Islam now state religion across Iraq

Freedom New Mexico One of the more unfortunate consequences of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has been the virtual decimation of the already-small Christian community in Iraq. Christians were hardly immune from persecution under Saddam Hussein, but since they constituted less than 3 percent of the population and were not a threat to the regime, […]

Education column: Students mark season with projects

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools This time of year, Christmas is simmering across the district, and schools are filled with color, sound and goodies, too. The Arts Academy at Bella Vista did a spectacular job with their now famous “Nutcracker” — a visual and musical delight, as always. Cameo Elementary’s third and fourth grade […]

Education column: Accomplishment doesn’t have to be big to be meaningful

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy I came across a quote by Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor and author of Man’s Search For Meaning, which read: “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” It made me think about purposeful living. How easy these days to fall victim to information overload in the […]

Grandparents show perseverance

If there is one aspect of the human condition I find more prevalent than its tendency to sweet leisure and lethargy, it is a predisposition to self-doubt. Every single person I have ever met, including myself, wallows in the muck and mire of anticipating an unpleasant task or being afraid to fulfill an aspiration. In […]

Encouraging to see states stand up to feds

Freedom New Mexico The states are restless. Increasingly, states across America are resisting encroachments on their liberties by the federal government. The most recent examples concern objections by two states to the forced adoption of President Barack Obama’s health-care law. Voters in Missouri approved Tuesday, 71 percent to 29 percent, Measure C, the Health Care […]

a view from under the pew: amos and the fiery death-stick

Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos and the fiery death-stick one grand and brightsunshiny day as i waswhistling on my way boss – it was just before thefourth of july and i wasso happy i could cry -when across my wearypath i spied this odd hot dogwith its tail just friedand it had printed – black […]

Growing up in Clovis all about ‘little’ things

Don McAlavy Well, I came across some notes left me by the late Clovis historian Tom Pendergrass, and he too remembered the “little” things: “The town of Clovis was started in May 1907 with the original town site surveyed and sale of lots starting about the first of May 1907. Not long after that, my […]

Agencies flooded with hail damage repairs, claims

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Zane Brothers pulls dents on a car hood caused by a June 12 hail storm. Brothers said he has been busy all week with repair jobs from the storm. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week after a storm dumped more than an inch of rain and pelted Clovis […]

California teen biking across country for disabled

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Joseph Machado is riding across America from his home in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., to Washington D.C., to raise money for disabled children. Machado, 13, was escorted by New Mexico State Police from Santa Rosa to Tucumcari on Friday afternoon. “It is impressive to see this young man doing such […]

Extended heat wave on way

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Carmen Hollis and her son Carter Hollis, 4, both of Clovis, enjoy the sun and try to beat the heat Thursday at the Potter Park pool. This was Hollis first time at Potter Pool and she said, “I really like it.” By Jared Tucker Forecasters say predictions of record-breaking heat […]