God’s plan almost always surprises us

Curtis Shelburne Does God ever do anything just like we’d expect him to? A world to save, a Gift to give, a Baby to send . . . And the greatest Christmas Present ever given is all wrapped up in swaddling cloths and laid in a feed trough. And the mother of the King is […]

First Amendment lets you disagree

If I could bring back the Founding Fathers for anything, I’d ask them for more clarification on the Second Amendment. Guns for any reason, or just to maintain private militias? Background checks to keep the evil or mentally disturbed from owning guns, or a wide-open system so everybody could buy tools to defend against those […]

Opinion: First Amendment lets you disagree

If I could bring back the Founding Fathers for anything, I’d ask them for more clarification on the Second Amendment. Guns for any reason, or just to maintain private militias? Background checks to keep the evil or mentally disturbed from owning guns, or a wide-open system so everybody could buy tools to defend against those […]

Building Resilience: Crafting your child’s character

McClatchy-Tribune Don’t spoil your children. How we’d love to give our children everything they want_they’re so darned cute! But adults who expect everything instantly and on their terms, who feel that they’re entitled to anything they desire, are not so cute _ may I say detestable? Here are some thoughts to consider. — Don’t worry […]

Police blotter — May 22

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 p.m. May 14 an officer responded to a residence in the 100 block of Davis for a report of criminal damage. A woman said she was in her house and heard a loud noise and when she went outside she […]

Society can’t be victim of crime

Often when the impact of increasing liberty is being discussed, especially with regard to things some people resist on moral grounds (such as ending the criminalization of prostitution, drug prohibition, regulation of gambling, etc.), someone will claim that victimless crimes actually do have a victim: Society. What is a victim and what is society? A […]

Send criminals away, and not school girls

Freedom New Mexico Oh, the outrage. President Barack Obama wants to deport criminals, before ousting school girls with immigration problems. The audacity of this man. The Journal laid out last week the extraordinary similarities of Obama and former President George W. Bush, which speak poorly of each on most counts. These big-spending interventionists are the […]

Our people: Agent enjoys helping youth

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Courtesy photo Gutierrez, right, and her mom, Jeri Robinson. Portales resident Melanie Gutierrez has been the 4-H agent in Roosevelt County for three and a half years and deals with anything related to 4-H. That means she spends a lot of time with children and youth and Gutierrez said she enjoys watching the students grow […]

Quite a mouseful

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Don and Barb McKenzie stand with their Mickey Mouse snow globe yard decoration, one of 17 inflatable Mickey items at their house on Ray Hardy Drive. The couple has displayed Mickey Mouse items for the last 12 years. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Barb and Don McKenzie run a […]

My report on what I’ve learned

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Every magazine I read has one section I go to before I read anything else. In Sports Illustrated, it’s “This Week’s Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us.” In Maxim, it’s the caption contest. In Esquire, it’s “What I’ve Learned.” In Esquire’s feature, well-known people tell you what they’ve learned, whether […]

Cowboys like to ride

Glenda Price Humans like to ride. They climb onto anything that can move and “go for a ride.” Even inveterate “hikers” catch a ride to the trailhead, the faster the better. It begins when we’re little, with tricycles, and really never ends. The milk cow was one of my favorite rides when I was young. […]

Have You Ever Won Anything on eBay?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist eBay. A few years ago that would have appeared here only as some sort of typographical error. But now we see those four letters and know they point to the premier online auction site. I’ll bet my user I.D. you’ve heard of eBay. Have you ever gotten lost for […]

Pet of the day: Fatty

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Name: Fatty. About: Fatty was a stray who adopted me about a year ago. His favorite activity is sleeping. He would eat anything until I started giving him cat food; now he refuses anything else. He weighs nearly 14 pounds. Owner: Sarah Meyer

Fairgrounds manager: ‘Time to do something else’

Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Curry County Fairgrounds Manager Justus Anderson said Monday he’s resigned because he wanted to work under contract instead of as an employee. Anderson, the fairgrounds manager for 14 months, gave notice on Dec. 10 and his last day was Friday. “I just wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used […]

11-8 The art of the matter

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elvira Tisthammer is the art teacher at James Elementary School. “I’ve always liked art and I was just lucky to get this art position. I’m very fortunate.” Q. Who is your favorite artist? A. Georgia O’Keefe Q. What is your favorite book? A. I like anything by Pearl S […]

Terror suspects treated without shadow of doubt

By Freedom Newspapers One news story painted the conviction Thursday of terrorism suspect Jose Padilla as “a significant victory for the Bush administration.” It was far from that. If anything, it was a repudiation of the way the administration handled his case. Padilla, 36, is the former Chicago gang member who converted to Islam and […]

Zias’ new coach ready to go

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Kim Falkenhagen wasn’t all that surprised her team was picked 13th out of 13 in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason volleyball poll. After all, she’s a new coach with a lot of new players on the squad. “I didn’t expect anything more than that,” said Falkenhagen, hired […]

June 27, 1952

A Clovis school teacher, Mrs. Fred Phelps, won a gas range for attending a three-day cooking school sponsored by Southern Union Gas Co. and the Clovis News-Journal. She said it was the only “time in my life that I’ve ever won anything big. … I won a sack of flour. But it’s the first time […]