Shooting victim’s widow recalls memories of husband

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Courtesy photo Rey Ornelas, his wife Shirley Ornelas and their son Rey jr. were a close family and enjoyed spending time together on the farm where Rey worked. Rey Ornelas was shot and killed May 30, 1993. Sharna Johnson Her son has grown from a boy to a man. Her home has aged and seems […]

Family holds yearly reunion at Border Town Days

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lindsey Seales, left, and cousin Bethany Utzman look over auction items Saturday at the Texico Senior Center during the 59th annual Luce family reunion. Liliana Castillo A birthday celebration for a widow became a 59 year — and counting — tradition for the Luce family. For the 59th year, the […]

Compensation restored to widows

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Jacqueline Peters, widow of a retired Army officer, only recently grasped how “ludicrous” the law has become that limits Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments to surviving spouses of military members who either die in retirement from service-related ailments or die while on active duty. These survivors qualify for Dependency and […]

Small-school benefit long forgotten

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I attended a one-room school as an eighth grader. The teacher was a middle-aged widow from Chicago. I never quite understood her motivation in moving to New Mexico to teach in a one-room country school 30 miles from the nearest town, but we all got along fine. The school building […]

Christmas performance can’t be topped

By Bob Huber, Local Columnist Now comes the post-holiday clamydamps, which always reminds me of high school Christmas productions and my rookie Thespian career. They were epic moments in theatrical history ranked up there with performances by Larry, Moe, and Curly. The one I remember most was the result of a unique blend of blonde […]

the widow s mites

by amos boss i talked willifred the white rat into taking a trip in his newfangled tiny time traveler machine all we have to do is just strap it onto my 1957 cheese-rolet matchbox car where do you want to go amos says he i can take you to the edges of history just watch […]