BB gun play doesn’t warrant felony charge

Freedom New Mexico For those who didn’t get the memo about society going stark-raving mad, the plight of a 10-year-old in Lafayette, Colo., should bring them up to speed. The boy, whose name we will not reveal, played on and near the Alicia Sanchez Elementary School playground late in March. He and some friends pretended [...]

First person: Singing strong

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Skylar Coffin, 16, sang the national anthem twice this week at the state basketball tournament. Skylar Coffin doesn’t have any particular theme music. “Every day you can find me going down the hall singing something different,” the Clovis Christian junior said. If you went to Albuquerque this week, you could [...]

Local charities say giving season has been good

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Volunteer Connie Cordova, left, hands Angel Tree gifts to Jaylyn Price, middle and Isaiah Sena Thursday at the Salvation Army. Liliana Castillo Need rises around Christmas, but it doesn’t go away after the twinkle lights are taken down and the presents are opened. United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said [...]

No obligation to stick with job

Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Curry County employees really want a pay raise. Is there anyone who doesn’t? Even libertarian opinionizing isn’t as profitable as you might imagine (and yes, I’m being silly). There is no reason to feel an obligation to continue to work in a job that doesn’t pay what you think you are [...]

Education column: Dynamic duos help students in transition

Cindy Kelyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools Who doesn’t remember the difficulty of transitioning from lower to upper grades? Not only do academics become more challenging, psychological and emotional changes kick in to add pressure to the mix for sophomores arriving at Clovis High School. As a targeted focus to address needs through this transition, Clovis High [...]

Prosecutor: More test results needed in fatal crash

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Mary Castillo, 56, died from injuries received in a crash with a Clovis police officer. As long as justice is served, Tita Romero doesn’t care whether it takes one day or 30 to complete an investigation into the crash that took her sister’s life. Monday, District Attorney Matt Chandler said until lab results and cell [...]

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 [...]

Voters say no to judicial complex bond questions

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Voters overwhelmingly defeated two bond questions aimed at building a $33 million jail and courthouse. Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn doesn’t know what will happen next, but he heard voters’ message loud and clear on Tuesday. “The citizens of Curry County have spoken, so we’ll have to make [...]

Health care remains top priority

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE [...]

Government wants to track you online

Freedom Newspapers Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE fees could be [...]