Christmas means joy

CHRISTMAS MEANS JOY I love Christmas. Now why does that feel like a confession? Yes, I know the holiday has been twisted. The business and commercialism can be oppressive. Yes, I know that sorrow, suffering, and tragedy are particularly painfully poignant and that Satan easily scores as he particularly tries to rob us of hope […]

There’s an all-seeing eye watching you

THERE’S AN ALL-SEEING EYE WATCHING YOU My tastes in music and my theology have certainly changed since then, but when I was a small child, my favorite song was a song we sang occasionally at church and pretty often at home. That’s another story, but, yes, as hard as it is for most of us […]

Lady Cats face tough road test

Dave Wagner Darrel Ray remembers taking his Clovis High volleyball team on the long trip to Las Cruces High two years ago for a Class 5A regional round match against the eventual state champion Lady Bulldawgs. CHS is faced with that task again this week, making the trek to face Cruces in a round-of-eight match […]

Lady Spikers eye tie for title

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Texico sophomore Isabel Serrano hits past the block attempt of Tucumcari’s Amber Martin during Tuesday’s District 6-2A match in Texico. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White TEXICO — Texico moved within a game of forcing a playoff for the District 6-2A regular-season title Tuesday in less-than-convincing fashion. Lori Richardson hammered seven kills and Sissy […]

Everyone loves a freebie … software, that is

Tom Di Francesca Every one loves free software right? Especially when it’s spyware and virus free. Go take a peek at www.coffeecup.com/freestuff/ and you’ll find a pretty good selection of free programs to play with. Of course, the folks at CoffeeCup are hoping you will be so enamored with their freebies that you’ll actually purchase […]

Temptations of a cultural, local nature

Clyde Davis It’s comin’ up pretty soon — next weekend, in fact. The next presentation in the ENMU theatrical offering for this semester. There is always one conjunctive with Homecoming, and this year it is The Picnic. I suppose because I have an unusual number of theater, dance, and drama people in my freshman writing […]

Highlands coach following in NFL dad’s footsteps

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson/Theo Watson latches onto Brandon Harper during Thursday night’s Greyhound football practice at Portales High School. Dave Wagner John Fassel knew he was stepping into a tough situation this season as New Mexico Highlands head football coach. The Cowboys entered the 2003 campaign with a 12-game losing streak, and didn’t figure to […]

Lady Cats sweep Roswell

CNJ staff Roswell — The Clovis Lady Wildcats ran their season-opening winning streak to five matches Thursday with a convincing 25-14, 25-14, 25-20 win over Roswell. Senior middle hitter Monique Walker led Clovis with 10 kill while Jessica Hohn added six kills and 13 digs. “It was pretty much a mismatch,” Clovis coach Darrel Ray […]

Web site shows sights of our nearest neighbor

By Tom DiFrancesca The Martians are coming! Run for your lives! At least that’s what some folks around the world are saying. Why? Because the planet Mars has drawn nearer to the Earth, closer than it has in a very long time — 60,000 years to be exact. What a great photo opportunity. In fact […]

Buffs poised to make return to six-man playoffs

By Eric Butler MELROSE — Melrose hasn’t been in the six-man football postseason round since losing to Ramah in the 2000 semifinals. Given the fact that two teams from each district move into the playoffs, the Buffaloes have good reason to expect they’ll be one of them this year — especially when taking into account […]