Things I think I know about women

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I learn about women every day. But fortunately, I get the Cliff notes once a month. That’s the time my Esquire magazine comes, and I scan it for a few constant features, “What I’ve Learned” and “Ten Things You Don’t Know About Women.” The “Ten Things” articles have become basic […]

Legislation protecting government employees passes

By Steven Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The state Senate once again has passed a bill designed to protect government employees from retaliation for reporting official wrongdoing — something backers said Wednesday is long overdue in New Mexico. Sen. Sue Wilson-Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsor of Senate Bill 96, told fellow senators that had the […]

New dog presents challenges

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist The Terrys are once again a two-dog family. After last summer’s death of a dog we’d lived with for 13 years, we had been a single-dog family. But I knew it wouldn’t last. We’ve had more than one pet for most of the 27 years my wife and I’ve been […]

Governor praises community for effort on Hull Street rebuild

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Gov. Bill Richardson said the Hull Street bridge project came in around $1 million under bid, a vital cost savings in tough times. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Nearly a year and a half after state engineers closed Hull Street Bridge, a throng of more than 100 residents and […]

Lessons from the beasts around the manger

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist C. S. Lewis once wrote a poem entitled “The Nativity” as he reflected on the qualities the animals brought to the stable on the first Christmas: Among the oxen (like an ox I’m slow) I see a glory in the stable grow Which, with the ox’s dullness might at […]

Bad poem points to God’s prescription for joy

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Once a decade or so I wax poetic. This one is so bad, I’m not sure it even counts, which means I might be good for another bad poem this decade. Oh, well. It’s entitled, “The Grouchy, Grinchy Grumble” (by the author of the same description).

MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE: OPERATION SANTA COP

Portales, NM- Once again, this year, the City of Portales is managing the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Drive: Operation Santa Cop program. The “Lighting of the Tree” ceremony will be on Monday, November 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Portales City Hall located at 100 West 1st Street in downtown Portales. This program is structured […]

‘First order’ friend wonderful blessing

My brother-in-law once told me a story about two lost Texans. I like stories where Texans are heroes. This is not one of those. A veteran teacher, Randal also works for the Forest Service in New Mexico—which is why he was one of the folks who got the call and ended up spending more than […]

Don’t reach for your halo too soon

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist You can be too shiny. Those words may not be profound, but they are true. The good news of the gospel, someone once wisely said, is that God loves ordinary people. We don’t have to shine ourselves up, or fool ourselves about how shiny we are, or wax on […]

Jail issues linger

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File photo Following the escape, officials rushed to correct deficiencies at the jail. Workers can be seen doing repairs in this photo of one of the pods at the jail. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two huge mistakes just weeks before the one-year anniversary of a major escape that focused national attention on Clovis […]