Religion calendar — June 24

Saturday Matt’s Coffee House Interdenominational Jam Session Concert — 7 p.m., second Saturday of the month, First United Methodist Church, open to the public to perform and watch, free refreshments provided. To perform, contact Vyanne Bradley at 760-4071 or 742-3389 or Matt Carter at 799-2696. Forgiveness Clinic— 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., June 11, 917 E. 10th […]

Friday morning briefing: Rodeo honors, Lions roar and a UFO report

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Rodeo honors Former Eastern New Mexico University rodeo coach, Charles Chambers has been honored by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association as a NIRA Alumni Outstanding Contributor, for his contributions to the sport over the years. He was inducted to the ENMU Athletic Hall of […]

a view from under the pew: the watermelon patch

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor’s note: In the wake of the hot, dry weather and soaring temperatures, it has been requested that Amos re-run the watermelon column. Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns […]

We should take care before we pray for rain

We drove home from Colorado last Sunday. Colorado was cool and we enjoyed the wonderful sensation of rain. As we came back through New Mexico around Raton, and then Springer, we noticed the dry brown grass that was on usual years green for pasture. When we headed toward the Caprock, we could see the smoke […]

Pyle elected to third term on insurance board

CNJ staff Curry County Manager Lance Pyle was elected Wednesday to serve a third term on the New Mexico Insurance Authority Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors. The board is comprised of eight members representing 31 of the state’s 33 counties. On the board since 2007, Pyle represents Curry, Eddy, Grant, San Miguel and Valencia Counties, […]

Mounted patrol celebrating anniversary in Clovis

Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Mounted Patrol is descending on Clovis this weekend to celebrate 70 years of assisting law enforcement, and to undertake training to ensure they do it for a 71st year. The annual convention — which organizers expect will draw about 60 mounted patrol officers — takes place mostly at the Days […]

Fireworks display still short on money

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File photo Clovis’ annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display is $10,000 short of its $25,000 goal. Liliana Castillo Clovis’ annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display is scheduled to explode over Greene Acres Park on July 4 despite drought and high temperatures. That is, if another $10,000 can be raised. Smoke on the Water […]

Boy Scouts to honor Lydick

CNJ staff The Conquistador Council of Boy Scouts of America will honor the late Robert Lydick of Clovis during its annual Flag Plaza Memorial Dedication ceremony. The event, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. July 16 at Wehinahpay Mountain Camp near Sacramento, N.M., honors deceased scouters who significantly contributed to the council’s camping program. Lydick was a […]

Fishing report — June 21

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Mom vs. kid – Who will win droopy drawers war?

Marla Jo Fisher Late at night, I like to gather my children around me and tell them stories from the old days, back when guys wore belts to hold up their pants. I have to explain the concept of belts, of course, and that pants also used to fit around the waist, which prevented them […]

Students chase dinosaur clues at Kids College

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The dinosaurs class learned how to uncover fossils Wednesday at CCC. Liliana Castillo Gourds made to look like dinosaur eggs, traced dinosaur footprints, bones and a paper mache pterosaur in a tree were a few of the clues students in a Kids College class pieced together Monday and Tuesday to […]

Dirty Laundry: Denial runs deep among sports parents

Aisha Sultan I knew the minute I saw a red-faced grown man hollering at his 5-year-old son during a soccer practice. I didn’t want my kindergartner playing with this crowd. His little friend with the very loud father seemed so eager to please that I couldn’t decide if the scene left me depressed or angry. […]

FashionPlaytes.com allows girls to become fashion designers – and other sites for fashion wannabes

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MCT FashionPlaytes.com allows girls to flex their burgeoning fashionista muscles by choosing a basic garment (dress, T-shirt, hoodie, pants) and then add her own flavor by selecting the color, ribbons, appliques, rhinestones, ruffles or buttons. Rod Hagwood Where is the next generation of fashion designers coming from? Maybe your home. FashionPlaytes.com allows girls to flex […]

Ticket feature: DairyFest to offer entertainment, education

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File photo DairyFest will take place from 4-9 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Organizers said it is a family oriented event that gives an inside look at the dairy industry. Freedom New Mexico DairyFest will offer five hours of fun, entertainment, education and live music at the Curry County Events Center on […]

Planning fund meetings to be held

CNJ staff Beginning June 30, Curry County will hold three public hearings to discuss possibilities for use of Community Development Block Grant planning funds. The CDBG program’s purpose is to assist communities in providing essential facilities, decent housing, promoting economic development and maintaining a suitable living environment, according to a press release. Communities are eligible […]

Vegetable garden more work than worth

Country folks always have a vegetable garden, and the faithful wife is supposed to can, freeze, dry and whatever else to all that food so the family can “live offa’ the land.” When I’m doing all that stuff the words to “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” go through my head over and over. […]

Education digest —

Executive director of personnel hired The Clovis Municipal Schools has hired Kerry Parker as the new executive director of personnel, according to a news release. Rhonda Roberts, who previously held the position, has retired. Parker previously served as the principal of a technical high school in Connecticut and as an assistant principal and principal in […]

Pets need special care in hot weather

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Houdini has only begun using his pool this year, according to Hillcrest Zoo Curator Mark Yanotti, who said the otter was afraid of the water before. Sharna Johnson With scorching heat predicted through the weekend, humans aren’t the only ones who need to take care. Pets are highly susceptible to […]

Anti-fossil fuels policy detrimental

The latest economic data shows the six fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. are tied to oil and gas production. By contrast, the development of solar and wind energy has produced a fraction of the number of petroleum jobs, despite government mandates and other incentives for renewable energy. Oil-shale drilling in North Dakota and Montana is […]