Snakes still receiving bad rap

What were your mother’s parting words every time you left the house? Right. “Watch for snakes.” In August, we were told to be extra careful because the rattlers would be shedding their skins, their eyes would be covered for a few days, and since they couldn’t see they would strike at the sounds we made […]

Letter to the editor: Coyote hunt setting bad example

Coyote hunt setting bad example I have been reading some of the online comments about Grady’s coyote hunt and find many to be ignorant and uniformed people. I thought school was a place to educate and learn about our planet and things that inhabit it. It sets a bad example for those in education who […]

Enhanced high school concussion rules positive move

After a particularly bad weekend for head injuries on the football field, Monday’s announcement by Texas’ University Interscholastic League regarding head injuries seems reasonable. The UIL, which governs extracurricular activities at Texas public schools, announced that any athlete who suffers a head injury cannot return to the activity on the same day, and must be […]

Loss of tree means gain of treehouse

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House gave me some bad news the other day: Our friendly shade tree has to come down. The tree’s roots are diving big-time into the family garden. This would explain why the tree had rocketed up in just a few short years. There’s lots of tasty […]

Manageable life comes from following God’s plan

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I will never forget the feeling I had when our children were little and the weather caused schools to be called off for the day. I would get up eagerly in the morning, listen to the radio, watch the television and just hope that conditions were bad enough that school […]

Snow closes schools, government agencies

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bruce Nguyen, owner of USA Nails, shovels off the walkway to the salon on Prince Street Thursday as high winds and snow from a fierce winter storm continue pelting eastern New Mexico. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A wintry mix of freezing rain, high winds and fast falling snow […]

Bad poem points to God’s prescription for joy

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Once a decade or so I wax poetic. This one is so bad, I’m not sure it even counts, which means I might be good for another bad poem this decade. Oh, well. It’s entitled, “The Grouchy, Grinchy Grumble” (by the author of the same description).

Border fence clear example of bad spending

Freedom New Mexico What is it about bureaucrats that makes them compulsive spenders? Government types seem compelled to throw money away, even when they oppose the very projects on which they’re spending. A famous recent case is Alaska’s “road to nowhere.” After public outrage caused Congress to defund the “bridge to nowhere” between Ketchikan and […]

Police: Officer injured while responding to call

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Police Officer T.J. Gibson walks in the alley next to a camper where an officer was injured making an arrest Wednesday. Freedom New Mexico Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., […]

Four local players sign with Greyhounds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis senior Stefan Mills rushed for more than 1,200 yards and scored 21 TDs this season. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Wes and Lane Wood have been there for the good times, the bad times, and the really, really good times for Muleshoe football. And they’ve done it together. […]