McGee: Much better to be right than happy

A left turn on a red light is when you turn left from a one-way street on to another one-way street flowing in the direction of your turn. Recently, in another state, I did one. “What are you doing?” yelled The Lady of the House. “You just ran a red light.” “No,” I said in […]

Season on parade

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Alexis Richards of the Curry County Cats Spirit Squad tosses candy Saturday night at the Clovis Christmas Light Parade on Main Street. The squad did a dance routine to “Santa, Baby,” throughout the parade. Benna Sayyed Tressa Ilg watched the Christmas Light Parade from the side of Main Street wearing […]

Count on Jesus to get us through storms of life

It was on a school trip to Boston several years ago that I first saw a genuine lighthouse. While driving out toward the tip of Cape Cod, we stopped to explore a lighthouse that was open to visitors. Standing on the sandy hillside surrounded by wooden fencing, the lighthouse silently spoke volumes as I looked […]

Planet Kevin can’t come fast enough

Calling all scientists, calling all scientists: We need to travel faster than light, stat. Get on it. On Monday, the European Southern Observatory discovered 50 new exoplanets, including one that orbits in the habitable zone of its star 36 light years away from us. The planet may not have water — and if it did, […]

Man reflection of God’s light

Curtis Shelburne A “rustler’s moon.” That’s what cowboys used to call a quarter moon. It was bright enough that a rustler could see to carry out his cattle filching, but it was not so bright as to spotlight his thievery. But here’s a fact likely lost on all but your most astronomically-gifted cattle rustlers: be […]

Anyone can reflect God’s light

As a child I was involved in Sunbeams at church. Sunbeams were a mission organization for children. We sang about being a Sunbeam for Jesus and bringing light into the world. When my family moved from Kansas City to New Mexico, one lady was saying goodbye to my parents and then she turned to me, […]

Officials break ground on Ute pipeline project amid protests

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Protesters in boats filled Ute Reservoir during the Thursday groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. Kevin Wilson As a light rain sprinkled over the Ute Reservoir, the sounds of protest drowned out officials’ optimistic vision of progress and a long-term solution for […]

Beacon of Light to hold outreach event

Freedom New Mexico The Beacon of Light will hold a “One in a Million” outreach event 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1300 Thornton St. The free event includes tours of Beacon of Light homes, and performances from two gospel groups, PreOrdained and Two for God. Information: 763-9510.

Hay prices continue to rise

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cassandra Campbell of Clovis loads wheat hay Monday with help from Austin Hale, an employee with One Stop Feed. Campbell, who owns four horses, said her hay prices have increased $1.50 a bale in just the past month. Sharna Johnson Without rain and in light of high demand, the cost […]

Residents light up homes

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Tom and Shirley Cross decorate their home on the corner of South Avenue A and Eighth Street each year for the holidays. By Alisa Boswell Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Halloween are just a few of the holidays Danny Kendrick of Clovis decorates his front yard on Grand. Kendrick, […]

Taco Box to host nightly Christmas light show

Clovis’ Taco Box restaurant will again feature a nightly light show, set to Trans-Siberian Orchesta music. The eight-son show, with four songs by TSO, will run every hour and half hour from 5-9 p.m. The music will be broadcast on 88.5 FM, and hot chocolate is available inside free of charge. The 2,500-light show was […]

Christmas parade helps downtown gain exposure

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Light Parade entrants have the opportunity to compete for cash this year. The parade will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday and follow Main Street from 14th to Grand Avenue. The city’s Christmas tree, located in front of the Curry County Courthouse, will be lit at 5:45 p.m. Entrants who pay […]

Charity light, music show offered

CNJ staff A Christmas music and lights show for charity will be a nightly feature at a Clovis residence. The 7-9 p.m. show, which features 7,000 lights, will be at 1024 Jeanie Dr. through Christmas evening. Music, broadcast through 107.7 FM, includes Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, The Boston Pops, The Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr., and […]

Thursday morning briefing: Thanksgiving, a light show and the deep freeze

Good morning, Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Cheap ticket Bring a can of food and you can see the Greyhound and Zia basketball games free of charge Saturday. The food item will be donated to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico as part of Fan Appreciation Day. The Hounds […]

Christmas Light Parade accepting entries

CNJ staff The Christmas Light Parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 4. The parade, themed “A Windy Winter Wonderland,” will follow Main Street, starting at 14th Street and move south to Grand Avenue. Floats should arrive at Hilltop Plaza; walkers at Lowe’s grocery store; and marching bands at Marshall Middle School starting at 5:15 […]

Food at the speed of life: Pumpkin bread light, tasty

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Lonnie Berry of Portales recently brought something new to my attention: pumpkin cornbread. He said he got the recipe from a woman at church. I tried it. Pumpkin cornbread is easy to make, healthy and tasty. It’s low fat, and by using Splenda and making half the flour whole wheat, you get a pretty guilt-free […]

Police seek robbery suspects

CNJ staff Clovis police are hoping the public can help locate two male suspects in a Wednesday home invasion and burglary. Police were called to 300 Tucker Ave. for a robbery report around 9:45 p.m. A male resident said his wife woke him and said she thought someone was in the house. He said he […]

Temporary traffic light in Portales confirmed

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Transportation Friday confirmed plans for a temporary traffic light to be installed at Main and Second in Portales. NMDOT Engineering Support Manager Bob Kurtz said his department is waiting on a special control cabinet, which is due to arrive in Santa Fe on Monday or Tuesday. After […]

Weekly update — July 18

No damaged light poles in gyms so far Clovis schools are midway through a district-wide inspection of light poles prompted by a Consumer Product Safety Commission recall of light poles that can crack and fall. Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley says so far, none of the steel light poles manufactured by the now-defunct Whitco […]

Let the dirt fly

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Ray Reeser of Clovis climbs out of the car he uses as an “enforcer” during enduro car races at the Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex. Reeser said the enforcer serves as the track referee, which may include bumping cars that are violating the rules. By Clarence Plank Engines rev and […]