Nature opens up my eyes to life

Wendel Sloan

Even for those who live lives of integrity, the end is unkind. Some say that everything happens for a reason, but that brings little comfort to those in autumnal sunset. Along the way new life and small pleasures — friends, food, music, nature — make the passage seem worthwhile and purposeful. After a long, harsh […]

Letter to the editor: Government can’t fund everything

Government can’t fund everything It was a blessing to read a great article in the Aug. 7 paper written by Sharna Johnson: “Hotel Clovis redevelopment still possible.”We citizens dislike government’s excessive spending of our tax money collected for frivolous projects that private contractors can provide more effectively. Government cannot fund all of our family needs. […]

Building Resilience: Crafting your child’s character

McClatchy-Tribune Don’t spoil your children. How we’d love to give our children everything they want_they’re so darned cute! But adults who expect everything instantly and on their terms, who feel that they’re entitled to anything they desire, are not so cute _ may I say detestable? Here are some thoughts to consider. — Don’t worry […]

Animals always full of surprises

The high-powered quarter horse mare had been to the breeding barn, and was bred to an outstanding stallion. Everything seemed fine. Maybe not. She colicked, and they ended up taking her to the veterinarian. He got that problem solved, and while he was at it he checked, and pronounced her “open,” no baby in there. […]

Ticket feature: Slide Ireland performing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Slide Ireland’s sound is described as traditional Irish “with attitude.” The band will perform in Clovis March 31. Freedom New Mexico A spirited revival of tradition, Slide Ireland is posed to bring a taste of Ireland to Clovis audiences March 31. The five person multi-instrument band, with everything from wedding fiddles to mournful […]

Sometimes food bites back

Sharna Johnson Hunger and need change everything — even those rules we believe to be black and white. It’s a thought I arrived at this week while talking with a friend. “You know, I’ve been meaning to tell you, you’re mean,” he said jokingly. He proceeded to point out he was struck by the thought […]

Cowboys can’t win at everything

Glenda Price Shorty got his name when he was a 2-year old squirt they didn’t think would grow tall at all. He’s 6-feet-4. Awhile back he ended up having to go to court over an enviro-induced question of law. You know — one of those deals where they decided he should move his cattle because […]

For everything there is a season …

I love seasons. And I’m thankful indeed to live in a place where we really have them. I like summer, though it is not my favorite. The best thing about summer, I think, is that since kids and teachers have at least a few weeks off, life even for the rest of us tends to […]

Hounds start practice

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Greyhound offensive line holds its position as line coach Draco Miller points out directions for the line to move during Saturday’s Eastern New Mexico University football practice. Kevin Wilson The heat was about the only thing Mark Ribaudo would have changed about Saturday. The Eastern New Mexico University coach […]

A season for everything: A time to unplug

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I’ve always liked the words of the wise man in Ecclesiastes 3: “There is a time for everything, /and a season for every activity under heaven: /a time to be born and a time to die, /a time to plant and a time to uproot, /a time to kill and […]

A season for everything: A time to unplug

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I’ve always liked the words of the wise man in Ecclesiastes 3: “There is a time for everything, / and a season for every activity under heaven: / a time to be born and a time to die, / a time to plant and a time to uproot, / a […]

I’ve discovered a gem in TV land

By Thomas Garcia: Guest columnist With everything on TV these days — from reality TV to game shows, special interests, food programs and sports and news — it’s hard not to find something to watch. While I enjoy episodes of “NCIS” and “24” and “Man vs. Food” along with “Adult Swim” programs, I often find […]

Honorary Relay for Life chair counts on family for support

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Annette Garcia was diagnosed with leukemia January 18, 2008. She said she leans on her husband and daughter Destiny, 7, for support. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After three or four dizzy spells that prevented her from working, driving and even walking, Annette Garcia decided it was time to […]

Residents turn out for annual Peanut Valley Festival

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Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Nicole Laurenz, 7, and her sister, Simone Laurenz, 12, enjoy shaved ice Saturday at the Peanut Valley Festival at Eastern New Mexico University. The girls recently moved from Texas to Portales with their family. By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Dozens of booths filled with everything from purses and jewelry […]

A fool-proof formula for everything?

American magic. It’s a funny term, particularly when spoken by missionaries who deal with witch doctor types and superstitions regularly. You just don’t expect them to look back across the Pond, smile, shake their heads indulgently, and say, “Yep, that’s American magic.” You see, magic, at its heart, has to do with manipulation. You get […]

Got everything minus flying cars

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist I traveled back in time a few days ago. One moment I was driving north on Prince, the next moment I was 15 and riding with my buddy Catfish.

Everything there is a season: A time to unplug

By: Curtis Shelburne: Religion Columnist These days it’s increasingly difficult to “unplug.” I like technology as much as anyone. More than most, I think. In fact, my nerdy tendencies concern me some. When Juana and I went to visit our kids in Amarillo awhile back, I pulled my laptop computer out of the backpack and […]

Positive light doesn’t shine on everything

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Mall hosting emergency exercise

CNJ Staff Local emergency responders are conducting an exercise at North Plains Mall this morning to simulate a mass casualty incident, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. Westerman said the exercise was sprung on responders this morning to put them through the paces of responding to a large scale incident. “Everything’s going real well,” […]

Xcel proposes increase, plans upgrades

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Energy company Xcel Energy is proposing a base-rate increase from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The electric and natural gas company is seeking an overall increase of 6.6 percent from all customer classes. Residential rates would increase by 7.3 percent a month for an average household that uses […]