Couple returns adopted daughter after seven years

By Anita Doberman Hard to believe, but a Dutch couple returned their adopted Korean daughter after seven years. The parents had adopted the little girl from South Korea when she was four months old. Reports of how the situation unfolded were contradictory, but it appears that the girl was given over to the care of […]

New life should always be treasured

By Anita Doberman I had two miscarriages after my first daughter was born. Although they were early in the pregnancy, I felt a deep sense of loss and despair for the babies I lost, and it took me a long time to recover and move forward. I hated having to tell everyone that the baby […]

Cheer squad now no cause for concern

By Anita Doberman This past weekend I attended my oldest daughter’s first cheerleading competition. Actually, it was also my first cheerleading competition. I arrived at this event with mixed feelings. Cheerleading has been a big point of contention between my husband and me. Unfortunately, while he agreed to let our daughter be part of a […]

11-8 Local Briefs

City offices to close All city of Portales offices will be closed from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The closure is to allow employees to attend the funeral of Ray Terry, the husband of City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry.

Defendant’s mother takes stand

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The defense began its case Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men by calling the mother of one of the defendants. Lisa Salas testified she saw her sons, Demetrio and Orlando Salas, in bed the night Carlos Perez was killed while he slept. Demetrio Salas, 21, […]

Senate endorses raise for military

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An endorsement from a Senate panel Tuesday could mean a 3.5 percent pay raise for military members and civilian Department of Defense employees. The pay raise exceeds the 3 percent recommended by President Bush. “It’s a very good pay raise considering the circumstances and what’s happening right now,” military spouse […]

World can’t be viewed in black and white

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Whenever people find out that my husband is a vegetarian they are surprised, and often ask me how it’s possible that he is both in the military and a vegetarian. These two notions, in apparent contradiction, baffle many of our friends and acquaintances. Friends and even family members wonder if my […]

Emergency causes neighborhood excitement

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom Newspapers I have learned I am terrible in an emergency. Well, at least one that involves me. Recently I realized we were more than halfway through my husband’s deployment and nothing all that terrible had happened. The lawnmower hadn’t broken, the sewer had not backed up and neither of our cats […]

Immigrants help to shape country

By Anita Doberman: Freedom Newspapers Columnist This week my sister and my cousins came to visit me while my husband is deployed. We spoke Italian at home and during our outings, and many people asked where we came from. Sometimes they were surprised when I answered in fluent English, but we usually moved on to […]

Friendship shouldn’t be founded on rank

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I recently went to a dinner party organized by a military spouses club. The food was very good and the evening was pleasant, until someone sitting at my table started talking about how we should separate enlisted wives and officers’ wives into two distinct clubs. “Why?” I asked, and the friendly […]