Amos: the leftover pizza nightmare

By Gary Mitchell boss i may have told you this but you should never eat day-old pizza slices leftover from a church youth party it creates strange visions – and not those of the biblical sort

Awareness important tool in fighting cancer

Clyde Davis Before getting into this column, I need to make a correction and apology. To my Lutheran colleagues: It seems probable the Martin Luther incident never occurred — the punch in the nose over Holy Communion. The church history professor from whom I heard the story is very likely no longer alive; he was […]

Listen to your inner cricket

You know who you never hear about anymore? Jiminy Cricket. Not that I should be surprised. Pretty much every Disney character that exists has more exposure than Jiminy — I really haven’t seen the green moral compass since the 1988 film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Also, I’ve usually met somebody sharing a name with other […]

Freedom comes at cost

Freedom is never free. As Americans are about to celebrate another national birthday, it’s good to think about the nature of freedom. Wrapped around all of our thoughts concerning the Fourth of July are, I hope, thoughts concerning the price that untold thousands of men and women have paid to obtain and perpetuate the freedom […]

Our people: Royal flush

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, is named after her father. Ernie Kos said she loves her job as the executive director of the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Her days are never the same and keep her busy. What is your most […]

Loyalty important at work

Karl Terry I think modern society has almost completely lost touch with the concept of loyalty. The most recent example of this was last weekend when basketball superstar LeBron James used free agency to leave the team and fans who had invested seven years in him at Cleveland, taking his talent to a loaded up […]

In tribute: Salesman never forgot time in military

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Alan “Al” Jolly loved people, a clean car and the Dallas Cowboys. But his greatest love was for airmen just finding their way at Cannon Air Force Base. Jolly, a former Cannon airman, Realtor and car sales manager, died Tuesday at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was 79. Born […]

Mother’s job duties never-ending

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Every job has a euphemistic title these days. Betty Lou, a wife and mother, met a “business man” at a meeting. When he asked about her occupation she replied, “I’m an early childhood educator.” “That sounds really interesting,” he said. “Do you ever get called in on weekends?” Betty Lou […]

a view from under the pew: never-neverland nightmare

By 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.

Veterans’ stories sought

I never knew Glen Hubbard Stevens. My granddad’s little brother died 15 years before I was born. A newspaper obituary reports Sgt. Stevens was killed in action on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and that’s what’s inspired me to learn more about him. A real hero among us Stevens’? Imagine that. Records show my great uncle […]

Veterans’ stories need to be told

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico I never knew Glen Hubbard Stevens. My granddad’s little brother died 15 years before I was born. A newspaper obituary reports Sgt. Stevens was killed in action on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and that’s what’s inspired me to learn more about him. A real hero among us […]

Health reform protects military benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Republican lawmakers raised the specter of military families and survivors of veterans seeing health care costs rise as a result of the national health reform law that President Obama signed March 23. But the threat was never more than a notion and it is fading away. That’s the consensus among […]

Old ampitheater friends will never be forgotten

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian The historical drama of New Mexico’s most notorious outlaw opened to a large crowd at the Caprock Amphitheater back in the 1980s. Clovis playwright Don McAlavy created a colorful drama in “Billy the Kid,” which he created using known facts with a little imagination, about a dark period in the […]

Newspapers’ relevance has never waned

Freedom New Mexico Positive news about newspapers is good news to us — and we’ve got a little to share. Since National Newspaper Week begins today, we celebrate those achievements with you, and offer our looking-forward view on the future of your newspapers. Newspapers have been published in Clovis and Portales for more than 100 […]

Student heads to Italy for arm wrestling championship

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Ashley Romero and her Husband Pete Romero are headed to Italy where she will compete in the 31st World Arm Wrestling Championships. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico When Ashley Romero was young, her father told her never to date a guy she could beat at arm wrestling. That didn’t […]

Compassion more important than law

God walked this globe full of grace By Curtis K. Shelburne Some things never change. Most things, in fact. “In times like these,” said one wise man, “it helps to remember that there have always been times like these.” Yes, and people, too. While no one is absolutely one or the other, people here will […]

Clovis Fire Department turns 100

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman looks up documents from the “history file” at the Clovis Fire Department. The department turned 100 Friday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In his 34 years at the Clovis Fire Department, Ray Westerman has seen things that made him laugh, things he never wants […]

No errand trumps leaving child in hot car

Freedom New Mexico A South Texas tragedy is a good reminder for eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle these days: Never leave a child unattended in a car, especially when it’s hot out. Felicitas Alexandra Cordova died Sunday after she was found in her family’s Ford Expedition at a flea market just north of […]

Learning along with my children

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist I would have never thought that

July 4th learned through children

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist I would have never thought that in my thirties I’d get the chance to be an American kid. But homeschooling has given me the opportunity to see the world through my children’s eyes. I get to experience what it’s like to grow up as an American child, and to learn […]