Banning media impedes suspects’ right to fair trial

Freedom Newspapers High-profile murder trials by their very nature attract a great deal of attention and interest in a community that has been touched by a heinous crime. Add the murder of children to these types of cases and the sensitivities surrounding these legal proceedings come into clearer focus. We understand and respect that appropriate […]

Clovis’ wildcat now behind glass

By Don McAlavy Starting at 10 a.m. today, the Clovis-Carver Public Library will display Bobby Wildcat for two weeks before he is taken back to Clovis High School. Our 53-year-old stuffed-and-mounted CHS mascot is now in his own new glass case, courtesy of the CHS Class of 1953, which met in Clovis last weekend. When […]

Kobe Bryant case creates media circus

By Ned Cantwell Why couldn’t it have been Portales? Deming? Socorro? I mean, who ever heard of Eagle, Colo.? Just about the whole world, is all. Some little New Mexico town could have been famous if Kobe Bryant had misbehaved there. Thirty-five satellite trucks showed up in Eagle, Colo., so television viewers the world over […]

Contact Air Force to keep Cannon

By Bob Barker Another round of base closures is on the horizon. According to an article published recently by the Air Force Retiree News, almost 10 years have passed since the last round of base closures.  In mid-December 2001, the House and Senate authorized the Department of Defense to execute a new Base Realignment and Closure […]

Criticism may not be deserved, but relevant

Clovis law enforcement officers have faced some public criticism in the past week for their actions in two unrelated cases that occurred last weekend. We support the rights of those who have questioned authority — indeed we have given them a voice through the pages of this newspaper. But we are hesitant to join in […]

Buddy gets day in court

By Darrell Todd Maurina Buddy is still alive and he’s going to trial. The mixed-breed pit bull’s owner, Greg Hromas, faces up to $1,500 in fines for allegedly allowing his dog to run at large and chase police. Conviction can be even more serious for Buddy, who faces death. Curry County Magistrate Judge Doug Miller […]

Tucumcari officer retains certification

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Tucumcari police officer who pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated said he will retain his police certification and hopes to return to duty next month. Sgt. Jeff Gonzales, a 12-year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department, remains on paid administrative leave, according to Police Chief Dennis Townsend. Gonzales said he […]

Martha Stewart prosecutors on a witch hunt

It’s not hard to view the federal prosecution of Martha Stewart, the multimillionaire home-decorating diva, as a witch hunt. The charges are devoid of the main crime she is supposed to have committed: insider trading. Surely, the 41-page indictment would have included such charges had there been anything to prosecute. Instead, the Securities and Exchange […]

Cops and Courts

A Curry County grand jury handed down first degree murder indictments Friday afternoon in the double homicide of Wesley Griest and Alex Rodriguez on Feb. 28. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, the grand jury indicted Dominic L. Murphy, 25, of Clovis, on two counts of first degree murder and tampering with evidence, […]

Good or bad, information must flow

A Curry County jail inmate died early Sunday morning, hours after telling authorities he had swallowed methamphetamine. It’s the second time in a year a jail inmate has died under similar circumstances. Just as disturbing, it is the second time in a year jail officials have been less than open about providing information to the […]