Mayor to talk accomplishments in state of city address

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File photo Securing money for the Hull Street Overpass construction is one of the successes Mayor Gayla Brumfield plans to discuss during Thursday’s State of the City address. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Mayor Gayla Brumfield thought there were great successes for Clovis over the last year, but an easy ride isn’t expected for […]

Thoughts key to shaping reality

By Clyde Davis: Freedom columnist The wind was blowing so hard that, opening the door to the facility I was entering, I literally thought it was locked; that was how hard I had to pull. As I deliberately practiced reshaping my thoughts, I formed the idea, “How exciting would it be if one were back […]

Education column: School testing weeks not holidays

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools No homework for a week. No, teachers are not on strike and it is not a gift from the new superintendent. But, what is happening is Standards Based Assessment testing. Previously, I thought this was a free week because students don’t have to study, and teachers don’t have to […]

Columnist follows signs, returns to writing

By Grant McGee: Local columnist In August 2008 I wrote what I thought was my last column for Freedom New Mexico. Well, surprise, surprise, surprise … I’m back. I never said I’d never be back. I closed my last column with simply, “That’s it … for now.” There were a number of reasons I stopped […]

First person: Senior center perfect fit

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sharon Chavez of Clovis took over as program coordinator at the Friendship Senior Center Dec. 14. Sharon Chavez of Clovis took over as program coordinator at the Friendship Senior Center Dec. 14. Chavez said she worked with the Older Adults Division before so when the job opened up, it was […]

Education column: Students deserve thank you for giving, caring

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Since Valentines Day is Sunday, and that is the day we set aside to let those we love and appreciate know we care, I thought I’d share the following letter of appreciation our students at Mesa Elementary School received after they sent letters and care packages to our troops […]

First person: Dispatcher works ’round the clock

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carolyn Aragon of Clovis said she likes working as a dispatcher because every day is different. Carolyn Aragon of Clovis has a degree in computer science but the thought of working with computers bores her. She’s chosen to work as a dispatcher for the past 15 years. After working as […]

Extension clubs more than gatherings for lonely moms

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian I always thought they were started so lonely mothers could have other women come to give them some company! And that meant us kids would have a lot of stuff to eat. (And they could make a quilt if they had time!) Now that is what I always thought. The […]

July 4th learned through children

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist I would have never thought that in my thirties I’d get the chance to be an American kid. But homeschooling has given me the opportunity to see the world through my children’s eyes. I get to experience what it’s like to grow up as an American child, and to learn […]

Honorary Relay for Life chair counts on family for support

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Annette Garcia was diagnosed with leukemia January 18, 2008. She said she leans on her husband and daughter Destiny, 7, for support. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After three or four dizzy spells that prevented her from working, driving and even walking, Annette Garcia decided it was time to […]

Sharing intimacy personal

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist I often receive questions about relationships from other women. Being from Italy, the land of passion, my reputation as a Latin lover at times precedes my reputation as writer. Recently, an anonymous reader I will call Jane asked me if I had tips to stay intimate with a partner during […]

Teaching carries over to business

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Nicole Hahn thought she was getting out of teaching after she and her husband, Richard, created Clovis Pool, Spa and Patio. But she’s learned the teaching continues when running any successful business. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Nicole Hahn only thought she was giving up teaching to run the […]

God’s words are for all

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I had just a few minutes before leading a morning Advent devotional service, and I thought I’d work on this column. Ninety-nine percent of these are written on my laptop computer, but when I opened it to “wake” it up from hibernation, it just growled and chose to hibernate […]

Without music, what else is left?

By Don McAlavy Albert Einstein was once asked what would happen if we ever had a nuclear holocaust. He thought for just a moment and replied: “There would be no music.” Music is a part of everyone’s life — and Clovis and our area has been blessed by the amount of musical talent that has […]

Christmas levels playing field

By Clyde Davis I did one of those things which I had sworn that I would never do. No, not one of those really bad things, as you may be thinking. It was, however, something which compromised or moved my principles. Perhaps I should say, what I thought were my principles. For truthfully, I’m not […]

NAACP conference covers issues including elections, education

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Dexter Talbert of Palestine, Texas, always thought he would see an African American nominated for the highest elected office in the country. But the 50-year-old said he didn’t expect it, or a woman running for vice president, to happen so soon. “This is major for me,” he said Saturday […]

Encounters all part of God’s plan

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist My friend told me her story of the new friend she met on the plane. I thought of this verse: “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” ( 2 Corinthians 4:18) Recently a colleague of mine was in an international […]

Parential attitude changes with age

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Amazing how our outlook on life changes as we get older (not necessarily more mature). When I considered myself a young adult (actually maybe 15 years old) I thought “little kids” (anybody younger than me) were unruly, ignorant little brats and their parents should make them behave — especially when […]

Flirting touchy subject

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist Y ou would think flirting would be something I gave more thought to in my single days, than my married ones. Not so. While I’ve never been one to bat my eyelashes to get my way, I am now more aware of flirting than ever precisely because I’m married. Now, […]

July 1, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 a.m. June 22 an officer responded to the emergency room at the hospital for a battery victim. A man said he was sleeping on the couch at a residence in the 2000 block of Pile Street when he was awakened […]