In Search of Ponies: Allergies call for compromise

Sharna Johnson Sneezing, wheezing, struggling for air with itching and puffy red eyes, my son’s friend sat in the living room on the ottoman, his shoulders hunched, his physique conveying sheer misery. Not knowing what to do, I asked if he needed some Benadryl. “No,” he said, trying to tough it out. “Should I call […]

McGee: Christmas lights make town sparkle

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist The joke goes, “You know you’re from New Mexico if you leave your Christmas lights up year round.” No worries about that around our house; The Lady of the House had Christmas packed up a couple of days ago, lights and all. “That’s it,” she said, smacking her hands together. […]

City leaders share goals for 2011

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Legislative and Community Relations Director Claire Burroughs has always enjoyed all kinds of music and hopes to see U2 in concert in 2011. By Alisa Bowell: Freedom New Mexico Call them resolutions, call them goals. But everybody has something from 2010 they want to improve in 2011. The new […]

First person: Sideline supporter

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis High junior Kelsie Schwartz first joined the cheerleading squad as a sophomore. When a group of Clovis High cheerleaders was asked Thursday who was the best representative among the group, all indications pointed to junior Kelsie Schwartz. The cheerleading crew, coached by B.J. Burnett, worked shifts throughout the holiday […]

Health provision’s passage bypassed Congress vote

It’s debatable whether, under Obamacare, “death panels,” perhaps committees of bureaucrats charged with deciding what types of medical care the government will pay for and what it won’t, especially as the costs rise toward the end of life, are a fevered fantasy or a prudent fear, with respectable arguments either way. What now cannot be […]

Family holidays can be trying times

Most families make special arrangements to get together for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. There’s a belief that family gatherings are joyous, love-filled events. Maybe not. I know one family that pretty much decided that love-filled stuff was a myth. The last such gathering they had, several years ago, left them wondering if their family is somehow […]

Do the right thing, law or no law

You know the right thing to do. I know you do. So don’t wait for someone else to do it first and don’t wait for a “law” to tell you to. Do it now. I’m reminded of the Clovis Hobby Lobby shoppers this month who tripped up a shoplifter. Instead of watching the thief and […]

Religion calendar — Dec. 31

Saturday Coffee House Inter-denominational concert — 7 p.m., First Methodist Church on Sycamore Street. Every second Saturday of the month. No meeting for December. Next meeting is Jan. 8. Bring own CD or instruments. Free refreshments. Information: Vye Humphreys at 760-4071 or Matt Carter at 799-2696. Sunday Worship service and Sunday school — 8 a.m. […]

a view from under the pew: the holiday cheese run-off

Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on a computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. the holiday cheese run-off boss i guess you heardabout my holiday […]

‘Shipwreck’ faith can face impossible situations

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Some days ago I read about Clelia II, a cruise ship that endured great damage when it was battered by bad weather in the Antarctic’s Drake Passage. With 160 passengers aboard, an engine was lost, and windows broken from 50 foot waves. Yet all aboard were saved. Not so the conditions […]

County receives grant for tire cleanup

CNJ staff Curry County has received a grant to help a Melrose resident remove tires from her property, according to a news release. The environmental clean-up project will be funded by a $14,375 grant from the New Mexico Environment Department. The Melrose resident, whose property is north of Melrose along Curry Road 19 and Curry […]

Year in review: Homicide rate drops in 2010

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File photo The Clovis Apartments was the scene of a homicide in March; it was one of two this year. CNJ staff For the second year, Clovis’ homicide rate has dropped in keeping with an overall reduction in violent crimes. There were two homicides in Clovis — the Feb. 3 shooting of 36-year-old Sandra Bousqet […]

Friday morning briefing: Read up, a top appointment and baseball mourns

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Read up The state Rural Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in Roosevelt County on Jan. 13. The schedule is: • Pep Post Office, 9-10 a.m. • Causey Post Office, 10:30-11:30 a.m. • Elida City Hall, 1-2 p.m. The bookmobile offers books for loan with […]

Christmas more than just a day

Curtis Shelburne “Christmas is saying ‘yes’ to something beyond all emotions and feelings,” writes Henri Nouwen. “Christmas is saying ‘yes’ to a hope based on God’s initiative, which has nothing to do with what I think or feel. Christmas is believing that the salvation of the world is God’s work and not mine.” Christmas is […]

Don’t get too hung on resolutions

As 2011 creeps ever closer, it’s time for us to draw our lines in the proverbial sand and resolve to improve ourselves. Whether that may be finishing a long-forestalled project, cutting out a bad habit or squeezing in a good habit, goal setting is an essential aspect of a fulfilling life. My little brother George […]

Debate would expose myths behind bill

Freedom New Mexico A fter his climate agenda was dealt a major setback by Republican victories in November, President Barack Obama said, “Cap-and-trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way.” Now his administration has announced its intention to skin the cat another way, despite questionable underlying science and […]

Thursday morning briefing: TV time, cleaning up and funny kid stuff

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Grab the remote Did you know Portales has its own television channel? The City of Portales, Eastern New Mexico University and Portales Municipal Schools operate Portales Community Television Channel 19. Information: http://76.163.44.131/website/index.php?idpage=202 Question of the day What was the funniest thing you did as […]

Year in review: 2010 good year for cotton crop

Argen Duncan Agriculture this year saw good harvests overall, an increase in cotton and a little relief for dairy owners. Floyd farmer Allen Deen said Roosevelt County had 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, and Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated the county had 5,000 to 6,000 acres of the crop. Predictions […]

Year in review: City ends busy year with re-opening of Hull overpass

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The Hull Street Overpass re-opened in November, signaling the end of 28 month of frustration for many Clovis residents. Kevin Wilson More than $3 million and 254 tons of steel. Thousands of vehicle pass-overs per day. And sighs of relief throughout south Clovis. The re-opening of the Hull Street Overpass in early November was one […]