Berry’s good work should be remembered

Moving forward… Thursday was a sad day for eastern New Mexico law enforcement. Former Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry was convicted of tampering with public records, a result of Berry destroying traffic citations issued to an acquaintance. This is the definition of “good ol’ boy” police work, also known as a fourth-degree felony when more […]

Officials: Water pipeline groundbreaking to take place soon

Kevin Wilson Members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority had planned Thursday to announce a groundbreaking date for the first piece of the Ute Water Project, and announce it would take place soon. But the definition of a groundbreaking changed. At the authority’s meeting in Melrose, federal consultant John Ryan said he received […]

Teacher’s story one of success

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Valencia Elementary School teacher Becky Duran said her fantasy dinner party wouldn’t include celebrities. “I’m very down to earth,” she said. Valencia Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Becky Duran was chosen as the Newspapers In Education teacher of the year in Portales. She uses newspapers in her bilingual classroom to teach […]

Company invests in HD channels

CNJ staff Suddenlink Communica-tions announced a nationwide investment to bring more high-definition television channels and faster Internet service to Clovis. The company said the $350 million, three-year progrm mean more than a dozen new HD channels and Internet download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second. The new channels are expected to include high-definition […]

Biden can’t correctly define patriotism

Freedom New Mexico Where did U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., come up with his definition of patriotism? Republicans have made a mockery of the word since the Bush administration’s ill-fated decision to invade Iraq, and now the Democratic nominee for vice president seems to want his own definition of the word. Biden, speaking last week […]

The man was ‘pifficated’

Gerald Majewski says his most-memorable cold-weather experience occurred when he was stationed at Misawa Air Force Base in Japan. He fell asleep in a snow bank outside his barracks after leaving a squadron party. A barracks chief found him. “I was pifficated and just couldn’t walk a straight line,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Haven’t […]

Definition of prisoner determines funding

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Adult Detention Center officials said a recent ruling requiring the Department of Corrections to reimburse county jails for the cost of housing parole violators will only work in conjunction with changes in legislation. Deputy Chief Warden Audrey Barriga said county officials have been working with detention center […]

Democrats take to rehashing same old things

Freedom Newspapers Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy spoke to the National Press Club on Wednesday and articulated a clear message for Democrats: Give the people more goodies and they’ll return our party to power. He pooh-poohed the idea that the Democratic Party must move to the political center to win future elections. Billed as a major […]

Catalog gives unexpected definition of spirituality

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist I got yet another catalog in the mail recently. Nothing unusual about that. Like most folks, I get lots of them. And, like lots of folks, I occasionally enjoy just thumbing through the pages of an interesting catalog. I don’t know if anyone has a contest for catalogs, but […]

Allowing gay marriage a slippery slope

Walter Williams The Massachusetts high court ruled that people of the same sex have a right to be married. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and County Clerk Nancy Alfaro, in defiance of California law, have issued more than 3,000 officially sanctioned marriage licenses to homosexual couples. What are we to make of this? Same-sex marriage […]