Make this Valentine’s Day memorable one

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Noting that other columnists had done so, I recently had my own newspaper photo updated. The truth was, that the older copy, six years old, had never looked much like me to begin with. I was always just short of surprised when a reader recognized me on the basis of […]

A blizzard to remember

Frank Dalton shares his most memorable cold-weather experience: “I remember a blizzard when I was about 5 (that) covered our ranch in northern New Mexico. When it broke I could walk over a five-wire barbed-wire fence. Dad spent days on horseback looking for cattle. Tractors were the only way to get around for nearly two […]

Keeping the dream alive

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Dr. Marsha K. Hardeman reminded the attendees of the 2008 Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast that Dr. King’s message has to be passed on to new generations in order to be effective. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Red, white and blue balloons hung in the air above the tables […]

In Tribute: Sister: Woman spent life helping others

By Kevin WIlson: Freedom New Mexico There was one thing Virginia Dickenson was always sure of, and she never let her eight siblings forget it. “She would say she’s the oldest, the prettiest and the smartest,” said her sister, Pat Henderson. “She’d tell us that all the time.” Some things she would never say, however, […]

Tough times will eventually pass

By Grant McGee: Columnist To me, a good Christmas is about lifting your spirits. A good Christmas is about smiles and sharing and stuff. The presents, the food and all the other Christmasy things are just icing on the cake. What was your best Christmas ever? I’d have to say mine was 23 years ago. […]

Secret passwords have lost luster

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Am I the only person on the planet who was sincerely shocked to hear this week that the most common password for secret passwords is “password?” Duh! If your “becoming-more-complex-by-the-minute life” is anything like mine, then you’ve started to notice you need a filing cabinet to keep track of all […]

Commemoration of a tragedy

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Photo by Tony Bullocks: Cannon Connections The Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the colors at Patriot Outdoors during a Sept. 11 ceremony. By Gabriel Monte and Casey Peacock: Cannon Connections Penny Bailey remembers watching in amazement as firefighters rushed into the Pentagon trying to find survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, despite […]

Stay on earth not nearly long enough

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Word came from Huntsville, Ala., a couple of weeks ago that my Uncle Roger died. This was the fourth of my mom’s siblings to pass in two months. First there was Aunt Mary Alice, then Uncle Lloyd, followed by Aunt Carol and now Uncle Roger. Four brothers and sisters in […]

U.S.’ hard-won freedoms must be defended

By Freedom Newspapers Each year, Americans celebrate the independence of our nation on July 4, remembering the conflicts and patriots who died to preserve our ideals. This week, we will again remember those men and women and gather with family under the sheltering umbrella of the United States of America. But let us remember more. […]

Work hard to escape, even on vacation

By Helena Rodriguez: CNj staff writer I don’t get a real vacation this summer because I don’t have a real job … yet. But when I did have one, I remember how hard it was to get away from work completely. I always remember what it was like going back to work on Monday morning, […]

Littlest things can interrupt routine

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I get lost so easily in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Sometimes I’m in and right back out of the store in a few, but when I walk out of those sliding doors, I can’t remember where I parked. Even more baffling to my friend Bernard, however, is how I can […]

Creative mementoes enhance capsules

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Friday they opened that time capsule from 1957. Now really, if you were going to bury a time capsule, what would you put in it? I’d put in some music of the day: Sheryl Crow, 50 Cent, George Strait, All-American Rejects; you know, a cross section. An aerial photo of […]

Defendant takes stand in slaying trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Homicide defendant Robert Macias took the stand in court Monday, denying any involvement in the shooting death of a 19-year-old city man a little more than a year ago. After brief questioning by defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., District Attorney Matt Chandler grilled the defendant regarding his account of […]

Dreams on display

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India Cooper of James Bickley Elementary School finished first in the Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. elementary school poster contest, sponsored by organizers of the city’s annual observance. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) The essays below were the winning entries in an essay contest sponsored by organizers of the 15th annual Clovis Community-Wide Observance of […]

Member responds to column about Clovis Schools All-Band

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part column. The second part will be published Jan. 14. Back on Sunday, Nov. 5, I wrote a column about the 1924 Clovis Schools All-Band, made up of elementary, junior and senior students, and listed some of the students in a […]

Inspirational sports movies overrated

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There’s one thing I’m looking forward to about 2007. It’s not the party I’m planning to celebrate the San Francisco 49ers’ seven-win season, and it’s not the 50-something credit card offers I’ll receive (I could have pooled all of my offered credit limits in 2006 and bought a $137,000 […]

Childhood memories change with time

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The day after Thanksgiving, in my memory at least, there was inevitably an inch dusting of snow. The snow had all fallen overnight and was finished by 6 a.m., when we arose early for the first day of deer season. The rifles had all been cleaned and oiled, and the […]

Some advice best obtained from stars in sky

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist It’s time once more for a horoscope analysis from Dr. Zodiac to help you survive global warming, killer bees and evil stuff like that. All you need is your date of birth, which you may not remember because you’ve kept it well hidden for so many years. (If you truly […]

Drinking in Corona certainly eventful

By Grant McGee: Local columnist One of our county extension agents is leaving. Les Owen and his young family are moving to Las Cruces. Les has been here for the past few years doing county extension things like working with 4-H kids and answering questions for me about rabbits and zucchini. Les’ big business, though, […]

Mark your calendar for the County Fair

By Clyde Davis: local columnist “Start the hose. We need a drink.” It took me a minute to locate the source of the hoarse whisper. Actually, I knew where it came from; it took me a minute to believe my ears. The box tortoise in my right hand, the larger of the two, winked, opened […]