Bank bailouts deserve attention

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Columnist No witty intro necessary. Here are three matters I don’t think are getting enough attention: – Hillary Clinton has very little chance of winning this Democratic nomination. Her own people have given the former First Lady less than a 10 percent chance of getting the 2,024 delegates needed. By CNN’s […]

Sunshine Week brings attention to right to know

Freedom New Mexico E very week of the year has been designated by somebody as National Something Week, designed to bring public attention to issues and causes. Such a din of commemoration makes it likely for some of the more serious issues to get lost in the shuffle. So we devote this space today to […]

Tifa

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Name: Tifa, she is a Rottweiler About: She is about two years old and still very much a puppy…. She insists she is a lap dog! She loves to play with our kids, with her rope ties and wrestle… When she absolutely wants attention she oozes into our lap, with half of her body still […]

After long silence, vets finally heard

By Freedom Newspapers The bigger scandal is that it took a hard-hitting expose in the hometown newspaper of the federal leviathan to bring what might actually be some effective attention to the deplorable conditions faced by wounded military personnel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As the Washington Post revealed in a subsequent story, the […]

Police handle large fry order

CNJ Staff A tractor-trailer accident early Friday morning near St. Vrain resulted in the drug-related arrest of a Salt Lake City man, according to state police. Around 4 a.m. a tractor-trailer carrying frozen french fries traveling east on Highway 60/84 overturned and caught fire, state police officer Lance Bateman said. The driver, Hank Breitenbugher, 41, […]

Local legend leaves lasting impression

Editorial “Once I owned a few cattle myself, all descendants of a spotted heifer named Easter. One dry spring, they all died from grazing on shinnery brush except one dogied yearling steer. He unwisely stood by a barbed-wire fence when a thunderstorm broke the drought, and died of lightning. It was such misfortune that kindled […]

Wood-burning stoves require more attention

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Now that cooler temperatures are creeping in like mice beneath a breadbox, I had to do something I’ve never done before. Use a wood stove. The only heating elements I’ve ever known include hissing radiators, steam from the rice pot that inevitably boils over and a portable heat fan I […]

Big cats steal show

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Natasha jumps between platforms over handler Robert Mullen of Amazing Rainforest Experience on Wednesday at the Curry County Fair. Natasha is the oldest of three tigers that perform in the show. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Her 350-pound frame pounces from perch to perch with ease. As she settles, […]

Legislating against lunatics only lends them credibility

Freedom Newspapers Once we begin legislating against lunatics, there will be no end to the legislating. So while we share Colorado state Rep. Michael Merrifield’s revulsion at a tiny group of nut-cases disrupting military funerals, in a bid to draw the media spotlight, we don’t support his remedy — a bill that would attempt to […]

Small steps may help, but won’t put stop to pork

Freedom Newspapers There’s a serious flaw in the thinking of reformers who believe congressional pork-barrel spending can be curbed by forcing members to attach their names to the pet projects (or “earmarks”) they slip into appropriations bills, in circumvention of the normal budget procedures. They hope bringing more transparency and accountability to the process will […]

Alertness, early care key in treatment of cancer

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist This column is in memory of Gary, Chris, Fran and many others. It is dedicated also to Frances, and to Buddy, and to Dorothy, to Pat, and to a large group of people who are battling, at many levels, with cancer. It is, in a unique way, appropriate to Valentine’s […]

CHS junior focal point of defenses

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Clovis junior Rishard Matthews has 11 touchdowns and 772 total yards of offense for the Wildcats this season. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Rishard Matthews is drawing a lot of attention lately. When he lines up at wide receiver, there are normally at least two defenders nearby who stay […]

Creator of 30-inch burrito appeared on talk show

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David Hougland, with Pacsat International, places a microphone on Marshall Junior High School eighth-grader Michael Morrissey as they get ready to tape for the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Wednesday night at his home in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ newly dubbed Burrito Boy is not only getting attention […]

Former gang member shoots straight

(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Anthony “Tre” Ravenel speaks to students Tuesday at Clovis High School about his life growing up in Compton, Ca., in gangs and drugs. Ravenel, who turns forty in a couple days, spent half his life in prison. Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Anthony “Tre” Ravenel, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, black […]

Society has fascination with celebrities

By Ned Cantwell Journalists never stop wondering what makes a reader pause and actually read a news story. Why, just then, did he put down the remote clicker and zone in on the CNN report? Some of the answer is obvious, of course. When nature proves no terrorist organization can match its wrath, the whole […]

State should focus on ‘important’ issues

By Ned Cantwell New Mexico is revving up her legislative engine once again, our esteemed reps and senators ready to work their particular brand of magic. Other than political junkies like me, no one is going to pay much attention. You know why? You guys induce yawns. Oh, you have your frivolous moments, like when […]

Campaigns spend millions on TV ads

By Ned Cantwell It’s that glorious time again, the time when national politicians take note of tiny New Mexico. During the normal course of events, the closest they get to us is when their planes fly over at 30,000 feet. But New Mexico is labeled a “battleground state,” so here they come. As soon as […]

TV linked to ADD, obesity

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Left to right, Brooklynn Beck, 1, Brayden Beck, 4, and Jayden Kos, 4, all watch “Spongebob Squarepants” Thursday at the Beck home in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Maja Sandoval has some qualms about allowing her 4-year-old son to gaze into the television set for hours on end. […]

No debating that Jesus is controversial

Letters to the Editor I cannot remember a film more controversial than “The Passion of the Christ.” The media attention is phenomenal, the religious conversation is ceaseless, and after all is said and done I am not sure most of us will truly understand what is happening through this film. This film is not truly […]

Internet exclusive caucus analysis

By David Arkin It’s official: New Mexico made history Tuesday night. Now whether or not that history is worth repeating in four years is debatable. New Mexico held its first Democratic caucus on Tuesday, and the newness was clear statewide. Voting problems arose in small and large communities alike. Voting problems aren’t anything new to […]