Officials break ground on Ute pipeline project amid protests

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Protesters in boats filled Ute Reservoir during the Thursday groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. Kevin Wilson As a light rain sprinkled over the Ute Reservoir, the sounds of protest drowned out officials’ optimistic vision of progress and a long-term solution for [...]

A parting gift from ‘The Girls’

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I was enjoying my early morning bicycle commute to work and the sounds of birds of all kinds welcoming the dawn: Robins, mockingbirds, Western kingbirds, a rooster. A rooster? In town? Sure you can have chickens in town…as long as your neighbors don’t care or animal control doesn’t come a-callin’. [...]

Mid-life crisis proves to be tedious

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist I experienced a brief moment of regret wishing I had switched to another record. But as I cued up the record and the sounds of The Guess Who’s “Clap for the Wolfman” came out of my computer speakers and Wolfman Jack howled “You thought she was diggin’ you [...]

Parade draws residents, sense of pride

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Navy veteran Natasha Beckwith, left, holds the American flag Saturday standing with fellow veteran Les Bassinger on the American Veterans Post No. 14 float during the Veterans Day Parade. To view more photos from the parade, visit fnm.mycapture.com. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Milia and Cadence Ratledge, 4-year-old twins [...]

Oct. 17 Religion Digest

Church hosting alternative celebration Immanuel Lutheran Church is hosting an alternative to traditional trick or treating on Oct. 31. Called Release from Darkness, the event is a walk through of sights, sounds and tastes relating to All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day. The event is come-and-go and is open to community. The event will [...]

Critic job indeed an acquired taste

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ Columnist In a former life, I was a restaurant critic. Yum! Sounds like an appetizing job, right? Well, this was not always the case. I eventually discovered that one man’s chicken is another man’s tuna. What I really mean is, one reporter’s good restaurant experience one day can be one editor’s [...]

Some thoughts on a four-word discovery

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist The best discoveries we make in life are not about anything new; we make them when we finally “see” something that has long been much at work but hitherto unexamined and taken for granted — sort of like gravity.   Unless we’re falling in the shower, gravity is the [...]

Best television is when it remains unplugged

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist What’s not to love about the morning sounds of a town like Tucumcari? The sweetly peeping birds. The rooster that crows at the tendrils of dawn. The donkeys braying boldly down the road. Alas, a new sound was added to the mix the other morning. It was neither natural nor soothing, [...]

Weathering the storm — hurricanes have early impact on pumpkin market

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Servando Lopez (left) and Carlos Gonzales unload pumpkins from a truck to a conveyor belt to be sorted Monday afternoon at Davis Farms in Clovis. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson)photo: Sharna Jo By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Every October, Jacqueline Davis searches for the perfect pumpkin. Her mission, however, is a little different than average [...]

UFO Music Festival in Roswell brings out country music legends

By Emilie Hornack: CNJ Correspondent Roswell will reach for the stars with a few country music mainstays and industry newcomers taking to the stage Saturday for the Second Annual Merle Haggard UFO Music Fest. The music festival is part of the city’s annual UFO festival, which runs today through Sunday. This festival-style event is hosted [...]