Grant: Life saving matter of taking control

A guy came in the bicycle shop the other day. We got to talking and it turns out we have something in common: We’re both Eagle Scouts, the high rank of the Boy Scouts of America. It got me to reminiscing. To be an Eagle Scout one of the things you have to do is […]

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]

McGee: Hard work only sure payoff

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I know this guy who’s been doing some traveling to casinos here and there around the country. He feels so good about his gambling skills that he said this is the year he’s going to declare himself as “Professional Gambler” on his tax forms. I once thought about a career […]

Perhaps bag of swag is answer

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist It never fails. A friend tries to prevent a tangent, and only inspires another. Over a drink, a guy she used to date came up. She replied, “Eh … been there, done that, got the T-shirt.” We didn’t talk about him again, but my mind was already off. Should I […]

Billy Bundle: The world’s shortest evangelist

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I wonder if some of the humor that crosses my desk in the form of books or cartoons in ministry magazines is funny to anyone besides preachers. In one cartoon from Leadership Journal, a pastor is preaching in front of a projection screen filled with colorful graphics, and one […]

Men can’t seem to pick and choose

My father-in-law and my husband bought a hundred head of cows one year. It was a partnership deal, but when we unloaded them at the ranch they decided to split them fifty-fifty and each partner put his own brand on his half. It was early spring, so some of the cows had babies, others were […]

Raising prices based solely on economics

Freedom New Mexico In these divisive times, there has to be a bad guy when a hurricane blows in. It can’t just be a natural phenomenon that’s bigger than us all. It has to be a Democratic hurricane, or a Republican hurricane, the bogey man’s hurricane, or a hurricane caused by us all. Somebody has […]

First person: Unlucky break

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Matthew Lolley broke his leg in four places during a scrimmage before the 2008-2009 football season began and will have to sit out the season. Matthew Lolley, a junior at Clovis High School, skipped playing football his sophomore year. When he returned his junior year, he broke his leg in […]

City advises field restrictions

CNJ staff Three area softball and baseball fields will be off limits until 4 p.m. Tuesday for insecticide spraying, according to a city press release. Guy Leader Softball Complex, Mike Harris Baseball Field and Bob Spencer Softball Complex and the walking trail at Hillcrest Park located behind Guy Leeder Complex were sprayed Monday afternoon for […]

Funny guy

Argus Hamilton is poking fun at Oklahoma City, casinos and — as usual — politicians in today’s column.