Red hat in gray-suit world

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist “By the way, I’m not doing Christmas cards. If you want them sent, you’ll have to do it.” According to Sam Gardner in Philip Gulley’s delightful “Harmony” series, it was the same “fight” every year. Sam, pastor of the Harmony Friends’ Meeting (Quaker church) would buy four boxes of […]

Dec. 26, 2008 Amos the Churchmouse

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. the west texas punsterboss i don t know if you noticed or not but i […]

The Red Hat in a Grey Suit World

By Curtis K. Shelburne

Jesus’ birthday gives Christians chance to connect

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist At times I am able to tune in to Ravi Zacharias on the radio. A dynamic speaker, he is also a wonderful teacher and a Christian theologian that has a world wide ministry. He is highly educated, and a visiting scholar at Oxford. Zacharias speaks to scores of college groups […]

First Person: Clovis librarian well-traveled

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maria Layman helped come up with trivia questions about New Mexico, earning her Clovis High School library a set of 50 books. Marla Layman, the Clovis High School librarian, studied the state of New Mexico and came up with 10 trivia questions about the state. Those questions won the CHS […]

Rambo gets religion

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Courtesy photo Rambo’s owners believe taking the dog to church made him more well-behaved. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A little dog went to church and became a new person … uh, canine, that is. Clovis residents Kurt Vigil and Joy Lucero started taking Rambo, an overly aggressive corgi cross, to Faith Christian Family […]

Dry season could leave farmers’ wallets lighter

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer argen_duncan@link.freedom.com A dry winter, on top of a dry year, is leaving some area farmers worried and some just waiting to see what happens. Elida dryland farmer Greg Burris estimated that his crops have received much less than half of what is considered […]

Isler back on local hardwood

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler worked out this week at the Wildcats’ practice. Now playing at Lubbock Chritian, Isler is close to full health again after collapsing in Canyon, Texas, last spring. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer To this day, former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler doesn’t know […]

Injury slows Baskett

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Philadelphia Daily News: David Maialetti Clovis High grad and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett, shown catching a pass in a game against Arizona earlier this season, hopes to play in Sunday’s finale against Dallas after missing last week’s loss at Washington with a knee By Jon Marks: CNJ correspondent PHILADELPHIA — Helplessly, Hank Baskett […]

Feds double up on bad financial hand

Freedom New Mexico This month’s announcement by the Federal Reserve Board that it has cut its benchmark overnight federal funds rate, the rate at which banks lend to one another, to a “target range” of between one-quarter percent and zero is both an acknowledgment of reality and a sign of panic. Since banks, even in […]

Ranch and rodeo invention suggestions

Glenda Price A new product for barrel racers is now available – pop-up barrels. They collapse and fit into a bag a little bigger than a rope can, and when opened up are bottom-weighted so they don’t fall over easily. Besides the portability, those of us with scarred shins from banging into metal barrels will […]

Standoff ends without incident

CNJ Staff A standoff

Two arrested on gift card theft charges

Freedom New Mexico A Quay County mother and daughter were arrested on Christmas eve, accused of stealing Christmas gift cards intended for foster children. The cards were purchased and donated by a local church, according to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Jennifer Dominguez, 24, of Tucumcari, was charged with larceny and tampering […]

Teens spread cheer

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Shelby Brown of Faith Christian Family Church sings a Christmas song, Wednesday, to Dylan Thompson, 6 months, while his mother Christy Thompson looks on. Faith Christian Family Church also provided gifts for hospital patients. By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Giving without expecting anything in return and bringing christmas cheer […]

One giant assist

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joseph Rivera, left, and his children Audrianna, Joseph Jr., center, and Andrea, far right, open presents surrounded by the Yucca Middle School’s basketball team. Each year, the team sponsors Christmas for a family chosen by the Lighthouse Mission. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Not all team huddles are ones where […]

Realtors expect housing jump

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Weichert Realtors owner Carolyn Spence likes a sudden surge in real estate sales. But it’s starting to interfere with her Christmas.

Briseno to call it a career

David Briseno has worn many hats in the 26 years he’s worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools system, some at the same time. And he’s good at it, according to Matthew Trujillo, principal of Highland Elementary School. “He’s good with kids and a great motivator,” Trujillo said. Briseno, executive director of community relations for the […]

Police to seek charges on homicide suspect next week

CNJ staff Police say they will be seeking charges against a suspect in the Elizabeth McAdams killing, but not until next week. Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said

Dec. 26, 2008

HOLLYWOOD–God bless America, and how’s everybody? • President Bush issued 19 pardons Tuesday, forgiving drug dealers and embezzlers and counterfeiters and people who lied to the Department of Housing. That wasn’t the worst of it. He also gave them a $700 billion bailout. • Vladimir Putin’s shirtless photo defeated Barack Obama’s shirtless photo in an […]

Dec. 25, 2008

BEVERLY HILLS–Merry Christmas, everybody, and God bless America. • Barack Obama strolled the beaches in Hawaii on his vacation Tuesday. He didn’t have a chance to miss Chicago. He wasn’t in Honolulu for two days when Governor Rod Blagojevich tried to sell his beach chair to Jesse Jackson Jr. for $1 million. • The Baydan […]