Jan. 29, 1961

Lawrence Welk’s “Calcutta” topped the United Press International’s list of most popular recordings for the second straight week. Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight” came in at No. 9. … Clovis Real Estate Co. was promoting Eastridge Heights as “The Ultimate in Exclusive Living.” … City officials announced plans for a $700,000 paving project that […]

Holiday entertainment industry booming

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers You may have heard about The Jingle Bell Rock, but what about a holiday rock opera? The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Trilogy, a CD and DVD collection, is not your typical Christmas music. Fernando Garcia, assistant manager of Hastings Books Music & Video in Clovis, describes this popular holiday release as […]

Hot toys top shopping lists

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleJulia Waid of Clovis shops for toys at Wal-Mart Friday with her daughter, Harlea, who turns 2 on Wednesday. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer He’s a furry, red monster with googly eyes who goes by the name of Elmo. And he tops the list of must-have Christmas toys of 2006, […]

Musician’s fame didn’t eclipse Spanish heritage

By Freedom Newspapers David Letterman once called his one of the greatest voices in all of music. Baldemar Huerta, known worldwide as Freddy Fender, rose from the humble beginnings of a migrant worker to the summit of fame in the mainstream music industry — and he did it three times. And although he changed his […]

Get your head around hat history

By Ryn Gargulinski: local columnist The other day I was throttled back to the New Mexico plains when I glimpsed a tan man in a cowboy hat. Granted, this guy’s hat was straw and had a surfer dude sticker on it, and he was peering out of an SUV with a pile of wetsuits in […]

State of comedy no laughing matter

By Leonard PItts Jr.: Syndicated columnist Lionel Richie always seemed like one of the good guys. I interviewed him many times back in the ‘70s and found him friendly, funny, gregarious, a great guy to be around. So it has always surprised me that his daughter is such an idiot. Maybe I shouldn’t care. There’s […]

Holiday shopping business slightly off

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Clint and Debbie Anding of Monroe, La., browse the booths Friday at Cydney’s Main Street Antiques.owntown Clovis. The Andings are were visiting family in Portales. (Staff photo: Erick Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The parking lot at North Plains Mall was nowhere near filled to capacity Friday. Inside, the mall was sparsely populated […]

Area clothing merchants see march of Halloween purchases

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Amanda Bohannan, left, and Stephanie Johnson, both of Clovis, look for Halloween costumes Friday at Joy’s Costume in Clovis. The girls were looking at the possibility of being Wilma and Betty from the Flintstones. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two decades ago, it was E.T. Last year, it was Spiderman. This […]

For some, hats more than weather protection

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Rod Dickinson, left, helps Ray Montague look for a hat Friday at the Hat Barn in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson For some it’s a fashion statement, or maybe a statement of team allegiance. For others it’s just a way to protect against sunlight. For nearly everybody in the United States, there’s […]

Electoral College not outdated, serves purpose

Freedom Newspapers We all know the types of people who, if they can’t win the game fair and square, will skirt the rules in pursuit of victory. There are also people, unfortunately, who if they still can’t win will re-write the rules in their favor. These are the kinds of people pushing Amendment 36 in […]

Merchants have gifts for little kids and big ‘kids’

By Jack King If you’re the parent, relative, or even a close friend of a preteen girl, among the most popular ways to say “Merry Christmas” this year is “Bratz.” The fashion-plate dolls were mentioned most often when Clovis merchants were asked Wednesday which are the hottest-selling toys this year. “Craft kits are also really […]

Eating a way of charity

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Joshua Bonney, 2, shows his father Mark Bonney a burrito as they eat with their family during the 13th annual Food Fest Thursday at North Plains Mall. By Helena Rodriguez Jalapeno peanut brittle. Shrimp cocktail. Ribs. Strawberry shortcake. Fried wontons. Burritos. Strawberry smoothies. Pizza. A smorgasbord — from appetizers to entrees to dessert, not necessarily […]

Different Tastes

Tracy Simmons The aroma of the dinner roast floats through the air, enticing Patricia Dobson into the kitchen. Her husband, Lou Donofrio, a former gourmet chef, serves himself a slice of the tender meat while Dobson glides past him and reaches for the tofu. She said she’s a vegetarian because simply does not like the […]