Biggest blessings in life can come from mistakes

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Think about this: sometimes our mistakes can turn out to be blessings. I think back to an early event in my life that illustrates this statement.

Arrest affidavit for escapee’s mother, Hester England

Wednesday, Hester England, the mother of a jail escapee made a public plea for her son to turn himself in to authorities. On Thursday, she was arrested on charges of harboring or aiding a felon.

Clovis man aims to turn lives around

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CNJ staff photo Martin Martinez works at the Animal Control Center in Clovis and on the weekends minsters at the Curry County Detention Center, the Lighthouse Mission and the Beacon of Light. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series of stories about church volunteers. After turning to […]

Residents turn out to show support for proposed ‘racin

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Melanie Jones, 8, of Tucumcari rode 8-year-old Burro, ‘Jack Rabbit,’ during a tailgate party, which preceded a racing commission hearing. The mule’s owner, Jack Smith, right, said a racetrack and casino would bring much needed revenue to Tucumcari. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer TUCUMCARI — Dressed in race-horse attire, […]

Sin is real, but God’s grace is deeper, stronger

If a writer has ever lived who could better turn a phrase than the early 20th-century author G.K. Chesterton, I can’t imagine who it would be. Here are a couple or a few quotable examples: “Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.” “Among […]

Sin is real, but God’s grace is deeper, stronger

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist If a writer has ever lived who could better turn a phrase than the early 20th-century author G.K. Chesterton, I can’t imagine who it would be. Here are a couple or a few quotable examples: “Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they […]

We’re not lost — it’s a tour bonus

Glenda Price Glenda Price Sometimes in my work I have to travel. This is not down-the-highway driving. The interviewee’s instructions usually go something like this: “Get on highway such-and-such for so many miles and get off at exit number so-and-so, go “x” number of miles west and then turn south after the fourth cattle guard […]

Parents turn son in for burglary

CNJ staff Three Clovis boys were arrested Tuesday morning for burglary after one of the suspects’ parents discovered the boys had broken into a family member’s home, according to police reports. The parents called police to a home in the 1200 block of Lexington about 3 a.m. to report they had found their son and […]

Hounds turn back Javelinas in series opener

CNJ staff A four-run fifth — on only one hit — broke the game open and Eastern New Mexico University went on to a 7-4 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville Friday night in the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Greyhound Field. Leading 3-2, the Greyhounds (13-8, 7-6 LSC) loaded the bases […]

Rules of the road

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Freedom New Mexico illustration: Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales police officials said area drivers have lost their awareness of the rules of the road. “I try to correct (the loss of the rules) when I can,” said Roland Kroeger, master patrol officer with the Clovis Police Department. “When I […]

Chocolate-dipped strawberries

16 ounces milk chocolate chips 2 tablespoons shortening 1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Make sure the strawberries are completely dry. Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture. Turn […]

Being Clovis resident has its perks

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I have recently returned from spending a few days visiting The Lady of the House’s family in her hometown of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. I’ve heard there are some Air Force folks who are a bit anxious about giving up their home there on Florida’s Emerald Coast to be posted […]

New base? Hope it’s a nice place

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Everywhere I turn, military wives from Cannon Air Force Base are talking about how their husbands are meeting with the assignment team. Yes, orders for reassignment are coming down and people are getting excited. Two women I work with and several mothers of children who attend the same day […]

Day Trip: Living museum only short drive away

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The Amarillo Botanical Gardens features indoor and outdoor exhibits. A grand opening will be held Oct. 7 for the conservatory. Courtesy photo By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The Amarillo Botanical Gardens provides visitors with an opportunity to experience the sights and smells of a variety of plants and foliage. “A botanical garden is a museum […]

Day Trip: Sitting Bull Falls

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Courtesy photoThe cave located in Sitting Bull Falls has been shaped through thousands of years. Sitting Bull Falls offers adventure and exploration. With its 150-foot waterfall, a cave to explore and pools of water, it’s a cool place for visitors looking to beat this summer’s heat. With the recent re-opening of Lincoln National Forest, Sitting […]

Waterparks help summer travelers make a splash

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Waterparks are a keen and cool way to spend a day’s vacation in the sizzling summer. There are three waterparks reachable for a day trip from Portales and Clovis: White’s City Resort in Carlsbad, Splash Amarillo and Texas Water Rampage in Lubbock. Splash Amarillo The shaded park includes many water slides, a lazy river, wave […]

Al-Zarqawi’s death major U.S. victory

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The contrast between the morning paper and the news on radio and television could not have been more dramatic as I write this. The papers, printed before news of Zarqawi’s death, might as well have been draped in black. The Washington Post editorialized about terrorist gains in Somalia, scolding Republicans […]

Zoo offering free compost

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Culled from animal pens and mixed with hay and dirt, the compost makes for excellent fertilizer, according to zoo officials. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It is a sort of secret garden. Through the winding paths of the Hillcrest Zoo lie four heaping piles of animal excrement. Culled from animal […]

Day trips: Canyon close to home

Making it to the Grand Canyon from Portales within a few hours isn’t a feasible task. However, if that is what you’re seeking and only have a day to devote to travel, the Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a closer option. According to their Web site, the Palo Duro Canyon is often compared to […]

Car theft reports in Clovis on rise

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Vehicle theft reports in Clovis are on the rise, but officials say most of the cases turn out to be misunderstandings. With a jump of 44 percent in 2005 from 2004, the numbers seem startling at first glance. But Lt. James Schoeffel, Clovis Police Department public information officer, said […]