Web doesn’t need federal regulations

Freedom New Mexico I nternet freedom is an idea most people would call important but it is equally important that we do not begin to think of Internet access as an entitlement. A ruling by a federal appeals court is a step, at least temporarily, in the right direction toward keeping the Internet free from […]

3-7 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 3 p.m. Feb. 18 an officer responded to Clovis Municipal Court for assistance with a juvenile. The judge told the officer she was having trouble with a 14-year-old she had assigned community service for numerous traffic tickets. She said she noticed […]

Isler says he will drop lawsuit against school district if given coaching contract

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A federal judge issued a temporary injunction last week that will allow J.D. Isler to finish the rest of the season as Clovis High’s boys basketball coach. The Wildcats host the district tournament championship game Saturday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler says […]

Job creation numbers grossly inflated

Last week marked the first anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, popularly known as the Obama stimulus package. The White House, not surprisingly, put on a full-court press, releasing a report that claimed the stimulus saved the country from having a recession degenerate into a full-blown depression, “saving or creating” some 2 million […]

Robles files for appeals court

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Robert E. Robles filed his Declaration of Candidacy for election to the Court of Appeals, Position 1, in the Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Democratic primary. Robles, 59, was appointed to the seat by Governor Bill Richardson on October, 24, 2008. He is announcing today that […]

Court ruling advances free speech

Freedom New Mexico The First Amendment is healthier following a Supreme Court decision Thursday that strengthens its roots: protecting political speech. The court ruled 5-4 in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that the federal government cannot restrict how corporations and labor unions may spend money to advocate for or against candidates for political office. […]

Court ruling paves way for freedom

Freedom New Mexico In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, commonly known as the “Hillary movie” case, the U.S. Supreme Court finally vindicated a proper understanding of the First Amendment, which provides that “Congress shall make no law” restricting freedom of speech. One might ask what part of “no law” do you not understand, but […]

Isler case in federal court Wednesday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The attorney for J.D. Isler says a federal court hearing Wednesday in Albuquerque could determine his client’s future as coach of the Clovis High School boys basketball team. Isler’s attorney, Warren Frost, said he will argue for the continuation of a restraining order allowing Isler to continue coaching. The […]

Bovina man sentenced for robbery

CNJ staff A Bovina man was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for robbing two Clovis Dairy Queens in 2008. Christopher Garcia, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery, court records show. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence because the court found his charges were serious violent offenses, […]

Judge to be selected from out of area in assault case

CNJ staff A judge will have to be selected from outside the area in the domestic assault case against former district attorney Randall Harris. According to a notice filed Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court, the district’s five judges have recused themselves from Harris’ case, and the attorneys have been given 10 days to […]

Former DA court hearing scheduled Jan. 11

CNJ staff Former District Attorney Randall Harris will be arraigned in district court Jan. 11 on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault against his wife. The case against Harris was moved from Curry County Magistrate to district court Dec. 17, according to court records. Harris, 48, was charged Oct. 4 with misdemeanor battery against a household […]

Coach wins court order

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis High School boys basketball coach J.D. Isler shakes the hand of his attorney Warren Frost after he was granted a temporary court order reinstating him as a coach. By Sharna Johnson A district judge granted an order Friday reinstating Clovis High School basketball coach J.D. Isler. The order hits […]

DUI charges dismissed against Mesalands president

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Charges of driving under the influence against Mesalands Community College President Phillip O. Barry have been dismissed in Albuquerque’s Metro Court. Barry appeared in court on Friday, before Metro Court Judge Edward Benavidez, according to court records. The case was dismissed without prejudice for failure to provide discovery, court […]

Civilian court appropriate for 9/11 trials

Freedom New Mexico The decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has claimed he was the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and four others in a civilian federal court in New York City, has provoked an emotional and, in some instances, quite partisan response. Just because objections are emotional or partisan, however, does not […]

Former DA arrested for domestic assault

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Courtesy Former District Attorney Randall Harris, 48, was arrested Wednesday night for domestic assault. He was released on a $1,500 bond the same day. Freedom New Mexico Former District Attorney Randall Harris was arrested Wednesday night for domestic assault after his wife told police he threatened her and pushed her into a door. Harris, 48, […]

Key cases will be notable for high court

Freedom New Mexico Positive news about newspapers is good news to us — and we’ve got a little to share. Since National Newspaper Week begins today, we celebrate those achievements with you, and offer our looking-forward view on the future of your newspapers. Newspapers have been published in Clovis and Portales for more than 100 […]

Sept. 6 Bankruptcies

The following bankruptcies were filed at federal court in Roswell: • Richard L. Lopez and Ernestine Y. Lopez, Chapter 7, filed date: 8/21/2009, Curry County • John Allen Poe, Chapter 7, filed date: 8/23/2009, Curry County • Deborah L. Sites, Chapter 7, filed date: 8/25/2009, Roosevelt County • Sharon Leota Helm, Chapter 7, filed date: […]

Former Melrose chief cleared in traffic case

CNJ staff Former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling was found not guilty Friday for a citation she received in March when she crashed her patrol unit. Dreiling was charged with improper turning after police said she cut across traffic to follow a motorist she had stopped. She was struck by a car when she entered […]

Sotomayor OK’d for Supreme Court in historic vote

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sonia Sotomayor won confirmation Thursday as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice in a history-making Senate vote that capped a summer-long debate heavy with ethnic politics. She’ll be sworn in Saturday as the court’s 111th justice, third woman and first nominee by a Democrat in 15 years. The Senate […]

Little at stake in Sotomayor court hearings

Freedom New Mexico There are potentially consequential questions to which answers may or may not be forthcoming in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice. But the hearings, while sometimes pointed, have been generally civil in large part because so little […]