Friday morning briefing: Healthy money, calling all cowgirls and a poem

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Healthy money New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman says La Casa de Buena Salud in Portales has been awarded a $342,095 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help deliver health care services to the community. Cowgirls call The Cowgirls Rodeo [...]

amos the churchmouse: the monkey poem

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on a computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. the monkey poem boss i can t help butmarvel at the mess youhumans often [...]

Lessons from the beasts around the manger

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist C. S. Lewis once wrote a poem entitled “The Nativity” as he reflected on the qualities the animals brought to the stable on the first Christmas: Among the oxen (like an ox I’m slow) I see a glory in the stable grow Which, with the ox’s dullness might at [...]

Bad poem points to God’s prescription for joy

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Once a decade or so I wax poetic. This one is so bad, I’m not sure it even counts, which means I might be good for another bad poem this decade. Oh, well. It’s entitled, “The Grouchy, Grinchy Grumble” (by the author of the same description).

a view from under the pew: pastor beetle s sermonic poem

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist 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 dashes and hyphens. pastor beetle s sermonic poem boss pastor leroy beetle surprised us in the church pew underworld with [...]

Victims remembered

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Sandra Valdez helps her son Hugo Ochoa Jr., 3, decorate a Christmas tree with an ornamental angel bearing the name of his father, Hugo Ochoa. Ochoa was shot and killed in 2006 outside of his Clovis home. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Paula Rodriguez of Clovis fought through her [...]

Enjoying the dog days of summer

Ryn Gargulinkski : Local Columnist The air is stagnant. Hot. Preheated to at least 350. A blazing light beats down upon slightly greased metal. Everything on it begins to bake. No, it’s not a batch of cookies in the oven. It’s just another day in the life of a roofer in New Mexico. Although the [...]

City celebrated in style for 50th anniversary

By Don McAlavy Here’s how the Chamber of Commerce announced plans for the 50th birthday celebration of Clovis: “Three nights and two days will be jam-packed with action for the thousands of visitors and old-timers expected to throng the streets of Clovis, June 6, 7, 8, 1957.” This is how the action stacked up: June [...]

Creativity welcome, and free

By Clyde Davis This particular column is geared to all of you who want to hear some really fine writers perform their works in public. You notice that I used the word perform, because … well, some really fine writers simply read their works, and some of that will be going on, too. But the [...]