Anxiety mixed blessing

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I am always surprised, although I shouldn’t be, when I receive a visit from a most familiar and unwelcome visitor: anxiety.

May 9, 2008 Reporter’s Notebook: Southwest Cheese wins awards

Southwest Cheese CEO Fred Stephenson said he was pleasantly surprised when he learned the plant’s Monterey Jack entries won first and third place in March at the 2008 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis. It was the first time the company entered the contest, which included 1,753 entries from 19 countries, the chief executive […]

Video fallout mixed

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist I fully expected my children to be ecstatic when we put on a recording my husband sent from Iraq. But I was surprised by my 4-year-old daughter’s reaction. We received hubby’s DVD through a program called “United Through Reading,” sponsored by The United Service Organizations and the Family Literacy Foundation. […]

Tornado tales: Clovis parent surprised by damage

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Cody Johnson figured the obvious — her mobile home probably wasn’t safe for her or for 6-year-old Kaitlyn during Friday’s tornado. They rushed to a friend’s house, and realized she wasn’t the only one in a hurry as visibility worsened. “It was raining so hard, and hailing so hard,” […]

Candidate profiles: Probate judge

Kevin Duncan Republican candidate for probate judge What’s your background? I am 32 years old. My wife is Jodi Duncan. I am the proud parent of two boys, Jared and Tanner. I have been employed with Muffley Funeral Home for 14 years. I am a former city commissioner, serving for 8 1/2 years. Two of […]

In good company

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor They will leave Clovis as the school’s all-time leading scorer, passer and 3-pointer shooter. And with three wins this week at the state basketball tournament, they will win back-to-back Class 5A state titles. Starters since they were sophomores, Brittany Blackmon, Aimee Hilburn and Tori Quintana have been the core […]

How many things in life have you found to be easy?

By Curtis K. Shelburne I have found some things in life to be really very, very easy. Gaining weight is easy. Spending more money than you make is really easy. Allowing your attitude to get really sour is really easy. Catching colds. Watching your automotive fleet slowly disintegrate right before your eyes. Over-committing in just […]

Party supporters spend night on edge

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Rube Render discusses the presidential race while watching the returns with newly elected District 9 Public Education Commissioner Dennis James Roch at a party of Republicans on Tuesday night in Clovis. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor While experts and analysts chimed in their thoughts on what swing state John Kerry […]

Incumbent Hulder wins in District 2

By Jack King Incumbent County Commissioner Pete Hulder will hold on to his District 2 seat, winning the Republican primary against two opponents with about 59 percent percent of the vote Tuesday. With no Democratic challenger, Tuesday’s vote decided the race. Hulder received 585 votes to challenger Carol Nichols’ 241 and challenger Ray Montoya’s 158. […]

Jackson’s stunt sign of bigger problem

Ned Cantwell You would have thought, judging from the outcry, that our society was clean as a pasture blanketed with fresh snow before Janet Jackson made a boob of herself on national television. It’s as if she dumped a load of coal on an otherwise pristine landscape of cultural innocence. In one breast-taking moment at […]