My turn: Let’s keep Christmas simple

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I remember driving through Christmas-lit neighborhoods when my daughter Laura was little. She’d excitedly exclaim, “Yayas” and “activities.” That’s what she called luminarias and nativities, my favorite holiday symbols. When I think of a traditional New Mexico Christmas, I think of luminarias and nativity scenes. I prefer these simplistic displays that capture the essence of […]

Our people: Answering the call

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Clovis natives Richard and Gerri Gomez have run the Lighthouse Mission for nearly 25 years. Richard Gomez said the reason is simple. “It’s a calling.” Gerri Gomez said they do what they do “to give people help today and hope for tomorrow.” The mission is a family affair with the original staff including several members […]

Organization provides disabled job opportunities

ENMRSH Inc courtesy photo Lynn Fogleman, switchboard operator, connects callers in the operator switchboard room July 28 at Cannon Air Force Base. Fogleman has worked at Cannon eight years through ENMRSH, a Clovis company that helps people with disabilities find employment. By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs As an airman […]

My turn: Simple mousse popular with children

Argen Duncan Sweet, creamy … and low-calorie. One of my friends has a great recipe for mousse. She often makes it with the help of visiting children, since the recipe is simple, doesn’t involve hot equipment and contains no eggs and therefore no worries about salmonella when kids want to lick the bowl. She says […]

Innocence lost in today’s digital world

Young people grow wearisome of tales of time gone by, the glorious 1950s and more permissive 1960s, their simple themes captured by the TV series Happy Days and perhaps glorified by the classic film American Graffiti. “Pops! Pops! I know! You paid 25 cents a gallon for gas in 1956. I’m paying $3.75 for gas. […]

Simple casserole is spicy

My friend Terri Wildman, an Eastern New Mexico University alumna, gave me a favorite, spicy casserole recipe. It’s great to assemble ahead of time. Terri’s recipe is modified from one she received from her mother, who modified a recipe from a friend, who modified a recipe from elsewhere. “And it’s really hard to screw up,” […]

Pumpkin pancakes simple, healthy

Argen Duncan As a pancake fan, I was quite interested in the pumpkin pancakes Lonnie Berry, of Portales police fame, told me about. They’re simple and healthy. Lonnie was trying out ways to use pumpkin and was pleased with the results of the pancake experiment. He says you can substitute anything for the pumpkin and […]

My turn: Entertainment can be simple

It’s interesting how the entertainment venues we treasure most are some of the simplest. A friend, who is also in the column-writing business, and I recently had an Alf marathon night. My friend’s column this week was about a particular episode where Alf learns a valuable life lesson. And they say we can’t learn morals […]

Food at the speed of life: Rice recipe good, simple

Who’s for pork and rice? Clovis News Journal Classified Advertising Manager Leslie Nagy passed along a recipe she remembers her mother making when she was a girl. “As a kid, this was always a ‘feel good’ food,” Leslie said in an e-mail. “As an adult, it is the only kind of rice my 17-year-old daughter […]

Adding flair to cheese sandwich simple

Argen Duncan Warm, gooey grilled cheese sandwiches are a simple pleasure. Another pleasure is a good twist on them. I’ve discovered: • Muenster cheese and basil pesto • Muenster, sliced apple, a sprinkle of ground ginger Others suggested: • Adding green chile (Felisha Miller) • Adding mayonnaise (Amanda Rogers) • Salsa between two cheese slices […]

America’s freedoms compromised too often

In the spirit of the holiday, we pursue the answer to a simple question: Could our forefathers possibly have envisioned the America that exists in 2010, where independence is thwarted at virtually every turn? Could they have foreseen the long lines at airports brought on by security checks? Or the invasive full-body scanners that detail […]

City official urges residents to participate in census

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis officials are desperate to get residents counted because people equal dollars. And it all hinges on 10 simple questions. Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said large segments of Clovis didn’t respond to the Census count 10 years ago, skewing population figures and depriving the community of much […]

Invention of saddle was revolutionary

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist Can you guess what simple invention is considered one of the basic pieces of equipment involved in creating and spreading modern civilization? I couldn’t. It involves the horse…of course… and the saddle. Like most country kids, I learned to ride bareback. I still believe that’s how novice riders should begin […]

Read their lips: There is no state money

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico There is no money. The message was plain and simple Wednesday morning as area legislators listened to the wish lists of community leaders. “There isn’t any money, there really isn’t,” a somber Sen. Clint Harden of Clovis told a group gathered at Wells Fargo Bank for the 2010 annual […]

Cowboys can offer simple solution

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist This cowboy advice column is inspired by the Ventura County Star. Three cowboys answer questions about love and life.

Panel offers health care reform opinions

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Local health care experts offered their take on health care reform Thursday and no one offered any easy or simple answers. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino, La Casa Health Center CEO Seferino Montano, ENMU economics professor Michael Snipes and Chris Simons, an insurance executive from Artesia, offered their […]

Simple thinking makes life bliss

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Simple thinking makes life bliss There are globally astute, politically tuned, conscientiously correct people who watch C-Span and write letters to the editor. When the letter “A” is flashed before their eyes they immediately think Ahmadinejad (president of Iran), ambassador or Al Gore. Whereas when I see the letter “A,” […]

Fuel economy legislation costly for consumer

Freedom Communications T he late economist Milton Friedman used to say the insights offered by the discipline of economics can be summed up in a simple phrase: There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. The eternal desire of politicians is to disprove this simple maxim by trying to offer free lunches through the […]

Expert: Artistry can be simple

By Sheryl Borden: PNT Columnist Information on craft painting techniques and preparing Indian and Mediterranean cuisine will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday(All times are Mountain). Tera Leigh of Paintability assures us that anyone can become an artist and create beautiful items for the home with the techniques […]

Love is a simple but wondrous thing

By Joan Clayton We awakened one morning hearing pitiful “meows” of a hungry, frightened baby kitten. Three eager little boys rushed to the door and swooped him up. “Can we keep him mommy, can we keep him?” “Just until we can find a good home,” I answered firmly. We never looked for a home but […]