell in self-defense, Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair said. Police […]

Record day at fishing derby

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Sarah Hernandez, 12, fishes Saturday while her dad, Richard, unhooks a fish his son, Richard Jr., just caught during the Optimist Club of Clovis’ annual fishing derby at Ned Houk Park. By Helena Rodriguez: CNj staff writer Young anglers from the Clovis area reeled in 933 pounds of the scaled creatures […]

Kids learn at their own pace

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s the first day of swimming lessons. In my house, the commotion starts at 6 a.m., when my three older girls wake up ready to go, never mind that lessons don’t start for another three hours. They can’t contain their excitement and demand to put on their bathing suits immediately. “No,” […]

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 […]

Saying goodbye never easy

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother, Nonna Dela. She lived so close to my home that I could see her balcony from our windows, and would often yell on top of my lungs, “Nonnaaaa, come outside to see my outfit,” in the early morning hours, […]

Season begins with reliving old memories

By Clyde Davis: Columnist As I drove off the highway and onto the peninsula that is Presque Isle, I was not driving alone — at least not in spirit. Oh, it’s true that I was meeting my old friend Roger for the day at the beach, but he was coming in a separate car, driving […]