Thanking God should be part of holiday

We use thank you in many ways. We teach our children to say thank you. I recently received a credit card offer that gave thank you points for every purchase made with the card. Then there was a promotional from a business offering a half price sale to say thank you to all their faithful […]

Fine line divides types of martyrs

There is a fine line that divides things that seem alike. A line, however thin, is still a line. It exists to define and make clear truths that would otherwise be missed. Usually, we know the line is there; and, usually, we understand what it defines. But sometimes we are fooled by the similarity of […]

Not all rural deliveries welcome

Where we lived when I was a kid gave Rural Free Delivery (RFD) a whole new dimension. It was two miles to the mailbox, dirt road of course, and the mailman only drove the 25 miles from town twice a week. My brother and I ordered stuff through the mail. I sent in a boxtop […]

Obama similar in lot of ways to younger Bush

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama may go down as the man who gave us at least four more years of George W. Bush. The two men seem alike. Only one major distinction survives honest scrutiny: Bush gave us anti-abortion Supreme Court nominees; Obama gave us a pro-abortion-rights nominee. Health care? Sure, Obama federalized it. […]

Five arrested in grain theft

CNJ staff The theft of $70,000 in grain has led to the arrest of five men. Investigators believe Thomas Sotelo, 23, a Peavy Grain employee, gave 20 truckloads of grain to four independent truck drivers for sale to outside parties and then split the proceeds with them, according to a press release from the Curry […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 p.m. Feb. 10 an officer responded to an undisclosed residence for a report of criminal sexual contact of a minor. A 15-year-old girl said a girl from school arranged for her friend to give her a ride home so she […]

Club notes — Jan. 30

Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary The general meeting of the Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary was held Jan. 19 in the conference room. President Sid Phillips opened the meeting by reading the Auxiliary Prayer. The minutes were accepted as read by secretary Adele Breech. Treasurer Wanda Martinez gave an end -of-the-year treasurer’s report. The annual dues have […]

Gift cards ease shopping

Karl Terry Did you get a little piece of plastic in your stocking this Christmas? Business experts say Americans gave a record amount of gift cards this Christmas. According to the National Retail Foundation the average person in the U.S. gave $145.61 in gift cards this year. Nearly $25 billion was likely spent this year […]

Journalists should stay off payrolls

Is anyone really surprised that MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann gave contributions to three Democratic politicians? It’s hard to summon the kind of deep outrage that drove Olbermann, host of the cable channel’s top-rated “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” into a brief suspension. If you watch his show or listen to his frequent bloviating it becomes apparent […]

Club notes — Oct. 3

Chaparral Extension Club The Chaparral Extension Club met Sept. 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church with nine members attending. The meeting was called to order by Jeanetta Mesner. Roll call was answered with your most embarrassing moment. June Phillips read the minutes and a thank-you note from the Eastern NM Food Bank. Dorothy Bean gave the […]

Richardson talks Ute, ENMU

Kevin Wilson New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson paid one of his final official visits to eastern New Mexico Thursday, when he gave $125,000 to Eastern New Mexico University’s digital cinema arts program. Following the ceremony, he took a few questions from Freedom New Mexico and News 3 New Mexico (KENW-TV) reporters. Kevin Wilson, Freedom New […]

Loss of tree means gain of treehouse

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House gave me some bad news the other day: Our friendly shade tree has to come down. The tree’s roots are diving big-time into the family garden. This would explain why the tree had rocketed up in just a few short years. There’s lots of tasty […]

Texico superintendent says he still has goals to accomplish

CNJ staff Texico Schools Superintendent R.L. Richards, who withdrew from consideration as Clovis’ next superintendent, gave the CNJ a copy of his written statement Saturday as submitted to the Clovis school board. The statement: “In these uncertain times, there is always one constant, the Lord. After much prayer and thought, I need to stay at […]

Desire only qualification needed

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist I was at one of those community dinners we have around here from time to time when someone asked me a question that gave me pause. “What sort of training did you have to have to be a DJ?” asked Robert, who was in charge of taking tickets. I got […]

Club news

Clovis Quilters The Clovis Quilters met feb. 8 at Trinity Luthern Church with 16 members attending. Brenda Harpold called the meeting to order and reported on the VFW quilt. Beth Franks gave the treasurers report. The Hartley House donation quilt has been delivered. Amy Armenta reported on Operation Homefront and the guild. The next Clovis […]

Commissioners ask for more transparency on investments

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Asking for more transparency and concluding their communication problems lie with Treasurer Bernice Baker, Curry County commissioners seemed satisfied Wednesday with an explanation of investments during a lengthy study session. Investment Advisor Rob Burpo, owner of Albuquerque-based First American Financial Advisor Inc., gave commissioners a 3 1/2 hour presentation, […]

1-24 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 a.m. Jan. 8, an officer was dispatched to Mesa Elementary School on north Norris Street for a report of a child having trouble breathing. An emergency responder told the officer the female student was being transported to the hospital and […]

PRMC births down in 2009

Freedom New Mexico Gift baskets were ready and there was no shortage of expecting mothers in the community. But as the sun fell on the first day of 2010, there was still no first baby of the year. It was close, said Ellen Augustine, interim women’s and pediatrics’ manager for Plains Regional Medical Center. One […]

Fear of indoctrination starting dangerous trend

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Two years ago, we took my grandson Jason to Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. Since he had an interest in photography, we got him a small, one-use camera and he took some wonderful shots, worth entering in county fair. This was at age 7, and a few opportunities that came along […]

Bingaman: Congress approves bull that funds Labs, key New Mexico projects

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the U.S. Senate gave final approval to a spending bill that contains funding for New Mexico’s labs and other key initiatives in the state. The FY 2009 Omnibus Spending Bill would fund the work of most federal agencies through September.