Portales police upgrades communications

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Travis Hardin, of Yucca Telecom, sets up the computer system in what will soon be the new dispatch center at the Portales Police Department. Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenberger said the new system will allow dispatchers to do their job more quickly and efficiently. Alisa Boswell Big changes are in […]

Anyone can reflect God’s light

As a child I was involved in Sunbeams at church. Sunbeams were a mission organization for children. We sang about being a Sunbeam for Jesus and bringing light into the world. When my family moved from Kansas City to New Mexico, one lady was saying goodbye to my parents and then she turned to me, […]

No one ‘box’ can contain God

I once saw John Denver, hair wet and with a clothes bag tossed over his shoulder, heading through a hotel lobby toward the desk. Two weeks or so later, he crashed his plane and died. Christian author Max Lucado is still very much alive and writing fine books. In his book Fearless he tells about […]

Tax reform, cuts would provide economic push

Freedom Newspapers Tax reform is in the air. One proposal floating around is to eliminate or reduce the tax deduction for home mortgage interest. About 35 million homeowners use the deduction to reduce their yearly tax bills. The total deduction amounts to about $131 billion a year. During the recent wrangling in Washington over the […]

Dirty Laundry: Off to study raising children in this digital age

Aisha Sultan Recently, my youngest child asked a question about love and God. He quickly realized from my reaction that he must have said something clever. As I reached for my laptop, he said, “Are you going to write what I said on Facebook? Do not write it there!” I was stunned. In fact, I […]

Education column: Music teacher organizes art gallery

A sense of anticipation is being felt throughout the district, meaning that school is about start. Our operations department is wrapping up summer projects or reorganizing ongoing projects. Our administrative and support staff have returned, and teachers will return full-force next week to finish preparations for this fall’s students, arriving Aug. 22. We’ll continue reporting […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Ten things to know before you become Mom

Marla Jo Fisher Life would have been easier if I had known these things before I had children: 1. It’s pointless to buy nice furniture It’s so much easier to just get cheap stuff than to spend your life hollering and frantically running around trying to clean up messes. My children are active _ OK […]

Moms Gear: Make gardening easier with ergonomic gardening tools

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MCT Radius Garden Tools enhance a gardener’s digging experience and provide more ease when planting, weeding and cultivating because of their ergonomically-designed handles. Maggie O’Neill It’s one thing to work with a commonplace handheld garden trowel, but quite another to use an ergonomically-designed tool. The founder of Radius Garden Tools has created four handheld products […]

N.M. still capitalizing on the Kid

Oh, Susana, I think you are onto a hot one. This “Catch the Kid” business, the contest to track down Billy the Kid and win 10,000 bucks? Good move, Gov. Martinez. Last Sunday I saw the full page ad featuring the contest poster: WANTED, BILLY THE KID. $10,000 REWARD. Here’s why that is a timely […]

About 60 dogs participate in Weiner Nationals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sasha took first place in the competition. Her owner, Tammy Coldren said the Dachshund needed no training. Liliana Castillo Four-year-old Isabella Hailey called the winner of Weiner Nationals during one of the first heats. Lendra Hailey said her great niece watched Sasha belt toward her owner Robert Bruhn in the […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Lost something? Not my problem

Marla Jo Fisher If my kids were cast into an episode of the TV show “Lost,” they would have to stay that way. Forever. This is because I have a very firm rule in my house: I do not look for kid stuff. Period. Exclamation point. End of paragraph. Some people think this one is […]

Zia falls in state Majors tourney

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Zia’s Andre Hooks pitches against Bayard Copper during Monday’s state Majors Little League game at Beachum Field. CNJ staff Although its run in the state Little League Majors tournament was a short one, Clovis Zia gave a pretty good account of itself. Host Zia had early leads both Sunday […]

Hotel Clovis sign raises concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sign hung from Hotel Clovis seeking support of an Aug. 2 election to decide an affordable housing plan for the city has drawn concern from opponents. Sharna Johnson Just one week from election day, we have a sign. It reads: “SAVE ME VOTE YES AUGUST 2nd” in large red […]

In search of ponies: Only the fish die young

Sharna Johnson The first one to go was the algae eater — initially construed as a bittersweet sign that at least the tank was clean. But by that night the second one flopped on its side, gills flaring for the last time. Then a third died — the one that lived under a rock, which […]

Only security in life knowing Jesus as savior

Have you ever taken some common event in your life for granted? I have, and a particular road trip showed me that sometimes we do not reach our destination, and life changes drastically in the process. This eye-opening experience came for me when some years ago Annie, Buffy, Mother and I were driving at dusk […]

Mustang adoption begins

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A group of about 30 attended the opening bidding for wild mustangs and burros Thursday during the Bureau of Land Management wild mustang and burro adoption action at the Curry County Events Center. Sharna Johnson The sorrel filly with the flax mane and tail was the one he wanted as […]

Savings savvy: Three ways to teach your kids about money

Paula Sirois This morning I implemented a new program with my kids: He or she who yells, pushes or screams has to put $1 into a jar on the shelf. At the end of the week, whoever hasn’t broken the rules gets all the cash. By this afternoon, I had already deposited $5, my son […]

Honors —

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Hughes [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Dustin Hughes of Clovis is one of 21 students to obtain and associate of applied science degree in wind energy technology from Mesalands Community College. Hughes graduated magna cum laude.

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Parents fantasize revenge on their kids

Marla Jo Fisher Seriously, you people have been mulling this over. Last week, I wrote a column describing my plans to get revenge on my kids when I’m a doddering old lady living in their house, for all the things they do now that set my teeth on edge. For example, I plan to drink […]

Upward Bound focuses on hands-on learning

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Upward Bound students participated in team building and camaraderie activities in the Upward Bound Olympics Wednesday at Ned Houk Park as one of the final activities of the program’s Summer-on-Campus program. Liliana Castillo Space exploration, bridge building, crime scene analysis and lotion making were just some of the projects the […]