Stopping to hear God’s voice helpful during busy season

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Is Christmas sometimes synonymous with the word “pressure” or is that just me? It is probably just me. Let me explain. In the past I have always seemed to feel a pressure about the season to meet the deadline of Dec. 25. Store advertisements and great sales have tempted me […]

Always appreciative of feedback

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Writing has always come easy to me. Sometimes research and fact checking haven’t been as natural. A good example of that was last week’s column about animated movies. It was easy to write and came together quickly. Several people told me they enjoyed it and agreed with me. Several wrote […]

Commercial jingles stifle originality

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist We complain about commercial jingles and other clever advertising, but we must admit sometimes those witty sayings find their way into our everyday dialogue. I heard a university English professor say if Shakespeare were alive today he would be writing commercials instead of plays and poetry because “that’s where the […]

Volunteers sought for cemetery cleanup

Freedom New Mexico Area historians sometimes refer to Blacktower Cemetery as one of eastern New Mexico’s “lost cemeteries.” That’s because most of the gravesites have been covered in sand for decades and the number of graves is unknown. Volunteers are scheduled to gather May 29-30 to help clean up the century-old resting place, which is […]

Sometimes less can be more

By Sharna Johnson: FNM Columnist Perhaps I have become a minimalist in my old age or some transformation has overtaken me that I have yet to identify. But I have claimed a new home. I was born and raised on the East Coast. My father was an explorer of sorts, with little concern for comfort […]

Puppy love sometimes needed

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I

11/30 Letters to the editor

Law officers deserve better pay Many jobs come with stress. Sometimes these jobs cause severe family problems, alcoholism, drug problems, divorces, and abuses of all kinds. One of our most stressful jobs is that of law officer — a job with few thank-yous that produces old men and women before their time. Most citizens wouldn’t […]

We as adults are children compared to place in heaven

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist Do you remember the cute things your children said when they were little and trying to develop a vocabulary? Many times the way they pronounce those words in no way resembles the object they are trying to describe. Then again, sometimes their words have a certain ring to the real […]

PBR event set to open weekend run tonight

By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent Sometimes it’s not easy working your way to the top of the Professional Bull Riders circuit. Just ask cousins Sterling Bowers and Rusty Patrick, a pair of Texico residents, who recently met up with six other cowboys in Oklahoma and drove some 900 miles to a tiny town (Herreid, pop. […]

‘Really?’ is only thing left to say

Sometimes news pleases me, sometimes it makes me yell at the TV. Other times, I’ve just got to say … Really? • Take the new Chevy Volt, or more specifically, its so-called fans. Slated for a 2010 release, the Volt runs for 40 miles on a single charge, but runs up to 300 miles when […]

Biggest blessings in life can come from mistakes

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Think about this: sometimes our mistakes can turn out to be blessings. I think back to an early event in my life that illustrates this statement.

God can help us to bear our best fruits

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I passed a huge garden near Texico the other day, and it brought back memories of my garden planting experiences. I estimated that the garden was about an acre and the owner had it so manicured and neat that it could appear on the cover of any national magazine. I […]

We’re not lost — it’s a tour bonus

Glenda Price Sometimes in my work I have to travel. This is not down-the-highway driving. The interviewee’s instructions usually go something like this: “Get on highway such-and-such for so many miles and get off at exit number so-and-so, go “x” number of miles west and then turn south after the fourth cattle guard and then” […]

Not lost — on tour

Glenda Price never gets lost. But sometimes she receives a “tour bonus.”

No, she’s not lost

Glenda Price never gets lost. Sometimes she receives a “tour bonus.”

Lack of capital dooms businesses

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Businesses open and close daily. The closures can have a ripple effect on the economy. However, business closures are not all bad. Sometimes it is for the benefit of the owner’s health, retirement or family issues. The following is an anthology of reasons why businesses fail. It also serves as a checklist […]

Go Giants

The editors asked: No Cowboys. No Broncos. No Hank Baskett. Do you care about watching the Super Bowl? Maybe for the commercials or to see Tom Petty perform at halftime? Here’s what one reader had to say: • “Sure I am going to watch the Super Bowl. It is an American tradition. We as Americans […]

Good day to vote

Clovis Municipal Schools voters go to the polls today to decide on a recurring $12 million general obligation bond to fund maintenance and improvements to school buildings and grounds for the next four years. Voters in 2000 and 2004 approved the GO bonds by a 4-to-1 margin. • • • Journalism lost a good friend […]

‘Good question’ man gone

Journalism lost a good friend Monday when George L. Prothro, a former managing editor at the Clovis News Journal, died after a bout with cancer. Today would have been his 63rd birthday. The current CNJ staff will miss his phone calls suggesting “good questions” to ask about curious events around town. • • • Sometimes […]

Could be a clue

Sometimes clues in the crime-fighting business are hard to find. Sometimes they hit like a ton of bricks. This comes from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety following an incident Sunday night near Gallup: “During a routine inspection … (an) officer opened the back of a tractor trailer rig to make sure the cargo […]