The Christmas spirit comes from the heart

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist What about the Christmas spirit? Can one “catch” it? I can remember a particular Christmas when I was just a little girl living in Kansas City. I recall it for two reasons: Susie was very sick that Christmas and I asked for a Pink Lee Secret Message Writing Kit. I […]

Holiday messages from country’s leaders

by Ned Cantwell Thanksgiving messages from some of the best and the brightest: n Gov. Bill Richardson: We are thankful for New Mexico. This nation, this nation that we all love, is a better place with New Mexico in it. And I would like to add my personal thanks that the New Mexico press and […]

Bush’s message was well received by the voters

Freedom Newspapers P robably the best analysis of the election that we’ve read comes from William Saletan of the left-leaning Slate magazine, who argues that President Bush had a simple coherent message, compared to Sen. John Kerry’s muddled and inconsistent views. Unlike many liberal commentators, Saletan hasn’t allowed his preferences to get in the way […]

Lobo coach scores with athletes

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New Mexico men’s basketball coach Ritchie McKay spoke Monday to the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Clovis High School. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Ritchie McKay likens many Christians to youngsters during Halloween, a day in which children pull masks over their faces in the hopes of becoming — […]

Jacobs’ sentence sends lax law message

Letters to the editor After reading the March 12 article, “Jacobs gets probation,” I was once again outraged by the judicial system in Clovis. Here is yet another instance of a slap-on-the-wrist punishment for a crime. John Jacobs was accused of five rapes. He was acquitted of one charge in Portales, but reached a plea […]

Country band strives to ‘bring Christian message’ to audiences

By Darrell Todd Maurina They are classically trained musicians who studied at the Julliard School in New York City. The four siblings play Christian country music. “Christian music is the odd ball out in music because it refers to the message of the music, not the style of the music,” said Annie Wolaver, 20, lead […]

New Mexico clash may be more interesting than caucus

By Ned Cantwell The presidential primary season consists of a series of political contests only a little less organized than the election to decide who will be junior class historian at Clovis High School. And New Mexico is right in the thick of it. Well, at least not at the rear of it, thanks to […]

God’s plan almost always surprises us

GOD’S PLAN ALMOST ALWAYS SURPRISES US Does God ever do anything just like we’d expect him to? A world to save, a Gift to give, a Baby to send. And the greatest Christmas Present ever given is all wrapped up in swaddling cloths and laid in a feed trough. And the mother of the King […]

God is the rock that lends us support

Judy Brandon Our family moved to Clovis in 1956. It was during those early years that I would ride with my daddy home at night after church and my mother and Susie would go ahead in their car. That was many years ago. The church is now in a different location and much different than […]

Study says underage drinking can be reduced by adults

Patricia L. Garcia ALBUQUERQUE — From beer banner advertisements at county fairs and rodeos to flavored malt beverage ads in magazines, state health officials say New Mexico’s youth is being bombarded with the message that underage drinking is acceptable. ‘‘Alcohol companies do need to turn down the volume,’’ said Ann Powers, spokeswoman for the state […]