Ruling revisits political speech regulations

By Freedom Newspapers In 2002 the McCain-Feingold election regulations legislation, or Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), became law. The law made it illegal for a corporation to use its general treasury funds to pay for “electioneering communication,” within 30 days of a federal primary election or 60 days of a federal general election. Despite obvious […]

Education Feature: Patchwork project

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Patricia Thompson, 56, holds a quilt she made for a teaching class at Wayland Baptist University. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Patricia Thompson’s fascination with quilt making and the underground slave railroad earned her an A in her last class. Her quilt has also given her an opportunity to […]

Man escapes from police

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fugitive escaped police custody Saturday morning under the guise of helping them recover property stolen in local burglaries, according to a police report. Michael Gutierrez, 22, of Clovis was arrested around 10 a.m. Saturday on an outstanding warrant, the report said. The warrant was for burglary, larceny, conspiracy […]

Group discusses Hull Street overpass repair

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City officials discussed Wednesday funding the repair of the Hull Street overpass at the Public Works Committee meeting. Public Works director Harry Wang said BNSF Railway officials complained of chunks of concrete from the structure falling onto the railroad. “Structurally it’s fine,” Wang said. “The surface will cause them […]

Newmans’ daughter spreads message of forgiveness

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Though it will continue in the state department of corrections, life goes on for Stanley Bedford. As it will for everybody affected by the conviction of Bedford, 43, for his role in the deaths of Doris and Odis Newman of Portales. Most parties hope some type of lesson […]

Education Digest: ENMU to receive $1 million

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a request by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., for Eastern New Mexico University to receive $1 million to help purchase state-of-the-art technology equipment, according to an ENMU news release. Domenici serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which last week approved the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, […]

Local Roundup: Woman arrested for slashing ex

CNJ staff A 27-year-old Clovis woman was arrested Wednesday morning for slashing her former boyfriend’s face with a knife last week at a local bar, according to police. Jesusita Chairez was charged with aggravated battery against a household member, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Chairez is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention […]

Bedford dodges death penalty

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Stanley Bedford, right, smiles while talking to defense attorney Gary Mitchell in District Court in Albuquerque following the penalty phase. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford will not be New Mexico’s third death row inmate. Jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the penalty phase of […]

‘Bong Hits’ ruling reminds us free speech is fleeting

By Freedom Newspapers In the case of Morse v. Frederick, the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case, handed down Monday, the Supreme Court extended its proclivity to make a “drug war exception” to the Bill of Rights whenever possible. In the past, with its tolerant attitude to “no-knock” searches and searches on schools, the court has […]

Clovis’ Reid qualifies for U.S. Public Links tourney

CNJ staff EULESS, Texas — Clovis’ Travis Reid birdied the 18th hole for the second straight day and finished tied for first Tuesday in a U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifier tournament at Texas Star Golf Course. Reid, a junior on the New Mexico State golf team, finished the two-day, 36-hole tournament at 2-under-par 140 and […]