Children feel life’s unfairness

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, my second-born, Anna, threw a temper tantrum because her older sister was going to play at the home of a friend from kindergarten. She insisted it was unfair, and what started with a pleading tone quickly escalated into whining and yelling about this apparent age discrimination. “Why […]

In Tribute: World War II vet remained humble

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Preston Dunn was a student body president at Eastern New Mexico University, a winner of three Distinguished Flying Crosses and nine Air Medals for World War II service, a business owner and a friend to many in Portales and Clovis. But you’d never hear about it from him. “He […]

Holidays give everyone second chance

By Clyde Davis: Columnist In the Victorian-era Christmas classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge encounters several ghosts who transform his priorities, and thus his life. One of them, the Ghost of Christmas Past, influences Scrooge by taking him back to yuletides of his childhood and young adulthood, before he had […]

You’re old! Now the bad news…

Bob Huber : Local Columnist Here at the Foundation for Doing Away with Old Age, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you get perks in your golden years that make you giggle with delight. The bad news is the perks seldom make up for the price you have to pay. […]

Emotions fill courtroom at sentencing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A mother’s loud wails and sobs pierced a Clovis courtroom on Thursday as a prosecuting attorney recounted the September killing of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. The boy was shot in the head as he slept in his bed next to his older brother, Ruben. Seated beside Carlos’ mother Lupe Perez, […]

Don’t take Halloween away from 4 feet candy raiders

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The time is coming, and is indeed now upon us, when goblins and ghosties, black cats and Harry Potters, Disney princesses and superheroes, will prowl the streets and gather booty, threatening us at our very doors and proving once again that, even in our own homes, we are not safe from […]

Willard O’Rear, Lewis A. McAtee

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Willard O’Rear Date of birth: Oct. 26, 1926 Dates of Service: November 1944 to July 1946 Hometown: Ranchvale Theater and location of service: South […]

Potter Park pool expected to reopen Monday

CNJ staff Potter Park pool is expected to reopen at noon Monday, according to Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter. The city-owned pool will resume regular hours of noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until school starts, pending a final pool evaluation and recertification Monday morning by the New Mexico Environment Department, Carter said. […]

State promotes fishing with annual event

Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Game Commission’s annual free fishing day is Saturday when residents and non-residents can fish public waters with no license or habitat stamp required. “It lets the people themselves know what they’re missing out on,” said Jim Whary, the manager of Oasis State Park. “It’s just to encourage people to get […]

Care should be in hands of retirees

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist How many times have we heard advertisements from law firms that specialize in elder law urging, “If you anticipate that you may have to enter a nursing home down the road, an elder care attorney may be able to help you create a plan that will both protect much of […]

More litigation won’t help older folk get employed

Freedom Newspapers It would be ironic if it weren’t so sad. Just as market conditions are making older workers more attractive to an increasing number of employers, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down a decision that is likely to make older workers less attractive. That wasn’t the intention, of course, but sometimes the law of […]

Veterans need spiritual assistance

By Clyde Davis, Local Columnist Richard was like the older brother to much of the neighborhood. Although he was actually Bobby’s older brother, he played that role in a lot of our lives, as some of us had no older brother of our own. When he was in high school, Richard acquired a ’55 Chevy, […]

Snipe hunting dangerous to predator, prey

Bob Huber If you’re thinking about a final spring adventure before the advent of summer reruns, zealots of the great outdoors will be happy to introduce you to snipe hunting. You probably deserve it. Snipe hunting is a traditional American exploit, ranked high on the all-time list of Things You Do Only Once in a […]

There are worse things than getting old

Jim Sitterly: Guest columnist Having birthdays seems to be a topic that I have found amusing over the years. When we are adolescents, one thing we want more than anything is to be a grownup. Of course at that age, grownup is any age older than we are. This makes us excited for birthdays. When […]

Cannon editor court martialled

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The editor of the Cannon Air Force Base newspaper will spend nine months in military prison, be demoted to the lowest enlisted rank, and receive a bad conduct discharge following his court-martial conviction Wednesday for carnal knowledge. Master Sgt. Stefan Alford of Cannon Public Affairs said […]

Police blotter 8/17

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A Clovis mother called police about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after her 8-year-old son told her three older boys tried to set him on fire near their home at the 2900 block of Virginia Avenue. The boy told police the older boys held […]

New event prepares ropers for next step

By Eric Butler The double mugging event is new to the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals and it’s proving to be a popular competition. The term has nothing to do with smiling for the camera or accosting someone for monetary gain, but instead means helping a roper tie down a calf. The event — […]

High court ends retirees’ quest for free care

By Tom Philpott A seven-year court challenge by elderly military retirees, who say the government reneged on promises of free lifetime health care, came to an end June 2 when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal. In refusing to accept the case for review, the justices let stand a 2002 decision by […]

Young beats old at alumni game

By Eric Butler They tried various forms of distraction — physical and verbal — when their younger counterparts came to the free throw line. They tried to literally throw their weight around on their thinner opponents. They even put six men out on the court for two exchanges in the fourth quarter. But alas, the […]