McGee: Roomate was right about computers

Have you ever heard about something new and thought, “Pshaw, that won’t be around long.” I got to thinking about this while I was at a rummage sale over in Earth, Texas. There amongst the books for a dime or a quarter was a thick, yellowed volume labeled “FORTRAN.” It was a textbook about the […]

A snitch’s story

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Stephenson Robin Fornoff Zach Stephenson said he agreed to be a snitch because he thought he had a deal: Turn in drug dealers, lose the trafficking charges he faced after being set up by another police drug snitch. So he signed a contract with New Mexico State Police and was given a code name — […]

Forgiveness often means adding God to equation

Have you ever experienced events that you never dreamed you would experience? I am thinking about over the last 10 years of my life. I have done some things I thought I would never do. Here is the list: • tried to water ski once again at my age when I have not water-skied in […]

Christmas proposal memorable

Christmas 1981 was easily the best one ever for me. It was the Christmas that I proposed to my bride. I wanted to ask her that Christmas but every time I thought about it I got the shakes and cold feet. Then one day in early December, while I was back in Portales for the […]

Jesus helps keep us in our moral restraints

About two weeks ago, we were visiting in Scottsdale, Ariz. We spent a day at Paradise Valley Mall. It was there that I watched a young mother trying to corral three little children. I was amused as I thought about my own experiences with my two oldest children. Annie and John Scott were two and […]

Count on Jesus to get us through storms of life

It was on a school trip to Boston several years ago that I first saw a genuine lighthouse. While driving out toward the tip of Cape Cod, we stopped to explore a lighthouse that was open to visitors. Standing on the sandy hillside surrounded by wooden fencing, the lighthouse silently spoke volumes as I looked […]

Human judgment falls short of God’s perspective

I had an unusual experience several years ago. Some college teacher friends and I were attending a school conference in Boston. We were leaving Chatham on a Sunday morning and we saw a woman on the road hitchhiking. My first thought was to pass her and then I thought she might be in trouble. So […]

Experts predict more heat

Freedom New Mexico If you thought Friday got hot, hold on. There’s more on the way, according to the National Weather Service. Clovis Municipal Airport reported a high temperature of 106 degrees on Friday. The last time the city got near that high was June 24, 1980, when the thermometer hit 104 degrees. Weather service […]

In search of ponies: Swallows keep pests away

Sharna Johnson I struggled with the thought of knocking it down, but they were working so hard I just didn’t have the heart. Instead, I sat in the front yard and photographed the swallows as they swooped in and out, fluttering under the eave with beaks full of mud. Over several days I watched as […]

McGee: Antimatter matters

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Last Saturday was supposed to be the beginning of the end of the world, according to a television preacher from California and his followers. I remember another time when some people thought the world as we knew it would come to an end. It was 1997 when some “New Age” […]

Hospice helps patients, families

I never thought I would love to work with dying people. It just sounded too morbid. Our American culture does just about everything it can to prevent the inevitable; we rarely discuss our funeral services or burial wishes openly. We are not likely to make a will or advanced directives. So the thought of working […]

McGee: Worth the wait

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist We thought we’d go to one of the local fast food joints in town. It’s famous for its great sandwiches but also for its long waits. We thought we’d give it a try anyway. We placed our order at the drive-thru. “That’s a bit expensive for a couple of sandwiches […]

In search of ponies: Lamb lesson

Sharna Johnson It was Easter time a couple of decades ago and my father had a surprise up his sleeve. My brother and I thought it was just another of many exploratory trips when we pulled up to the farm and saw the sheep milling about in the field — until Dad told us to […]

Curry County Cats pull away in second half

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Las Cruces defensive back Leslie Adams lifts Curry County Cats running back Raymond Chisum on his tackle in the second quarter of Saturday’s New Mexico Premier League game at Leon Williams Stadium. By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Josh Bryan thought he’d had enough of football when he went to […]

Letter to the editor: Chamber program appreciated

I read with admiration Friday’s article about the Chamber of Commerce handing out grocery money from “Random Acts of Kindness.” I thought how nice, especially this time of year. Large family gatherings and lots of goodies can strain a budget. I was thinking about this while in line at a local grocery store… in front […]

Technology making jobs obsolete

Karl Terry I heard a quick sound bite on the radio the other day about jobs that have become obsolete and it got me to thinking about that. I remember a day while I was still living at home when I told my parents that I had decided to move to Tucumcari and take a […]

King wins attorney general race

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Republican Attorney General candidate Matt Chandler, left, looks at New Mexico returns Tuesday night in Clovis with Campaign Manager Henry Varela. Kevin Wilson Gary King never thought victory would come easy. But he said the spoils had to be short. “I feel like it was a good, hard battle,” King […]

Think of lefties with consideration

I remember one afternoon in kindergarten when my teacher tested each student to determine whether we were right- or left-handed. I wanted badly to test right-handed because I thought it sounded cooler, but the results told me what I probably should have already figured out in penmanship class: I was a terminal lefty. This may […]

Suffocation ruled out in child’s death

By CNJ Staff Preliminary autopsy findings indicate a 2 year-old girl who died Sunday did not suffocate as police initially thought. “There were no indications of suffocation or any means of a physical foul play to have caused her death,” said Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Medical investigators were not able to reach a determination […]

Attention completely unintended

By Glenda Price: State columnist I agreed to do the chores for several days. Nothing to it, I thought. Not exactly. The animals’ pasture is being irrigated, so everybody is in the pens by the barn. Five show lambs are in the back pen and three older dry ewes occupy the front pen. An old […]