Iraqi constitution might cover, not resolve, issues

Freedom Newspapers After some prodding from U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the new U.S. ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, it appears that some kind of constitution for Iraq, at least on paper, will be ready by Aug. 15. That will give both the Bush administration and the Iraqi government the ability to say the process of […]

Ghost stories spooky fun in any culture

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist During the long hot summers of my childhood in Portales, we not only hung out at the city pool and spent cool evenings playing Kick the Can, we’d spread a blanket under the tall trees at Lindsey Park and give each other goosebumps. There was a city summer recreation program […]

Bears preferable to workplace idleness

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist I recall a saying I heard during my brief career as a construction heavy equipment operator: “I’d rather wrestle a bear than spend all day doing nothing at work.” It was the 1980s and I heard there was “big coin” in heavy equipment operating, and I needed “big coin.” After […]

8/5 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from July 27 through Aug. 3: • Damian Demetrius Pardue, 28, to Monique Lynette Sadler, 24, both of Clovis • Galen Morris Hays, 74, to Pamela Wilding Renner, 61, both of Tyler, Texas • Patrick Barragan Jr., 35, to Rachel Elizabeth Skinner, 29, both of Clovis […]

Gomez, Abundio

Abundio Gomez Services: Have been held. Mr. Abundio Gomez, 75, of Portales, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, at his home. He was born on June 6, 1930, in Presidio County, Texas, to Inocenta and Francisco Gomez. He lived most of his life in the Presidio area. For many years he worked as a heavy equipment […]

The Bible — One day at a time

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The Davis family, left to right Leslie, Susan, Otis, Holly and Christine, gather around the Bible. The family is reading the Bible in its entirety for the third time. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Bible can look like a huge and intimidating book to open. A local ministry […]

Hounds adjust to rain

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Eastern New Mexico University junior offensive linemen Marcus Smith sprints between cones during an agility drill Thursday inside Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Getting ready for Eastern New Mexico University’s first practice of the football season, new head coach Mark Ribaudo was already faced with […]

8/5 Religion Calendar

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Saturday Rummage Sale — 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1320 W. 21st. Money raised is pledged to Salvation Army, Lighthouse Mission and Matt 25 Hope Center. Sunday Worker’s Meeting — 5 p.m., First Baptist Church, Grand and Gidding. Organizational meeting for AWANA leader and workers. […]

Christ offers new beginning on far greater scale

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Oh, the days of buying school supplies. This time of year it is hard not to notice those long store aisles of notebooks, paper, pencil boxes and backpacks. When I was a child, there were certain preparation activities that surrounded the beginning of another school year. The whole process started […]

8/5 a view from under the pew

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos converses with a bone willifred the white rat talked me into taking another trip in his […]