Couple set to make transition

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent At 85, Theda West can still remember the day she met her husband, Clyde, now 88, just like it was yesterday. “It was at Portales High School. I knew one of his friends and was talking to him in the hall and he (the friend) had his hand on my […]

Former pastor chose to convey stories of the Bible in new way

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer From Genesis to Revelation, he’s got it down to an art. Paul Chinikidiadi of Gone Fishin’ Ministry in Clovis has created a unique and interactive way of teaching God’s word through woodcarving. Chinikidiadi (Chin-a-kid-ie-odd-ie), 51, started carving as a hobby as a young adult. His first works were of […]

Life is like puzzle; pieces have to fit

Helena Rodriguez: CNJ columnist My daughter Laura and I recently achieved a great accomplishment. We finished a 500-piece puzzle together. Wow, 500 pieces. Big deal. In today’s world though, that just may be a big deal. How many people actually sit down and do puzzles anymore? When I bought the puzzle, Laura objected to the […]

‘Dear Bobby’ heals the pessimist folks

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I came out of the closet a few years ago, admitting the authorship of “Dear Abby” columns in newspapers. It began when my identity was exposed by a composing room boo-boo that placed my picture over a “Dear Abby” column. It turned out to be beneficial, however, because I no […]

Hobby for the cure

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By Eric Butler In the sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church, little wooden angels hang from the speakers. Back in the Sunday school rooms, children fit together pieces of wood into a hippopotamus or a camel marionette. Visitors to the church are often handed a small wooden cross with the word “Jesus” on it — miniatures […]