Portales Smokin’ Third bash kicks off Independence Day festivities

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PNT Photo: Zhongming Jiang A fireworks display explodes over the city of Portales. The show is part of the Smokin’ Third of July Bash. The event kicks off Independence Day festivities in Eastern New Mexico. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Every holiday seems to be a time for family to get together. The Fourth […]

Best comedy often rooted in truth

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I complain a lot. But recently, I’ve felt blessed. It’s blissful that the worst thing that’s happened to me on recent shifts is getting home just in time to miss “The Daily Show,” and having to wait for reruns on the latest tit-for-tat. In one corner is “Daily Show” […]

Two words make huge difference

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist No one has to convince me of the power of words. So why am I so often surprised by the power of the two little words, “thank you,” as they lift the corners of my mouth and make my heart soar? It was 1992 when a good-hearted fellow named […]

Think of logistics when camping

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist When we were young and immortal, our family often camped out in a tent. A couple of times we decided two days in a row of warm weather in late winter meant it was time to go camping and fishing. The result was sometimes … interesting. One spring another couple […]

Think logistics when camping

When we were young and immortal, our family often camped out in a tent. A couple of times we decided two days in a row of warm weather in late winter meant it was time to go camping and fishing. The result was sometimes… interesting. One spring another couple joined my husband and me – […]

Editorial: Bailout enables risky behavior

It seems ironic that both houses of Congress approved spending more than $700 billion to bail out financial companies in October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this month we are flooded with information about the problem of abuse, and are warned about the dangers of codependency and enabling. Often that information comes […]

God’s best blessings often are the little ones

By Curtis K. Shelburne My dog has me well-trained.(Well, to be strictly accurate, she’s my son’s dog, but . . .) I’m pretty sure she’s done a far better job training me than I have training her. As I write, it’s getting late. I had a church newsletter to write and then this column. Maddie, […]

Malls’ shifts to icon status feel inauthentic

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist Anytime I get off the interstate to head toward my parents’ home, I pass the shopping mall where I used to work. Penney’s hardware and sporting goods departments helped, greatly, to finance my seminary education. Sadly, today’s Penney’s carries neither category of item. This mall, of course, would be in […]

Expert can identify drug use without taking blood

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Wanzor takes a suspect’s vital signs several times during an evaluation to determine what substance is impairing their ability to drive. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Without ever drawing a drop of blood, Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Wanzor says he can pinpoint the […]

Positive outlook takes work

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist I am always amazed when I meet people who are extremely positive no matter what happens out there. It may pour rain or thunder but nothing can take their smile away. Whenever I asked these people what their secret is, they often say, that’s just the way I have always […]

Veterans deserve respect, thanks

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Growing up I loved to hear my grandparents talk about their experiences during WWII, especially their escape story. During German occupation, my grandfather, who had worked for the Italian government in the past, was ordered to come back and collaborate with the Germans. Unwilling to do so and opposing the regime, […]

Not all warriors fueled by meat

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Whenever people find out that my husband is a vegetarian they are surprised, and often ask me how it’s possible that he is both in the military and a vegetarian. These two notions, in apparent contradiction, baffle many of our friends and acquaintances. Friends and even family members wonder if […]

Cops get to chopping on guns

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department makes a second cut through a rifle Friday afternoon at the police department. The guns are destroyed to keep them off the streets, Whitney said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A sawed-off shotgun, a pearl-handled pistol, a rifle complete with leather […]

Nature has way of putting life in perspective

By Clyde Davis: Columnist I often write from an outdoor lover’s perspective, and conservation issues often emerge to the forefront, or form a secondary theme. So it is with this week, as fishing season is upon us and many families plan camping, hiking or even backpacking trips for the approaching months. Even those who have […]

Much of transient’s life mystery

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Few people were aware of Howard J. Payne’s existence in Clovis. Even police information about the 52-year-old transient whose body was discovered Tuesday in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart is sketchy. He was in Clovis a few months, though police aren’t sure exactly how long. A public assistance card […]

Saying goodbye never easy

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother, Nonna Dela. She lived so close to my home that I could see her balcony from our windows, and would often yell on top of my lungs, “Nonnaaaa, come outside to see my outfit,” in the early morning hours, […]