How to triple your answers to prayer

By Curtis K. Shelburne By Curtis K. Shelburne   A “teaser” on the front of the little magazine touted an article inside: “How To Triple Your Answers to Prayer!” I’m wondering what might be prescribed. Incantations? A caldron filled with a steaming potion featuring eye of newt, tongue of frog? Could I get more answers […]

Take time out to love yourself this Valentine’s Day

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist TUCUMCARI — When you are trying to quit smoking, everyone lights a cigarette. When you’re on a massive diet, the only trucks that ramble by are owned by Sara Lee. And when, like I am, you are moving 1,942 miles to the West Coast and leaving behind five goats, a […]

Pastor’s humanity can alter view of divinity

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist There’s been some brouhaha over the NBC television show “The Book of Daniel.” The show got the kind of pre-airing publicity money can’t buy: It created controversy. “The Book of Daniel” is about an Episcopalian preacher named Daniel Webster. Webster works to rein in the chaos of his dysfunctional family […]

Town’s relief efforts should be applauded

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What do a media professional, a hospital counselor, a fire dept. employee, and a law enforcement officer have in common? The first two I have the privilege to regard as my friends; the last two I haven’t known very long, or met only briefly. What is obvious is that they all […]

Life lessons from the horse’s mouth

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Several weeks ago, we were able to vacation in Arizona, a trip that included not only the Grand Canyon but the beautiful red rock area around Sedona. Though we only spent a day in that town, I was able to obtain an exclusive interview with Charlie, the Red Rock riding stable […]

Some seek overhaul of military retirement

By Tom Philpott: Military Update At least one member of the Joint Chiefs supports alternatives to the military’s prized 20-year retirement plan, urging adoption of more modern ways, found in industry, to compensate ambitious, skilled workers. Adm. Vern Clark, chief of naval operations, said the 21st Century Navy needs to protect its “intellectual capital’’ of […]

Telephones made simpler by prioritizing

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist “I don’t like answering the phone. The phone ringing always means bad news.” I can’t remember who told me that. It’s one of those sayings that are kind of closed minded, no room for negotiation. But I kind of/sort of agree with my long-forgotten acquaintance about the telephone. I’m really […]

Some helpful hints for graduating seniors

By Judy Brandon I have been thinking about school days this past week and my K-12 school experience. Graduation was last week and many parents and members of extended family sat as they watched their seniors graduate. Just possibly this question was on their minds: “Where have the years gone?” In the fifties, I was […]

Hounds trying to rebuild defensive line

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Brandon Harper, right, tries to make a defensive stop on running back Less Long during a drill in Thursday’s ENMU football practice. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — With all four starters lost to graduation, it’s almost like starting over for Eastern New Mexico University defensive line coach Todd Wallis. […]

Free will, responsibility go hand in hand

By Tibor Machan This is something I never thought I’d write — words of appreciation for the last words of a vicious murderer. Yet I believe they are due, even though the man who spoke these words is now dead, executed in Texas for murdering a nurse in the 1980s after being paid $1,500. It […]

Clovis youths plan trip to see Legislature

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Natasha Beachum is interested in seeing how laws are made first hand. The Yucca Junior High eighth-grader will be one of about 90 Clovis students scheduled to leave at 4:30 a.m. today for a trip to the state capitol fourth African-American Day. “You can learn about it in books […]

Condoleezza Rice not intimidated by Democrats

Freedom Newspapers Beyond well-phrased generalities, it is difficult to glean from Condoleezza Rice’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just what kind of foreign policy a second Bush administration is likely to pursue — except that it will be what the president wants it to be. Unfortunately, few of the senators questioning the secretary […]

Bronze casting process difficult

Clyde Davis: Local Colunist When it comes to the bronze-casting process, by which art is reproduced and sculptures made into limited editions, most of us are hopelessly lost or misinformed. No kidding, I used to think they actually carved the bronze with some kind of tools, the way a carving reproducer works on wood (it’s […]

Former Texico coach inducted into hall of fame

By Dave Wagner David Lynn is a low-key kind of guy. That’s why the Eunice native and former Texico High football coach didn’t make a big deal out of being inducted into the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Honors last week in a ceremony in Albuquerque. “I was surprised (to be nominated),” […]

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 […]

Rodeo ciruit keeps cowboys on the move

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Matt Austin of Wills Point, Texas, hangs on during Thursday’s bull riding competition at the 34th Annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. CNJ photo by Rick White By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent As the 34th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo kicked off on Thursday night, probably only the astute […]

More women waiting longer to start family

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Twila Rutter-Wooley spends time playing with her 21-month-old daughter Tasan and her step-son Ricky, 7, on Friday afternoon at her home in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Looking back at her views on motherhood, Twila Rutter-Wooley says her perspective has certainly changed in the last few years. Actually, becoming […]

Local movie buffs take their picks

By Michelle Seeber Area residents were not surprised when “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” dominated the Academy Awards on Sunday night. Out of 35 people polled Sunday afternoon at the North Plains Cinema 4 movie theater in Clovis, 32 chose “Rings” as best picture. David Marricle of Muleshoe said he was […]

Suicide stays with shop staff

By Darrell Todd Maurina The co-owner of Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City said Tuesday many employees were still upset after the Friday death of William H. Windley Jr., who witnesses said shot himself in the store. “In 28 years of running this store, we’ve never had any kind of problem like this,” Al Beaulieu said. “It […]

Internet exclusive caucus analysis

By David Arkin It’s official: New Mexico made history Tuesday night. Now whether or not that history is worth repeating in four years is debatable. New Mexico held its first Democratic caucus on Tuesday, and the newness was clear statewide. Voting problems arose in small and large communities alike. Voting problems aren’t anything new to […]