Keep government out of holidays

Merry Christmas! I hope you can take some time to appreciate all you have, and that you can spend the holiday however it brings you the most joy. I also hope you’ll allow others the same liberty. The winter solstice probably gave our prehistoric ancestors hope because the days which had been growing shorter finally […]

Verbal gaffes offer public much insight

Freedom New Mexico If you get a kick out of hearing important people say embarrassing things, March has been a merry month. A National Public Radio executive and a likely presidential candidate let fly with remarks they shouldn’t have, and although both prompted the usual pointing and laughing, the verbal stumbles offered insights into what […]

Friday morning briefing: Christmas cheer, odd traditions and a Flood of free agents

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Merry Christmas! From all the folks at Freedom New Mexico, Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year. Special meeting The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents is set to meet 11 a.m. Tuesday in special session to consider a solar project contract. […]

Dec. 28, 2008

BEVERLY HILLS–Merry Christmas, everybody, and God bless America. • The Detroit Lions take the field today with the chance to become the first NFL team in history to lose all sixteen of their games. Talk about overpaid. The only people in Detroit who had a lousier year and made more money were the auto executives. […]

Dec. 25, 2008

BEVERLY HILLS–Merry Christmas, everybody, and God bless America. • Barack Obama strolled the beaches in Hawaii on his vacation Tuesday. He didn’t have a chance to miss Chicago. He wasn’t in Honolulu for two days when Governor Rod Blagojevich tried to sell his beach chair to Jesse Jackson Jr. for $1 million. • The Baydan […]

Dec. 25, 1937

The Clovis Evening News-Journal’s year in review included rains and floods as the biggest story of the year. … Windows in the Hotel Clovis were lighted to form a giant cross as a symbol of the season. … Firestone Grocery, 915 Wallace, advised readers to have a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” in […]

April 13, 1921

Cotton’s Café, next door to Taylor’s Tire & Battery Co., promised “You will not have to wait long for your meals here” and encouraged potential customers to “Try us on!” … E. B. Reed’s “Greater Shows” were on their way to Clovis. The traveling show featured a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and an aero swing.

Santa comes to town

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Julie Rooney corrals her four children at the Portales Christmas parade on Friday evening (Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisle) By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist The Grinch didn’t exactly steal Christmas, but he did help Borden Peanuts capture the best business float award during the annual Christmas parade Friday night in Portales. The giant trailer-turned-sleigh featured the […]

Bloopers create perplexing journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I never wanted to drown Little Miss Merry Christmas, but I was accused of plotting this unthinkable crime when my headline came rolling out of our newsroom printer. On this fateful day in the early 1990s, my then colleague Janet Bresenham came waving a piece of paper I had just […]

Christmas season deserves better than Scrooge

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist A blood-splattered, life-size Santa stands in a front yard wielding a knife. Wait, it gets better. He’s next to a tree full of decapitated Barbie dolls. Wait, it still gets better. Beside the tree is an evil elf clutching one of the decapitated doll heads that has fake blood streaming […]

Battle over Christmas greeting absurd

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Let me begin by speaking the forbidden words. Merry Christmas. There, I said it. So did the sky crack? Did the oceans turn to blood? Is a horde of angry Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists storming the gates, demanding a retraction? Or does the world look much the same as it […]

12/13 Letters to the editor

Clovis folk conservative, not ignorant Regarding Joshua Fallaw’s letter to the editor in the Dec. 11 paper: It seems he recently relocated from Austin, Texas, to Clovis and is concerned about the lack of liberal news and/or observations. He found that a column by Amy Alkon, which ran in the CNJ, was entertaining and expressed […]

Multiple choice simplifies holiday letters

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Time again for my annual Christmas letter, a tradition dating all the way back to last year when I had nothing better to do than pretend I had a better year than you. When I adopted this ancient ritual, I decided traditional Christmas letters are too pretentious. So I developed […]

amos: tangled in christmas

By Gary Mitchell a view from under the pew   Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks — except hyphens and dashes.   tangled in christmas    boss i don t know if you […]