Chili dogs, TweetDeck top my list

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico I have much to be thankful for today, including a family full of colorful characters, dogs that like to play ball and a cat that doesn’t scratch (me anyway). My house has central heat and air, my car has cruise control and I won the lottery last […]

Federal criticism of Fox-TV unjust

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It doesn’t matter if Fox-TV news is unbalanced, biased, partisan or whatever. All newspapers, magazines, journals and such have leanings — they are produced, managed and edited by individuals who have agendas and however much they wish this had no influence on them, that just isn’t realistic. Of […]

Chamber: Agency selling ads not part of map project

CNJ staff The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce is cautioning residents that an out-of-state agency selling advertising space for maps is not connected with the chamber, according to a news release. A chamber spokesperson said they have received reports the agency is incorrectly representing their product as a chamber project. The chamber map […]

Emergency calls on the rise

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Donna Gonzalez of Clovis takes a call at the Clovis Police Department dispatch center. Gonzalez has 17 years of dispatch experience. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The fire department is responding to a significant increase in calls for help lately. The majority are ambulance calls and there doesn’t appear […]

The three Rs of summer: reading, relaxing and more reading

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis educators are urging students to read through the summer, which Yucca Middle School seventh-grader Hanna Langan said won’t be a problem for her. “I like sad stories,” she said. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis educators are reminding students that summer vacation doesn’t mean it’s time to drop […]

Advice would still ring true today

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Greg Southard doesn’t have to guess what his father the editor might say if he’d been here Tuesday to award the annual Bill Southard Scholarship to a communications student at Eastern New Mexico University. “Since I worked at the paper for him as a kid, I know […]

Torture doesn’t necessarily bring out truth

Freedom New Mexico The release of the so-called “torture memos” last week, in response to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, has renewed debate about whether torture, or “enhanced interrogation” was useful or justified as part of what officials then called the “war on terror.” The debate is healthy, but if we don’t learn something […]

Wheat in need of moisture

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo With almost negligible moisture since October area wheat farmers are concerned about their wheat crops. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer argen_duncan@link.freedom.com No rain and a lots of bugs have wheat farmers across the region wondering if they will have a crop this year. […]

Isler back on local hardwood

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler worked out this week at the Wildcats’ practice. Now playing at Lubbock Chritian, Isler is close to full health again after collapsing in Canyon, Texas, last spring. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer To this day, former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler doesn’t know […]

Poor cotton harvest doesn’t deter couple

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Houston and Mary Lee’s family has farmed cotton on land west of Floyd for five generations. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County’s cotton scene has nearly disappeared, and this season’s crop fell below usual amounts, according to two farmers. Mary and Houston Lee, who live near Floyd, said […]

Law enforcement frustrated by juvenile system

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Anchalee Sanchez, left, trains Melissa Johnson on proper booking and releasing procedures Thursday at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Local police and the state agency that oversees troubled youths are at odds on how to handle juvenile criminal suspects. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick […]

Auto industry doesn’t deserve federal bailout

Freedom New Mexico U.S. automakers have been running on empty for years. Now they want American taxpayers to fill up their tank. Detroit’s Big Three — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler — are seeking a slice of the $700 billion federal bailout pie to help them meet payroll and fund pension obligations. And they have […]

Mudslinging doesn’t add to campaigns

Freedom New Mexico If you can’t say anything nice … you might as well run for office. Every year brings primaries and general elections for various posts at the local, state and federal levels. Every year brings tactics aimed at making candidates look — no other word for it — bad. And every year, the […]

County jail ‘a mess’ and needs changes

We agree with all who say the most pressing issue of the day is catching those who escaped from the Curry County jail Sunday night. Once that’s done, there is an immediate need to establish an independent investigating body to assess the entire jail operation, starting with how this latest jailbreak by eight highly dangerous […]

Municipal league gathering in Clovis

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Peggy Tedford normally doesn’t have a problem filling her hotel, as she estimates all 69 rooms at the Fairfield Inn and Suites are booked four days per week. This week, she’ll have no problem — period — thanks to the New Mexico Municipal League. “We’ve actually been booked up […]

Taxpayer money doesn’t belong within churches

Freedom New Mexico It is widely acknowledged that President Bush’s program of what he called faith-based initiatives — supplying government grants to religiously based organizations performing social service activities the government approves — has been something of a dud. Two former officials of the program, former Princeton professor John DiIulio and David Kuo, resigned and […]

North Korea’s action doesn’t curtail issues

Freedom New Mexico That was certainly a spectacular visual, repeatedly shown on television last weekend, of the cooling tower of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility being demolished and crumbling to the ground in a cloud of concrete dust. Whether it really means North Korea is in fact giving up its quest for deliverable nuclear weapons […]

Barbecue can be healthy

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Wendell Blair cooks all of the meat for his family’s meals on the grill. “We eat together as a family a lot,” Blair said. “It’s what we do.” LiLi Castillo Justin Johnson said it doesn’t take much to change a backyard barbecue into a healthy meal. “Instead of using hamburger […]

Environmental fanatics have grip on leaders

Freedom New Mexico Forget the religious right. It doesn’t control elections anymore. It has been replaced by a new political ecumenism:

Rodeoers have long careers in mind

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Jared Smith of Ranger, Texas, holds on tight Friday night in the bareback bronc riding competition on top of Hello Dolly at the 38th Annual Clovis Pioneer Days Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Illusions of invincibility are part […]