In search of ponies: Good to be in the middle of the penguin pack

Sharna Johnson “Did you know penguins push one of their own into the water to see if it’s safe?” I asked a teen. We were discussing social angst among teenagers and the evolutions he has been through in recent years. “No,” he answered, a smile forming on his face as if he knew where I […]

Local experts offer tips on holiday shipping

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Sabrina Gutierrez, an assistant manager at the UPS Office Store in Clovis, wraps decorative glassware Friday at the store. Store employees recommend sending items no later than the second week of December to make sure it will arrive in time for Christmas. Alisa Boswell The time is fast-approaching to mail […]

Cigarette tax hike proposed

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Anti-tobacco advocates say they have one way to help the state solve its budget crisis and help prevent smoking: Raise the tobacco tax in the state by $1 a pack. The idea could bring in $29.7 million in the first year. Although a bill has yet to […]

Police: Burglaries up for ’08

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Raymond Anaya and his daughter, Josett Anaya, of Clovis, search the paper for an apartment for Josett. Josett moved back into her parents house because her home has been burglarized twice in the last two months and everything she owned was taken. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer One burglary […]

Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico needs volunteers to sort canned goods, label and pack boxes; for office help and clerical work; and for warehouse work. The food bank provides wholesome, nutritious foods to agencies that feed or provide food to the ill, infants and elderly that are at 80 percent or below low […]

Smokers steaming over tax hike

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Beattriz Garcia retrieves cigarettes for a customer at Lowe’s in Farwell on Tuesday. According to assistant manager Barbara Rennie, “There has been no drop-off in sales, but we’ve had a lot of complaints.” (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Steve Burns is one of many eastern New Mexico residents who drove […]

Gift to mom taking kids to drive-in

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Mother’s Day always reminds me of a time when I supported a family, a dog pack, an ancient Ford, a cigar addiction and the federal government on $400 a month. In those days I put all our bills in a hat each month and drew one out to pay. If […]

Snake encounter leaves fellas rattle

By Bob Huber My first encounter with a bona fide rattlesnake left me with a lethal dose of ophidiophobia (Greek for fear of ophidios) complicated by lingering runny nose. It took place while I was on a fishing trip in the Colorado Rockies. I was there because in those days a group of young guys […]

Dogs, kids, drive-ins not good mix

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was bringing home $90 a week to feed a family of five, I experienced an illuminating event in my life. It should be noted that I also supported a pack of five dogs, a cigar addiction, and an ancient Chevrolet that came over on the Mayflower. If anyone […]