McGee: Stranger’s kindness met with caution

Grant McGee Too many campfire tales, scary movies and news stories have taken a toll on how I respond to helpful strangers. I realized this on our recent trip to the American Southland. If you remember we arrived at my brother’s house in south Florida. While he and his wife were out of town they […]

Religion column: Look for encouragement from men of Bible

This week, the focus is on some men of the Bible who no doubt realized that God was the source of their spiritual sustenance. Their lives as well as the women’s lives in last week’s column reveal that even the smallest little happening in a day can be the result of a Holy God meeting […]

Mom was wiser than she realized

My mother died one year ago tomorrow. My niece Carol — her primary caregiver and one of several grandchildren and great-grandchildren that my parents raised — and I went through mother’s modest possessions trying to decide who would want what. None of her six kids, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren or six great-great-grandchildren is starving, so […]

Texas couple reunited with lost dog in Tucumcari

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Courtesy photo: New Mexico State Police Lee Gardner is reunited with Chance, her search and rescue dog, Wednesday at the New Mexico State Police office in Tucumcari Russell Anglin Forth Worth, Texas, retirees Chick and Lee Gardner were devastated to find their search-and-rescue dog, a black labrador retriever named Chance, missing from their car and […]

Our people: Mayhem on her mind

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Donita Massy Privett: Courtesy photo Darynda Jones of Portales enjoys writing characters who people are interested in reading about. Portales resident Darynda Jones has been writing toward publication for nine years. She realized her goal when on Feb. 1 her first book “First Grave on the Right” was published. The book, the first of a […]

Health reform will have dire consequences

Freedom New Mexico During the debates on federalized health care, there was no shortage of people projecting the negative consequences of such a policy. Those consequences are beginning to be realized. Two of the country’s largest insurance providers, UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield, already have stopped issuing new coverage for children and other plans. […]

Religion feature: Family adopts ninth child

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Patricia Gartner answers a question for the newest addition to the family, 10-year-old Alexis Victorie, whom the family adopted in Russia 13 days ago. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A Clovis couple returned from Russia the day after Christmas with their ninth adopted child. Patricia and Duane Gartner began […]

Terror from home invasion spree still lingers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A small noise startled Donna Foster awake. As she looked around her dark bedroom, she saw the outline of two heads in the doorway and as she realized someone was standing beside with a gun pointed at her head. Quickly the man pulled the covers up and over, holding […]

Policies violate American spirit

After hearing a letter from Janet Contreras being read by Glenn Beck of Fox News, I realized this is the beginning of a re-awakening of the American spirit. Janet wants President Obama to slow down and stop trying to “fix things” to his own way of thinking. She doesn’t want everything fixed for her, especially […]

Boiling mad at Uncle Sam

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist I never realized how much influence Uncle Sam had over my marriage until a few days ago.