Owners line up for pet blessing

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Cleo, a Chinese pug, receives a blessing with owner Deedra Hines by Father Allen Brockmeier of the St. James Episcopal Church at Saturday’s pet blessing event at Trinity Lutheran Church. Benna Sayyed Merle could hardly sit still for his first blessing at church. At 3 months old, Merle was abandoned […]

Freedom, liberty at heart of conflict

After attending a couple of events last week commemorating 9/11 and watching television coverage it is hard to believe how overwhelming that day still seems. Ten years seems like an eternity when I look at all that has happened in my personal life over that time. When I see the images of that day and […]

Herding Squirrels: The future has arrived

Traci Arbios We were sitting on the couch; more to the point, I was sitting, he was in my arms, my newborn son. Little mittens on his hands, tiny hat on his head; he was warm and cuddly and I sat staring, absorbing every detail of his sweet, pink face. His eyebrows were mere wisps. […]

Libertarians lead invisible life

In day-to-day life, being a libertarian really doesn’t attract any attention. We are pretty much invisible. We are the neighbors who mind our own business. We probably don’t have noisy parties but won’t call the cops about yours. We are the people who pick up the dropped keys for the person struggling with grocery bags. […]

First person: Rodeo life

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Shelby Mayfield, 12, shown with her horse, Cream, was the top girls winner at the High Plains Junior Rodeo with five saddles. Shelby Mayfield’s running out of room for her winnings. Shelby, 12, and her brother Shad took home six saddles at this year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo. Shelby, who […]

Tips on essential oils featured

Information on how to transform your life, suggestions on how to achieve your dreams and ways to use essential oils will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Author and professional speaker Peter Fogel will talk about reinventing yourself and relate stories and strategies of people over 40 […]

Only security in life knowing Jesus as savior

Have you ever taken some common event in your life for granted? I have, and a particular road trip showed me that sometimes we do not reach our destination, and life changes drastically in the process. This eye-opening experience came for me when some years ago Annie, Buffy, Mother and I were driving at dusk […]

Letters to the editor: New course betters life in Clovis

New course betters life in Clovis Regarding negative comments about the new city golf course: What I understood is the money was already there to be spent on just parks and recreation projects. So I’m not sure where it would be wasted unless we didn’t use it to improve our way of life in Clovis. […]

Children are at center of life in heaven

Curtis Shelburne If I were to ask you to name some occasions in Scripture when Jesus was angry, where would you start? Probably the incident that would come to mind first for most of us is Christ overturning the tables of the greedy money-changers in the temple. If he wasn’t awfully angry on that occasion, […]

Our people: Former ENMU math professor Vern Witten said his favorite smell is fresh baked bread

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Liliana Castillo Freedom New Mexico Vern Witten sits in a special chair in his Portales home. His grandfather came in from working one day and sat in the chair to rest and died. Portales resident Vern Witten is the oldest of four and was milking cows and working in the field by the age of […]

Concert reveals youth’s end

Somewhere along life’s path my music changed from Rock ‘n’ Roll to Classic Rock. Most of it is dubiously preserved on vinyl but there are a select few bands still out there bringing it live and I got the chance to see two of my favorites last weekend in Lubbock. That “Little Ol’ Band from […]

Texico fifth-graders bring literary characters to life

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico fifth-grader Matthew Barriga’s stall was popular with a group consistantly gathering to hear his presentation as Harry Potter from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Liliana Castillo Texico fifth-grader’s living museum was more like a living library. One of the school’s three gyms was transformed Friday into 46 individual […]

Never found a pie I didn’t like

Pie could very well be one of the best things in this life. Three layers in sweet harmony —crust, filling and topping. My mouth waters just writing about pie. I don’t know if I can name a favorite kind of pie because I can’t really remember a pie I didn’t like. It was encounters with […]

Relay for Life raises $116,000

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools and Clovis Community College’s cosmetology program’s Relay team called the E-lemon-ators sold lemonade and baked goods to raise money for the American Cancer Society. CNJ staff Officials with the Clovis Relay for Life are catching their breath from the annual fundraising event, but said there’s still […]

Friday morning briefing: Relay kicks off, Cannon chips in and an iconic deadly crash

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Relay for Life The annual Relay for Life fundraiser kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Ned Houk Park. Participants walk through the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. There’s food, live bands and a Lady […]

Combat call center online

CNJ staff A Vet Center Combat Call Center is now available to help veterans readjust to civilian life, according to a news release. 1-877-WAR VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in […]

Luke provided window into Jesus’ early life

Beloved doctors … we all have had them or we all know of them. Any one my age who grew up in Clovis remembers Dr. George Prothro as a beloved doctor. When my sister and I were sick, Dr. Prothro would even make house calls. My mother would feel better about us just knowing Dr. […]

First person: Labor of love

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Donald Bird plans to repaint the Duster at Veterans Park in May. He served in Vietnam, and said the weapon saved his life numerous times. Donald Bird considers the M42 Duster a life-saver, and probably as close to a friend as a machine can get. But he doesn’t consider it […]

Easter church services

The following is a listing of Good Friday and Easter services at area churches: Clovis churches Victory Life Church — 10 a.m., Sunday Central Baptist — 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to noon, Sunday. No Sunday School. Guest singer Adam Paul Williams to sing with choir and perform and concert at 6 […]

Clovis man still in serious condition after shooting

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man who was shot in the head Wednesday night remains in serious life-threatening condition. Curry County Sheriff’s officials have said Daniel Perez, 26, was shot in the head in the 900 block of South Valley Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night. Flown to a Lubbock hospital for treatment shortly after […]