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 […]

Award-winning teacher says newspapers are great instructional tool

By Ryan Lengerich Cameo Elementary third-grade teacher Mary Finifrock de Parez remembers when as a little girl her dad taught her to read the newspaper. “I wanted my students to have the same joy,” she said. “I’ve had a grandmother tell me she wanted to thank me for letting her granddaughter read the newspaper.” Finifrock […]

Economy not cause of job losses

The more I hear about our “bad economy” and the loss of jobs in this country, the more sick to my stomach I become. What Americans should realize is that a good portion of job loss in this country is likely the aftermath of the North American Free Trade Agreement enacted by our former president […]

Jesus’ words are God’s, undeniably clear

Letters to the Editor Why is it that we seem to fail to understand the amazing simplicity of God’s word? I realize at times we find verses that don’t seem so simple. But there are those verses that are painfully clear. I know because of the ones I read that the Lord really gets me […]

Some resolutions worth making

SOME RESOLUTIONS WORTH MAKING I confessed to my congregation last Sunday that I am terribly poor at keeping New Year’s resolutions. Hmm. They didn’t seem surprised. New Year’s resolutions may be OK, but they are more or less connected to people, and people are human, and human resolve is a very weak and fickle thing. […]

A remarkable young lady gives us perspective

Tom DiFrancesca It was a beautiful sun-filled day this past Oct. 31. The waves off of Makua Beach in Hawaii were at a lull. Tall, lanky, 13-year- old Bethany Hamilton, a surfing protege about to turn professional, was lazily resting on her surfboard. In the wink of an eye, a gigantic 14-foot tiger shark broke […]

Organizations – Club Notes 10/31

Friendship Rebekah Lodge Friendship Rebekah Lodge met Tuesday for its regular meeting. It was the 94th anniversary of the Lodge. Noble Grand Vicky Howard and Chaplain Robbie Wicker served sandwiches, chips and birthday cake. Wanda Scott and Melvin and Serena Goar talked about some of the things that happed at the Rebekah assembly in Deming. […]

Organizations 10/26

Beta Phi Beta Phi members held a monthly business meeting on Oct. 6 with hostesses Mary Ann Vinson and June Patrick. Correspondence was received from Theta Rho chapter of Farwell inviting District 1 to attend the district meeting on Nov. 8. Registration is 9:30 (MST). The philanthropic project for the meeting is to bring canned […]

Governor has no excuse for reckless driver

Ned Cantwell This Washington Post guy hung around with Gov. Bill Richardson for a week and wrote about it. It is not surprising that a reporter from one of the nation’s premiere dailies would want to spend a week with Bill. Everyone does. He is a national media darling. Tom Brokaw likes Bill. Wolf Blitzer […]

Collaboration may be the key to problem solving

Tom DiFrancesca I mentioned a few columns back about the ability to listen to Clovis Wildcat football games online — during the games. Well, now the folks at KWKA/KTQM and I-Net of New Mexico have gone a step further; you can go to www.kwka.com and listen to past games. The streaming broadcasts have been archived […]

Clovis High School students hooked on reading program

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Clovis High School seniors Michael Stallcup, left, and Mathew Coker, look for books at the school’s library Gary Mitchell Charles Downing didn’t really like to read before he became involved in Clovis High School’s outside reading program. “It just took me forever to read a book — I would just put it off,” the 17-year-old […]

Kids, adults could learn ‘down time’ lesson

I don’t know how many times this summer my daughter Laura has called me at work with breaking news. The kind that warrants, in her mind, a press conference with a blue curtain in the background, a cluster of information-starved news reporters, a crawl line on CNN and the whole shebang. At least, that’s what […]

Finding friends or pictures of celebrities

By Tom DiFrancesca Any autograph collectors out there? I recently stumbled across a Web site that offers autographed pictures of celebrities. The prices range from $25 to $100; and there seems to be a pretty good selection of famous folks to pick from. Just jump over to www.autographedtoyou.com and check it out. You can, in […]

Local Potter book sales steady

By Janet Bresenham Excitement about the weekend release of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” has reached Clovis readers, but the mania over the fifth in the series by author J.K. Rowling appears to be more subdued on the local front. Sales associates Nikki Reed and Angela Murphy-Dye at B. Dalton Bookstore in […]

Writer’s goal not influence

A couple of weeks ago, the occasion being the baptism or christening of a child, I focused the homily on “Why We Do What We Do.” In other words, why do we baptize as we do, why do we revere the sacrament of baptism, etc.? In a similar vein, today I choose to address why […]

Pastor pens novel

By Gary Mitchell When Mike Eberhardt decides to fulfill a dream, just give him a little space and about a month. That’s what it took for him to complete his first novel, “Westward Bound,” which was published in February by PublishAmerica, an online publisher based in Baltimore. “It was sort of a dream I had […]