Travel: Descend into darkness

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Carlsbad Caverns is about 200 miles, or three hours drive time, from Clovis.

It was cool enough for the First Family. If you’re looking to escape the summer heat, Carlsbad Caverns — which maintains a year-round temperature of 56 degrees — might be the escape for you. President Obama and family visited the caverns last month as part of their mission to bring attention to the 100-year-old National […]

Faith: Ministerial alliance seeks unity

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From left, Parkland Baptist Church Pastor Roy Martin greets Lighthouse Mission Director Richard Gomez before the Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance meeting begins, while Christian Believers Education Founder Sistar Yancy shares a laugh with them.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Twenty representatives of various Christian churches and nonprofit organizations in Clovis felt more unified than ever Thursday morning, but they wished it had been under different circumstances. They didn’t expect the unity would be because of two fatal shootings that occurred in the past week. As they settled in […]

Faith: Young girls should look for steadfast heroines

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist This past week I read an article about the most admired women of 2015. Among the most admired were Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Carly Fiorina, Barbara Bush, Laura Bush and Angela Merkel. I suppose responders to this poll sincerely admire these women and believe that these women have […]

Faith: Americans need to keep hyphens in perspective

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist As an English major and an occasional copy editor, may I say that the hyphen, as tricky at times as it is versatile (think, confusingly, of dashes, en hyphens, em hyphens, etc.), is a noble and useful mark of punctuation. But it pays to keep hyphens in perspective. In our […]

Life’s good in roping family

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Jerry Trujillo was born and raised in Moriarty. He graduated from Moriarty High School and moved to Portales when he was 25 years old. Trujillo is a business owner and a team roper. At age 27, he was introduced to the world of roping by his cousin, Ruben Trujillo. He said he remembers wearing flip […]

Terry: Service not like it used to be

I’ve just about had it with the impersonal technology that has replaced customer service. A long and trying week was capped off with another one of those hour-plus phone calls to customer service for a computer problem. I didn’t want to talk to customer service in New Delhi. I knew that was what was awaiting […]

Hartsfield: Less is more with jewelry

Minimalist jewelry pieces have always been my favorite to wear. Adorning myself with rings or earrings that I rarely have to take off is the type of jewelry I like. For instance, I prefer a simple thin gold ring band to a big bulky stoned ring. Much like my manicures that I keep clean and […]

Borden: Easy quilt binding on coming show

Information on quilt binding by machine and essential foods for better eyesight will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.) Marci Baker is a quilter and author, and she has a solution for quilters who don’t like making a binding — […]

New Mexico is Billy The Kid country

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Billy The Kid escaped from the Lincoln jail in April of 1881, killing two sheriff’s deputies in the process. Lincoln County is approximately 140 miles from Fort Sumner and can be reached by traveling south to Roswell, then West on U.S. 70.

Perhaps one of the most iconic figures in Western lore, particularly eastern New Mexico, is the young man known as Billy The Kid. He is the legendary hero and ultimate bad boy who escaped jails and killed men, perhaps mostly in loyalty to a former employer … depending on which history book you may prefer. […]

Senior calendar — July 3

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: Closed Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. low impact exercise class; Noon, beginning crochet; 10 a.m. sew days; 1 p.m. crafts; 6 p.m. line dance Thursday: 8:30 a.m. kaleidoscope coloring group; 8:45 a.m. board meeting; 8 a.m. blood pressure; 8 […]

Church to commemorate 15th century martyr

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By Brooke Finch Staff Writer A man burned at the stake and accused of heresy six centuries ago is recognized today for his martyrdom, as a local church will demonstrate at its Sunday service. Wednesday marks the 601st anniversary of the death of an early 15th century Christian reformer. Jan Hus (also spelled John […]

Faith: Getting emotional about my country

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist What is patriotism? Patriotism consists of dedicated love and support, and protection of one’s country. Think about this question: If we eliminate the emotional part of patriotism, what do we have? I am one of those sensitive people that gets teary eyed when some band plays “The Star Spangled Banner.” […]

Faith: It’s Thanksgiving in July

By Helena Rodriguez Religion columnist The purple dinosaur of the 1990s was right when he said “Please and thank you, they’re called the magic words.” In Psalm 50:23, God says, “Giving thanks is the sacrifice that honors me.” In texting lingo, a little “ty” goes a long way. After days of bickering and arguing recently, […]

Faith: Values, faith, love the legacy we leave

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist C.S. Lewis writes that the very fact that time itself seems so strange and surprising to us is proof that we were not originally created to live in it as our natural habitat. Presumably, fish don’t feel wet in water, but we fight with time continually. Within just a few […]

Native still in ag… sort of

Tyler Meiwes takes a break in his truck. He lives in Portales with his family.

Tyler Meiwes was born and raised in Clovis. He grew up on a farm where he worked a lot with his father. Meiwes thought that he would be a farmer himself one day. Early on he learned about concrete and building barns from the ground up, which is part of his business today. Meiwes is […]

Terry: No danger of my ever being a shepherd

I don’t care much for sheep. I get it from my mother who really hates the creatures. The sweater-wearing varmints were not blessed with a great amount of intelligence. God knew this and that’s why he created shepherds. Shepherds know what a flock of sheep will do several hours before the sheep know themselves. A […]

Hartsfield: Denim trendy from head to toe

Blue jeans and other denims have been relevant to fashion and style for as long as anyone can remember. Today in fashion, the denim fabric is being worn from head to toe. Here’s a list of what fashion is doing with jeans and other denim pieces today: • What’s new in color? Black jeans have […]

Borden: Pressed flowers on coming show

Information on making desserts and problems facing pediatric dental patients will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.) Cookbook author, chef and teacher, John Vollertsen (known as Chef Johnny Vee) is going to demonstrate two recipes for desserts found in his […]

Senior calendar — June 26

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Exercise equipment; 10 a.m. jewelry pals; 1 p.m. line dance; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 10 a.m. sew days; 1 p.m. crafts Thursday: 8 a.m. blood pressure; 8 a.m. eggs, gravy and biscuits $4; […]

Escape to White Sands

Courtesy photos: Mike Jimenez
White Sands National Monument can be reached via U. S. 70 West and is 
approximately 275 miles from Clovis.

Appearing like a shimmering mirage from some Arabian Nights tale, the White Sands National Monument, located west of Alamogordo, is such a striking image it can be seen from space. But for local visitors, it offers a variety of activities and hiking trails to satisfy any visitor’s appetite. According to Rebecca Burghart, chief of interpretation […]