Environmental group should return tax dollars

Freedom Newspapers The Natural Resources Defense Council is a left-wing environmental organization that constantly chides the Bush administration, calls for international environmental governance, promotes more regulations, sounds the alarms about “global warming” and the evils of the oil industry and generally takes positions at odds with those supported by President Bush and the GOP Congress […]

2005 not so shabby for New Mexico

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist A year ends. A year begins. About the only thing that will change by this time next year are your memories. And the most important thing for you to remember right this moment is that you have the power to shape those memories. Is that heavy, or what? Isn’t that […]

Nation’s poor better off than thought

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Despite claims that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, poverty is nowhere near the problem it was yesteryear — at least for those who want to work. Talk about the poor getting poorer tugs at the hearts of decent people and squares nicely with the agenda of […]

Only one miner survives

TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — In a stunning and heartbreaking reversal, family members were told early Wednesday that 12 of 13 trapped coal miners were dead — three hours after they began celebrating the news that they were alive. The sole survivor, Randal McCloy, was in critical condition with a collapsed lung and dehydration but no […]

County lands funds for rodeo events

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson plans to distribute more than $250,000 to counties across New Mexico to promote rodeo. Curry County will receive $50,000, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Eastern New Mexico University will receive $30,844 to improve its rodeo arena while Quay County will receive $24,404 […]

Clovis native deployed to Afghanistan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For years, he has prepared and trained as a Special Forces soldier in the Army. While he has traveled extensively and spent months on end away from home, this time is different. For the first time in his career, Gilbert Gonzales will be entering a combat zone. In 1994, […]

Clovis establishments cited for selling alcohol to minors

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Police allege two Clovis businesses sold alcohol to minors on New Year’s Eve during a sting operation by the Department of Public safety. Administrative citations are pending against the American Legion Post 25 and Kelley’s Bar and Grill package store, according to a press release from the Department of […]

Feds waste time busting medical marijuana clubs

Freedom Newspapers It is something of a mystery why federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided HopeNet, a medical cannabis dispensary said to serve about 30 patients a day in San Francisco, on Dec. 20. It followed a series of raids in San Diego on Dec. 12 that closed 13 cannabis dispensaries. No arrests were made […]

Spanish music pioneers will be remembered

By Ben Salazar: Guest columnist Clovis’ music community suffered two great losses last month with the passing of Noe Anzaldua and Jose “Adan” Mondragon. Both individuals through their respective talents and personalities were instrumental in developing what has become known throughout New Mexico and West Texas as the “Clovis sound” for Spanish music. Anzaldua began […]

Letters to the editor: Holiday fireworks ignite outrage

I would like to thank the rocket scientist who bought or allowed his children to buy fireworks for their New Year’s celebration. On Friday evening, a beautiful evergreen was destroyed and trees and houses in the 1600 block of Fairway Terrace were threatened by a fire caused by someone shooting off firecrackers. Flames fed by […]