Mason jars more secure than banks

I got to know Amos several years ago. He had a fairly fancy house in town, but spent most of his time at what he called his homestead. I drove to his homestead expecting to see a crusty, bedraggled old fellow, but an urbane gentleman with wavy white hair and a twinkly grin greeted me […]

a view from under the pew: the mystery and miracle of christmas

Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pewEditor’s note: When Amos went shopping recently for a tiny little red flashing light to decorate the Christmas tree sprig he had propped against his cozy matchbox home, he encountered the trials and tribulations of last-minute Christmas shoppers. In frustration, he called out for […]

Protection stops allowance drop

Tom Philpott About 400,000 active duty service members will see their Basic Allowance for Housing protected from a rate drop Jan. 1, thanks to “individual rate protection” Congress adopted nearly a decade ago. Users of the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program also will be protected from any cut to student monthly stipends, which are based […]

Letter to the editor: 3D not considered enhancement

3D not considered enhancement I am disheartened by the number of 3D movies that are out. Every time I see a trailer that looks appealing, it is followed by the announcement, “In 3D,” and my heart sinks. Many friends I have spoken to have severe headache issues following a 3D movie. Shouldn’t we, as consumers, […]

Windmills headed for history

When we see a windmill we think “ranch.” This iconic equipment, without doubt, has made ranching possible in the arid Southwest as well as other parts of our nation. I’m one of those ranch kids who tied my horse to the metal windmill frame and piled into the drinking tub’s water for a little fun. […]

Landlines, phonebooks failproof

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Of all of the messages I hate to see on my phone, the worst one comes from … the phone itself. The weekend was rough on me, even before we consider the Texas Rangers ballclub I’ve followed since the early 1990s. There were high points, but the low point […]

Forecasters: Hurricane unlikely to stir up storms

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Jared Tucker The path of tropical storm Hermine is projected to barely miss eastern New Mexico, but can the area expect to see any significant weather activity produced by the storm? Probably not, according to area weather forecasters. Ken Widelski, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Lubbock, said the best chance for eastern […]

Camp meeting revived at Ute Lake

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Courtesy photo More than 100 people gathered at Ute Lake this summer for the Ute Lake Camp Meeting. Organizers say they are excited to see the Mesa Redondo Cowboy Camp reborn at the lake and are already planning next year’s camp meeting. Sharna Johnson Organizers of the Ute Lake Camp Meeting are excited to see […]

Encouraging to see states stand up to feds

Freedom New Mexico The states are restless. Increasingly, states across America are resisting encroachments on their liberties by the federal government. The most recent examples concern objections by two states to the forced adoption of President Barack Obama’s health-care law. Voters in Missouri approved Tuesday, 71 percent to 29 percent, Measure C, the Health Care […]

Press release: Public invited to see exploratory deep well

Clovis, NM (July 27, 2010) – New Mexico American Water is hosting a public site visit for its deep exploratory well into the Lower Dockum Formation, which lies more than 1,600 feet below the city of Clovis. The Lower Dockum Formation may provide an additional supply of water to help bridge the gap between the […]

Makeshift pool keeps us cool

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I heard that someone actually stole one of those blue pools you see all over the place. You know the ones; they’re huge plastic blobs with an inflatable ring at the top to support it. I guess it wouldn’t be too hard, come to think of it. Just collapse the […]

Christ only secure foundation for your soul

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Remember those Lincoln Logs? I was surprised to see a cylinder box of Lincoln Logs on a store shelf and that triggered some memories of my parents’ seminary days when Susie and I spent much time with Grandma Wells. The seminary daycare was located in the middle of campus in the […]

Three Oklahoma schools prepare to leave LSC

Staff and wire reports Eastern New Mexico University is taking a wait-and-see attitude on the possibility of three Oklahoma schools — and perhaps all five — leaving the Lone Star Conference. Nine Division II schools in Arkansas and Oklahoma announced plans Tuesday to apply to the NCAA for permission to create a new conference. Arkansas-Monticello, […]

Superintendent candidates say they see Clovis as opportunity

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer They each have more than 30 years experience in education, and all four of the finalists for superintendent see Clovis as an opportunity. The candidates are Dalhart Independent School District Superintendent David Foote, Pampa Independent School District Superintendent Barry Haenisch, Mount Pleasant Independent School District Superintendent Terry Myers and […]

Even shoes can be sign of God’s handiwork

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist We see God’s handiwork in nature but sometimes we don’t think about the affairs of men, women and children being God’s handiwork. This true story all began with Audrey, a mother of four, who lost the sales receipt to a new pair of shoes that she had bought for her […]

Ticket feature: Joe’s Boot Shop owner hosting ranch rodeo

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File photo Saturday’s Curry County Ranch Rodeo, scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, will include children’s activities such as stick horse racing. Freedom New Mexico This weekend, crowds will have an opportunity to see a rodeo done ranch-style. Joe Rhodes said ranch rodeos are unique from other rodeos in that […]

Press release: N.M. Military Bases to See Growth in Fiscal Year 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today said he is very pleased that New Mexico’s three Air Force Bases are expected to see growth in fiscal year 2011. According to the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2011 Force Structure Announcement unveiled today, Cannon Air Force Base is expected […]

Commission returns public nuisance ordinance to committee

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer After more than two years of volleys between committee and commission, Curry County commissioners have again returned to committee an ordinance to clean up the county. Commission Chairman Bobby Sandoval said he wants to see a revised ordinance of the public nuisance ordinance — know officially as “An Ordinance […]

Iraq elections: Ongoing game of wait and see

Freedom New Mexico Two weeks after the election in Iraq that optimists hoped would be a significant step toward forming a reasonably stable democracy that would at least be able to govern itself fairly peacefully, a final vote tally is still not available. However, two things seem certain. It will probably take months for a […]

Influence should be cherished, used to nurture

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I am ready for some rain now. I would like to hear that thunder, see that lightening am ready for spring. Yet, thunderstorms bring me back to thoughts of tornado country in the rural area in Arkansas where my grandparents lived. When I was a child, I delighted in the […]