Store closing means end of downtown Clovis fixture

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File photo Don Clark, 72, was a fixture in downtown Clovis as he helped bring visibility to Smyth Auto parts store by waving at passing motorists on Main Street. The 58-year-old store closed for good on Friday. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A bygone era in automotive service is truly coming to an end […]

Gubernatorial candidate pledges end to corruption

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Allen Weh, Republican candidate for governor, said he plans to bring integrity back to state government. Allen Weh said unraveling corruption and doing away with unnecessary or irrational regulations are top priorities for him if he should become governor. Weh spoke to a group of more than 75 during a […]

Enforcement not job for rail companies

Freedom New Mexico More evidence that our government officials now consider themselves rulers rather than public servants: Federal officials are ordering private rail companies to become de facto law enforcement arms in this country’s troubled drug war. Companies face stiff fines if their efforts don’t satisfy the feds. The Justice Department already has sued Union […]

Portales’ Territorial House to become Italian eatery

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Mark Vigil, owner of Mark’s Restaurant and Catering, takes a look at the second floor of the Territorial House restaurant. A deal was finalized for Vigil to purchase the building, which he plans to turn into an Italian restaurant. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico After the building’s most recent […]

Clovis PD seeking state accreditation

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The Clovis Police Department is one of nine state departments working toward accreditation. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Police Department is taking a giant step to become more transparent. This month, the New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council — the accrediting authority for the state — is evaluating the department’s application. […]

DNA process should become routine in court

Freedom New Mexico It is possible to see both sides in the difficult case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, in which a divided U.S. Supreme Court recently decided this particular defendant did not have a post-conviction constitutional right to get access to evidence in the state’s possession so he could conduct his own DNA […]

Residents celebrate Juneteenth

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Juneteenth-goers grab drinks to go with their barbecue at Potter Park. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Doug McAdams plans his vacation around the end of June every year, and his trek from Dallas to his hometown of Clovis has become a tradition. And as he stood Saturday, manning a […]

Cannon training exercises to become routine

Freedom New Mexico A military plane that circled Tucumcari for about a half hour Tuesday night could become a routine event across the region. A Cannon Air Force Base spokesperson confirmed the plane — which had many residents worried and local officials preparing for an emergency — was a U.S. Air Force plane conducting a […]

Health care overhaul will prove costly

Freedom New Mexico You have to admit it takes a certain amount of chutzpah to try to sell expanding the role of government in health care as a way of controlling costs and improving services. Yet judging by recent statements and his speech Monday to the American Medical Association, that has become one of President […]

Desperate PBS looks for ways to be relevant

It has become oh-so-cool to look down on mainstream religion in these days of clergy scandals and unpopular wars. As such, our country’s Public Broadcasting Service has decided to jump on the bandwagon after decades of religious broadcasting. The network — desperate for relevance amid the commercial success of cable networks such as Discovery, the […]