a view from under the pew: a christmas paradox

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: When Amos went shopping recently, he encountered the trials of last-minute Christmas shoppers. In frustration, he called out for the real meaning of Christmas. Just then, Sammy Salamander wiggled by and pointed him to a little nativity scene far from the malling crowd but in the heart […]

A little child shall lead them

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The Lord Jesus and Charles Dickens were both right: the way to be saved is to become a child. That’s not easy. We spend most of our lives trying to be all grown up. Sadly, we generally succeed. All too often, our imaginations start to shrivel about the time […]

Little gained from Obama’s overseas trips

Freedom New Mexico President Obama’s trip to Asia, scheduled to end Thursday, will set a record for foreign travel in the first year of a presidency — nine trips and 20 countries. The runner-up was Bush 41’s seven trips and 14 countries. This is something of a listening and learning trip rather than one from […]

Plains Regional Medical Center reporting increased child births

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Kim Leal, left and Jon Leal watch baby Jonathan take a nap Friday at Plains Regional Medical Center. Jonathan was one day old. By Eric Butler:Freedom New Mexico Plains Regional Medical Center may have been showing a little when it set new records in 2008 for child births. Now, it’s […]

City approves bid for Hull Street overpass

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission spent a little time Thursday discussing city crime rates, and almost none discussing the Hull Street Overpass. After more than 16 months without the structure, and a bid $2.5 million less than expected, commissioners approved work with Hamon Contractors of Denver with no discussion after […]

Intelligence better weapon in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico As he continues to stretch out the timetable on a decision about whether to escalate the U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has asked for a province-by-province assessment of the tribal and other local leaders in that mountainous country. The ostensible reason is to try to figure out which […]

Police vehicles involved in crashes

In a little more than one day, two law enforcement officers from different agencies were slightly injured in unrelated crashes. A Clovis police officer was transported to the hospital, treated and released Oct. 1 after he was involved in a lunchtime crash at Grand Avenue and Tennessee Street, Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Whitney said Brian […]

ENMU grew from humble beginnings

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Former Greyhound basketball players, from left to right, Pete Norris, Jerry Hyder and Greg Hyder remember old times Friday during a reunion. The trio were part of ENMU’s national NAIA championship team in 1969.F By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico t may have been a little slow going at first, […]

10-2 view from under the pew

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Commission to consider resolution supporting Constitution

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Former Clovis Mayor David Lansford thinks supporting the Constitution is worth a little redundancy. That’s why he’s asked Mayor Pro Tem Randy Crowder to carry forth a resolution at Thursday’s city commission meeting. Resolution No. 2513-2009, Supporting the Constitution of the United States, has drawn interest on an otherwise […]

A view from under the pew: little mouse from nowhere

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist little mouse from nowhere

U.S. no longer has active role in Iraq

Freedom New Mexico Two large bomb blasts in Baghdad, one aimed at the Foreign and Finance Ministries, killed at least 100 people and injured about 600, putting something of an exclamation point on a month of escalating insurgent violence and calling into question the capacity of the Iraqi government to provide effective security. There will […]

Business feature: Pizza chain adds Portales location

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PNT Photo: Argen Duncan Lance Coiner of Cox Refrigeration and Electric Inc. works in the space earmarked for a Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza store on Avenue C. The owners of the store in Clovis expect to expand to Portales and open in coming weeks. By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The story is getting a […]

Local car dealers sign up for federal trade-in program

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico New car dealers in Clovis and Portales spent a little time on Friday trying to register their businesses to be part of the federal government-sponsored Car Allowance Rebate System, formerly Cash for Clunkers, program. How much customers or the dealerships themselves will benefit from the $1 billion nationwide program, […]

Little at stake in Sotomayor court hearings

Freedom New Mexico There are potentially consequential questions to which answers may or may not be forthcoming in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice. But the hearings, while sometimes pointed, have been generally civil in large part because so little […]

County commission prohibits jail notary service

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tying the knot behind bars just got a little more difficult in Curry County. Commissioners voted Tuesday to prohibit county employees at the jail from notarizing documents for non-employees, including marriage licenses for inmates. The policy was proposed by County Manager Lance Pyle, who told commissioners he was, “concerned […]

Rumors spread quicker than flu

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist When the announcement came that the New Mexico Activities Association was suspending athletic events due to swine flu outbreak concerns, I have to admit I was on the fence. From my platform as a media representative, I saw a positive in that it makes immediate coverage a little bit easier. […]

Mrs. New Mexico: We all make mistakes

By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor She says she wants to make a difference in the lives of others, especially little girls. “A lot of little girls don’t have a role model. I want to be that role model,” Clovis’ Noel Hunt said. And so, having sought a public spotlight and earned the Mrs. […]

Letter to the editor: Sexual preference doesn’t matter

I have always considered myself musically inclined. Since I was a little girl, my family has been musical, whether we are listening to music, singing or playing it ourselves. I love all genres and enjoy various different artists. Since the first time I saw Adam Lambert I knew he was special. This season of “American […]

Ticket feature: Little Texas to help kickoff county centennial

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Courtesy photo Little Texas, a country band from Nashville, Tenn., will perform at the Curry County Centennial kick-off event Saturday at the Curry County Special Events Center. Freedom New Mexico Little Texas is coming to New Mexico to help Curry County celebrate 100 years of history. Saturday marks the start of public events for the […]