amos the churchmouse: amos heads for the mountains

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. amos heads for the mountains i ve been to the mountaintopboss and the […]

Day trip: Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum and Pioneer Village

Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum and Pioneer Village • Location: 1000 Highway 82, Cloudcroft • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Learn about life during the turn of the century from exhibits featuring early farming and ranching and railroad models. • What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages • Admission prices? […]

Outdoor guide: Manzano Mountains State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Manzano Mountains State Park has five miles of hiking trails, bird watching, photography opportunities and cross-country skiing in the winter. Clarence Plank Manzano Mountains State Park • Location: The park is 16 miles northwest of Mountainair via N.M. Highways 55 and 131. It is 194 miles or 3 hours […]

a view from under the pew: amos heads for the mountains

Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. amos heads for the mountains i ve been to the […]

Struggle gives way to innovation

Glenda Price The bossman bid on a fence building job along the right-of-way of a newly paved road in the northern New Mexico mountains. He didn’t tell the ranch hands about it until he actually got the contract in hand. All chores having to do with fencing — building, repairing, riding in search of problems […]

Looking back can help keep faith’s roots strong

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist It is planting time again. Those bushes and shrubs that have looked beleaguered during the winter are beginning to show signs of flourishing. Years ago we brought an aspen tree home from the mountains and planted it in our yard. Worried about the trees ability to withstand the transplant, we […]

Country life not for squeamish

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist The ranch I grew up on was in the northeastern New Mexico mountains. It was two miles to the mailbox, and we had a wind charger — which most of the time didn’t work — to make electricity. In other words, we lived in the boonies. Besides the usual dogs […]

Consider Tricare when going on vacation

By Kristen Ward: TriWest Healthcare Alliance You worked hard all year, spent time planning your vacation and are now looking forward to some time away from home, whether it be in the mountains, at the beach or overseas. While you’re counting down the days until you leave and crossing off items on your to-do list, […]

Flash flood watch

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING…   THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A     * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO…       INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…CAPITAN/NORTHERN SACRAMENTO       MOUNTAINS…CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS/ESTANCIA VALLEY…CHAVES COUNTY       […]

Connecting with nature pretty cool

By Helena Rodriguez: Freelance columnist I had an altitude adjustment last weekend. Altitude Adjustment was the name of the ski retreat that my daughter Laura and I went with her church youth group on last weekend. It was high up in the snow-covered rocky mountains of Denver. Many people think of going off to the […]

Snowy Canada pleasant break from dry winter

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The sun was setting behind the mountains in Vancouver, B.C., bringing with it the cold Canadian coastal night. Our skis were beginning to ice up, and we were still several miles from the lodge with its warm and welcoming fire, its hot tubs, its steaming, inviting drinks. We’d never been […]

Day Trip: Sacramento mountains, Ruidoso invite you to 60th annual Aspenfest

Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers The Sacramento mountains are waiting for you in the cool pines of Ruidoso during the weekend of Oct. 1-2 for the town’s annual Aspenfest weekend. There will be plenty of events throughout the weekend to keep you busy, and cool at the same time. Where is it? Ruidoso is approximately 160 […]

Earthquakes have even shaken Clovis

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Clovis recorded earthquakes in 1925, 1931 and 1935. At 5:17 a.m., July 30, 1925, Clovis felt a tremor originating from an earthquake which registered 4.2 on the Richter scale. Its epicenter was just northeast of Amarillo. Clovis felt two distinct shocks in 30 seconds. Buildings were badly shaken and dishes were […]

National parks: Our treasures

Clyde Davis When I was a kid, I loved to read stories about animals of all kinds. Fiction, truth, you name it, I loved to read stories in which the heroes had fur, fins, or feathers. I remember quite clearly that each time a bear was the focus of the story, the words used to describe […]

Clovis sunsets are smokin’

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A haze of smoke purportedly from a fire in the Capitan Mountains hovered over Clovis on Monday afternoon. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer People looking to the southwest on Monday afternoon may have noticed a dark sky and smelled smoke. The smoke wasn’t coming from anywhere nearby, however […]

Happy to be back to the bare essentials

By Bob Huber: Local columnist When my wife Marilyn departed for that Great Classroom in the Sky, my grocery list got civilized. Before she left I did the shopping for several months, but suddenly I no longer had to buy gourmet ingredients found in her confusing cook books. Today I live simply on bare essentials […]