Friday morning briefing: Backyard video and Chamber awards

Happy New Year! And welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day Check out our latest walk through an attraction… In your backyard. And the winner is… Have someone special in mind you’d like to honor? You have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to nominate them for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber annual awards. […]

Singing the right tune for the new year

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Although I certainly wish for you and yours a happy and blessed New Year, I confess that I’m rarely terribly excited about New Year’s fanfare. (I like almost any reason for some days off and time with friends and good food, so I’m not a total New Year’s grinch […]

Mother of victim happy with 133-year sentence

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — The mother of a Tucumcari rape victim said she is pleased with the 133-year prison sentence her daughter’s attacker received on Wednesday. “It has helped my family a great deal and will help other families of the future,” she said. Torrance County District Judge Kevin Sweazea sentenced Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, […]

Clovis, Portales high school reunions bring grads back

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Richard Weaver and his wife Leslie of Clovis are greeted Friday night at the CHS Class of ’89 reunion by organizers Pam Caro and Lori Luttrell (middle) at Kelley’s. Caro came to the reunion from Denver, while Luttrell traveled from Fort Hood, Texas. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Fall […]

a view from under the pew: happy cheesy new year

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. happy cheesy new year boss this holiday season got the best of me i turned into a […]

Lessons learned from scripture last lifetime

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I have many happy memories of my childhood and growing up in a Baptist preacher’s home. My parents were the same at home as they were at church. I think I could describe my parents in this way. Mother went by the saying, “Obey the rules,” and Daddy always said, […]

Olympian remembered as happy-go-lucky teen

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Courtesy photo Amber Campbell as a seventh-grader in Tucumcari. By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari residents who knew Olympian Amber Campbell are excited for the happy-go-lucky teenager they remember who attended local elementary and middle schools. Campbell, 27, will be competing in the qualifying rounds of the hammer throw event on Monday, and in […]

Happy birthday, Hernandez

Dianna Hernandez has been on this earth for nearly a quarter of a century.

Happy birthday, Tucumcari

Tucumcari celebrates a century as an incorporated city this year.

The happiest are people who …

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Columnist Are you happy? If that question catches you off guard and you’ve really not thought of it in awhile, chances are that you really are. Happy, that is. One sure way to be unhappy is to spend a lot of time asking yourself often and with the deepest feeling you […]

3-26 Happy Birthday

The following people celebrate birthdays today:• Ernesto Apodaca• Serena Claire• Gerald D. Cortese• Snowman Devenport• Lynette Nosim• Payte Parker• Mauricio Urioste

Tonya’s gone shopping

When shopping for clothes, you should know yourself and your proportions. If you are skinny on the bottom, wear a full top over narrow pants. If you are short waisted, long tops and shorter skirts work best. If you have a petite torso, wear a fitted top with full pants. If you are long waisted, […]

Transient’s family accepted way of life

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The mother of a transient whose body was discovered in an abandoned house last month said her family is at peace with his death and is thankful for the thoughtfulness Clovis residents showed before and after his death. Marie Autrand of Yuma, Ariz., described her son, Howard J. Payne, […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Collectors don’t compete over toys

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer HUNDREDS OF PLASTIC TOYS adorn the walls of a bedroom in the home of Leta Cole. The Clovis resident has collected toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals for about a decade. More toys are tucked away in about 15 boxes, her husband, J.D., said. Cole and her sisters in Missouri […]

Here’s a good word to work into conversation

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I am of the strong opinion that, as a general rule, people should avoid omphaloskepsis. It’s a nasty practice that almost always leaves those who practice it much less happy than before.   So there. I’m on the record. If I ever aspire to high public office, the paper […]

People frequently use escape methods

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist When it comes to escaping, soap heads are so passé, however cute they may appear on the tour of Alcatraz. Several soap heads were made by inmates to fool guards and give them time to break out of “The Rock” and most likely plunge to their deaths — in the angry, […]

Presents aren’t what make happy holiday

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist The day after Thanksgiving is always highlighted as a busy shopping day. I watched a TV newscast that featured film footage of people camped outside certain stores in hopes to get their hands on the latest PlayStation. I saw people sleeping on cots in line and recycling in fold-up chairs, […]

Mother fondly remembers son

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Margaret Evans said she plans to keep a promise her son made to his wife when they were married. “We have to try to keep that smile on her face. He promised her he would keep her smiling,” she said. Capt. Kermit O. Evans, 31, a Cannon airman serving […]

“Kirby man” keeps going

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CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin WilsonLawrence Riggins shows his “100 Percent Kirby Club” pin received during 50 years working with the company. He received the pin for 16 sales of the vacuum cleaner and a stone for each additional 16 sales. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Lawrence Riggins once sold a vacuum cleaner for a […]

Happiness comes when we learn to trust in God

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist What are the ingredients for a happy life? How do we find happiness? With the Galilean countryside stretching out below him and the Sea of Galilee in the distance, Jesus, in what we call “The Sermon on the Mount,” talked to his listeners about the Kingdom of God and […]