Scrambling season

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Vickie McCormick of Clovis does some Saturday shopping at Wal-Mart. McCormick said after Wal-Mart, she was headed to the North Plains Mall. McCormick said she is usually done shopping for Christmas very early. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Shopper Jim Zaikowski scoured the shelves of downtown stores Saturday, searching for […]

Christ wants to be reborn in the Bethlehems of our lives

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist “Sometimes,” a wise physician said, “the best thing you can do for your patient is nothing.” Of course, many times the best medicine IS medicine or surgery or aggressive treatment. But sometimes the best medicine is wrapped up in knowing when to do nothing. Wait a bit. Watch awhile. […]

Staying busy, caring for self Keys to easier deployments

Elizabeth Malone, wife of Master Sgt. James Malone, holds down the fort while her husband serves overseas. Janet Taylor-Birkey In 19 and a half years, Elizabeth Malone’s husband, Master Sgt. James Malone, currently stationed in Southwest Asia, has deployed more times than she can count, she said. To get ready for the current deployment, Mrs. […]

Ant colonies: Therapy for working man

By Grant McGee: local columnist Have you heard about that movie called “The Ant Bully?” It’s that age-old story of a little boy destroying an ant hill. The kid ends up being shrunk and having to help the ants rebuild their home. I think most of us have obliterated an ant hill with water, fire […]

Soft-spoken coach loved to keep busy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He was a quiet man who carried himself with consistency and unflinching stability. He was happiest when he was busy, family members said. Rufus George Jr. worked a majority of his life as a coach and teacher, spending 23 years at Gattis Junior High School, his wife Barbara George […]

Cats finish off busy summer

CNJ staff RUIDOSO — The Clovis High boys basketball team finished a busy summer schedule over the weekend, going 4-0 in a get-together with Class 3A schools Ruidoso, Socorro and St. Michael’s. The Wildcats finished the summer with a 40-4 record, coach J.D. Isler said, after beating St. Mike’s twice and both Ruidoso and Socorro […]

Hectic life can have bitter consequences

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I saw a scary commercial on TV the other day, a Wal-Mart spot showing a woman with a hectic lifestyle who looks into the camera and says: “I like being busy all the time.” Don’t we all? We just love driving around like maniacs, our cell phones glued to our […]

Slow down, you move too fast

By Curtis Shelburne Phooey! Pfui! Rats! I think I’m getting a cold. It’s still early in the experience, and I hope that maybe I just sucked up enough dust working on sheet rock last night that the dust is to blame for what feels like the beginnings of a cold. Maybe it’s not a bug […]

Are you really too busy to make a sandwich?

Leonard Pitts Jr. How long do you figure it would take you to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Not trying to set a land speed record, mind you. Just working at a normal pace, slapping jelly on one slice of bread, peanut butter on the other. How long do you figure it would […]