Friday morning briefing: Breakfast is on, help the Gov and the Babe’s record falls

Grab a cup of coffee. Sit back and relax. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Over

Children’s sickness wears down mom, too

Watching my little guys suffer with sickness is brutal mental torture. I do everything I possibly can, yet I still just have to sit aside and wait for medicine to take its course and assist those poor little immune systems in fighting off the woes of the world. I know that I’m not alone in […]

Seven Hounds will sit out opener

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Seven Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball players are suspended for Friday’s season-opener as punishment for participating in an unsanctioned spring league in 2010. ENMU men’s basketball coach Andrew Helton said the school reported the violation to the NCAA, which handed down the punishment “We didn’t know that they had […]

Education feature: Band starts school work early

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School senior Stephanie Lamm said she enjoys being in the band because of the family atmosphere. While school doesn’t start until next week, band members have been practicing since Jul. 22. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Groups of students jam the band hall. Some are splayed on […]

Graduation advice stands test of time

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist I have been thinking about school days this past week and my K-12 school experience. Graduation is upon us and many parents and members of extended family will sit at the gymnasium and watch as their seniors graduate. Just possibly this question, “where have the years gone?” will be […]

Take time to remember abuse victims

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist They used to lock her in the closet for as much as an hour at a time, then send her to bed without supper. They said it was good for her soul. Next time, they said, she would listen better. Whippings were not uncommon, though in truth they never hit […]

Spirituality cannot be forced

By Clyde Davis They used to lock her in the closet for as much as an hour at a time, then send her to bed without supper. They said it was good for her soul. Next time, they said, she would listen better. Whippings were not uncommon, though in truth they never hit her anywhere […]

Giving up smoking ain’t easy

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today’s lesson is: How to Stop Smoking and Go on Living. My wife, Marilyn, badgered me for years to stop smoking. She also said I should eat at least five vegetables before the sun sets each day. I wondered at the time why she was so eager to keep me […]

Snap judgements frequently lead spirit awry

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist This Father’s Day weekend, I remember a talk I had with my father when my attitude was less than Christianlike. It was years ago and all the teenagers were sitting at the back of the church. As my minister father walked to the pulpit, a strange man stepped into the […]

Local bakery has been in service since before World War II

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Nell Turner has worked at Sutton’s Bakery on Main Street for 28 years. “I love customers,” she said. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer All is quiet in the bakery where owner Frank Simmonds rests on a stool in a drafty back room, his head hung low, flour from the morning […]

Rivalry culminates in water trough dunking

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist TUCUMCARI — My dog has a new chew toy. Unfortunately it’s my goat. Lulu, an approximately 500-pound puppy who likes to snore and jump on strangers, surely has the upper paw against her nemesis, an approximately 2-ounce pygmy goat named Doug. Lulu didn’t pick on the other three goats, of […]

Judging and being judged by God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist Many years ago a friend shared with me a little story by Wyatt Kirk. In these days  before Christmas, I think it’s particularly appropriate. “The story is told of the time when all nations and peoples are gathered before God in judgment. A growing undercurrent of accusations against God […]

Snap judgments mostly are a little faulty

By Judy Brandon It has been many years, but that Sunday night long ago is still clear in my mind. God knew all about me and my attitude and still it hurts a little even today when I think about my attitude that night. It was about 1963. The teenagers at church customarily all sat […]