Farwell police chief moving on

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer FARWELL — Police Chief Robert Achterberg is moving to New Braunfels, Texas, to take a job as a patrolman. He said he took the job for family and professional reasons. “I will miss the overall community and all the people I met here,” said Achterberg, 50, who served in […]

Marcel Ozdowski, Joe Olona

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Marcel Ozdowski Date of birth: July 25, 1917 Dates of service: 1940 to 1945 Hometown: Virginia, Minn. Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]

Volunteer firefighters provide safety net for rural areas

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Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said his members perform their roles as volunteers for personal enjoyment and for their community. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The 9-1-1 report said the caller was “bleeding profusely.” Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said he and fellow firefighters rushed to the […]

Roberts confirmed as 17th chief justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glover Roberts Jr. won confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States on Thursday, charged by the Senate with the responsibility of leading the Supreme Court through turbulent social issues for generations to come. He was scheduled to be sworn in at the White House later today by Justice […]

Portales fire chief retiring after 20 years on force

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — After more than 20 years of service for the Portales Fire Department, Jesse Mowrer is hanging up his fire hat and putting away his boots to spend more time with his family. Mowrer has worked for the fire department for almost 21 years in different capacities ranging from firefighter, emergency management […]

Common sense is why Dems hate Bolton

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist In the late 1990s, John Bolton published an article titled “The Creation, Rise and Fall of the United Nations.” If you had read this essay and not witnessed one minute of his confirmation hearings, you would already know that Democrats were going to despise him. Here is Bolton’s take on […]

Reporter’s notebook: Firefighters honored at banquet

Lt. Ricky Mitchell of the Clovis Fire Department has worked over the years to foster strong working relationships, demonstrate a high level of competency as a firefighter and improve his skills as an Emergency Medical Technician assistant, his fire chief said. In recognition of those traits, Mitchell was presented the fireman of the year award […]

Officers oppose two-tiered death benefits

Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The vice chiefs of armed forces gave a frosty reception to a Defense Department plan that would raise the military’s $12,400 death gratuity to $100,000 but only for survivors of service members who die in combat areas. In testimony last week before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the second-highest ranking officers […]

Goodbye, to self-described libertarian

CNJ staff Syndicated political columnist William Safire, 75, is retiring his op-ed column, but he will continue to write his “On Language” essays for the Sunday New York Times Magazine. “It’s time to leave when you’re still hitting the long ball and have something else you want to do,” he said when he announced his […]

Letters to the editor: Morality doesn’t stop at the party line

I am one of those heathen Democrats that a couple of your readers have spoken of recently. You know who we are … we “solicit support from homosexuals, and advocate same-sex marriages.” We are “anti-war demonstrators” and “Hollywood and news-media liberals.” PUUUUHHHLEASE! When did Republicans corner the market on morality and decency? Why do Republicans […]