Work hard to escape, even on vacation

By Helena Rodriguez: CNj staff writer I don’t get a real vacation this summer because I don’t have a real job … yet. But when I did have one, I remember how hard it was to get away from work completely. I always remember what it was like going back to work on Monday morning, […]

Poetry doubles as therapy

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Nico Barela, of Las Vegas, N.M., says “my poems are my life story.” By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer On paper and off, Nico Barela, 17, can break your heart. “Have you ever lived my life? Spent one minute in my shoes? If you haven’t, then tell me why you […]

March 20, 1966

Frances Liles reported the purse stolen from her several days earlier had been found in the alley behind Sutton’s Bakery, 515 Main. Thieves took $15, but failed to find a $20 bill she had “secreted away” in a photo compartment of her billfold, she said. … Phil Crystal, Curry County’s extension agent, was writing a […]

March 20, 1966

Frances Liles reported the purse stolen from her several days earlier had been found in the alley behind Sutton’s Bakery, 515 Main. Thieves took $15, but failed to find a $20 bill she had “secreted away” in a photo compartment of her billfold, she said. … Phil Crystal, Curry County’s extension agent, was writing a […]

Motherhood is full-time position

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone has a strong opinion on whether a mother should work or stay at home with her children. Working moms say that it’s not the amount of time spent with their children that matters but the quality of time they have together. Stay-at-home moms say that the only way to raise […]

Business Digest: Grant writing workshop scheduled

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A grant writing workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Holiday Inn, according to the organizer. Author and educator Don Myers will hold the workshop. Myers is author of “The Joy of Writing Grants” and heads RCS Grant Writing Systems, a […]

CNJ wins 14 awards

CNJ Staff The Clovis News Journal captured 11 first-place honors and three second-place awards Saturday in the New Mexico Press Association contest. Two other Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico, the Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, earned four first-place awards as well. First place for newspapers with under-10,000 circulation went to the Clovis News Journal […]

Some weeks writing comes easier than others

By Curtis K. Shelburne I might as well confess: it’s “one of those weeks.” What I mean is that it’s the kind of week that comes along occasionally for everyone who tries to line up words on a page where none of those words seem to be waiting in line just to be lined up. […]

Education feature: CCC administrator turns passion for history into books

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David Caffey’s biography on New Mexico. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Jutting mountains and rugged trails called David Caffey to the Cimarron region of New Mexico for 12 summers, just as it had Frank Springer roughly a century earlier. As Cimarron grew dearer and dearer to Caffey, so did the […]

Writers, fans flock to Portales for annual lectureship

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Science-fiction experts traveled Thursday to Eastern New Mexico University to praise living legend Jack Williamson for his nearly eight decades of writing. Because of his health — Williamson turns 98 in April — his attendance at the lectureship named in his honor was in doubt. When he arrived […]