a view from under the pew: the valley of dry bones

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. the valley of dry bones with all this dry hot weatheri let […]

Students learn about food chain through owl pellets


CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo James Bickley Elementary fourth grader Gerardo Valenzuela picks fur off of a skull. Liliana Castillo A class of about 20 fourth-graders dissected what looked like hairballs Wednesday at James Bickley Elementary School. The subject of their regard with tweezers and other tools were owl pellets. Owls eat their food in […]

Day trip: Dinosaur bones on display at museum

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank A large bronze of a Triceratops head offers children and adults a chance to see how big the dinosaur was at Mesalands Community College’s dinosaur museum. Place: Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum. Location: It is 78.2 miles from Cannon Air Force Base and takes about 1 hour and 35 minutes […]

Geronimo’s kin sue Skull and Bones over remains

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Geronimo’s descendants have sued Skull and Bones — the secret society at Yale University linked to presidents and other powerful figures — claiming that its members stole the remains of the legendary Apache leader decades ago and have kept them ever since.The federal lawsuit filed in Washington on Tuesday — the […]

‘Bones’ best bet on TV

The murder occurred 3,000 years ago. The “Bone Detectives” are looking for clues in the victim’s skull.

The bone keeper


Joanne Dickenson walks the trails at the Blackwater Draw archeological site on March 23. Dickenson lives on the 157-acre sit and works as its curator. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An early morning rain has made the earth soft. On days like this, Joanne Dickenson strolls through her back […]

‘42’ players hear shuffling of white bones with black spots

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist In March 2002 it was claimed that the Curry County Men’s 42 League was the largest such league in the state. If “Forty-Two,” the only exciting dominoes game, ever becomes one of the Olympic games, this county in Eastern New Mexico could supply the U.S. team. One warning: These guys […]

It’s a dog’s life: from a canine’s perspective

Meadow (left) and I are looking a lot better now. Our foster humans fed us four meals a day to beef us up and help us regain our health. Now we need a home. Janet Taylor-Birkey “Dog is man’s best friend.” We like to think that is true, but our lives prove that the opposite […]

ENMU FOOTBALL NOTES: Elliott making progress

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer THE HEALTH OF FORMER Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott has significantly improvement since being hospitalized last week following a fall at home. Elliott has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room at Lubbock Heart Hospital. The Sept. 7 fall resulted in two […]

8/5 a view from under the pew

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos converses with a bone willifred the white rat talked me into taking another trip in his […]

Stuck in the bone zone

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer It’s Georgia O’Keefe’s fault I have dead things in my yard. Mind you it’s not like I have rotting corpses and half-decayed brain clumps lounging about, but I have a fine collection of moldering skulls. I recall a bookmark of one of her paintings adorned with skulls and peonies. […]

Funny bones can be lost through surgery

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist If you’re a dinner party hostess who wants to save money on hors d’oeuvres so you can donate to the Martha Stewart Relief Fund, allow me to offer some help. I know a sure-fire way to curb appetites. I’m talking about steering the dinner conversation into a detailed discussion of […]

Texas cemetery opens for American Indians

Don McAlavy: Local columnist MORTON, Texas — This story began in the late 1950s when a wooden box containing human bones was found in the old Cochran County Museum in Morton. Morton is about 30 miles south of Muleshoe. The box was labeled “Indian bones — part of skeleton found in southern Cochran County.” Maxine […]