Pot legalization needs to be taken seriously

Freedom New Mexico Proposition 19, an initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, was soundly defeated in the November election after California’s political establishment, Democratic and Republican, came out strongly against it. We had concerns with a provision related to the ability of employers to combat marijuana use at the workplace, but we are […]

In Tribute: Caton last surviving member of 1933 Forrest hoops champs

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Submitted by Susan Caton Wright Oran Caton, holding the ball in the front row, was a member of Forrest’s 1933 state basketball championship team. By Ben Moffett: Special to the CNJ Oran Caton, 93, the last living member of the 1933 state champion Forrest High basketball team, died Friday at his home in Albuquerque. Caton […]

Releasing records not private matter

By Ray Sullivan: FNM publisher Five years ago next month, New Mexico legislators defeated — for the second time in two years — a bill that would have set up an electronic portal that the state declared would make public records more accessible. The bill died because it was poorly thought out and ambiguously worded. […]

Bailey County says no to alcohol

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Bailey County will remain dry. Voters have defeated a proposal that would have allowed the packaged sale of liquor, beer and wine.The proposal was defeated by 232 votes, with 1,241 voting against.Barry Cowart, president of Concerned Citizens of Bailey County,

Global warming bill could have been disastrous

Freedom New Mexico The Lieberman-Warner global warming bill, defeated last month

Lady Cats notch victory in tennis dual at Portales

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Clovis High’s Devin Aragon hits a shot during a doubles match against the Portales Rams on Tuesday in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Clovis High girls tennis team used a dominating doubles performance to charge to a 6-3 victory over Portales in dual competition on Tuesday […]

Harden officially declared winner

Staff reports The Secretary of State’s office on Friday officially declared Clint Harden, R-Clovis, the winner of the District 7 Senate seat. The incumbent Harden defeated Democratic challenger Bob Frost of San Jon by 36 votes, following a recount of paper ballots in Taos, Union and Colfax counties. Harden’s win means the Senate will continue […]

States are right on drug reform

Freedom Newspapers While the federal government in recent years has approached illicit drug policy along the lines of the classic definition of a fanatic — if it isn’t working, redouble your efforts — there has been a quiet rethinking of drug policy at the state level, beginning with the decision by California voters in 1996 […]

Neugebauer leading in Texas runoff election

CNJ Staff In Bailey and Parmer counties, Randy Neugebauer, a Lubbock land developer, defeated Mike Conaway, a Midland accountant, in a run-off election Tuesday night for the U.S. 19th Congressional District formerly held by Larry Combest, a Lubbock Republican who retired Saturday. Statewide, Neugebauer held a 4.8 percent lead over Conaway, with 96.6 percent of […]