March Madness has struck office

Well, I guess it’s that time again. The coming weeks will bring NCAA March Madness action to our local homes, offices and bars. For the past 21 years of my life, this event has had about as much significance to my world as my morning nose-blowing ritual. But year 22 is different. Freedom New Mexico […]

Hotel offers historic experience

Karl Terry Do you believe in ghosts? For me I guess the answer would be no but I do enjoy the stories and legends. If a ghost story helps put a person in a period of history and brings that history to life in some way that’s pretty cool whether you believe in ghosts or […]

Blaming the victim? Poll-lease

Kevin Wilson I guess it shouldn’t be a big deal that 18 percent of Americans think President Obama is a Muslim. I’m guessing more people than that liked Coke II. But I know why people liked Coke II — it had a lot of sugar. This Pew Research poll is a little bit trickier. According […]

Hard to top invention of saddle

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Can you guess what simple invention is considered one of the basic pieces of equipment involved in creating and spreading modern civilization? I couldn’t. It involves the horse…of course… and the saddle. Like most country kids, I learned to ride bareback. I still believe that’s how novice riders should begin […]

‘Lit’ didn’t happen this time

Guess who won the annual Word Worm competition sponsored by the Curry County Literacy Council?

New area code affects state of mind

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist It’s a little hard saying goodbye to the 505. On the surface, it’s just a three-digit area code for our Land of Entrapment, I mean Land of Enchantment. But the 505 is also a mentality. This area code change is literally going to split our state in half, if politicians […]

Most-prized possessions record life stories

David Stevens My brother in San Antonio sent an e-mail last week about relatives heading for his house to escape the wrath of Hurricane Rita. He was amused by the possessions they were planning to bring with them, including frozen food and old tax returns. So after you knew the family and pets were safe, […]

Don’t judge or look down on your brother

by Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Have you ever passed judgment on someone else without knowing all the facts? I’ve told this story before, but it never goes out of style: One Sunday night about 1963, I was sitting on the back pew at church with the rest of the teenagers. My father was preaching and […]

Rigid thought creates fear

Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist This column has occasionally taken a stand against rigidity of thought and viewpoint, based on the belief this is not the way God has designed us as human beings to live our lives. In other words, I try to find a balance between our own spiritual journey and those who have […]

Pair recalls miracles as children

By Angela Peacock TUCUMCARI — Some would say Lillian Dunn and Joe Liles were miracle children. Now they’re both senior citizens, living at Tucumcari’s Laurel Hills Care Center, where they are regulars at the dominoes table. Their stories: “I got ran over when I was 5 years old in Clovis,” said Dunn, who is 80. […]

Writer’s goal not influence

A couple of weeks ago, the occasion being the baptism or christening of a child, I focused the homily on “Why We Do What We Do.” In other words, why do we baptize as we do, why do we revere the sacrament of baptism, etc.? In a similar vein, today I choose to address why […]

Clovis netter ousted at state

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — A combination of nervousness and altitude spelled a quick end to Clovis sophomore Patricia Gallegos’ trip to the state tennis tournament. Gallegos fell to Sandia freshman Anna Surviladze 6-0, 6-2 in the opening round of Wednesday’s Class 5A state tournament at Albuquerque Academy. Surviladze, the younger sister of 2001 individual […]