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 […]

Officials: Heart health important

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance According to Harvard Health Publications, walking regularly can reduce your chance of getting a heart condition by about 30 percent. Those results came from the analysis of 18 studies conducted between 1970 and 2007. Study participants who walked 5.5 miles each week began showing benefits in heart-related health. The […]

Grandmothers left loving legacy behind

I was fortunate in my life to have had both of my grandmothers live long into the twilight years of their lives. My dad’s mother was two months shy of 90 when she passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, but peacefully, in her home. My mom’s mother was 95 when she passed away. I adored my […]

I want my descendants to live free

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What kind of future do I want my kids and their kids to live in? A tightly controlled, safe future where they are watched out for and protected from anything that might harm them? Where human rights are thrown under the bus in the name of some nebulous common good? Or a liberated future where […]

Purging ‘collections’ brings unexpected relief

We live in such a fast forward world, it’s easy to get caught up in accumulating. Now I’m not speaking specifically about cool collections. I know baseball cards, knives, stilettos and handbags can be quite fulfilling to collect. I’m talking about stuff that you think you need, or want, that serves no legitimate purpose. If […]

Funeral home cohosting grief seminar

CNJ staff Steed-Todd Funeral Home will cohost a special grief seminar for the public and the professional caregiver at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Steed-Todd chapel at 800 E. Manana. The seminar is presented by Alan Wolfelt, who has written more than 20 books on adult and childhood grief and has appeared on national talk […]

Religion feature: Tour aims to connect mothers, daughters

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Courtesy photo Balloon sculptures, confetti blasts, and beach ball competitions are a few extras that will enhance the evening. Benna Sayyed A Clovis church accepts the adage that girls are growing up faster these days, but officials hope a new tour will help counter some of the unintended consequences. Secret Keeper Girl LIVE: The Pajama […]

Ticket feature: Eagle View Rally set for Memorial Day weekend

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File photo The Eagle View Rally will be held May 27-29 in north Clovis, providing three full days of entertainment for motorcycle enthusiasts. Freedom New Mexico The third Eagle View Rally is set to kick off May 27 and is expected to bring motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country to Clovis for three days of […]

Thursday morning briefing: Hats off, breakfast and monsters in town

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Hats off Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will stream live audio of its spring commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Greyhound Arena on Eastern’s home page: www.enmu.edu Also, KENW-TV will broadcast the graduation live on digital channel 3-3 (standard definition). That signal […]

Royal wedding inescapable

Who would ever believe I would live in the time of two separate “weddings of the century.” I tried my best to ignore them both but it just wasn’t working on this last royal wedding. A couple of days before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton I awoke to the memory I had […]

Live webcast of the city of Clovis town hall meeting 6 p.m. (MDT) tonight

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KENW to broadcast governor speech live

CNJ staff Gov. Susana Martinez’ “State of the State” address will be broadcast live on KENW-TV and KENW-KMTH-FM. There is no set start time, according to a release from the public broadcast station in Portales. The Legislature begins noon Tuesday, and the governor is invited to give the address one both houses meet in joint […]

Schools administering flu vaccine through nasal spray

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools Director of Health Services Rhonda Sparks and Curry County Field Health Office Nurse Manager Gayla Jacquess screen flu vaccination consent forms to make sure students are qualified and forms are filled out correctly. Liliana Castillo Nursing staff will take half the time, and give much less pain, […]

Community swarms dorms with food, gratitude

USAF photo: Greg Allen Airmen enjoy hamburgers, hotdog sand cool drinks, courtesy of Clovis residents Sept. 25. The “Dorm Swarm,” as it was called, was a thank-you to the airmen by the community for their contributions to the community and service to the nation. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs Base airmen, particularly those […]

No computer needed for relationship with Christ

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist We do live in amazing times. Computer technology has given us new words like “travel drive,” “Wi-Fi” and “blog.” Think about the word blog. I read each week Beth Moore’s website blog and two or three other blogs. Funny though … five years ago, I would have thought blog was something […]

Politicians leave citizens big bill

Tibor Machan My favorite place to live in America is California. But don’t get me wrong — one size does not fit all. And how wonderful that is, that people differ so much that they could be quite happy living in very different places. I love this since it helps to confirm my individualist position […]

July 16 —

Q: We live in Portales. Why can’t we use off-base medical care facilities? A: Thank you for the question and giving us an opportunity to explain the TRICARE Prime benefit. The Military Treatment Facility enrollment area and TRICARE guidance state that individuals within 30 minutes from the MTF are to be assigned to the local […]

Pet licensing law kicks in next week

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Animal Shelter Supervisor Louisa Maestas tries to put away two Chihuahuas Monday at the Clovis Animal Shelter. The city of Clovis will start licensing pets next week. Sharna Johnson Beginning Monday, Fido needs a license to live in Clovis. A new city ordinance requires residents to license their dogs […]

Press release: Interim committees now broadcast live

State lawmakers are in Santa Fe right now, discussing behavioral-health services. A live, streaming audio feed of interim legislative committees is now available online at http://www.nmlegis.gov

Live buffalo among KENW auction items

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A live buffalo is up for bid in this year’s KENW online fundraising auction. The buffalo, a 3-year-old male pet belonging to a Portales man, is for sale along with about 820 other items — ranging from an autographed Green Bay Packers football to out-of-production Barbie dolls to couches. […]