Missing my swamp…not really

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Some years in eastern New Mexico we can go all summer with just a handful of 100 degree-plus days. Apparently this isn’t going to be one of them. With a week nearly full of temperatures above the century mark what little rain we’ve received lately has been more than offset. […]

I have all that I really need

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist

Putting love into words best gift of all

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Why do we have so much trouble telling the ones we love how we really feel about them? My mind has been on this problem for a few months now because of a program I’ve been involved in called Letters From Dad, which was organized by a group from my […]

Four local players sign with Greyhounds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis senior Stefan Mills rushed for more than 1,200 yards and scored 21 TDs this season. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Wes and Lane Wood have been there for the good times, the bad times, and the really, really good times for Muleshoe football. And they’ve done it together. […]

Losing track of tractors

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist The other day, as I drove home from work, I noticed that the field of tractors on the Portales road has been greatly reduced in number. Apparently a great many of the old, even antique pieces of farm equipment, informally displayed on that field, have found new homes. I am […]

a view from under the pew: a new attitude for bertie

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.a new attitude for bertie the other day boss iran across little bertiewoeworm – actually itried to avoid […]

Physical work can be great medicine

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Physical work can be really good medicine. I’m convinced that “health surveys” need to add a few questions to the traditional ones about cholesterol, blood pressure, heart rate, etc. I’d suggest a few like these: • Do you know where the pull start rope on your lawn mower is? Have […]

‘Really?’ is only thing left to say

Sometimes news pleases me, sometimes it makes me yell at the TV. Other times, I’ve just got to say … Really? • Take the new Chevy Volt, or more specifically, its so-called fans. Slated for a 2010 release, the Volt runs for 40 miles on a single charge, but runs up to 300 miles when […]

Aug. 31, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Who’s really in charge of our jail? Clovis has finally done it — made national news for all the wrong reasons. I’m sure many Clovis residents are asking the same questions: • How can eight inmates escape through a roof without detention center officers noticing? • How is it that a convicted murderer can still […]

Control not always worth keeping

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections columnist I am trying to learn one thing as I grow older. Yes, even I attempt to grasp higher truths, and these are not tips to be a better cook or crafty mom because they are impossible tasks for my incapable hands, but notions that I really have no control […]

Control not always worth keeping

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I am trying to learn one thing as I grow older. Yes, even I attempt to grasp higher truths, and these are not tips to be a better cook or crafty mom because they are impossible tasks for my incapable hands, but notions that I really have no control over […]

South squads fall in all-star games

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Some coaches are lucky enough to coach their own kids in the last regular game of a high school career. Texico’s Richard Luscombe and Clovis’ J.D. Isler took it a step further on Thursday. Both got to coach their sons in an all-star game to cap their time together on […]

When can we really accept God’s grace?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I keep wondering: What does it take for human beings to truly know God’s grace as something much more than theoretical? I know. Most Christians talk a lot about God’s grace. We dissect it in Bible studies. We say we believe in it. We claim to know it as […]

Pro rodeo rider returns home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico’s L.J. Jenkins ropes his bull before participating in Thursday’s Pioneer Days rodeo. Jenkins, 20, received a score of 87 for his ride. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Monetarily speaking, L.J. Jenkins really didn’t need to participate at the Pioneer Days rodeo on Thursday night, even if bull riding is […]

Meeting neighbors takes effort, trust

By Anita Doberman I grew up in an apartment in a busy section of Rome, and aside from my cousins who lived on different floors of the same building, we never socialized with our neighbors. In fact, we were taught specifically not to trust anyone. There was a lot of crime in Rome and many […]

Yes, we can still count on death and taxes

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist It’s usually best for me to avoid much writing — or thinking — about the following subject. It’s just not healthy for me, and I’m fatalistic about the whole mess anyway. Alas, the monster’s long out of the box, never to be tamed. I love our country with all […]

Airmen, kids make valentines for deployed personnel

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mesa Elementary School third graders brought colored pencils, crayons, markers and glue to the gym. Construction paper was provided by the school and airmen from Cannon Air Force Base helped the students create Valentine’s cards. By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico The Cannon Air Force Base’s Company Grade Officers Club […]

'Valentines for Vets'

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By Sarah Meyer: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base’s Company Grade Officers Club teamed up with Mesa Elementary School last week to produce hundreds of “Valentines for Vets.” The handmade Valentine cards will go to military members deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to Cannon and school officials. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders worked with Cannon […]

Sending love along

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Eliana Uvalli, 9, gives 1st Lt. Andy Zelechoski strict instruction on how to draw a squirrel Friday at Mesa Elementary School. “He’s small. And draw him on a hill,” Uvalli said. The airmen visited Mesa on Friday to help the students make Valentine’s Day By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico […]

A story about gambling and Louisiana

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t think I’ve ever been more against gambling than I am right now. At this moment, I could preach a pretty poignant sermon against the sin of filthy wagering. My brothers and I were together in Houston to help with a memorial service for our sister. Ruthie had […]