Self-attuned individuals find affirmations abound in nature

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist It was one of those crispy, crackly northeast Ohio evenings when the cold light from the stars and distant planets seem to invade our own planet, frosting the trees and icing the lake surface. Need I say that the season was autumn, fairly close to this time of autumn, when the […]

Sleepy genius of Rip Van Winkle underappreciated

Ryn Gargulinski What do we all want, need and cannot live without? No, it’s not the $84 fuzzy shearling slippers from the latest Cabelas catalog. It’s our dear friend sleep. Studies have shown normal adults need at least eight hours of sleep per day. When we say “normal” we mean those who do not aim […]

There’s always been oil under Curry County soil

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Perhaps 1926 should be remembered as the year oil was found in Curry County. Deliberate or not, rumor had it that an unnamed, big oil company paid someone to sabotage the well. What happened to another well in 1927 is unknown. Professional oil well drillers drilled four or five test holes […]

Alien ships will never be landing in Portales

Bob Huber: Local Columnist If you’re a distinguished UFO-ologist emeritus like I am, you know that New Mexico holds the record for the most ballyhooed assaults from outer space. In fact, the coveted Black Hole Cup has been won by so many communities in this state that Rush Limbaugh has labeled them prime examples of […]

Gideons united by mission to spread Gospel

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Gideon member Len Santi hands out a Bible to a student on a bus Tuesday near Gattis Junior High. The Gideons were handing out Bibles at area schools this week. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Their backgrounds vary and they worship at churches of many denominations. However, the members of […]

Like Noah’s ark, only one door to salvation: Jesus

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist During our children’s growing up years, they had a multitude of toys. Each birthday and Christmas brought a new batch of the latest from the toy market. I still recall all the special toys that were such a part our children’s lives. When I pass aisles of toys in the […]

11/11 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except dashes and hyphens. freddie s redemption boss it seems like ages ago yesterday that freddie the flea changed his ways in fact it s almost hard […]

11/11 Religion Digest

CNJ staff Handbell festival to be held Nov. 19 The 13th annual Eastern New Mexico Fall Handbell Festival is being held at 4 p.m. on Nov. 19 at First United Methodist Church on 200 S. Ave. C. in Portales Admission is free. Offerings to help defray festival costs will be taken. Nine handbell choirs will […]

11/11 Religion Calendar

Today Single Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., Clovis. Child care is provided. Information: 769-1971 Saturday Rummage Sale — 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1320 W. 21st, Clovis. Women will host their annual bake, craft, Christmas seconds and rummage sale in the […]

What Blessings May Come From a 1:00 a.m. Phone Call?

By Curtis K. Shelburne I’ve got some work I need to finish up, but I’ll go to bed soon,” I told my already-in-bed-wife last night as I kissed her goodnight. “I don’t want to stay up too late, so I won’t work much longer.” “I’ll believe that when I see it,” she smiled sleepily back. […]

Lighthouse Mission moves to new location

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A lighthouse greets visitors as they enter the new Clovis Lighthouse Mission. The mission offers clothing, food and shelter to people in need. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A lighthouse symbolizes hope. Its purpose is to guide ships to safety on dark, stormy nights. A small replica of a lighthouse […]

Vigil’s exit saved us $45,000 a day

Anna Crook: Guest Columnist The New Mexico House of Representatives performed admirably in considering whether to impeach the state treasurer. The process followed by the House was fair, and it was properly halted when the subject of the investigation resigned. Treasurer Robert Vigil was arrested on federal charges just weeks before the Legislature convened in […]

Nov. 6 Weddings, Anniversaries, Births, and Organizations

Organizations Fairfield Extension The Fairfield Extension Club met at the extension building on Friday, Oct. 28. Martha Brister and Marie Wells were the hostesses. Martha Watkins opened the meeting and handed out the by-laws of the club. Wessie White read the minutes and 17 members answered roll call. We discussed the coming annual banquet and […]

Nov. 7 Week Senior Happenings

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St. Monday: 9:30 a.m. — Blood pressure checks; 10 a.m. — Health insurance benefits assistance. Tuesday: 9 a.m. — Board of directors meeting; 11 a.m. — Senior membership meeting; Noon — Refreshments. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — Blood sugar checks; 1 p.m. — Bingo; 1:30 p.m. — […]

Nov. 7 Week School Lunch Menus

Clovis Elementary Monday— Breakfast: Blueberry muffin, juice, milk. Lunch: Tacos w/ salsa, seasoned pinto beans, crisp lettuce, watermelon slice, milk. Tuesday— Breakfast: Sausage biscuit, milk. Lunch: Italian dunkers, garden-fresh salad, ranch dressing, pineapple tidbits, milk. Wednesday— Breakfast: French toast, juice, milk. Lunch: Egg roll, steamed rice, vegetable medley, chilled grapes, milk. Thursday— Breakfast: Bageler, milk, […]

Unwanted houseguests wear out welcome soon after arrival

Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers We all know those pesky things — those things notorious for using all our hair conditioner, eating all our garlic-flavored Triscuits and leaving toenail clippings in the bathroom sink. Yes, the infamous house guest. Perhaps Mark Twain said it best: “Fish and house guests smell after three days.” My boyfriend and […]

Stanfield concert marks opportunity to help those in need

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Can you imagine why it might cost $600 to send one child to summer camp? Do you think it is worth it? Why should it cost so much? Hey, we all know the cost has skyrocketed, but — to that extent? Before you answer the above questions, think about your own […]

Lincoln-Jackson School began with only two students

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Lincoln-Jackson School, a segregated school, had its beginning in 1924 in the Patterson Chapel Church which was then located at 609 West 1st Street. Miss Marjorie Ford was the first teacher. She came from Temple, Texas to teach two students, Ray Love and Herman Dillard. Mrs. Ida O. Jackson replaced Miss […]

Hubers start turkey business

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes that time of year when everyone gives thanks for bountiful gifts — unless you’re a turkey! Speaking of which, I’ve hobnobbed with turkeys all my life, some of whom made it through grammar school and even became college professors, but that’s another story. My most memorable association with real […]

Survivors to speak at two local churches

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Two survivors of separate harrowing experiences are scheduled to share their inspirational messages Sunday in Clovis. Gilbert Forrest will conduct multiple services at a revival being held at First Christian Church of Clovis where his son, Jon Forrest, currently serves as senior pastor. The longtime Oklahoma pastor is a […]