We must open ourselves to flow of God’s love

The month of June reminds me of the days of summer and finding activities to occupy the children. Some of those activities were unplanned and free. Annie, John Scott and Buffy were in grade school when we lived on the edge of town. A large vacant field surrounded our house and that was the scene […]

Earth Hour has minimal benefit for our planet

Freedom New Mexico Forget Earth Hour, this Saturday and into the future. It is a feel-good exercise that does less to save Mother Earth than almost anything we can do. It trivializes the cause it supposedly bolsters: good stewardship of resources. Earth Hour organizers claim the annual stunt inspires 50 million around the globe to […]

Local man predicts dry spring

CNJ staff Chief Joseph Crim of the Plains Indians predicted the weather for the rest of 2011, using methods handed down from his ancestors. Crim said the wind came Tuesday morning out of the southwest, which meant little precipitation. “That’s a bad omen,” Crim said. “It will be dry this spring.” The tradition, Crim said, […]

Relying on help disaster in itself

The videos and stories coming out of Japan in the wake of the major earthquake and tsunami are heartbreaking. The fact that so many people did so little personal preparation, counting instead on government’s promise to take care of things, should be educational. Sure, you and I may be high and dry on the Llano […]

Food at the speed of life: A little kitchen planning can go long way

I don’t have time to cook every day, and eating out is expensive and often less healthy. I cook once a week, put single servings of the food in leftover containers, stack the containers in the refrigerator and take one to work every day. If you don’t want to eat the same thing for a […]

Children’s sickness wears down mom, too

Watching my little guys suffer with sickness is brutal mental torture. I do everything I possibly can, yet I still just have to sit aside and wait for medicine to take its course and assist those poor little immune systems in fighting off the woes of the world. I know that I’m not alone in […]

Food at the speed of life: Little bit of spread adds a lot of taste

I’ve been experimenting with a novel spread. Awhile back, I looked through the book Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers gave out at her annual Christmas program and discovered a recipe for Cranberry mustard. Connie gave me permission to print it: Cranberry mustard • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard […]

Clovis home sales down

Sharna Johnson Home sales in Clovis dropped about 28 percent in 2010 but home values remained steady, even inching up a little — both indicators the area is faring better than other communities nationwide, local real estate agents say. Clovis mayor and Realtor Gayla Brumfield said despite the decrease, the real estate community is pleased […]

Friday morning briefing: Life saving, free wishes and a little help from his friends

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Save a life Child and infant CPR classes are being offered

Press release: Exploratory deep well in Clovis finds little water

CLOVIS, NM (Jan. 6, 2011) – Extensive testing of New Mexico American Water’s exploratory well into the Lower Dockum Formation has revealed a water source of insufficient quality and quantity to provide a supplemental source to the Ogallala Aquifer. The exploratory well was drilled to determine if the Lower Dockum Formation, which lies below the […]

a view from under the pew: the mystery and miracle of christmas

Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pewEditor’s note: When Amos went shopping recently for a tiny little red flashing light to decorate the Christmas tree sprig he had propped against his cozy matchbox home, he encountered the trials and tribulations of last-minute Christmas shoppers. In frustration, he called out for […]

Airmen in Clovis to receive little to no increase in housing allowance

Sharna Johnson New military housing allowance rates set to take effect Jan. 1 won’t offer much comfort to Cannon airmen struggling to meet their housing needs in Clovis. According to a new Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate chart released Wednesday by the Defense Department, airmen in Clovis will receive little to no increase in […]

Thanksgiving most American of holidays

President Barack Obama stepped up on Wednesday and issued a pardon to keep an innocent creature from experiencing the wrath of capital punishment. Yes, we are referring to the annual White House sideshow that is the pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey, an event officially started during the presidency of George H.W. Bush. This is […]

Military mama: Always something to be thankful for

With Thanksgiving just around the corner I yet again wax philosophical. I like to believe that I am a very grateful person, however I am not always the first to voice my appreciation for all of the little things in life. So, my captive audience, I will share my list of previously unsung “thanks.” This […]

In Search of Ponies: Procedure may lighten load

Sharna Johnson He knew something was up when I spent an extra second scrubbing behind his ears, then rinsed and combed out his unruly curls. And he slept a little closer to me, stealing more of my pillow than usual — nudging me when the alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. Oh yeah, I knew […]

Military mama: Doing something better than doing nothing

All you need is a little perspective… There’s always an option to dislike your situation, your neighborhood, your town, your job, your situation. But there’s also always a choice to deal with it, and better yet you can choose to enjoy it. As if it were that easy, you say? It is. Each day you […]

Military mama: Being mom means letting little things slide

There’s something about motherhood that makes becoming a public spectacle acceptable, as long as that cranky child turns his or her sobs to giggles. Those moments in the grocery store when the last nap and next meal are just too far apart for your little one to maintain composure. Suddenly mommy has to think quickly […]

Friday morning briefing: Little rock stars, limited lunch and an Oscar

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. School of rock Looking to catch a budding rock star or hot new group right here in Clovis? Check out the “Kids Rock” Rock and Roll Assembly 9 a.m. today at Mesa Elementary. It’s part of the Clovis Music Festival. In case you’re hungry […]

Kid’s pardon better left by wayside

Karl Terry Some want to see Billy the Kid exonerated of his crimes and riding the trail as a hero. Some, like Billy the Governor Richardson, might want to steal a little of his fame not unlike the Kid used to rustle cattle on the High Plains. I’ve kept silent for the last few months […]

Commentary: Star Wars fun can have unintended consequences

By Tech. Sgt. Heath Fortenberry: Flight Safety NCO Not that long ago, in a town not that far away, I sat on my back porch having a drink while enjoying the many stars in the beautiful Saturday night sky. As fun as this may sound, believe it or not, boredom kicked in rather quickly. This […]