A view from under the pew — Aug. 15

By Gary Mitchell 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. a tale of two frogs boss pastor leroy beetle was a bit discouraged the other day he told me that he […]

Prayers heard from wherever you are

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist Over the years Mother has told me many stories of her childhood. Now even more, I cherish all those stories she told me. First, those stories remind me of my sweet Mother. Second, Mother always had a spiritual truth to demonstrate when she told one of her stories. At times […]

FUMC choirs preparing for holidays

By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter vkahin@cnjonline.com Ken McDonald, director for music ministries at First United Methodist Church, admits he’s been celebrating Christmas for the past two months. McDonald said he’s spent his summer preparing musical selections for the church’s choirs to perform this fall, as well as during two December Christmas programs. “We’re beginning a […]

Living on the edge

Courtesy of MarkAnthony Baca
MarkAnthony Baca on the set of the SyFy television series “Defiance” on December 2012 in Georgetown, Texas.

A life filled with challenges and a supportive family has made MarkAnthony Baca into a multitalented performer and mentor. Baca is a self-proclaimed daredevil and has been doing stunt work for movies and television shows since 1992. He said he has been talking with Clovis city officials in an effort to gain approval to jump […]

Pigs, pigskin and Pepsi — what a morning

Karl Terry Local columnist I met a pig on a walk-around the other day. He grunted several times but had little else to say. Driven by a young man with his new show stick. Roadwork before the fair should do the trick. I’ve started walking again in the mornings and it’s truly amazing what I’ve […]

Senior calendar — Aug. 10

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis & Portales) Tuesday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis); 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Sewing Group (Portales); 11 a.m. Wednesday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sewing group, 10 a.m. (Clovis); Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis); Loteria (Portales). […]

Choices shaped by circumstances

By Clyde Davis Local columnist ‘With school looming on the immediate horizon, even more immediate for staff and faculty, it’s a fair time to revisit the question of quality vs. quantity, of accessible and easy versus slightly more value. The question is one of optimum value, under the particular circumstances. Example in context: Each summer […]

Choose your socks wisely

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Nieka Style Socks? No, I don’t have many pairs of them. With the exception of my few no-show socks reserved for flats. Then there are my newly stocked above the knee socks to pair with my fall and winter boots. Other than that, you won’t find me wearing them much. It never […]

On the shelves — Aug. 10

These books are available at the: Portales Public Library The Lost Island by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child: Scientist and thief Gideon Crew knows that he hasn’t long to live, so when his employer gives him a new mission, he jumps at the chance. Gideon is instructed to steal a page from the Book of […]

Dried figs featured on show

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on cooking with Freekeh foods, using rayon from bamboo in sewing and crafts projects, and the benefits of eating fresh and dried figs will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m Tuesday and noon Thursday, at noon. Bonnie Matthews is the co-founder of Freekeh Foods, and she […]

Club notes — Aug. 10

Food Storage 101 On Aug. 5, Kelli Morrison presented a class of 20 tips for making your own mixes to save time and money. Morrison taught about making copycat Bisquick mix to use in many recipes. By spending one day of spare time making a large mix, you can save lots of time when you […]

It’s important to heed call for prayer

By Judy Brandon Local columnist I have written about this before but feel it is time to tell it again. A missionary related this story while visiting his home church in Michigan. Serving in a small field hospital in Africa, the missionary had to travel by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for […]

A view from under the pew: lurch the frog-herding lizard

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. although it s getting warmer boss all this rain in recent days has me contemplating the idea of turning my […]

“Singing in the rain”? No! Singing in a sandstorm!

My wife and I were headed toward Lubbock, Texas. Since I live only seventy miles away from Lubbock, a trip to Lubbock is not unusual. But we were heading into Lubbock from the southeast, which is unusual. Been singing in Abilene and enjoying old friends and family there. I also remember the day’s color—a really […]

My inner flower child had his day

By Karl Terry Local columnist One thing readers of this column would probably be surprised to know about me is that I was once a hand model. That’s right, my stubby and formerly ink-stained digits were featured prominently in a publication of national significance. I hadn’t thought about it in years until I was going […]

Educate yourself for future

By Clyde Davis Local columnist The status of grizzly bears in Yellowstone may not be the first thing that leaps into one’s thought process upon awakening. Even for the reader who cares deeply about the environment, it is, or seems to be, far from New Mexico concerns. In a nutshell, the controversy concerns listing, delisting, […]

Small business tools featured this week

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on gluten-free foods, tools to help shape small businesses, and ways to use essential oils in recipes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. K. C. Pomering, founder of G-Free Foodie, will tell about her online resource for helping people live deliciously […]

Rodeo coaching memorable

Courtesy photo
 Charles Chambers, right, with his wife Evelyn in 2010 at a church function.

Charles Chambers, 74, sat at a table in his living room at his Oklahoma Drive residence, sifting through dozens of rodeo photos scattered atop the table. For someone who barely participated in the sport, he dedicated his life to it and it garnered some of the best memories and relationships he’s had. The retired longtime […]

Senior happenings — Aug. 3

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis & Portales) Tuesday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis); 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Sewing Group (Portales); 11 a.m. Wednesday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sewing group, 10 a.m. (Clovis); Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis); Loteria (Portales). […]

On the shelves — Aug. 3

The following books are available for checkout: Portales Public Library The One and Only by Emily Giffin: Shea Rigsby was born and raised in Walker, Texas, a small college town that loves its football team. Shea, too, loves both football and her home team, and because of this and her life-long friendship with Lucy, the […]