Distracted driving tough to enforce

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Newspapers columnist For a while now I have observed the alarm about the use of cell phones while driving. There is hardly any doubt that doing so is hazardous. In his Dec. 7 article for The New York Times, Matte Richtel chronicles some of this. He reports on Bob Lucky, an […]

Safe haven law saves lives

By Mona Charen; Syndicated columnist Mia’s story is good holiday fare. That must have been what the Washington Post editors were thinking when they put her smiling face on the front page. Whether they considered the deeper implications is not so clear, as we shall see. Mia Fleming is a 20-year-old college student who was […]

Cops give kids early Christmas

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jaden Philips, 6, holds out his hand to McGruff the Crime Dog Monday morning during the Shop with a Cop program at Wal-Mart. Philips and his three siblings were each taken on a $100 shopping spree by local law enforcement. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Leaning out of the […]

Commerce topples Hounds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU forward Tyler Jefferson shoots over Ronnie Morgan of Texas A&M-Commerce during the first half of Saturday’s game. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Standing 6-foot-6 with a mohawk and a booming voice, Ronnie Morgan is tough to miss on the court. Much to Eastern New Mexico’s chagrin, […]

Zias fall on buzzer-beater

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU forward Kassie Daugherty scores a basket over Texas A&M-Commerce’s Deltrice Daniel during the second half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference crossover game at Greyhound Arena. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Texas A&M-Commerce lived by the three. But Ashley Murphy made sure the Zias died by the […]

Letters to the Editor: Couple restored faith in people

Couple restored faith in people I would like to share my story on how my faith in people and the holiday were restored. Last week, while shopping with a co-worker and some clients, we noticed how it seems the true meaning of the holiday has been lost — so we thought. We went for dinner, […]

Pressuring banks to lend more initial problem

Freedom New Mexico Those of us who had anticipated the possibility of a de facto nationalization of the banking and finance sector of the economy after the meltdown last fall and the government’s bailout reaction, may have to rethink our scenarios and happily so. With the announcement that Citigroup will pay back $20 billion in […]

12-20 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 p.m. Dec. 4 officers responded to a residence in the 800 block of Fourth Street for a domestic dispute. A man met them outside the residence, bleeding from a wound on his head. He told them he had been drinking […]

No break for teachers

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales High School teacher Alex Lopez flips through a grade book. He said he checks the past grades of students new to his class to learn about them in preparation for teaching them. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico While the students head out to play during the winter break, […]

Lighthouse party provides early Christmas for needy families

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Caleb Huggins, 6, didn’t wait to get out of line to play with the electronic guitar he was given Saturday at the Lighthouse Mission Children’s Christmas Party. His mother Tia Koenig, left, said she was happy her son got what he wanted. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When Caleb […]

Fruitful Spirit Ministries saved

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Fruitful Spirit Ministries has been saved. The non-profit reduced-price grocery program was on the verge of closing its doors when the Matt 25 Hope Center stepped in. Center Executive Director Steve Reshetar said a proposal to take over the program was brought in front of the board of directors […]

‘Jingle Bell Classic’ prepares contestants for county fairs

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Courtesy photo: Karen Cone Koby Cone grooms a calf to get it ready for a show at a past Jingle Bell Classic steer jackpot. The event is scheduled for this weekend. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County is hosting a contest for 4-H members this weekend that should be a learning experience for […]

12-18 enmu men’s, women’s basketball capsules

CNJ staff MenTexas A&M-Commerce (8-1) at ENMU (5-4), 8 p.m. today in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Greyhound Arena.Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9.Last outing: The Hounds built a 20-point, second-half lead and held off Southwestern Oklahoma 82-71 on Monday at Weatherford, Okla., snapping a three-game losing streak.Notes: Monday’s win ended a seven-game losing streak overall […]

Coach wins court order

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis High School boys basketball coach J.D. Isler shakes the hand of his attorney Warren Frost after he was granted a temporary court order reinstating him as a coach. By Sharna Johnson A district judge granted an order Friday reinstating Clovis High School basketball coach J.D. Isler. The order hits […]

Isler files for injunction to stop suspension

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CNJ file photo Clovis High School boy’s basketball coach J.D. Isler has filed a petition in district court asking for an injunction to stop his suspension. By Sharna Johnson A meeting with an incoming varsity basketball player was not improper and Clovis High School’s head-coach is asking for court intervention in his suspension, according to […]

National rodeo final not for timid

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 10 days in early December in Las Vegas, just finished. Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, steer roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding. The top 15 competitors of the year in each event could compete for the world […]

Emergencies worse when misused

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist There are fewer fallacies as widely circulated as those captured by the saying, “Hard cases make bad law.” This includes all the types mentioned by those who would sanction the systematic violation of individual rights just because they can imagine or maybe find some instance in which strict respect for […]

Congress setting debt limit pointless

Freedom New Mexico It’s almost enough to make you wonder why Congress, in a show of ersatz fiscal responsibility, bothers to set a limit to the national debt at all. But back in more innocent days — 1917, with the passage of a second war bonds act — Congress had the na

Zias close out Cowgirls

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Eastern New Mexico University Zias scored the last 10 points of the game to beat New Mexico Highlands 85-76 Thursday in a non-conference game. Cat Clay led a huge effort off the bench with a team-high 15 points as the Zias (4-6) won their third straight game. Ashley Logan led […]

Friday morning briefing: Acts of kindness and basketball

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing.