Holiday not too taxing

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleSandi St. Clair, a house parent for the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales, carries clothing for, left to right, Dian, 11, Julienne, 14 and India, 5 while shopping Friday at J.C. Penney. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Editors note: Freedom Newspapers has agreed not to publish the last […]

Haggard draws songs from life experiences

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Merle Haggard, who has recorded 38 No. 1 songs, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. (KRT photo) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer He claims he’s just a common man. But yet he is revered as a musical legend by many across the globe. Merle Haggard is not just an […]

The God of the Universe Is the God of All Beauty

Curtis Shelburne I made more than a few miles a couple of weeks ago and made them in style — the wrong style, but style. My younger brother, Jim, and I decided to take his little, old, once-red Mazda pickup on our trip to Houston to see our sister who is in the hospital there. […]

City manager known for his communication skills

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Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon, left, jokes with his secretary Vicki Reyes Thursday in his office at city hall while thanking his employees for their service over the years. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor On Ray Mondragon’s desk in city hall, phone messages from residents pile up on a note […]

T-shirts and jeans are still in style for teens

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Clovis High School seniors Terrance Walker (left), and Larry Parker sport their favorite NFL player’s jersey at last week’s college fair at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman CNJ STAFF WRITER With school in full-swing, homework, reading and extra-curricular activities have become daily routines. Perhaps, the most drastic change from summer […]

Richardson’s zeal could negatively impact his future

Freedom Newspapers It should surprise few New Mexicans that Gov. Bill Richardson admits he goofed in handling tax legislation rejected by the state Legislature during the just-completed special session. He clearly did misjudge lawmakers’ level of cooperation. Admitting his error is important for him if he expects to get anywhere with them when the regular […]