Hundreds brave cold to attend annual Christmas parade

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A group of elves dances for the judges Saturday in front of the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tradition trumped biting cold Saturday evening. Hundreds of people — shivering even beneath hats, layers of clothes, and blankets — lined Main Street for the annual Christmas Lights Parade […]

Gardening can be year-round hobby

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I am in the middle of the world’s longest ongoing project — cleaning and categorizing the garage. The workspace-clearing piece is important, as is the Christmas shelf area, not to mention the hanging of tools and storing of the toys. It is easy to get distracted from such an enjoyable […]

In Christ’s eyes, all people are truly equal

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Several years ago I attended a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., where President George Bush spoke. But he was not the first president I saw. Once, my sister Susie and I saw Harry Truman. During grade-school years, we went with our parents to a church convention in Kansas City, […]

Family, friends remember shooting victim

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleCheryl Cunningham, right, hugs Lupe Perez at a memorial to remember her son, Carlos, at Cameo Elementary School on Friday. Cunningham taught writing to Perez last school year. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her head cradled by the shoulder of another woman, low moans rolled from Lupe Perez. This day […]

June 23, 2006 Amos the Churchmouse

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew   Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.   camp meeting encounter   boss i was at the mesa redondo […]

6/9 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. cami beats the summer heat boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks and blistered little mousy feet i have decided that winter must be over and i have put away my mittens […]

Life’s drastic turns can lead to spiritual lessons

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist In February, we moved a huge aspen in our yard that is more than 20 feet tall. It was quite an event. The first few weeks, we were worried about its ability to withstand the transplant. After all, it is more than 20 feet tall. We waited in wonder as […]

Early religious roads helped produce strong faith

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Years ago, we brought an aspen tree home from the mountains and planted it in our yard. Worried about the tree’s ability to withstand the transplant, we chose an area by the patio because it seemed to be a cooler spot. The following days made us think the tree was […]

Winds wreak havoc

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Winds that reached as high as 61 mph Sunday knocked down power lines on Norris Street. (Courtesy photo: Brad Drake) CNJ staff Firefighters had a busy day around the region on Sunday. In addition to the downtown fire in Clovis, an estimated 600 tons of cotton bur caught fire in Parmer County, closing a portion […]

Year’s disappointments make good fertilizer

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Remember that hard freeze we had the first week of December? Temperatures were hovering around zero. Thick ice covered the back-yard pond. When the pond thawed there were a bunch of belly-up goldfish on the surface. I had been so proud of those little goldfish. They were born last summer. […]

Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

By Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch- worth of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Norman Luboff […]

Age lends perspective to Christmas

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist I saw Santa Claus in downtown Clovis last Saturday. I know he was Santa Claus because his long white beard was real, he was in his suit and he was jolly. I asked Santa if he liked the 7Up and Ritz crackers with peanut butter I left out for him […]

Portales courthouse hosting nativity scenes

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The presence of three nativity scenes on the lawn of the Portales courthouse has caused a few people to call in and ask questions. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers National department stores, including Wal-Mart and Target, have recently been criticized by some Christians for refusing to use the word “Christmas” in […]

Thanksgiving time to be grateful for each moment

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude for faith, family, friends, health and our wonderful, free country. To add a somewhat different perspective on Thanksgiving, I want to thank God for the gift of time. Every minute of every day should be spent in thankfulness to God for the gift of […]

TOUCHED BY LITTLE ANGELS: Mesa students give to needy

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Kindergarten students in Robyn Ericson’s class raised $75.31 for two angels. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Evidence of a committed 6-year-old: Grace Teter researched the prices of a dozen or so toys on the Internet and recorded her findings on a sheet of paper, her handwriting like most in kindergarten […]

Christmas greeting debate nonsense

By Ned Cantwell Hand me that AK-47. I am about to join the Culture War. There is the notion that somehow the entire Christmas season has become an orchestrated movement by Christians to impose their faith on non-believers or followers of other sects. Therefore, goes the argument, a Nativity scene on a courthouse lawn is […]

Government backs off ‘holiday tree’

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Here’s an encouraging note. The bureaucrats said “bah humbug,” the people responded with a roar of “Merry Christmas,” and the government scrooges backed down. It all started in New Mexico. There, in the Santa Fe National Forest, a giant spruce was cut from the thicket and trucked to Washington to […]

12/2 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks, except dashes and hyphens. monkey talk boss i can t help but marvel at the mess you humans often get into just judging by the stories in your […]

Christmas decorating sentimental time

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist This is the time of year when my living room starts to look like the Island of Misfit Toys. Please don’t hate me because I’m organized, but I’ve already got my Christmas tree up and ready to plug in tonight as the Christmas season officially gets into full swing. However, […]

Salvation Army effort targets needy families

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The 12-foot artificial Christmas tree in Wal-Mart isn’t decorated with fancy lights or ornaments. It is instead filled with paper cutouts, bearing children’s names and their Christmas wishes. Nearby, sits a box filled with various items: a new novel — “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince;” a plastic-wrapped board […]