a view from under the pew: surviving the summer heat

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hurling himself at the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. surviving the summer heat boss after a week […]

Homegrown

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Freedom New Mexico: Jared Tucker Margie Plummer pulls onions from her garden. The onion will be sold in the farmers’ market that opens June 26 in Portales. The Clovis farmers’ market will open July 1. Both markets will run on various days until the end of October. By Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico Spring is […]

State police in midst of summer enforcement program

The New Mexico State Police department is undertaking its annual 100 Days and Nights of Summer, but local officers would like to be able to reduce more than just alcohol-related incidents. “It’s not just about drunk driving,” said Lt. Eric Garcia, public information officer for the state police. “It’s about proper driving for our residents.” […]

Education digest: Graduate accepted into music corps

Graduate accepted into music corps Clovis High School graduate Alec Blazek has been accepted into the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2010 season, according to a news release. Blazek will spend the summer touring North America with the group, the release said. Members of the corps receive intense instruction in music, dance, […]

Critical Days of Summer campaign launched

By Maj. Heidi Nelson: Air Force Safety Center Ground Safety Division KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — S is for summer … and safety too. It’s that time of year again. Spring is here in full force, summer is right around the corner and that can only mean one thing: time for Air Force safety officials […]

Billboard promotes motorcycle safety

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Courtesy photo A couple of motorcycle crashes in recent months and concern drivers aren’t used to sharing the road with motorcycles helped inspire the idea for the sign located on Prince Street near 13th Street. The billboard bears the message, “Summer means motorcycles: Take a 2nd look, Give a 2nd chance.” By Sharna Johnson: CNJ […]

Hereford to hold tennis tournament

Freedom New Mexico Hereford Schools is hosting a summer tennis tournament June 4-5 at the high school’s tennis courts. Friday play will include junior singles competition, with 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U tournaments for both genders. Saturday’s play features youth doubles, also 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U, with the age of the oldest player recognized. […]

Press release: Summer school at ENMU-Portales begins June 7

PORTALES–Summer school at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales begins on Monday, June 7. The eight-week term runs from June 7-July 30. The first four-week term runs from June 7-July 2. The second four-week term runs from July 6-30. For more information, call 575-562-2175 or 1-800-FOR-ENMU.

Wednesday morning briefing: Bear facts and summer flicks

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing.Caution please The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is asking anglers, campers and hikers to be aware of fire restrictions and bears. Check fire restrictions before travel. Also note: Fireworks are banned in all 105 wildlife areas the department owns or leases. Avoid unpleasant encounters with […]

Dreams shape children’s futures

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Sometimes the world is best seen through the eyes of a child, where the world of wonder is still all encompassing, where the harsh limits of reality have not yet begun to intrude into one’s life space. Such a view is still capable of believing, for example, in a magical […]

Hard times spawn fiscal responsibility

Despite threats, grass in Colorado Springs parks will likely be green this summer. Sprinklers will chit-chit-chit and the children will play. You heard it here first. The late economist Milton Friedman taught us that “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” Someone pays, regardless of who consumes. Colorado Springs residents are learning there […]

Prevention of summer annual weeds in lawns

Summer annual weeds can be an eye-sore for all turfgrass sites. Weeds, in general, like to invade sites where turfgrass is weakened and where the overall density of the turf has been reduced. Therefore, maintaining a healthy, dense turf is the best approach for weed management. But, if you do have problems with these summer […]

DoD program funds temporary summer jobs

By Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force organizations have the opportunity to begin hiring students March 17 for temporary, funded positions as part of the 2010 Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities. The Air Force is participating this summer in the annual program sponsored […]

Hungry bears no laughing matter

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist One summer my husband and I ran what was called a “guest ranch” in the mountains. It was a group of cabins built so they enclosed a middle open space where children could play and grownups could visit. Wood for the fireplaces was stacked in there as well. Besides handling […]

New dog presents challenges

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist The Terrys are once again a two-dog family. After last summer’s death of a dog we’d lived with for 13 years, we had been a single-dog family. But I knew it wouldn’t last. We’ve had more than one pet for most of the 27 years my wife and I’ve been […]

Family inspired to dish out dinners

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo J’Mi Heflin, left, talks to Christy Drake Thursday about paper goods Heflin and her family brought Drake. Heflin and her family used money they would have spent on each other for Christmas to buy dinners for 10 families in Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Helping her mother move […]

Moneymakers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School students Landyn Snipes, left, and Kyler Brewer-Hill work on selling coupon cards to raise money for the CHS football booster club at the Curry County Fair. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The summer’s almost officially gone for almost every school-age kid in the area and that […]

Fair season

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Ashley Olson, left, and Jo Schrepfer set up for the PM Productions show Pets Overboard at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The show is a pirate-themed animal show and its first performance is Monday at 7:30 p.m. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico With the temperatures into the mid-90s on Friday, […]

Despite change, God’s love constant

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist My sister lives in Rochester, Minnesota. If someone were to walk down her street and around to the back of her house, there is one distinguishing thing that would make her house stand out. In the back of her house, on the deck on the second story of her home, […]

School supplies still relevant in life

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Well its official! School supplies are out at all the stores. Newspapers are full of ads on school supplies. With the passing of July 4th, it seems that summer vacation is on the downside and anyone can tell that by seeing the endless supplies of backpacks, school paper, pencils, pens, […]