Man no stranger to god-making

Curtis Shelburne “Make me a god!” It seems like such a strange request—until we realize how often we probably make this same request ourselves. Israel’s children were waiting in the desert at the foot of Mount Sinai. Moses had been summoned up the mountain by God Himself. Jehovah was about to give to Moses to […]

Business digest — Sept. 27

Clovis man elected to board The American Seed Trade Association elected Blake Curtis of Clovis as first vice chairman of its Board of Directors for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Curtis is senior vice-president of Curtis and Curtis, Inc., a family-owned agricultural business in eastern New Mexico. The business was established in 1956 to supply native […]

Bigger not necessarily better

Of the multitude of really foolish ideas our society naively buys as unquestionably true, one of its most foolish, fiercely held, and utterly false beliefs is this: Bigger is always better. In 1927 British essayist and author G.K. Chesterton, in a book entitled “The Outline of Sanity,” wrote about what he called “The Bluff of […]

Martinez appoints two local men to state agencies

Freedom New Mexico Two eastern New Mexico men, one from Clovis and one from Portales, were among four appointments announced Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez. Blake Curtis, senior vice president of management and sales at Curtis & Curtis, a wholesale and retail seed company in Clovis, was appointed to the New Mexico Finance Authority. Curtis […]

God truly deserving of our trust

Curtis Shelburne Who Do You Really Trust? By Curtis K. Shelburne

Chuck wagon chefs gather for cook-off

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File photo Chuck wagon cooks from throughout the region will compete Saturday in the annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off at the fairgrounds. Ticket feature: Freedom New Mexico Cooks from across the region will circle the wagons noon Saturday for the third annual Duke of the Dutch Ovens Chuck Wagon Cook-off. Boasting 10 of the best chuck […]

Fertilizer prices drop

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Ursula Parker with bags of fertilizer Thursday in the SPRA-Green warehouse. Fertilizer prices have dropped since last year, but some farmers have switched to manure because it is cheaper. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Fertilizer prices have dropped in recent months, but not enough for some area suppliers and […]

God’s people are athletes running a race

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Hi, my name is Curtis and I’m a Winter Olympicaholic. As I write, the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver are themselves closing. Seventeen days sounded like a good long time, but now the Olympic flame is being extinguished. Our neighbors to the north did a […]

Compassion more important than law

God walked this globe full of grace By Curtis K. Shelburne Some things never change. Most things, in fact. “In times like these,” said one wise man, “it helps to remember that there have always been times like these.” Yes, and people, too. While no one is absolutely one or the other, people here will […]

The Red Hat in a Grey Suit World

By Curtis K. Shelburne

Preacher shares a love story

In case you missed it, Pastor Curtis Shelburne writes about “a funeral and the depth of family love” in his latest column:

Weather causes extensive crop damage

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hail from a series of thunderstorms last week caused at least $10 million in crop damage in Parmer and Bailey counties, according to agricultural officials. Bailey County Extension Agent Curtis Preston said the hail — some as big as baseballs — destroyed about 25,000 acres of corn, cotton and […]

Barber shears five generations

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Blake Curtis, 15 months, sits on his grandfather Blake Curtis’ lap Wednesday for his first haircut at Ellison’s Barbershop. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Blake Curtis held his 15-month-old grandson in his lap in the barber’s chair as Ellison Green snipped at the child’s hair. With the younger Blake’s […]

Greigo-Montanez Wedding

Franchesca Griego of Clovis and Robert Montanez Jr. of Portales were joined in marriage July 8, 2006, at Faith Christian Family Church. The Rev. Peter Jaramillo performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mario and Suzette Griego of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of Nick and Clara Griego of Clovis and […]

Duncan wins probate judge seat

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When county officials declared Kevin Duncan the winner of the probate judge primary election, one thing was foremost on his mind — sleep. Duncan garnered 1,469 votes, according to county tallies, which trickled in Wednesday morning, slowed by a hitch in counting absentee ballots. His opponent, Michael Wells, garnered […]

Dogs reported poisoned

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three dogs in a Clovis neighborhood were poisoned Sunday with a household chemical wrapped in uncooked bacon. One family is mourning the loss of a beloved pet as a result. Divot, a small, Lhasa apso mix owned by the Curtis family, died Monday afternoon after ingesting organo-phosphate, a chemical […]

Ira Curtis Vibbard

Ira Curtis Vibbard Services:10 a.m. Sunday at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2915 S. Union. Ira Curtis Vibbard, 67, of Dexter died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, surrounded by his family at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1937, in Portales to Walter Vibbard and Nettie Powell Vibbard. He married Cheryl Adams on Dec. 5, 1976 […]

Close to home, yet world away: trip to Portales

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist We are going to take a virtual tour of Portales, by way of enhancing our romancing through some wonderful events and new opportunities in this town. If you wish to grab a mid-autumn getaway with the love of your life, the approaching weekend could be a busy one for you. Changes […]

Reporter’s notebook: Schools pledge record amount for United Way

The teachers and staff of the Clovis Municipal School system recently showed their commitment to the community by pledging a record $61,416 to United Way of Eastern New Mexico. It was a 22-percent increase from last year, according to school and United Way officials. United Way is a non-profit charitable organization which raises money to […]

Tiffin, Curtis

Curtis Tiffin Services:Have been held. Curtis Tiffin, 80, died Aug. 8, 2005 at University Medical Center in Lubbock Tiffin was born Mar. 25, 1925, in Maude, Okla. to Effie and A. N. Tiffin. Tiffin’s family moved from Maude, Okla., to Ranchvale when he was four years old. He graduated from high school there in 1943, […]