Music in Our Schools: Music defines cultures

By Rebecca Dewbre, Yucca Middle School Music is a positive influence on me and something I enjoy and can turn to when I’m in a good or a not-so-good mood. Music is all around us from the sounds of nature to rhythms of

Positive growth can be credited toward Ortega

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Buddy from the block

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks A 40-pound block of cheddar cheese is made to look like the image of Buddy Holly Tuesday at the Southwest Cheese Factory. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Whether Buddy Holly ever had positive feelings toward the Green Bay Packers is a matter of conjecture. But one thing’s for sure now: […]

Maintaining strong bottom line: Positive survival strategies

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, Ed.D.: Guest columnist Last month’s article provided ideas business owners can implement during the difficult economic climate. As a continuance, I spoke with one of Clovis’ longtime business owners, Tom Martin of TS&S Eateries, known as “Taco Box,” on how the current economy has impacted his business. Martin stated one impact is […]

Positive light doesn’t shine on everything

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Positive events deserve focus

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I know that everything that happens in my life is easier if I have a positive attitude. On occasions, my oldest daughter, age seven, seems emotional and overwhelmed by some of her problems at school or on her sport team. (This is of course completely normal, but I thought that […]

Positive outlook takes work

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist I am always amazed when I meet people who are extremely positive no matter what happens out there. It may pour rain or thunder but nothing can take their smile away. Whenever I asked these people what their secret is, they often say, that’s just the way I have always […]

Get to know your inner chatter box

By Anita Doberman, Local Columnist I recently finished a book by Susan Jeffers called “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.” I don’t usually read self-help books, but I enjoyed Jeffers’ book, and found her description of “the chatter box” applicable to my life. The chatter box is a person’s negative and habitual voice that […]

Attitude first step toward positive results

By Don Reid: Guest Columnist I watched the Base Closure and Realignment hearings with great anticipation and a little anxiety. I was moved by the comments of BRAC commissioners Sue Turner and Lloyd Newton concerning the closure of Cannon Air Force Base. I believe they both spoke from their hearts and did so eloquently. Some […]

7/10 Letters to the editor

Bush’s speech full of patriotic excuses Once again, the president delivered a well-crafted speech in support of our actions in Iraq, and once again the truth was masked with 9/11 patriotic justifications. Dishonestly or not, they were wrong about weapons of mass destruction, mostly wrong about Americans as liberators and wrong and disingenuously misleading about […]

Portales man dies in vehicle mishap

Freedom Newspapers A vehicle mishap late Monday night caused the death of a Portales man. Police believe Roy Parker, 51, was killed when his 1993 Dodge truck pinned him to a building. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said sometime before 11 p.m., Parker attempted to start his truck outside of Goober McCool’s. Parker started his […]

Some support base’s closing

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer “Keep Cannon” signs can be seen just about anywhere in eastern New Mexico, from front yards to business windows to billboards, as residents seek to publicly make known their opinion of the Department of Defense plans to close the Air Force base west of Clovis. But not everyone is […]

Drug testing just another fact of life

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The National Football League’s draft is this weekend. The media has already been abuzz about some of the draft prospects testing positive for something they weren’t supposed to be ingesting. And then there were the baseball players in a congressional hearing concerning testing for steroids a few weeks back. Drug […]

Woman faces child-abuse charges

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A Portales woman faces child-abuse charges after her child tested positive for a chemical found in marijuana, according to police reports. Catherine Houston-Sprayberry, 23, of Portales, faces charges of abandonment or abuse of a child, possession of paraphenalia and possession of marijuana. The abuse charge is resulting from the 2-month-old child’s […]

Season reminds us to be grateful

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I was recently out of surgery, in the time which has come to be known as the Great Bout with the Unthinkable, circa August 2001. Because they had operated on my stomach and my esophagus, I had been forbidden to eat for a week; the surgery site needed to heal. Thus, […]

CHS opens summer season with sweep

CNJ STAFF With a half-dozen seniors graduating this spring off a Class 5A state runnerup team, coaches Shane Shallenberger and Brian Cronk hope the Clovis High summer baseball program will answer a lot of questions for next year’s squad. Clovis opened its West Texas League schedule Tuesday night at Bell Park with a 14-6, 9-6 […]

Police to ID body today

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS PORTALES — Portales police said they will know today the identity of a body found buried in a Portales back yard three days ago. That information and the cause of death, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said, would be available this morning after completion of the autopsy. “There’s not enough (in relation to) […]

Positive imaging is great Christmas gifts

The Rev. Alvin Petty By Alvin Petty Here is a great gift idea for Christmas: Give yourself permission to learn to practice positive imaging. You already have the gift of positive imaging within you from the Creator. You need to give yourself permission to become aware of its power and practice it to change and […]

Local rappers are now new ‘soldiers for Christ’

By Helena Rodriguez The beat is still the same, but the message they deliver has changed. Since having a change of heart, saying goodbye to a thug-like mentality and leaving behind a music group called Ride n’ Smoke, three local rappers now call themselves Divine Destiny. And they say they are no longer “soldiers of […]