Something to be said for dog’s taste in food

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The family dogs are named Jessie and Tilly. Jessie is the shepherd mix, Tilly is an Airedale. Their dominion is the back room and back yard. We would let them into the rest of the house to join the family but Tilly has forgotten she was housebroken. The Lady of […]

Some thoughts on crushed Oreos and gentleness

By Curtis K. Shelburne Gentleness. What a beautiful quality. In fact, I’ve been enjoying the studies we’ve had at church recently on what St. Paul calls the “fruits of the Spirit.” We’re just now studying “gentleness.” I even taught one class. Yes, I seem to remember closing the discussion that morning with the observation that […]

Political racing best left to politicians

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Tuesday is election day in Clovis. I sure am glad there are folks who will step up to the plate and run for political office. It ain’t my cup o’ tea. I could make up a list of all kinds of reasons why politics doesn’t interest me: the meetings, trying […]

This grace stuff sounds too good to be true

By Curtis Shelburne If mortals like us were big enough, strong enough and wise enough to reach up into the night sky with a paper cup and scoop up a drink of the Milky Way’s liquid light, maybe we’d be big enough, strong enough and wise enough to catch with our minds some idea of […]

Hearts and flowers: Local gift shops braced for holiday rush

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Cindy Tarango orders Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets for her five children Monday afternoon at Katie’s Flowerland. “I wanted them to feel extra special. They’ve been extra good this year,” Tarango said. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Just as lovers monopolize Valentine’s Day, so do certain gifts. Giving greeting cards, candy, […]

Discipline changes for every generation

By Grant McGee: Local columnist To paddle or not to paddle — that was the question raised at a recent Clovis Municipal School Board meeting. This discussion is nothing new. On one side there’ll be the “If you spare the rod you’ll spoil the child” crowd. On the other will be those who believe if […]

Year’s disappointments make good fertilizer

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Remember that hard freeze we had the first week of December? Temperatures were hovering around zero. Thick ice covered the back-yard pond. When the pond thawed there were a bunch of belly-up goldfish on the surface. I had been so proud of those little goldfish. They were born last summer. […]

Local returns from Baghdad tour

Karl Terry Spc. James Montgomery, a member of the 126th Military Police, a National Guard Unit out of Albuquerque, is enjoying his first break from active duty in five months at his parents home in Portales. He is currently stationed at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq. He says the sight of dirty streets with trash […]

Spending Saturdays at yard sales way of life for some

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Milz Bickley, left, of Pep, Joshuah Schultz, 15, center, and his brother Jeremiah, 17, both of Portales, carry a bucket of golf clubs Friday into the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson By most accounts, Saturday’s High Plains Yard Sale will be the biggest yard sale in eastern New […]

Conchas Dam hits 70 years

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Conchas Dam is having a birthday. The dam, 32 miles northwest of Tucumcari, began construction on July 23, 1935. A celebration is planned for 10 a.m. on Friday at Conchas Lake State Park’s Core of Engineers Park. The celebration will include presentations, photography, historical films, tours of the dam — […]