God’s deep love for his children never changes

By Curtis K. Shelburne Folks living in the internally displaced person camps near Nimule, Sudan, where our son Joshua spent last year, would love to be displaced in exactly the same way and, more to the point, in the same type of location, as I am. I understand that sad fact, and I should be […]

Not all green initiatives brilliant

Grant McGee: Local columnist One of the things I liked about our tour of the Southland The Lady of the House and I took last fall was I got to see an old friend of mine, kudzu. Kudzu is a vigorous, big-leafed vine that can be seen all over the southeast United States. If it […]

Some thoughts on New Year’s resolutions

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Last Sunday morning one of our elders asked our church folks, “How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions?” The giggles telegraphed the answer, six whole days into the new year. I’m guessing that the three or so people who didn’t laugh and might have still been on […]

New Mexicans rarity in parts of U.S.

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I took notes as The Lady of the House and I zipped across the southeastern United States visiting family last month: 4,825 miles of interstate, two-lane back roads, city streets and such. With all those miles, a working stiff like me from Clovis, New Mexico, saw and experienced some things […]

Why are some folks afraid of joy?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist It has taken me a long time to figure this out because it is so hard to believe, and I really didn’t want to come to this conclusion. But I’m afraid it is true: Some folks are scared of joy. I guess we all know that some folks, for […]

Being Clovis resident has its perks

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I have recently returned from spending a few days visiting The Lady of the House’s family in her hometown of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. I’ve heard there are some Air Force folks who are a bit anxious about giving up their home there on Florida’s Emerald Coast to be posted […]

$2 bills spend same as any other note

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Two-dollar bills always seem to get a bad reputation. Many folks don’t want them in their wallets and some cashiers even scrunch up their faces when you pay for stuff with them. I ran across an article the other day about $2 bills used regularly as change at some exotic […]

Barrel race fiasco real crowd-pleaser

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Curry County Fair gets under way Monday. Are you going? You get to see some pals you haven’t seen in a while. If you’re a newcomer you get to know your neighbors. Folks get ribbons for things like livestock raising and quilt making. Then there’s fair food that includes […]

God loves ordinary people

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist  God loves ordinary people, and that is one of the most amazing and hope-filled truths of the Christian faith.    That truth was Exhibit A in the Pharisees’ case against Jesus. Pharisees are hard people to make happy. As Jesus noted, “John came neither eating nor drinking, and they […]

Rainy days, motorcycles, and wisdom’s kids

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist As I write this morning, it’s raining outside — a beautiful, soaking, life-giving rain — the kind you wake up to and wish you could nap to all day.   I love it, but it does have my wings clipped a bit. You see, rain is not particularly conducive […]

Christ Is “Coming Again in Glory”

By Curtis K. Shelburne I enjoyed a good laugh recently when a dear friend and fellow pastor asked another mutual friend and highly-respected preacher, “What’s your sermon title for Sunday?” The good gentleman replied with mirth and mischief, “Why Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins Have Left Me Behind.” He was kidding. But just about […]

Creative mementoes enhance capsules

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Friday they opened that time capsule from 1957. Now really, if you were going to bury a time capsule, what would you put in it? I’d put in some music of the day: Sheryl Crow, 50 Cent, George Strait, All-American Rejects; you know, a cross section. An aerial photo of […]

I say we oughta just bill ‘em

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I had an interesting meeting at lunch with some of our leaders. I have little doubt that most of the good things accomplished in this world are accomplished in spite of meetings, not because of them. We didn’t solve every issue — not even close — but I thought […]

Giving thanks with grace has many twists

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It was a sunny December afternoon and I was riding home on my bicycle. It was a wonderful afternoon with blue skies and a light eastern New Mexico breeze that carried the fragrance of something that I thought smelled like chocolate. A long-forgotten tune came to my mind for no […]

Some things one must see to believe

By Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Before sunup each day, an east-west train rumbles through town while everyone sleeps. The engineer pulls a rhythmic whistle cord on the east side of town, and he doesn’t stop until he breaks out on the west side. By the time the last car chugs by the canning factory, everyone […]

Small-town life never monotonous

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “Why didn’t you wake me up?” asked The Lady of the House last Saturday morning. “I figured you wanted to sleep in,” I said. “What are you talking about? We’ve got stuff to do.” Before I knew it we were bundled up against the cold and off in search of […]

Inmates take on tasks

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An inmate trustee, left, is supervised by city maintenance worker Jeremy Burnett Tuesday while putting up decorations on the Christmas tree in front of the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Wearing orange jumpsuits quickly marking them as inmates, trustees from the jail perform tasks that save […]

Artist’s need to wander might be inherent

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Someone called it playing hopscotch. My Clovis editor asked if it were a mission to live in every state in the nation. I call it getting out of the rain. And with the rainfall the Oregon coast gets — which lasts through April and has already flooded nearly every river […]

Concerts provide lifetime of memories

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Did you go to The Clovis Music Festival last weekend? That was some event. Rock ’n’ rollers from another time came to our town to play electric music and boogie. Folks I talked to said Thursday and Saturday’s performers gave great shows at the Clovis Civic Center. We went to […]

Full moon causes strange behaviors

By Ryn Gargulinski : ryngargulinski@hotmail.com If anyone heard some howling on Thursday, I swear it wasn’t me. But it could have been any number of coyotes, demons or anything else that delights in a full moon. The full moon is especially magical for New Mexico as evidenced by the great number of Land of Enchantment […]