Bond proposals would pump $18 million into communities

Freedom New Mexico Bond proposals in the Nov. 4 general election would provide almost $18 million for Roosevelt and Curry County schools,

Contentment can be found in God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist No one ever gets it exactly right, but the right kind of contentment is a precious thing. The quickest way to discombobulate contentment is to analyze it to death, but maybe it can bear a little discussion. Contentment and happiness are almost twin sisters—conjoined twins, I’d say, sharing vital […]

Almost time for school again

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A silly grandfather and the love of God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Brenley Shay Shelburne is now almost a week old. Yes, this proud father of four sons is now the beaming grandfather of TWO beautiful little girls. Amazing! It’s too early to tell, but I’m pretty sure little Brenley has come on the scene GPS-equipped just like her little now […]

Education feature: Miniature Mozart

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Sarah Jo Samora, 8, of Clovis plays Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” on her guitar Wednesday afternoon at her home. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sarah Jo Samora balanced an electric guitar that was almost her size while playing the opening chords to Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the […]

New road superintendent appointed

CNJ staff Dennis Fury has been appointed Curry County Road Superintendent, according to a press release from County Manager Lance Pyle. Fury, a Grady native, has been serving as interim superintendent since former superintendent Danny Davis resigned in May, the release said. He has been with the county almost 12 years, most recently serving as […]

Comedian’s take on life will be missed

Freedom New Mexico Almost everybody remembers George Carlin’s comedy/satire bit about the seven words you can’t say on television, the “stuff” we can never quite leave behind and other rants about the foolishness rampant in American life. Yet what remains when we think about the comedian’s long career was not so much the anger as […]

Fathers keep focus

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist Men, and military men in particular, can take a lot. They are tough, hard working and have high tolerance for pain. Take my beloved hubby. He almost died of a burst appendix because he didn’t go to the hospital right away — he preferred to take the pain than go […]

Waiting game appears over

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer After almost a full day of rechecking vote totals Wednesday, Curry County officials have released the final results from Tuesday’s primary elections. All projected winners maintained their leads Wednesday after the reverification. The winners of the contested races are: • Dan Stoddard, Republican, District 2 County Commission • Seth […]

Lake Brownwood drownings rare

The weekend drownings of Clovis’ Tyler Fontenot and Farwell’s Joe Haseloff were the first in almost four years at Lake Brownwood, according to the Abilene Reporter News.

NFL proving it needs oversight

By Kevin Wilson Once upon a time, in a far, far away land called New England, a group called the Patriots played the game of football very well. They won championship after championship in the National Football League, and almost seemed to anticipate their opponents’ actions in the biggest games. But maybe, opponents wondered, the […]

Israel achieves much growth in 60 years

Freedom New Mexico On May 14, 1948, the state of Israel was recognized by the United Nations and almost immediately thereafter by the United States. The infant Jewish state was almost immediately invaded by its Arab neighbors, who figured they would nip this “ancestral homeland” nonsense in the bud, but improbably Israel prevailed. The country […]

Helping fund ethanol craze unsound idea

Freedom New Mexico The ethanol craze just might set a record for fads that fizzled before they got fully under way. The sooner the better, in our view. Ethanol is an example of a commodity that might have some value, but with an artificial market created almost entirely by government mandates and subsidies it is […]

Crime Victims Rights Week kicks off with breakfast

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Tammi Lambert said dealing with the court system is almost as hard on the victims as the crime itself. Lambert, director of the Governor’s Office of Victim Advocacy, related a story about one victim’s plight during Tuesday’s 4th annual Victims Crime Rights Week breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center. “She […]

Texico police chief quitting

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico police chief John Mares has resigned and is running for sheriff in De Baca County. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer John Mares said Wednesday he has resigned as Texico police chief effective March 28. Mares, who has worked in law enforcement in Clovis and Curry County for almost […]

Small victories aren’t enough reason to stay

Freedom New Mexico It almost seems like more than five years ago that the United States invaded Iraq. Unfortunately, no clear and satisfactory end to this conflict seems to be on the horizon. This month’s resignation of Adm. William Fallon, leader of the military’s Central Command (CentCom), has been widely attributed to differences with the […]

God’s love not dependent on appearance

God loves ordinary people. It is almost too good to be true. Maybe that’s why no world religion but Christianity has dared to believe it. When God comes at Bethlehem, he does not come into a clean stable filled with only hygienic and non-allergenic hay, only well-behaved animals and no “droppings,” only high quality, top-of-the-line […]

Kenya situation shows intervention not always needed

Freedom New Mexico It’s a long way from guaranteeing that the tribal and ethnic tensions that have led to violence and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in a country most outside observers had considered one of the most stable in Africa will actually bring an end to resentment and violence. But the […]

Buckley made excellence seem effortless

Freedom New Mexico Just a listing of his accomplishments is a bit wearying, causing one to marvel that he packed so much into what in context seems like a mere 82 years of William F. Buckley Jr.’s life. The godfather of modern American conservatism wrote at least 55 books, ranging from serious political treatises to […]

Jan. 25 – Up a tree

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ricky Ulses, 8, climbs a tree in his front yard after his twin brother Deven Ulses threw a pass that landed in the tree. The brothers play football with their neighbors almost everyday.