Mother’s Day options abound in Land of Enchantment

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers It’s that time of year to thank one of the most important people in the world — mommy dearest. After all, if not for her, we wouldn’t be here in the first place. This fact, sadly, is frequently twisted and used against her by the angry teen who screams about […]

3-12 Organizations

Beta Phi Beta Phi chapter of ESA held their meeting with hostess President Carman Richard. She recited the Opening Ritual. Chaplain Patsy Lorenz read, “God Bless our Native Land” by Abe Lincoln. Secretary Mary Ann Vinson called the roll and read the minutes from the previous meeting. Correspondence was received regarding ESA NM State Council […]

Hearts and flowers: Local gift shops braced for holiday rush

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Cindy Tarango orders Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets for her five children Monday afternoon at Katie’s Flowerland. “I wanted them to feel extra special. They’ve been extra good this year,” Tarango said. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Just as lovers monopolize Valentine’s Day, so do certain gifts. Giving greeting cards, candy, […]

Retailers: Returns, exchanges ordinary for season

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The Master’s book-store owner Tammy Garner, right, helps Tammy Jacobs of Melrose exchange a Bible on Monday at the book store in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Stores were bogged down Monday with returns and exchanges of gifts gone awry, as anticipated by those in the retail industry. The […]

Thanksgiving time to be grateful for each moment

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude for faith, family, friends, health and our wonderful, free country. To add a somewhat different perspective on Thanksgiving, I want to thank God for the gift of time. Every minute of every day should be spent in thankfulness to God for the gift of […]

Gift cards can make fast food even faster

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McDonald’s and Sonic have launched pre-paid, debit-style cards for purchasing food. (Staff illustration: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The fast-food experience seems to be getting faster with the inception of a new payment option at two local restaurants. McDonald’s has launched The Arch Card, while Sonic is calling its version My Sonic […]

Gift-giving requires sensitivity, planning

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist It began as we were watching — rather, I was watching, and Janice was tolerating — a CMT documentary on The Highwaymen. You remember The Highwaymen, don’t you? Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, when they all sang together. I got a brilliant idea, which I blurted out […]

Aunt’s good stewardship shows Christmas spirit

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist This time of year, I invariably receive anonymous letters because I write about Christmas. They chastise me for giving credence to the pagan holiday of Christmas. Well I am bracing for a new batch of anonymous letters because I have four columns lined up all about Christmas. At Christmas we […]

Smaller stores see influx of holiday traffic

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Alicia Weed, left, and Millie Weed of Clovis browsed the gourmet items Saturday at Lizzie’s Menagerie. (Staff photo: Tonya Garner) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Many local people chose to avoid the “mega-stores” and head downtown to the smaller, specialty shops Clovis has to offer. Main Street was bustling with activity Saturday afternoon as […]

Day Trips: Old West lives on in Fort Sumner

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The Billy the Kid museum has one of the largest collections of the Western past, including the Kid’s rifle, chaps and spurs. (Courtesy photo) For a look into the “Wild West,” why not try a short day trip to Fort Sumner’s “Billy the Kid Museum.” About an hour’s drive from Portales lies the remains of […]

Accepting God’s gift means “getting over” ourselves

By Curtis K. Shelburne If God’s Son had only chosen to make peace with religious folks who loved rules better than they loved God, who loved the Law better than they loved the Giver of the Law, whose pride required a law they could use to keep score and left little room for soft hearts […]

Amos 5-6

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s Note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the mother s day gift dilemma who would ever think finding a gift for your mother would be such hard work boss question mark here you forget she s a female […]

Relay or life just one joy of living

By Clyde Davis: Columnist How long has it been since you laughed until you couldn’t breathe because something struck you so funny? How long has it been since you were so delighted to see someone that you couldn’t hide your joy? How long has it been since you were so delighted at the outdoor world […]

Fly rod or fishing reel, that’s romance

Bob Huber: CNJ columnist A couple of years ago I was in a quandary concerning an appropriate Valentine’s Day gift for my wife Marilyn. Should I buy her a new fly rod or a miter saw? I’ve always been a hopeless romantic. All our married lives I never let Valentine’s Day slip by without lavishing […]

Valentine’s gift-giving lessons learned

Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Valentine’s Day is Monday. Stores around Clovis, Portales and Muleshoe are festooned in red hearts, giant teddy bears, boxes of chocolates, heart-shaped balloons and stuff. All this love in the air got me to thinking about my own (mis)adventures in the fine art of gift giving to those we are smitten […]

Online library gift to readers the world over

CNJ staff As if the Internet didn’t already have more information than most people can process in a lifetime, Google, the search engine company, is planning to digitize entire books — millions of them — from major university and public libraries. Thus people at their home computers will have access to books previously available only […]

Christmas gift as bad as story behind it

By Bob Huber: Local columnist So it’s another Christmas season, which means my daughter Tracy will corral friends and family to tell her favorite yuletide story — “The Russian Pelekh Box.” It’s a marathon narrative full of adventure, romance, and mystery, although its authenticity leaves something to be desired. So while a turkey roasts in […]

A man can give a lady a good gift

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist If you haven’t started yet, don’t resign yourself to a bargain basement holiday of despair. There are still three weeks of quality shopping time left before the holidays, which gives you an ample opportunity to make the woman you love feel cherished and treasured. Yep, this column focuses on the giving […]

Handmade beanie, great Father’s Day

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Editor’s note: Bob Huber’s column is usually published on Monday. It’s running today instead because of its timely message. In case you haven’t noticed, this is that wonderful time of year when we celebrate Father’s Day. (Pause here for drum roll.) Warning: No matter that your daughter gave you a bolo […]

How Much Does God Love His Children?

By Curtis K. Shelburne God loves his children so completely that he could not possibly love us more and he will never choose to love us less. We are absolutely secure in that love. Why is that so hard for us to believe? It’s as if we were an orphan in 18th century England who […]