Commentary: Take care of yourself; learn your limit

By Tech. Sgt. Heath Fortenberry: Flight Safety NCO On the artificial grass of a new and fancy flag football field, I sat nursing a sorely strained and possibly pulled hamstring. This newest injury I just experienced led to an epiphany for me. This sudden realization was that I seem to get these nagging injuries all […]

Portales director starting two children’s choirs

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Choir Director Heather Vest is starting children’s choirs at Eastern New Mexico University. Third- through eighth-graders can learn to read music and sing a variety of styles of Christmas music this semester. Argen Duncan Young voices will have an outlet at Eastern New Mexico University this fall. Heather Vest, an […]

God is a source of joy

By Curtis K. Shelburne Bruce Larson tells of a conference at a Presbyterian church in Omaha. As the story goes, people were given helium-filled balloons and told to hold them until a time came in the service when they experienced joy in their hearts. At that point, they could just let go of their balloons […]

Freedom of information should be celebrated

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Sometimes you just need a little perspective. Last month, while politicos and activists of every stripe were hunkered down in the Roundhouse, I slipped away to meet with two small delegations of African officials. They had come to America to learn about public transparency and anti-corruption efforts in an experienced […]

Training to increase for jail officers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lt. Curtis Cherry, training officer with the Curry County Detention Center, reviews the master training manual Monday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The training starts in a classroom and moves to the floor under the close supervision of a more experienced officer. Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Lois […]

Mastering coffee drinking takes practice

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I’m a novice when it comes to the art of coffee drinking. As a somewhat new sipper of this perked beverage, I’m envious of the grace and skill my parents exhibit in drinking coffee. My first attempts to become a coffee drinker in my early 30s resulted in a scalded […]

Judging and being judged by God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist Many years ago a friend shared with me a little story by Wyatt Kirk. In these days  before Christmas, I think it’s particularly appropriate. “The story is told of the time when all nations and peoples are gathered before God in judgment. A growing undercurrent of accusations against God […]

New Mexico a state of unique Americans

Ned Cantwell Go up to your ordinary guy on the street in say, Hobbs, and tell him he looks like a space cadet, he’s liable to deck you. Try the same thing in Clovis, but first make sure the rifle is still hanging on the rack inside the pickup. Say it in Santa Fe and […]

Democrats feigning shock in California

Thomas Sowell In hip and non-judgmental California, Democrats are suddenly expressing shock over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s past sex life, his father’s politics, and the example that his movies may have set for the young. Senator Dianne Feinstein expresses alarm over the fact that Arnold used ugly-looking military weapons in movies about military combat. Democrats are shocked, […]