amos plays word games

by amos Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss while i was rummaging through some old – really old – newspaper clips the other day i found an interesting article from the first of february in 1912 it was from the […]

International lottery scam crops up on the Web

By Tom DiFrancesca Well, it looks like I won’t be writing this column much longer. It appears that I have just won a little less than a million dollars, can you believe it? I mean, with all that money, I’ll just be too busy livin’ it up with the rich and the famous to write […]

Young drivers revving it up

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Bo Mitchell, 12, of Farwell, races in a heat at Ned Houk Motor Speedway on July 25 during a race with the Clovis Kart Association. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez The go-kart track at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex north of Clovis may be a far cry from NASCAR, but for some diehard […]

Adventure comes in scary packages

By Clyde Davis The pine barrens begin in the central part of New Jersey and stretch to the ocean in an easterly direction, to Cape May in the south, and touch the Delaware River in the East. It’s a vast area of rural terrain and downright wilderness, and is heavily grown over with cedar stands, […]

Faith on two wheels

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Faith Riders Richard Gomez Jr. (left), Geri Gomez, Richard Gomez and Bruce DeFoor will be leaving Clovis at 5 a.m. Saturday to travel to Sturgis, S.D., to share their faith. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell When you’re a Faith Rider, you can handle powerful machines, the open road — just about anything. Except […]

Clovis church to host state convocation

By Gary Mitchell Several hundred pastors, church leaders and worshipers from across the state will gather in Clovis this week for the New Mexico Churches of God in Christ annual Holy Convocation. The convocation scheduled from Monday through Saturday will be hosted by First Church of God in Christ, 3400 Vinton St. The public is […]

Time for a refresher on the Golden Rule

By Judy Brandon Several months back, I had an appointment in town. I arrived about 30 minutes ahead of time really hoping to get in a bit early. The waiting room was not that large, but there were about 10 chairs. After signing in at the desk, I turned to find a chair and saw […]

the death of prayer virgil

by amos Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. Of late, tragedy has struck the church pew underworld. It is an event that forebodes serious implications for future prayer meetings. Amos describes the situation in this week’s column: there is a sadness […]

The past lives at New Mexico Museum of Natural History

By Angela Peacock Painting a picture of New Mexico’s history from the beginning of time is what officials said people will experience when they visit Albuquerque’s New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. One of the museum’s biggest attractions is the Bisti Beast dinosaur display. Experts discovered the fossils of the Bisti, which was […]

Fourth annual Pond and Garden Tour set for Saturday

By Helena Rodriguez Picture this: A scenic array of stacked stones, the gurgling sound of rushing water, comfortable benches under shaded trees, birds and turtles dropping in, lush plants and fish. Now picture this in your backyard. According to Mike Hamilton, president of the Clovis Pond & Garden Club, home ponds began to get popular […]

‘Bad Boys II’ a good action comedy

By Stacy Allen If you liked “Bad Boys,” then you will love “Bad Boys II. “ The characters are back in another Miami drug case in a fast-paced movie involving action scenes intermixed with hilarious dialogue. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith work great as a team and play off each other with an air that […]

Exercise care in selecting a blog service

By Tom DiFrancesca Thanks for the visits — the visits to my Web site, that is. Traffic to the site seems to be on the increase. Now that I’ve installed a site-based search engine, I can track what kind of things my readers are interested in — and then write about those subjects. Speaking of […]

Family provides stories

By Clyde Davis Editor’s note: Clyde Davis won a first-place award on June 21 for his story, “Pluggy the Mule Hero,” from Panhandle Professional Writers. This is the way it happened — the story behind the story. I had never thought of myself as a children’s story writer, but the way in which we perceive […]

Changing uniforms

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Alan Brockmeier, retired New Mexico State Police captain, talks about his being ordained as a transitional deacon during an interview Wednesday at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell It was a long time in the making, but Suzanne Brockmeier has seen the realization of a teenage prayer. On […]

gimme that mountain

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss when pastor leroy beetle preached on overcoming your mountains and obstacles for god i was ready to go i tell ya boss i was ready i was geared up i was pumped gimme that […]

Cues crucial in Clovis Community College play

By Helena Rodriguez Pulling off a wildly funny Neil Simon play where rumors fly and doors constantly open and shut is not about location, said actress Trenity J. Hill, it’s about timing. Cues are relative in Clovis Community Colleges’ upcoming play, “Rumors,” which another cast member, Chris Journey, describes not so much as a “whodunit,” […]

‘League’ not a summer film

By Stacy Allen I thought “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman” was an adequate movie for the summer. Unfortunately, it opened at a bad time. I feel I would have enjoyed this movie more if it had come out earlier in the summer. Sean Connery, a name well-known around the world, is the No. 1 star […]

Biking into the past

By Clyde Davis I have no idea what stroke of genius inspired Janice for this particular anniversary gift. It was nothing I would have ever thought of asking for; it was the best possible surprise. I could credit it to all the time we spend watching the Tour de Lance (oops, I mean Tour de […]

Wal-Mart is in the movie renting business now

By Tom DiFrancesca I have something outrageous to share with you, and I’ve entitled it the “Internet absurdity of the week.” It seems as if a 12-year-old girl from England, connected up with a 31-year-old ex-Marine via the Internet. After a year of corresponding, the ex-jarhead traveled to England, and he and the young girl […]

Hobby for the cure

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By Eric Butler In the sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church, little wooden angels hang from the speakers. Back in the Sunday school rooms, children fit together pieces of wood into a hippopotamus or a camel marionette. Visitors to the church are often handed a small wooden cross with the word “Jesus” on it — miniatures […]