Fresh coat of paint won’t fool God

I saw an advertisement in a large city newspaper that outlined all the summer activities that a certain city was providing for the school-age children. Times have changed. When children live in metropolitan areas, opportunities for play and activities during the summer are scheduled so busy and working parents can have options for childcare in […]

Badgering prey makes little sense

My brother and I came upon a badger out in the pasture one summer afternoon. He looked at us. We looked at him. He glared at us and looked mean, so we thought we should return his angry stare. His body was muscular, and his mottled brownish gray fur was highlighted by a white streak […]

Hounds tie Incarnate Word in match of ranked teams

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Eastern midfielder Danillo Santos beats an Incarnate Word to the ball during the first half. Dave Wagner In a match where it looked like one goal might win it, Eastern New Mexico University’s men rallied twice in the late going. Freshman forward Andy Wilkinson headed in a crossing pass by […]

Your double may be out there somewhere

Grant McGee: Local columnist Last weekend while yard sale-ing I made the acquaintance of a woman who told me I look just like a relative of hers who lives in Plainview. While she was telling me how much I looked like her nephew, I was thinking about how much she looked like my Aunt Marguerite […]

Airmen provide cyclists home on the range

USAF photo: Greg Allen University of Texas at Austin students travel near Clovis where they spent the evening June 10 with Cannon Air Force Base airmen in town. The students are members of Texas 4000, an organization that raises money to fight cancer. Each student pledged $4,500 in a trek that will take them to […]

Terror from home invasion spree still lingers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A small noise startled Donna Foster awake. As she looked around her dark bedroom, she saw the outline of two heads in the doorway and as she realized someone was standing beside with a gun pointed at her head. Quickly the man pulled the covers up and over, holding […]

Airman steps up in child’s rescue

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base’s Technical Sergeant Charles Derflinger, left, and Clovis police officer Mike Reeves vie for 10-month-old Eva Saiz’s attention. Derflinger and Reeves helped saved the toddler when she started choking on a hair clip. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections As Tech. Sgt. Charles Derflinger walked through the door, little […]

God gives best makeover

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Summertime reminds me of the days spent with our cousins who lived on a farm near a quaint little town in eastern Oklahoma. Susie and I always looked forward to visiting because their picturesque farm seemed hidden from the world. Susie and I were just captivated by our cousins’ lives […]

Roadkill deserves little bit of dignity

By Grant McGee: Local columnist You couldn’t miss the dead dog by the curb on County Road K last Saturday. I eased over to the side of the road and got out. The canine’s fur was blowing in the breeze. The coloring looked like some kind of mixed-breed mutt, then I saw its face: Someone […]

Homeless man’s tall tale worth cash

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I was thinking about homeless folks the other day because I saw a guy with a backpack strolling out of the Clovis rail yard. It set my mind a-wandering. Songs have been written as have passages in The Good Book about lending a hand to someone in need because it […]

Trick-or-treating, generosity don’t mix

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House is frustrated. She can’t find just the right things she needs to dress us up for a Halloween party. “We could keep it simple,” I said. “We both tie on a box of corn flakes then stick a butcher knife in each box.” “What kind […]

$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 […]

Bond not based on looks alone

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections My daughter doesn’t look like me. Although I had hoped and prayed for a little mini-me, my husband’s DNA won out. Even in her first pictures (which were black and white ultrasound shots), people would comment on how much she already looked like my husband. However, my husband said the […]

Duct tape fashioning never out of style

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The man looked into my eyes and asked me, “Are you an American citizen?” It wasn’t a deep philosophical question — it was a border patrol agent, and I’d just left El Paso. However, I’ll treat it like one. Yes, I’m an American citizen, and I’m well versed in […]

Parents shouldn’t always be serious

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When was the last time you really laughed out loud? If you have to think for a while before you answer, it was too long ago. I am not talking about smiling or a polite chuckle. I am talking about a real heartfelt laugh with teary eyes. I happened to have […]

Life without funny bone not as fun

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A recent trip to our local hospital stimulated my memory banks and brought forth an experience I had with modern medicine a dozen years ago. That memory is entitled, “The Case of the Missing Funny Bone” or “Does an Asafetida Bag Really Help?” I’d heard horror stories about parts gone […]

Robbery sign of personal dark times

By Grant McGee: local columnist Some guy with a bad idea created a bad day for a bunch of people two weeks ago. I’m talking about that bank robbery here in Clovis. I think I may have an idea how those bank employees felt that day. On my first day as a New Mexican I […]

Twilight fall leads to finding help from beyond

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist (Part two. Continued from last week.) Summary: The narrator, while skiing near Vancouver, British Columbia, has become disoriented during twilight and lost her partner. The snow was falling faster now, black clouds rolling in from the west, and the wind had picked up to a roaring level, seeming to come […]

Motorbikes not for later years of life

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Just when I was beginning to enjoy my twilight years, our youngest offspring ran out of money in her quest for a Guinness record for years in college. Her husband, once removed, pressured me into tiding them over by temporarily buying his overpriced motorcycle — a Kamikaze 500 or something […]

Self-attuned individuals find affirmations abound in nature

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist It was one of those crispy, crackly northeast Ohio evenings when the cold light from the stars and distant planets seem to invade our own planet, frosting the trees and icing the lake surface. Need I say that the season was autumn, fairly close to this time of autumn, when the […]