Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: You know there are teenagers in the house when…

Marla Jo Fisher I have a friend whose children are old enough now to strike fear into the hearts of their mother, as she dreads the coming transformation from adorable kid to hulking, hairy creature from the black lagoon. Since my kids are already well into this transition, Barb views our family like a big, […]

Experience shades expectations

It has not exactly been a year when cross country, or back country for that matter, skiers could pick and choose their time and place for recreation. In fact, by this time last year enough snow had fallen in the Curry County area for a number of skiing outings, but this year, even a trip […]

Fame not necessary to impact lives

Curtis Shelburne Like most folks who were alive at the time, I remember exactly where I was when we got the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. I was just six years old, but I remember. Like most of you, I remember where I was and what I was doing when on […]

In search of ponies: Animal ‘collecting’ takes balance

“Exactly how many animals do you have?” asked a man who said he reads my column regularly. I have to admit, I had to run a quick count. And a couple weeks ago when a nasty funk developed in the garage, the smell of death led me to conduct a head-count to make sure the […]

Attention completely unintended

By Glenda Price: State columnist I agreed to do the chores for several days. Nothing to it, I thought. Not exactly. The animals’ pasture is being irrigated, so everybody is in the pens by the barn. Five show lambs are in the back pen and three older dry ewes occupy the front pen. An old […]

Origin of ENMU mascot unclear

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ENMU courtesy photo An 800-pound bronze greyhound graces the campus of Eastern New Mexico University, a gift from Huo Baozhu, president of a sculptural art company in the People’s republic of China. ENMU is expecting two real greyhounds as mascots at events. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has long been […]

AFREP sustains mission, saves money

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Michael Harris, 27th SOMG, inspects a circuit card for an LCD monitor. Through the Air Force Repair Enhancement Program, airmen work with advanced machinery to detect and repair malfunctioning circuits in equipment. By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg: 27th SOW Public Affairs Most of us do not look forward […]

Young couple copes with tragic losses

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Courtesy photo Amber Noack said her son Aaydyn was a funny child, always happy and never sullen. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Exactly one week after Amber and Brad Noack buried their infant daughter, tragedy struck again for the young couple. Their 19-month-old son, Aaydyn Noack, died Wednesday from injuries he suffered when he […]

Texans thrash ENMU

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Going in with an undermanned squad to play the No. 16 team in the nation in NCAA Division II is not exactly a recipe for victory. On top of that, Tarleton State was coming off a loss at West Texas A&M on Saturday in a game which determined the Lone […]

Proposed dairy site questioned

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Members of a Parmer County church have raised concern over an application for a dairy permit in the Lariat area. The proposed dairy will be built on the south side of U.S. 70-84 on Parmer County Road DD. Concerns raised during a June 20 public hearing in Farwell included […]

When is a house a home, and where is home, really?

By Curtis K. Shelburne Lately I’ve been thinking more than usual about the venerable “father of the faithful,” old Abraham. More than ever, the great patriarch has my respect. God called Abraham to take a trip (God didn’t specify exactly where), to make his home in a country that would one day be his (God […]

Windows service pack worth the long wait

Tom DiFrancesca If you’ve not run “Windows Update” on your PC lately, you need to do so. Microsoft has released yet another security patch for Internet Explorer. I’ve also just recently learned that Microsoft will be releasing “Service Pack 2” for Windows XP. The service pack is predicted to be large and may take some […]

How Does God Guide His People Today?

By Curtis K. Shelburne If you were to ask me how God guides his people today, I’d probably look ministerial for a moment, which might indicate serious thought — or intestinal gas or the onset of a cold — and then I’d give you a few points in descending order of importance as to how […]