Traveling down life’s road Is an adventure

By Curtis K. Shelburne My wife and I rolled into our driveway late last night. Some sleepy cargo rested in the seats behind us—two sons fresh off the last plane that had flown them home from Uganda, jet-lagged and weary, out cold. If you’re tired enough, you can sleep almost anywhere. But Stephan and Josh […]

U.S. would do well to stay out of armed standoff

Freedom Newspapers A few weeks ago, 19-year-old Gilad Shalit, a corporal in the Israeli Defense Forces, was an individual like the rest of us, with strengths, weaknesses and foibles. Now he has become a symbol. And whatever faint hopes might have existed for a relatively peaceful end to the armed standoff between Israelis and Palestinians […]

5/4 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Officers were called to Hillcrest Park at 8:30 a.m. April 27 in reference to a man harassing people. A man reported that another man had come into the bathroom while he was urinating and stood beside him staring at his genitals and […]

William D. “Bill” Ohr

Date of birth: Nov. 11, 1921 Dates of service: Aug. 27, 1942, to Dec. 21, 1945 Hometown: Portales Theater and location of service: Europe Branch: U.S. Army Rank: Private First Class Unit and specialty: 574th Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion Lives in: Monroe, Mich. Veterans organizations: Veterans of Foreign Wars Ohr had been working on the family […]

2/28 Local roundup

Woman injured when vehicle strikes pole A female driver heading east on U.S. 60-84 struck a telephone pole Monday afternoon at the intersection of Wheaton Street, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Juan Jose Martinez. The back of the driver’s head was bleeding, Martinez said, and she was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital. The driver […]

Main break leaves Portales waterless for nearly 24 hours

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Portales water department crews worked through standing water and freezing temperatures Saturday morning to repair a 24-inch water main that burst shortly after midnight. Water was unavailable in the city all day. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales residents went without showers and flushes for nearly 24 hours on […]

One of god’s best gifts is talent for happiness

By Curtis K. Shelburne In C. S. Lewis’ account of his early life, “Surprised by Joy,” he begins by writing about the two family strains that had come together to give him life. On his father’s side, Lewis descended from Welshmen: “Sentimental, passionate, and rhetorical, easily moved both to anger and to tenderness; men who […]

1/24 Local roundup

Woman dies in one-vehicle wreck A Muleshoe woman was found dead Monday morning after officials said she was ejected from her pickup truck on Farm to Market Road 298, 22 miles southwest of Muleshoe. Kathleen Dann Waggoner, 42, was found on the west side of the road. Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety […]

Police briefing from Dec. 12

On Saturday, December 10, 2005, at about 2:24 pm hunters reported locating the body of Laura McNaughton, age 30, from Clovis, in the bar ditch on the west side of County Road C, approximately two miles south of the Pleasant Hill Fire Department. Additional information will be provided as the investigation progresses.

Reporter’s notebook: Storyteller visits James Bickley Elementary School

The storyteller gestured wildly with his hands, his voice undulating high and low, his face like putty, able to morph into a variety of characters. As his ghost story unfolded, more than 30 students sat cross-legged around him, slack-jawed and wide-eyed. “You have to experience the story yourself before it can become real for your […]

A man’s great ideas live on after he’s gone

We are saddened at the loss of economist Jude Wanniski, who on Aug. 29 died suddenly of a heart attack at age 69 in New Jersey. A journalist, he started out in the 1960s with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the now-defunct National Observer. In 1972, he became an editorial writer at The Wall Street […]

Over-caution can be bad as recklessness

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist We’re not omniscient. That means making errors is unavoidable. Understanding the nature of errors is vital to our well-being. Let’s look at it. There are two types of errors, nicely named the type I error and the type II error. The type I error is when we reject a true […]

Sometimes we all need a little perspective

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local religious columnist My two-years-younger brother Jim wrote an interesting column for his church newsletter the other day. He had some great things to say, but what really made the article interesting is where he was when he wrote it. The boy has always marched to a bit of a different […]

Special events center goes west

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A chapter characterized by contingency and deliberation ended Tuesday when Curry County commissioners voted 4-1 to construct a special events center on the west side of the county fairgrounds. The vote reverses an early June decision, which laid plans for east-side construction. Tuesday’s vote erased the east-side plans. Construction […]

County OKs events center plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When Paul Barnes imagines a special events center on the east side of the Curry County Fairgrounds, he envisions a sea of problems. “The east side is too congested,” said Barnes, who traced the inception of the project to the 1970s, recalling a time when he served as a […]

Events center plan up for vote

By Marlena Hartz An impassioned two-page letter arrived in the hands of the Curry County Commissioner Kathryn Tate in March 2004. The letter, written by director for Miss Rodeo New Mexico Wilma Fulgham, outlined concerns over the construction of the Curry County Fairground Special Events Center. Issues presented in the letter are likely to resurface […]

Coyotes reminder that West still wild

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist I’m not going to choose sides when it comes to ranchers and coyotes. That’s another one of those political hot potatoes. Let’s just say I admire the coyote for expanding its range despite being shot, trapped, poisoned and dodging the growth of civilization across the North American continent. The first […]

Risk-takers like Disney great part of American story

Freedom Newspapers As Disneyland launches its 50th birthday celebration, it seems appropriate to consider the founding father who turned his last name into an enduring brand and created a media giant that bestrides the planet. Walt Disney, as many have noted with varying degrees of accuracy, was not always the kindly, genial Uncle Walt who […]

ENMU seeking fall feel for spring game

By Dave Wagner The 2005 opener is four months off, but the Eastern New Mexico University football squad gets its first taste of “game” competition in today’s 4 p.m. Silver & Green Game at Greyhound Stadium. Rosters were selected on Wednesday for the contest, which will be conducted under as close to game-like circumstances as […]

Experience on Pojoaque’s side

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Experience will be on the side on Pojoaque in today’s Class 3A boys semifinal against Portales. The Elks are making their fourth trip to the state semifinals in five years while Portales is making its first state appearance since winning it all in 2001. Pojoaque (20-7) knocked out […]