Judge hedges on Obamacare court ruling

Freedom New Mexico A reminder that few things are as simple as they first seem: In January, when a federal judge in Pensacola declared President Obama’s health care reform law unconstitutional, the judge became something of a shining knight of the right. Now his armor is looking a little tarnished. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, […]

Free speech also allows for hate speech

Freedom New Mexico Free speech and the First Amendment prevailed Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the First Amendment protects even vile and hateful speech directed at gays, warriors and Catholics. It’s a sad-but-essential victory for anyone who believes that freedom requires legal protection of radical and outrageous ideas. Westboro Baptist Church […]

Settlement reached in election lawsuit

CNJ staff A settlement has been reached in a case levied against Curry County by two residents upset over the placement of a video at the courthouse prior to the Nov. 2 general election. Terms of the settlement have not been filed in district court and the judge could not be reached for comment. On […]

DA says pleas help victims, save money

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CNJ illustration: Sharna Johnson Almost half, 44 percent, of cases closed in fiscal year 2010 in the 9th Judicial District courts were closed through plea agreements. District Attorney Matt Chandler said that translates to a higher percentage of convictions than any other district in the state. Sharna Johnson The 9th Judicial District Court in Roosevelt […]

Clovis man sentenced to life in prison for second time

CNJ staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to life in prison for the second time after receiving a retrial for the 2006 shooting death of a 19-year-old man. Robert Macias received the sentence Wednesday, the maximum allowed on charges of first-degree murder in the death of Wilfred Salas Jr. Macias was convicted in 2007, […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters program aims to raise money with bowling event

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Kevin Wilson Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico is a relatively small operation, with a staff that consists of executive director Meg Sadau, and a minimal office in the Matt 25 Hope Center where she has spent a year. The operation is hoping it can bowl over a few sponsors, however, so it […]

District court prosecutes fewer violent crimes

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Sharna Johnson Of all crimes prosecuted last year by the 9th Judicial District courts, the percentage made up by violent crimes was the lowest among all New Mexico district courts. Data shows that 26 percent of the cases filed in district court were classified as violent crimes, whereas drug and property crimes — at 45 […]

Dairy regulations still up in air

Argen Duncan The fate of new state dairy environmental regulations remains to be seen as involved parties wait for decisions from the Court of Appeals and the Water Quality Control Commission. At the end of December, the commission issued regulations, which contained points of contention over linings for dairy wastewater lagoons and the use of […]

Latest ruling on Obamacare encouraging

Freedom New Mexico A federal judge Monday struck a major blow against Obamacare, ruling it to be unconstitutional. The ruling is welcome by those of us who believe Congress and President Barack Obama exceeded their authority last year by imposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with its mandate that everyone must buy health […]

Tucumcari man arraigned on child porn charges

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man arrested in a New Mexico State Police Internet sting is facing four federal felony charges of child pornography. The charges against Stephen Hensley, 41, follow a four-count indictment returned by a grand jury on Dec. 15, according to Elizabeth M. Martinez, assistant U.S. Attorney for public affairs. Hensley pleaded […]

AgSense: Roundup Ready Alfalfa should be available in 2011

By Leonard Lauriault: NMSU forage agronomist The development of Roundup Ready Alfalfa represents a significant innovation allowing for more effective weed control and lower overall herbicide use with lower toxicity to applicators, as well as reduced use of environmentally-damaging herbicides. In 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service deregulated RRA, […]

Court records: Officer speeding in fatal crash

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Courtesy photo Edith Payton, 40, was driving her pickup with passenger Mary Castillo, 56 at the time of the accident. Sharna Johnson A Clovis police officer was driving more than 20 mph over the speed limit and accelerating when his car crashed into a pickup truck, killing one woman and injuring another, court records show. […]

Press release: AG asks NM Supreme Court to hear senior water rights case

(SANTA FE)—Attorney General Gary King has filed a petition with the New Mexico Supreme Court asking the high court to overrule the Court of Appeals and allow the State Engineer to adopt and implement rules to administer state water rights as guaranteed by New Mexico’s constitution.

Government doesn’t need to act as parents

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants, which will decide whether California’s blanket ban on people under age 18 being allowed to purchase certain violent video games will stand. The justices seemed sympathetic to the idea that there should be some way to shield minors from violent games in […]

Clovis resident still wants ruling on video lawsuit

Sharna Johnson The county may have pulled a controversial video from the courthouse lobby before the Nov. 2 election after two Clovis men filed petition for a district court injunction, but the case isn’t being dropped. Clovis resident Al Lewis, one of the petitioners in the case, said he wants a judge’s ruling on the […]

General election unofficial results

Curry County The following is a sample of the Nov. 2 general election ballot as it will appear to voters in Curry County: United States RepresentativeDistrict 3n Ben R. Lujan (D) — 2,843n Thomas E. Mullins (R) — 7,027 Governor and Lt. Governorn Diane D. Denish and Brian S. Colon (D) — 2,693n Susana Martinez […]

Letters to the editor: Tough decisions await voters Tuesday

Tough decisions await voters Tuesday Over the past several months, the Curry County Commission, members of the court and county management have tried to answer and provide educational materials to every voter in Curry County on the complicated issues regarding the proposed judicial complex on this upcoming ballot. The two issues before the citizens of […]

Health care regulations going too far

Freedom New Mexico Within moments of President Barack Obama signing the landmark health care bill in March, lawsuits were filed, in Florida, Virginia and elsewhere. They challenged its constitutionality on the grounds that the U.S. Constitution does not give the central government the power to require every U.S. resident, as a condition of living in […]

Trial for 1993 slaying begins

Jared Tucker Trial began Tuesday in Portales district court of 39-year-old Arnoldo Navarette, who is accused of shooting and killing a man in 1993. Navarette is charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery in the May 30, 1993, shooting death of Rey Ornelas, according to court records. During Tuesday’s testimony, Don Guy, a sergeant […]

Friday morning briefing: Big weekend, homecoming details and the first top court

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.Video of the day Did you the hear the one about…? It’s Joking Around, our own video of local folks sharing their best jokes. Big weekend Loads of things to do this weekend in Clovis. Here’s a link with all the details: http://www.clovisnm.org/news/release-detail.php?story_id=292 Make A […]