$2 bills spend same as any other note

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Two-dollar bills always seem to get a bad reputation. Many folks don’t want them in their wallets and some cashiers even scrunch up their faces when you pay for stuff with them. I ran across an article the other day about $2 bills used regularly as change at some exotic […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Player has passion for piano

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD DAVID BROSFEAU has played piano for more than half his life, earning accolades including a third-place finish at the state competition of the Piano Music Teachers of New Mexico. He’s also performed before such dignitaries as Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Brosfeau said he was introduced to the piano […]

Business Feature: Vendors say fireworks sales booming

1183442571-73fireworkstand2.gif

Monica Ortiz, manager of Mr. W fireworks stand, shows fireworks to Alexis Lopez, 8, front, Marisol Lopez, 11, and Jacob Dominguez, 3. The children said they were saving their fireworks for the holiday, but their mother doubts they will last that long. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Planet Fireworks manager Rick Fry said he […]

Role models don’t always go by ‘dad’

By Grant McGee: Local columnist There’s a framed black and white snapshot on my shelf at work. It’s of a smiling, jovial guy in a flannel shirt standing in front of a car with the hood up. Every now and then someone asks me, “Who’s the man in the picture?” “That’s Scoutmaster Phil,” I say. […]

Collector knows when to clean house

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “You don’t like my collections for some reason,” I said. “You make little snippy comments about them every now and then.” “I don’t like collections that gather dust,” said The Lady of the House. “I don’t mind your music collection; you play all those LPs and cassettes. But that book […]

Twister threat left time to reflect

By Grant McGee: Local columnist You kick a few things around in your head as you hunker down in the hallway of your home, wondering if a tornado is going to come whirling out of the dark, rainy night and slam into your house. That’s the way it was last Friday night, The Night of […]

He knows just what I need

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t know if anyone has come up with a 12-step group, something on the order of Alcoholics Anonymous, for packrats, but I hope so. I need to join forthwith. “We’ve always done it that way,” is the motto for folks with one kind of affliction. But the motto […]

Have A Happy Thanksgiving!

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Generally speaking, even though I really enjoy my daily work, I enjoy holidays a great deal. I like special times when most folks take a much-needed day or two off to enjoy each other, eat too much, and goof off a bit. Taking a little time off on occasion, […]

Turtle’s life isn’t just day at the races

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The other day I encountered a smooshed Southwestern box turtle on Kimberly Lane while tooling along on my bicycle. I paused for a minute to look at the little guy. No fuss, no muss, the turtle was just smooshed. “Well, I guess you won’t be in the turtle race,” I […]

Signs easy to see in hindsight

By Clyde Davis: local columnist I was leaving the parking lot of a large hardware chain when I heard the sound of a driver slamming his way through the vehicle’s gears. The sound reminded me high school and Skip Weil. Pleasant, rotund Skip, our group’s resident gearhead, whose 1967 Chevelle was a patiently crafted and […]