Travel: A journey of ghostly fire

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A variety of animal and plant life is found at the Valley of Fire Recreational Area near Carrizozo. The adjacent Malpais lava flow is said to be about 5,000 years old.

What do ghosts and fire have in common? In New Mexico, just at the foothills of the Sacramento mountains, is an ancient site of volcanic activity at the Valley of Fires Recreational area. That’s next to White Oaks, one of New Mexico’s active ghost towns. In order to reach this scenic area, the drive is […]

Faith: Pastor saying good-bye to Texico’s First Baptist

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Rob Hollis, longtime pastor at First Baptist Church of Texico, is about to become Muleshoe High School’s assistant principal.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Leading a church is no different than leading a high school — just ask Rob Hollis. Hollis realized this quickly when he became pastor of First Baptist Church of Texico in June 2000 after serving for three years as the principal of Texico High School. “The two are very […]

Faith: A decidedly delusional discourse in the key of D

I wonder why “D” words are so often downers? Death, disease, depression, despair, desperation, divorce, doom, despondency, doldrums, detritus. Decompose, destruct, deconstruct, demoralize, demonize. Decrepit, dim-witted, dumb, disheartened, disemboweled (sorry), dead, discombobulated, dilapidated, dingy, delusional, desperate. That last one’s a cheat. We’ve already listed its brother Darrell and its other brother Darrell: “despair” and “desperation.” […]

Faith: Scriptures you learn will encourage the heart

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist This week I have been thinking about vacation Bible school. Each time I see a church advertisement for one, my mind goes back to my childhood, when vacation  Bible schools were two weeks long and scripture memorization was a major part of those two weeks. On the first day, we […]

Teaching a life’s work

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Cheryl Hinrichs, pictured with husband Bruce, has been a teacher in Melrose for 23 years.

Cheryl Hinrichs was born and raised in Clovis. She lives in Floyd and is a teacher in Melrose. Hinrichs majored in home economics at New Mexico State University and taught her first year in Farwell. Home Economics is known as Family Career and Community Leaders in America (FCCLA) today. In 1993, Hinrichs was offered a […]

Terry: My garage overflows with work to do

You can only put it off just so long, but when you can’t walk by the bench in the garage without knocking something off, it’s time to take action. I had planned to take a vacation day this summer to clean out my overflowing garage. It looks like at this point it’s going to take […]

Club notes — July 10

Peanut Valley Toastmasters President Jon Barr gave a dramatic speech titled “Link’s Back” and Vice President of Education Donna Labatt won best evaluation for her feedback on the speech. Member Bailey Decker evaluated Area Director Kevin Wilson’s interpretive reading of JFK’s famous “Ask Not” speech and Kevin won best speaker. Bailey won best table topics […]

Senior calendar — July 10

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8:30 a.m. low impact exercise class; 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. line dance; 5 p.m. bus. meeting; 5:30 p.m. potluck; 6 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 10 a.m. beg. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. low impact exercise class; […]

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.” […]