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Clovis MainStreet receives accreditation Clovis MainStreet was one of 11 MainStreet projects in the state to receive national accreditation for commercial district revitalization, according to a release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. It is the third straight year the Clovis office has received the accreditation. MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien said that with […]

Worry, fear gripped local residents on day of attacks

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Courtesy photo: Chase Gentry Clovis City Commissioner Juan Garza, left, and Clovis Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos were among a group of area residents who visited Ground Zero two months after the attacks. Sharna Johnson Clovis shared in the fear and tension that gripped the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks created […]

Christ’s sacrifice should always be remembered

I heard this true story first hand about three years ago. The following true incident happened in the summer of 2008. An American family was recently vacationing in Prague. Early one morning, the father went to an outdoor cafe before the other family members awoke. He began visiting with an elderly Czech man who said, […]

Don’t mistake redistribution for prosperity

Freedom New Mexico One reason we cannot get the economy on track is the mass economic ignorance that enables politicians to pass off redistribution schemes as growth. Some children, seeing a rabbit pulled from a hat, surmise that magic hats produce rabbits. Similarly, gullible adults see government programs as sources of wealth. The rabbit did […]

Press release: Tucumcari woman sentenced to five years in bank robbery

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Juana Griego, 20, was sentenced to serve five years in prison for one count of Armed Robbery and one count of Tampering with Evidence. The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed robbery call at American Heritage Bank […]

Our people: Walks without fear

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Liliana Castillo: FNM correspondent Gail Keener has lived in Pep on and off for most of her life. Pep resident Gail Keener was one of a group of Victory Life Church members who came together to create the Portales Dream Center. The church’s pastor at the time gathered a group to create the center which […]

Portales, Tucumcari set record for August average high temperature

Staff and wire reports August will go down in the record books as one of New Mexico’s hottest in more than a century of record keeping, according to the National Weather Service. Portales, Tucumcari, Albuquerque and Roswell are among the cities setting records for the average daytime high. Portales’ average high in August was 98.8 […]

Life existed before cell phones

One of the best ways to annoy somebody is to answer a rhetorical question. Why do drive-thru ATMs have Braille on the keys? First, it costs more to make two slightly different ATMs than it does to make them all with Braille. Second, blind people can be passengers in cars, so Braille lettering is an […]

Portales police upgrades communications

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Travis Hardin, of Yucca Telecom, sets up the computer system in what will soon be the new dispatch center at the Portales Police Department. Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenberger said the new system will allow dispatchers to do their job more quickly and efficiently. Alisa Boswell Big changes are in […]

Anyone can reflect God’s light

As a child I was involved in Sunbeams at church. Sunbeams were a mission organization for children. We sang about being a Sunbeam for Jesus and bringing light into the world. When my family moved from Kansas City to New Mexico, one lady was saying goodbye to my parents and then she turned to me, […]

No one ‘box’ can contain God

I once saw John Denver, hair wet and with a clothes bag tossed over his shoulder, heading through a hotel lobby toward the desk. Two weeks or so later, he crashed his plane and died. Christian author Max Lucado is still very much alive and writing fine books. In his book Fearless he tells about […]

Tax reform, cuts would provide economic push

Freedom Newspapers Tax reform is in the air. One proposal floating around is to eliminate or reduce the tax deduction for home mortgage interest. About 35 million homeowners use the deduction to reduce their yearly tax bills. The total deduction amounts to about $131 billion a year. During the recent wrangling in Washington over the […]

Dirty Laundry: Off to study raising children in this digital age

Aisha Sultan Recently, my youngest child asked a question about love and God. He quickly realized from my reaction that he must have said something clever. As I reached for my laptop, he said, “Are you going to write what I said on Facebook? Do not write it there!” I was stunned. In fact, I […]

Education column: Music teacher organizes art gallery

A sense of anticipation is being felt throughout the district, meaning that school is about start. Our operations department is wrapping up summer projects or reorganizing ongoing projects. Our administrative and support staff have returned, and teachers will return full-force next week to finish preparations for this fall’s students, arriving Aug. 22. We’ll continue reporting […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Ten things to know before you become Mom

Marla Jo Fisher Life would have been easier if I had known these things before I had children: 1. It’s pointless to buy nice furniture It’s so much easier to just get cheap stuff than to spend your life hollering and frantically running around trying to clean up messes. My children are active _ OK […]

Moms Gear: Make gardening easier with ergonomic gardening tools

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MCT Radius Garden Tools enhance a gardener’s digging experience and provide more ease when planting, weeding and cultivating because of their ergonomically-designed handles. Maggie O’Neill It’s one thing to work with a commonplace handheld garden trowel, but quite another to use an ergonomically-designed tool. The founder of Radius Garden Tools has created four handheld products […]

N.M. still capitalizing on the Kid

Oh, Susana, I think you are onto a hot one. This “Catch the Kid” business, the contest to track down Billy the Kid and win 10,000 bucks? Good move, Gov. Martinez. Last Sunday I saw the full page ad featuring the contest poster: WANTED, BILLY THE KID. $10,000 REWARD. Here’s why that is a timely […]

About 60 dogs participate in Weiner Nationals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sasha took first place in the competition. Her owner, Tammy Coldren said the Dachshund needed no training. Liliana Castillo Four-year-old Isabella Hailey called the winner of Weiner Nationals during one of the first heats. Lendra Hailey said her great niece watched Sasha belt toward her owner Robert Bruhn in the […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Lost something? Not my problem

Marla Jo Fisher If my kids were cast into an episode of the TV show “Lost,” they would have to stay that way. Forever. This is because I have a very firm rule in my house: I do not look for kid stuff. Period. Exclamation point. End of paragraph. Some people think this one is […]

Zia falls in state Majors tourney

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Zia’s Andre Hooks pitches against Bayard Copper during Monday’s state Majors Little League game at Beachum Field. CNJ staff Although its run in the state Little League Majors tournament was a short one, Clovis Zia gave a pretty good account of itself. Host Zia had early leads both Sunday […]