In search of ponies: Animals have own ways of dealing with wind

Since the dawn of man, spring has been celebrated, often because it’s a pleasant exit from winter and also because it is the season that represents life’s potential. In between the intermittent cold and warm spells, green shoots sprout from little dried up bits of plants that nature seemed to have discarded in the cold […]

Jesus solid foundation to weather storms in life

When I was a child and our family lived in Kansas City, Mother often took Susie and me into the city to explore museums or shop at Macy’s. Those excursions were recreational and educational. Mother would pack a lunch and then at mealtime, we headed into the nearest Katz Drug Store where she bought us […]

Coach’s cemetery exercise misses point

Occasionally, though not very often, the inspiration from this column comes from some other piece of information which slides across the Internet. Such is the case in today’s piece. Upstate New York, where a junior varsity football coach and English teacher forced members of the team, after a losing game, to detour into the local […]

Food at the speed of life: Mousse dessert easy to whip up

Sweet, creamy … and low-calorie. One of my friends has a great recipe for mousse. She often makes it with the help of visiting children, since the recipe is simple, doesn’t involve hot equipment and contains no eggs and therefore no worries about salmonella when kids want to lick the bowl. She says it’s impossible […]

Still trying to fit part of super mom

We all have the same amount of hours in the day. However, what we can accomplish varies greatly. I often feel like I’m running on a hamster wheel. I try and try, but my to-do list keeps getting longer, the clutter piles up and I am left wishing for more time. I appreciate the break […]

Child Sense: Tips for making a trip to the beach enjoyable for your child

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer is often associated with going to the beach, and having fun with your children in the sun, surf and sand. Understanding your child’s sensory needs will make the experience even more enjoyable. The tactile child will take great delight in playing in the openness of the beach. As soon as their […]

Great moms raise tomorrow’s freedom fighters

Freedom New Mexico We often hear the cliche about Mom, baseball and apple pie to describe that which is red, white and blue. The one that matters most is Mom, who we honored Sunday. Baseball and apple pie are by-products and symbols of freedom, while Moms are producers and defenders of freedom. Moms don’t get […]

AgSense: Soil micronutrient deficiencies can affect hay quality

Forages are a significant component of ruminant livestock rations, but crude protein, fiber, digestibility and mineral content affect animal performance often requiring supplementation that leads to increased feed costs. These nutritive value components are often affected by the availability of minerals from the soil. Mineral nutrients are categorized by how much is needed for plant […]

In tribute: Mother believed in equality, education

Kevin Wilson Julia Jefferson believed in the need for equality and for education, and worked on both fronts. But her work often began in the simplest places — the home and the church. Jefferson, who spent more than half a century in Clovis, died Feb. 16 of complications with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She was […]

Military mama: Reunions bring on tears

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There are so many of my dear friends enduring lengthy deployments of their spouses, I have kept up with their roller coaster of emotions and tried to offer support whenever possible. I understand what a challenge it can be, especially when that military spouse is also a mom. As moms we are used to being […]

New efforts won’t solve old problems

Freedom New Mexico Border residents surely are growing more alarmed at the escalating violence in Mexico, often within earshot of U.S. residents. Large gunbattles between drug cartels, and between them and the Mexican military, are getting larger, and closer. A recent U.S. government report isn’t going to ease the concerns of those who worry about […]

Nobel goes to deserving recipient

Freedom New Mexico The Nobel Prize for Literature has of late been awarded all too often to obscure novelists whose purported resistance to authority and mere fashion consisted of embracing a safe and fashionable brand of academically approved leftism combined with a modest talent. In the process, what Washington Post literary critic Marie Arana called […]

Our people: Radio guy

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Courtesy photo Lee and his son Robert in 1998. Jim Lee, News and Public Affairs Director at KENW/KMTH-FM in Portales has worked in radio, television, theater, movies and plays over the past 46 years. Now he is often referred to ask the ‘radio guy.’ “I’m not what I do,” Lee said. “It doesn’t matter what […]

McGee: Where were you on 9/11?

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Tuesday, 11 September 2001. Nine years. Hard to believe those attacks on our homeland were nine years ago. When I think of that day I often think of the Sept. 11 song by country singer Alan Jackson, “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?” Where were you when the […]

Residents express concerns over wind turbines

Jared Tucker Talk early, talk often. That was the message during Tuesday’s public meeting in Melrose to discuss the findings and recommendations of a joint land use study. The $140,000 federally funded study is geared at preventing incompatible land uses between entities, such as Curry County and Cannon Air Force Base, according to Rudy Bauer, […]

Coach Roanhaus wins 300th

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Clovis head coach Eric Roanhaus sends in a play with senior wide receiver Corbin Best in Friday’s game against Alamogordo. Clovis beat Alamogordo 40-0 for Roanhaus’ 300th win. Kevin Wilson Cannon blasts filled the air, as they have so often on Clovis Friday nights, and the fireworks lighted the night […]

HPJRA: Physical trait often determine horses’ names

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Keylee Crowder, 8, and her horse Keebler compete in the 8-and-under barrels on Friday at the High Plains Junior Rodeo at Curry County Events Center. By Clarence Plank What’s in a name? For the participants in the 36th annual High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals in Clovis on Friday, they […]

Congress should consider USPS privatization

The U.S. Postal Service has increased rates so often in recent years it came out with the Forever Stamp, which is good for a first-class mailing into the indefinite future. On July 6, the USPS proposed another increase, a two-cent hike, to 46 cents, in 2011. That’s a 4 percent increase. Rates for other types […]

Editors face multiple challenges

By Don McAlvay: Freedom columnist Editors, as a lot, are usually decent, hardworking and totally dedicated to their task. Editors of small town newspapers in the old days, not too unlike their counterparts today, often found it difficult to please everybody. The editor of Clovis’ first daily newspaper, The Pony Post, in his first issue […]

Program organizers hope to prevent gangs through art

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A local non-profit group has plans to help prevent gangs in Clovis and Portales through art. Artists of America of New Mexico is working to launch a new afterschool and weekend program called Windows on the World, which will target middle school and high school age youth who are […]