Views mixed on daylight saving time

Christina Calloway Usually we have no problem “falling back” but when it comes to “springing ahead,” daylight saving time can be an inconvenience, and residents and businesses in eastern New Mexico are preparing for the time change. Some residents are embracing the extra hour of daylight while others wish we were more like our neighbors […]

Reasons to give thanks aplenty

By Wendel Sloan: FNM columnist I usually find the inspirational sayings and dewy-eyed images in friends’ Facebook postings somewhat schmaltzy. However, a recent photo of the emaciated arm of an African child being grasped by an American aid worker with the caption, “You are living her dream life,” did sink in. Like most, I often […]

Choice means running own life

You do have a choice, but it is not the choice you are usually presented with. The real choice is between being responsible for governing your life or allowing someone else to govern you. To put it more bluntly, the choice is between liberty and slavery. However, if you listen to anyone other than libertarians […]

Officials concerned fire season could run long

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales Firefighter Chay Chenault checks fire equipment on one of the Portales fire trucks Tuesday afternoon. This fire season has marked one of the worst and the longest for eastern New Mexico and fire officials say it could last well into the fall. Alisa Boswell Usually, August and September would […]

Those who profess holiness loudly usually not

You already know this, right? But you should never trust the “holiness” of anyone who is loudly “holy.” According to recent news reports, a treasure trove of “intelligence” information is not the only thing Osama bin Laden had locked up in his hideout in Pakistan; he also had stacked up a serious stash of pornography. […]

Fatty foods enjoyed in moderation

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist One of my co-workers freaked out on me the other day when I made one of my butter sandwiches. It was toast with a lot of butter. A slice of multi-grain bread pops out of the toaster, I put two wedges of butter on one side, fold it over, eat […]

Life too short to put dreams aside

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Every movie I see has one or two lines which catch my real attention, usually entering my store of tag lines to place on the bottom of outgoing Emails. One such line, spoken by the Jack Nicholson character to his sycophantic assistant in “The Bucket List”: “Tommy, nobody CARES what […]

Men, women uniquely ‘gifted’

By Curtis Shelburne I am blaming this easily misunderstood column on a morning of lawn mowing. I try not to, but I usually end up thinking when I mow. Whether it’s good thinking or not is open to question. Following the mower, I found myself mulling over some issues related to “masculinity/femininity” as I remembered […]

Tracking down good trees not too difficult

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales nursery owner Curt Jaynes said a good way to check on a tree’s freshness is to pull on its branch, and remember healthier trees are slower to shed needles. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Across the country millions of people are flocking to nurseries and tree farms to […]

Band members go the distance to raise funds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High tuba player Zach Balli, senior, heads out with the rest of the band from their second break at Yucca Middle School Saturday during the band’s march-a-thon fundraiser. The band marched 8 miles around the city. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer For Jesika Trujillo, getting up at 8 […]

Shuffling good for passing time

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist For cross country trips, I usually like to fly. But I think everybody should, at least one time in their lives, take a cross country trip by car because the memories always beat short flights. There are so many indescribable feelings. Try to put into words that moment when you’re […]

We’re not lost — it’s a tour bonus

Glenda Price Sometimes in my work I have to travel. This is not down-the-highway driving. The interviewee’s instructions usually go something like this: “Get on highway such-and-such for so many miles and get off at exit number so-and-so, go “x” number of miles west and then turn south after the fourth cattle guard and then” […]

Business Feature: Mower problems usually gas-related

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Doug Bowman of Valley Mower Clinic does a recoil for a miniature tiller Monday afternoon. Mower repair shop owners around Clovis say the biggest issues they deal with are small fixes for gardening tools or gasoline issues with lawn mowers. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The temperatures are rising […]

We’re not lost — it’s a tour bonus

Glenda Price Glenda Price Sometimes in my work I have to travel. This is not down-the-highway driving. The interviewee’s instructions usually go something like this: “Get on highway such-and-such for so many miles and get off at exit number so-and-so, go “x” number of miles west and then turn south after the fourth cattle guard […]

Positive light doesn’t shine on everything

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Holiday special for native Italian

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday I grew up with — in Italy we obviously don’t celebrate it, but I quickly took to it when I immigrated to this country. In fact, even as a young college student I looked forward to this special day. The first few Thanksgiving I celebrated were new […]

Portales resident, pet goat reunited

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Karl Terry Robert Villanueva and Margie, his pet goat, sit Wednesday on the deck of Villanueva’s home. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A Portales resident and his pet goat are back together again. Robert Villanueva said his nanny goat was missing for three days last week before she was discovered […]