Amos the Church Mouse: the great toilet paper diversion

marcellus the mangyungodly cat has beenrunning amuck here bossterrorizing little micehamsters guinea pigs andeven experimental whiterats like willifred in fact boss we little micekept hidden away in our littlecramped mousey corners scarcely daring to breathe much less take a stroll to thekitchen grocery store something s gotta be donesays willifred the white raton his soapbox […]

Students making trip for inauguration

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Had she been eligible to vote last November, Clovis High School senior Morgan Duval says she would have voted for Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Still, she is excited about her trip this week to the nation’s capital to be among the millions to witness Barack Obama’s historic inauguration […]

The $80,000 question: Whose is it?

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Whose $80,000 is it anyway? The city of Tucumcari says it is theirs. Quay County says they asked for it first. At stake is $80,000 appropriated to “Tucumcari in Quay County” during the last state legislative session, City Manager John Sutherland said. Sutherland said the city asked for the […]

a view from under the pew: happy cheesy new year

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. happy cheesy new year boss this holiday season got the best of me i turned into a […]

Tucumcari man “very, very lucky” to survive train accident

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man who was hit by a train two weeks ago says he “didn’t see the darn train,” and that he’s a very lucky man. “The doctors and everybody say I am very, very lucky,” said Isaac Pacheco, Jr., 46. Pacheco who is at Northwest Hospital in Amarillo was interviewed by […]

Military feature: New Cannon historian says he enjoys job

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Billy Bundle: The world’s shortest evangelist

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I wonder if some of the humor that crosses my desk in the form of books or cartoons in ministry magazines is funny to anyone besides preachers. In one cartoon from Leadership Journal, a pastor is preaching in front of a projection screen filled with colorful graphics, and one […]

Hounds get set for No. 4 Abilene Christian

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior nose guard Ronald Green says he enjoys a challenge, and he’ll get one in Abilene Christian running back Bernard Scott when the teams open Lone Star Conference South Division play today at Blackwater Draw. The Wildcats (3-0), No. 4 in NCAA Division II, feature […]

Melrose fire chief says firefighters quit in protest

By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Melrose Fire Department is in upheaval after the village mayor and police chief publicly criticized the department’s handling of criminal allegations against a volunteer firefighter. Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said three volunteer firefighters have quit and more said they are considering quitting. Jacobs said they’re upset about comments by […]

Finance manager says Curry County fiscally sound

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Finance Manager Mark Lansford told county commissioners Friday the county is in good financial shape. The told the commission the county has built up its cash reserves to $5.7 million in the last three years, which consists of $3.3 million in surplus and $2.4 million — a […]

One couples’ decision and what it says

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist “My daughter and her husband have told me that they’ve dedicated themselves to being more serious about their faith.” The good friend sharing this news with me was smiling, deeply thankful that his kids, just starting a family, were opting for a commitment to Christ more meaningful than the […]

Legal ads best left untouched by government

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps local newspapers and local governments should come to an agreement in which each party says to the other: We reserve the right to take issue with how you do your job, but we’ll stop short of actually trying to do your job. This proposition comes to mind because of efforts across […]

Natural gas prices to rise

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Public Service Company of New Mexico says gas prices will be higher in March. Customers will pay about 87.77 cents per therm, which is a unit of heating. That’s an increase of 11.4 percent over February’s price of 78.79 cents and 1.6 percent higher than the 86-cent price of a […]

Remembering the days of radio

Glenda Price In the olden days folks who lived in the boonies didn’t have many formal entertainment choices. We could see a movie in town on shopping day, usually Saturday. The local theater kept the same movie a couple of weeks, so except for the Saturday afternoon serials (that always ended with a cliffhanger to […]

a view from under the pew: amos encounters greg the groundhog

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist Editor’s note: As Groundhog Day nears, Amos recalled the first time he met a strange creature named Greg the Groundhog, who had issues with his more-famous counterpart. Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he […]

a view from under the pew: the sudoku maze

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist boss i m swearing off numbers for the rest of my little mousy life i m sure by now you ve heard about my most recent escapade when i happened to stumble into a sudoku maze it s the latest craze says freddy flea to me says who says me […]

Lady Cats win in OT

The Clovis Lady Wildcats need overtime to beat Roswell 41-37 Thursday in the first of the three-team Milk Cow Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. Antiesha Brown led Clovis with 15 points and Jadee Isler added 11. Look for Dave Wagner’s game report on the VarsityNow section of this page. Other scores Thursday: Girls Clovis Christian […]

a view from under the pew: thumper sees the light

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist boss i don t know if people folks like you ever have any problems like this but we have a noisy loud —mouthed preacher toad down here in the church pew underworld he rants and he raves he prances and he parades he yells at trembling little ants and fleas […]

Proverbs distinguish between mistake, sin

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist What is the difference in a mistake and a sin? It seems to me that a mistake is putting the whites in with the dark colors in the wash. A mistake is adding five eggs to the cake batter when the recipe only calls for two. A mistake is forgetting […]

Senate OKs $286 billion farm bill

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The long and winding road to a new farm bill got a leg up Friday as the Senate passed its own $286 billion version. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oats, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]