Christmas candy cane taunts me

The first few days after Christmas are magical. OK, maybe that’s not the best word. Instead, let’s go with, “really really good.” That’s the best way I can think of to describe the post-holiday sales. The half-off wrapping and candy works for everybody. We get cheap stuff that will work next Christmas (and other holidays […]

Letter to the editor: Chamber program appreciated

I read with admiration Friday’s article about the Chamber of Commerce handing out grocery money from “Random Acts of Kindness.” I thought how nice, especially this time of year. Large family gatherings and lots of goodies can strain a budget. I was thinking about this while in line at a local grocery store… in front […]

Baseball league more optimistic about adding Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Pecos League has submitted a few concessions it would like as it moves toward the possibility of opening play next May with a baseball team in Clovis. “I think there’s going to be baseball there (in Clovis), unless they come up and say (a park lease is) going […]

Grant McGee: Friend showed ropes of living in New Mexico

I got an e-mail a few days ago from my good friend Kent, the Bard of the Pecos, now a part-time judge, duly elected by the folks of Elida. Kent was going in for hip surgery and, you know, there’s no absolute guarantee that you’ll emerge on the other side hale, hearty and alive. Kent […]

Clovis police to begin scrambling radio transmissions

Sharna Johnson After about six years in the works, Clovis police expect to begin scrambling radio transmissions in the near future. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the system has been tested and a few remaining things need to be worked out with dispatch. While he doesn’t have a specific timeline when the change will take […]

August weather hotter than average

Kevin Wilson A few degrees, and a little bit of humidity, makes a big difference. It’s not a surprise that it’s hot. In August. In New Mexico. However, Clovis and Portales are experiencing a heat wave in which the average high for the first 15 day so August has been more than 3 degrees warmer […]

Hounds start fall drills with few holes to fill

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s high-powered offense is slowing gaining respect in the Lone Star Conference. The Greyhounds (3-8, 0-6 LSC South Division), making the switch this season to the North in football, were picked for fourth place in the North in the conference’s preseason poll. Moreover, they earned two first-place votes. That’s all […]

Internet big part of my lifestyle

When I first dipped my toes into the Internet nearly two decades ago I figured it was likely just a fad. I think my first clue that it had become more than a fad was when my mother expressed an interest in getting online. These days there are a few holdouts who don’t use the […]

Cold weather has chilling history

With near triple-digit temperatures expected the next few weeks, this seems a good time to remember the cold. Our coldest day is quite debatable, but here are a few of the contenders: • The weather.com website claims the coldest temperature recorded in Portales was minus-17 on Jan. 2, 1979. Clovis was only minus-7 that day, […]

Codes make country preferable

By Glenda Price: State columnist Three or four years ago a couple I know purchased a home in a nice subdivision in town. The guy has a special talent regarding plants, and their back yard definitely shows it. He planted a young weeping willow in the back corner of their yard, and it has become […]

Resurrection reconciles joy and sorrow

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist More than a few writers have talked about the place where Joy and Sorrow meet. In a moment of deep contentment, someone may say, “I’m so happy I could cry!” And in the moments of deepest and most unutterable joy, we say nothing at all. We don’t live long […]

Jail security 101: Guards must watch inmates

Yes, by now most residents know the Curry County jail has structural problems that should have been resolved before it was built in 1993. Yes, by now we know how difficult it is to find trained, experienced correctional officers to work there, and stay longer than a few months. Yes, by now we are not […]

Experts say farmers will see benefits of wet winter within weeks

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Freedom New Mexico: Chris Schmaedeke Tucumcari farmer Jack Smith shows how much snow he still has on his field. Smith believes all the snow should help this harvest season. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Area farmers may not be seeing the benefits of a wet winter now, but they will in a few weeks, […]

Pregame show could top TV ads

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist A few ramblings from my couch, the grocery store and my Michael J. Fox-inspired dreams. • Sunday’s Lakers-Celtics game was just fantastic to watch, but I could have done without homerism masked as NBA coverage. ABC had a halftime interview with Lakers coach Phil Jackson. That’s a fair and timely […]

Legislators to hear requests from city, county officials

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Legislators may be hearing a few requests for the upcoming session. But there’s little hope they’ll be able to grant them. A rough financial forecast has legislators pessimistic capital outlay will be available for needs city and county organizations will have during Friday’s Clovis/Curry County Legislative Breakfast. The event, […]

Artist’s passion has roots in childhood

By Don McAlavy: Local historian I have known Lucille Bradburn of Clovis for 30 or 40 years, give or take a few years. She was born Jan. 27, 1929, two years older than this columnist. She has always been busy writing to people, emailing to people across the country, and I have helped her get […]

Church provides MNF option

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kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com Seven days a week, the room with a few tables and chairs is called Fellowship Hall at Trinity United Methodist Church. For a few hours each Monday, it could also be called football central. Like they’ve done since 2008, a few people at the church are using the small room to give a different […]

A few flute notes does not a lawsuit make

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Few flute notes does not a lawsuit make On the song “Kookaburra” : “Marion Sinclair was a music teacher at (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toorak_College,_Mt_Eliza) Toorak College, a girls’ school in (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne) Melbourne which she had attended as a boarder. In 1920, she began working with the school’s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guides_Australia) Girl Guides company. One Sunday […]

Child’s health more important than size

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist A few days ago, my eight year old daughter Luisa burst into tears at the mall and told me that she’s too big. Luisa knows that she’s overweight, and when she tried on some outfits at the store, none of them flattered her figure. She was crushed and through tears […]

Issuing federal IDs impedes on freedoms

Freedom New Mexico Many government officials and a few U.S. residents — especially among the anti-immigration crowd, have called for a national identification card in this country. Reasonable Americans and those who remember why our forefathers chose to break away from British rule in the first place recognize that such an idea runs counter to […]