Fresh coat of paint won’t fool God

I saw an advertisement in a large city newspaper that outlined all the summer activities that a certain city was providing for the school-age children. Times have changed. When children live in metropolitan areas, opportunities for play and activities during the summer are scheduled so busy and working parents can have options for childcare in […]

Senior happenings —

CRSMA Senior Diners Club 901 West 13th St., Clovis Monday: Closed. Tuesday: Green salad, green chili chicken enchiladas, pinto beans and plums/toppings. Wednesday: Gravy, pork chops, mashed potatoes, green peas, biscuit and cherry cobbler. Thursday: Sliced tomatoes, baked chicken, broccoli, cheese and rice casserole, strawberry/bananas, apple and wheat roll/margarine. Friday: Pasta salad, barbecue beef sandwich, […]

In search of ponies: Blizzard becomes feather-raising experience

When the winter waves hit, the dogs came in, the horses got an extra scoop of sweet feed and the firewood was stacked high. Everything was ready for the bitter wind and clinging ice…Until I suddenly remembered, I had no interest in frozen chicken. Namely because a frozen chicken is wasted on a vegetarian, but […]

In search of ponies: Hen’s duck act ends tragically

The laughter on the other end of the phone line was predictable. “A chicken?” my Mom asked. “Yes, a chicken. I had two but the other one drowned,” I replied. She stifled her laughter long enough to issue an, “Awww….” “But what about the drought? How did a chicken drown?” It was a valid question. […]

Prairie Chicken Festival on course despite fire

Alisa Boswell A fire that broke out nearly 10 miles west of Crossroads on Saturday afternoon burned nearly 25,000 acres of land. Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon said the fire, aided by winds of 45 to 55 miles per hour, jumped Highway 258, came close to Highway 206 and missed Milnesand by about one […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Golf, a chicken fest and shots fired

Welcome to the best way to start your day. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Sponsors needed The 2010-2011 Leadership Clovis Class’ Annual Golf Tournament — in memory of the late Greg Skarda — is Saturday at Chaparral Country Club. Teams and sponsorships are currently being sought.

Senior happenings —

CRSMA Senior Diners Club 901 West 13th St., Clovis Monday: Buttered peas, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, peach Danish, WW roll/margarine. Tuesday: Baked chicken, broccoli/cheese/rice casserole, strawberry/bananas, apple, wheat roll/margarine. Wednesday: Jalepenos and onion slices, beef stew, apricot gelatin dessert, cornbread/oleo, apple. Thursday: Broccoli salad, Italian chicken, carrots, peach pound cake, cheesy Italian bread. Friday: […]

Perspective born from childhood impatience

Sharna Johnson It all started with a chicken and an egg. And another egg, and another… Make that a chicken and a nest of eggs. Enter a hungry polecat (Appalachian for skunk) and you have a nest full of eggs and no chicken. It was cool outside, early spring. I was 12 and I was […]

Officials at odds on necessity of expanding sewer line

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo All of the sewer lines in Clovis flow to the Waste Water Treatment Plant southeast of Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis has its own version of the chicken or the egg dilemma. Is Clovis’ west side not expanding because of limited sewer capacity or is there limited […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Hot chickens and calling all writers

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Hot chicken Who knew prairie chickens were such a hot item? Turns out all 100 spots to watch the birds’ annual courtship dances have already sold out for the April 16-18 High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival. Heck, they just announced tickets three weeks ago — at $95 […]

Prairie chicken art contest accepting entries

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File photo The ninth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand is scheduled for April 16-18, and the affiliated art contest is ongoing, with a March 1 deadline. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The lesser prairie chickens will be strutting their stuff again this year in Milnesand, and artists have a chance to […]

No injuries reported in KFC shooting

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Interim police chief Mike Ingram arrives on the scene Wednesday afternoon of a shooting at Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. CNJ staff Shots were fired, but no injuries were reported during an incident at Clovis’ Kentucky Fried Chicken on Wednesday afternoon. A KFC manager said the shooting occurred near the restaurant’s […]

N.M. holds off on lesser prairie chicken hunt

SANTA FE — The heads of the state Game and Fish Department and the Game Commission have decided to hold off on issuing hunting permits for the lesser prairie chicken, a longtime candidate for possible protection under the Endangered Species Act. Game and Fish director Bruce Thompson and Game Commission chairman Tom Arvas said they […]

God gives best makeover

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Summertime reminds me of the days spent with our cousins who lived on a farm near a quaint little town in eastern Oklahoma. Susie and I always looked forward to visiting because their picturesque farm seemed hidden from the world. Susie and I were just captivated by our cousins’ lives […]

Don’t worry — it’s rated G

In case you missed it, check out the mating rituals of the lesser prairie chicken:

High Plains Praire Chicken Festival attracts variety of people

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Nancy Phillips, of Albuquerque, watches lesser prairie chickens perform their mating ritual Saturday from a van near Milnesand. The 7th annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival concludes today. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A half-hour before daylight Saturday on the prairie west of Milnesand, eight people waited in bleary-eyed […]

Registration being taken for Prairie Chicken Festival

Freedom New Mexico Once a year, the small eastern New Mexico community of Milnesand hosts the annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival, drawing spectators from near and far, to watch the mating dance of the lesser prairie chicken.

Meals made simple

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Andrew Gilliard, 18, left, and Amanda Sandoval, 17, chop cabbage and cucumbers for a tossed green salad during a cooking class at Clovis High School. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer According to one research company, 2007 was the first year on record most people spent more money “eating out” […]

Feb. 24, 2008 School Lunch Menus

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza, cereal, toast, juice and milk. Lunch — Grilled chicken sandwich, pork and beans, lettuce and pickle chips, vanilla cookie and milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — Egg biscuit, cereal, toast, juice and milk. Lunch — Chicken and cheese quesadilla, Spanish rice, corn on the cob, Jell-O cup, fruit and milk. […]

Super snacking

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eric DeLeon measures out toppings for a pizza at Pizza Hut Saturday afternoon. DeLeon said he’s a little scared about the volume of orders the restaurant will have to deal with on Super Bowl Sunday, which is its busiest day of the year. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Eric […]