Jesus’ story survived, even without TV

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist News spreads within minutes these days. Major earthquakes, fires in California or “leaks” in governmental investigations are spread around the world in minutes via 24-hour news channels. However, the breaking news that weekend Jesus was crucified spread quickly even without sophisticated technology. Jerusalem was a packed city because of Passover, […]

TB case found in Portales

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers An employee at a local milk processing plant has contracted tuberculosis, but health officials say there is little danger of the disease spreading. DairiConcepts spokeswoman Monica Coleman confirmed late Thursday the company had been contacted by the state health department regarding an employee with tuberculosis. She said all employees had […]

Like fire, gossip spreads and does harm

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist I heard today that the town of Edgewood is fighting a grass fire and some townspeople have had to be evacuated. Grass fires can be a terrible thing because they destroy everything in their path. On the spiritual side, James, a book in the New Testament, notes that gossip […]

Fire guts bridal shop

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Clovis firefighters work Sunday to control a fire at Freeman’s Bridal Shop and Formal Wear on Main Street. The fire left a hole in the building’s roof. (CNJ correspondent: Martha Richardson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff photo The downtown shop Marjorie Noble owned and operated for more than 30 years was severely damaged in a […]

Fire destroys home

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A child’s bike is among the carnage of a house fire on Morse Street as a Clovis firefighter carefully picks his way through burned rubble looking for “hot-spots.” (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Jeff Christensen was letting his dog out Tuesday morning when he noticed flames shooting over the roof […]

Reacting to hate only encourages groups to return

Freedom Newspapers Toledo, Ohio, residents over the weekend demonstrated why it is generally better to ignore messages of hate than trying to outshout the unreasonable messengers. A crowd that gathered to protest a white supremacist group’s march instead began a riot. The crowd threw rocks at police and vandalized vehicles and stores, burning a bar. […]

Peanut butter a diverse miracle spread

By Grant McGee Sunland Peanuts, on U.S. Highway 70 between Clovis and Portales, recently had the grand opening of its peanut butter plant. I got to go on a tour of the place. The peanuts go in, get roasted, mooshed up, seasoned and the delicious stuff is shot into jars. Then I saw what, to […]

Common senses key in invasive species discussion

Freedom Newspapers A recently announced federal effort to eradicate so-called invasive species, if not taken to absurd lengths, is probably a good thing. But a lot of things are taken to absurd lengths in America, so we worry. There’s no question that exotic, non-native plants and animals have huge potential for remaking the landscape, frequently […]

Researchers gaining on bindweed

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Mark Renz, a weed specialist with New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, holds flowering field bindweed. New Mexico State Extension Service photo Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Researchers at New Mexico State University are using chemicals and parasites to successfully control field bindweed, a pesky plant that invades crops, pastures and gardens in […]

God can identify his children

By Curtis Shelburne GOD CAN IDENTIFY HIS CHILDREN During one of the more famous battles ever fought, the World War II “Battle of the Bulge,” the Germans made use of a battalion of men under the command of Major Otto Skorzeny, “the most daring commando in the German army.” According to author Stephen Ambrose in […]