Supreme Court more political than intended

Justice John Paul Stevens, thought of as one of the left-leaning members of the U.S. Supreme Court, on Friday announced his retirement from the highest judicial body in the country. His farewell to the court is not a surprise and had been speculated about since late 2009 when he hired fewer clerks than he had […]

Legislators say tone of session unusual

Different, unusual, fatalistic. Those are some of the words used by area legislators to describe the tone of this year’s 30-day legislative session. Pending elections, the strain of having no money to work with, little guidance from the executive branch and a growing moderate platform are some of the reasons local leaders have come up […]

2010 BAH rates released

Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan and Jenna Zamie The U.S. Department of Defense released the 2010 military Basic Allowance for Housing rates online Wednesday. Rates are different for each pay grade and base. At Cannon Air Force Base, most personnel are receiving an increase of less than 5 percent, according to rates on the department […]

Rugby team trying to get sport going in Clovis area

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Nomads are a story of hard work and dedication in bringing something a little different to the city last year — rugby football. David North, Vinny Comerford and two others met at Kelley’s Bar and Grill in Clovis and decided to field a team. “Four years ago, […]

Interrogation unit to end torture tactics

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has approved the creation of what is described as an elite team of interrogators, drawn from several different government agencies, to question key terrorism suspects. The High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, or HIG (don’t you love those government acronyms?) will be headquartered at the FBI and overseen by the National […]

Communities committed to prep football

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PNT Photo: Argen Duncan Portales Rams booster club secretary Chelle Strawn talks with her son, Justin, after the football scrimmage Friday. Justin Strawn, a junior, plays right guard. Chelle Strawn said football is an important part of her family’s life. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Large cheering crowds, sponsorship posters, t-shirts in school colors […]

Ticket feature: Nelson twins to perform tribute show

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Courtesy photo Gunnar, left, and Matthew Nelson are performing a show in memory of their father, ’50s icon Ricky Nelson, at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Freedom New Mexico Twins Gunnar and Matthew Nelson will be trying out a different genre of music during their performance at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Gunnar […]

Friend made final arrival in heaven

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Susie, my sister, and I held a common bond with Kendra Lennon. Our beloved fathers served on the staff together at Central Baptist Church when it was located at 800 Hinkle. Even though our lives guided us to different directions and cities, each of us cherished the priceless title of […]

Ute Commission focused on water conservation

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The Ute Reservoir Water Commission plans to consider different approaches to conserving water in droughts to keep Ute Lake’s water level from dropping to the point communities are no longer allowed to withdraw water. After discussing the value of planning for droughts at their meeting Thursday in Portales, commissioners […]

Cub Scouts hosting Ten Commandments hike

CNJ staff The El Llano Grande District of the Boy Scouts of America is hosting a Ten Commandments Hike beginning 8 a.m. Saturday. Co-sponsor of the hike, John Schonberger, said they are expecting about 50 Cub Scouts for the hike. The hike is intended to introduce participants to a variety of faiths and houses of […]