Military mama: Children are a matter of perspective

There is a hierarchy when it comes to children. Mine are adorable, brilliant and naughty on occasion. My friends’ kids are cute, smart and have their moments. Strangers’ children are loud, unruly and often need to learn manners. It’s all a matter of perspective. Though environment also weighs heavily on just how much cute a […]

Libertarians embrace all values

Liberty is primarily a libertarian concept. In fact, you could say it is THE libertarian concept. But it is a concept often borrowed and used by others. Just as you are not a chess player if you make up your own rules for playing the game, regardless of whether or not you use the proper […]

NFL agreement not victory for free markets

Freedom New Mexico As football fans, we’re pleased to see the National Football League’s players and owners reach a new labor agreement that saves the 2011 season. But, as defenders of free-market principles, we admit that the NFL labor agreement has us puzzled. That’s because this labor dispute doesn’t fit neatly into the traditional battle […]

Home security system hard to beat

I unlocked the door, and the second I opened it the blast began. It sounded like ten banshees fighting off a dozen gorillas. Holding my ears, I ran to the contraption on the wall by the front door and pushed the numbers (which, thankfully, I remembered) and was immediately greeted by a wonderful silence. This […]

City rejects demand to remove sign

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A card identifying Clovis People for Progress as the sponsor of a sign hung from Hotel Clovis is affixed to the bottom left corner of the banner encouraging support of an Affordable Housing Plan in an Aug. 2 special election. Sharna Johnson The city has rejected a demand to remove […]

Friday morning briefing: Rock the Park, Ike in Clovis and a fairy tale wedding

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Music, music, music Rock the Park is four hours of contemporary Christian music and it’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Potter Park. Cowtown The National Corriente Cattle Show is all day today and Sunday at the Curry County Events Center. Fast […]

First person: Cooking camp

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Courtesy photo Clovis High School culinary teacher Judy Uerling works on the cost specifics of a mac and cheese recipe in the Golden Corral test kitchen. Clovis High School ProStart and culinary teacher Judy Uerling spent a week in July getting what she called the best professional development training she’s had in years. Uerling was […]

Religion calendar — July 29

Saturday Contemporary Worship Service — 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church. Information: 763-6821. Matt’s Coffee House Interdenominational Jam Session Concert — 7 p.m., second Saturday of the month, First United Methodist Church, open to the public to perform and watch, free refreshments provided. To perform, contact Matt Carter at 799-2696. Sunday Worship service and Sunday school […]

a view from under the pew: freddy faces discouragement

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. freddy faces discouragement freddy the flea has beenhaving some problemslately bosshis father is an alcoholic – […]

Human judgment falls short of God’s perspective

I had an unusual experience several years ago. Some college teacher friends and I were attending a school conference in Boston. We were leaving Chatham on a Sunday morning and we saw a woman on the road hitchhiking. My first thought was to pass her and then I thought she might be in trouble. So […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Lost something? Not my problem

Marla Jo Fisher If my kids were cast into an episode of the TV show “Lost,” they would have to stay that way. Forever. This is because I have a very firm rule in my house: I do not look for kid stuff. Period. Exclamation point. End of paragraph. Some people think this one is […]

Child Sense: Helping your child learn the basics of organization

Priscilla J. Dunstan Teaching our kids how to be organized starts at an early age. The habits that will aid them as they move through life start when they are young with simple systems learned at home and in their own space. Even when they are young, they can learn how to put away their […]

Moms Gear: Dig around with gardening gloves that are made to last

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MCT The Women’s Bionic Blooms Gardening Gloves are available for $24.92 in various sizes and colors, including lime green, through www.homedepot.com. Maggie O’Neill Whether you’re putting new plants in your garden or pulling out stubborn weeds, you’ll find that the Women’s Bionic Blooms Gardening Gloves last much longer than cotton run-of-the-mill counterparts. In all actuality, […]

Why avoiding conflict keeps you trapped in it forever

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Rick Steinhauser:Akron Beacon Journal Conflict in the workplace can hinder productivity. Lisa McLeod Most people don’t like conflict. It feels risky and time consuming. They’re either afraid of it or they don’t want to expend the energy to deal with it. The problem is, avoiding conflict doesn’t work either. It doesn’t reduce tension, if anything, […]

Governor talks driver’s license law, school grading system

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez came by the Clovis News Journal office Wednesday for an interview with staff after visiting Cannon Air Force Base. Liliana Castillo Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that New Mexico is a magnet for people all over the world looking for a valid U.S. ID. And […]

Rural area post offices in danger of closure

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Due to financial struggles, the U.S. Postal Service has produced a list of about 3,700 post offices it will study for closure nationwide. Argen Duncan Five rural post offices in Roosevelt County, two in De Baca County and one in Parmer County, Texas, are in danger of being closed. Due […]

Ticket feature: Wiener Nationals set for Saturday

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File photo The third annual Wiener Nationals are set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Park. Admission to the races is free with donations given to the High Plains Humane Society. Freedom New Mexico The third annual Wiener Nationals is taking place Saturday morning at Hillcrest Park. The event, designed to raise money for […]

Pet, livestock owners warned to keep rabies vaccinations up to date

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health is warning pet and livestock owners in Roosevelt County and the surrounding area to make sure their dogs, cats, horses and other valuable livestock get vaccinated against rabies after an unvaccinated pet dog from near Portales was attacked by an aggressive acting skunk in early July. […]

Former Clovis resident opening microbrewery, restaurant

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Justin Cole pours one of his homemade brews in the building on Main Street in Portales where his restaurant and microbrewery will open in March 2012. Cole said he has been home brewing for six years and has been planning his own business for the last two years. Freedom New […]

Education column: Secondary schools undergo improvements

Further to recent reports, our secondary school sites have also been undergoing improvements during the summer months, thanks to the efforts of our operations department. Anyone driving by Marshall Middle School will have noticed not only a great deal of construction on the north end of the campus, but a whole new building going up. […]