Clovis man pleads guilty in shooting

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Mark Madrid (right) speaks with his attorney, Michael Rosenfield, on Monday in a Clovis courtroom. Madrid, 23, faces between 16 to 27 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer As Mark Madrid left the courtroom Monday in shackles, he told his mother […]

Meth latest ‘most dangerous’ drug

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist “America’s Most Dangerous Drug,” blares the cover story in Newsweek. If you haven’t been paying attention, you might wonder what drug the magazine has in mind. Tobacco, which kills more than 400,000 people each year? Alcohol, which contributes to thousands of traffic fatalities? Crack, which spawned a wave of violent […]

Project: Reader Reaction: Reader opinion split on meth ordinance

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis city commissioners should approve an ordinance that will put some cold and allergy medicine behind counters and require buyers to provide a name, address and driver’s license prior to purchase in efforts to curb production of methamphetamine. Some responses: “This is one more case of privacy […]

4/27 Letters to the editor

Downtown could use more trash cans Imagine a hot August afternoon. A young couple has just left one of our stores on Main Street. Upon entering the car, it becomes obvious their infant has, uh, downloaded into his software! The odor is the kind that will test even a mother’s love. Then Mom and Dad […]

Cost-efficient drugs stressed with health plans

By Tom Philpott: Military Digest Congress five years ago approved a Defense Department plan to slow pharmacy cost growth by creating a uniform drug formulary for the military, and by imposing higher co-payments on drugs knocked off the list as too expensive and no more effective than other medicines. Finally, the process of identifying these […]

Steroids not seen as problem at area schools

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With steroids becoming a bigger problem at the professional sports level, the NCAA is trying to take more preventative measures to head off potential problems. Ed Kabrick, athletic trainer at Eastern New Mexico University, said that as of the 2004-05 school year the NCAA randomly tests athletes for the use […]

Gang, drug control starts with youth

By Roger Hatcher: Guest Columnist Clovis has an estimated 600 active gang members in approximately 23 different gangs. This has led to criminal activity of an epidemic proportion, including a record-setting 10 homicides in 2004. The driving factor behind gangs is drugs, or should I say the sale of drugs. Three years ago, I started […]

Former gang member shoots straight

(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Anthony “Tre” Ravenel speaks to students Tuesday at Clovis High School about his life growing up in Compton, Ca., in gangs and drugs. Ravenel, who turns forty in a couple days, spent half his life in prison. Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Anthony “Tre” Ravenel, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, black […]

Canada’s health care not miracle cure

By Walter E. Williams “The Dog and His Bone” is one of Aesop’s many instructive fables. It’s about a dog carrying a bone in his mouth. As he was crossing a footbridge over a stream and happened to glance into the water, he saw his own reflection. Thinking it was another dog with a bigger […]

Clovis pharmacist’s license revoked

Staff and wire reports STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS CLOVIS — The New Mexico Board of Pharmacy on Thursday revoked a Clovis pharmacist’s license for altering quantities of prescription drugs and dispensing drugs without a prescription. The board also fined Joel J. Butler — a registered pharmacist and owner of Medical Center Pharmacy in Clovis — […]

Budget tightening leads to drug changes

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Phyllis Ramm, wife of an Air Force retiree, got a surprise Aug. 7 when she called the Keesler Air Force Base pharmacy to refill routine prescriptions. She learned that some popular brand-name drugs no longer would be dispensed on base, after patients get a final 30-day supply. The Air Force […]

Airman enters guilty plea; breaks down

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Airman Basic Anthony E. Thompson, a member of the Air Force’s equivalent to a civilian police department, said he enlisted to serve his country following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. However, in a court-martial Thursday afternoon, he admitted that within two years he was not […]

Q&A 1/18

State Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, sponsored House Bill 974 which passed during the 2003 session of the state legislature. According to the New Mexico Legislative Council Service, the bill directs the corrections department to establish a demonstration prison-based drug rehabilitation program for inmates including components that address drug rehabilitation, education, self-respect, and life skills. Crook […]

Police investigate tainted popcorn

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police are investigating allegations that a Marshall Junior High student gave drug-laced popcorn to unwitting classmates. Police on Thursday had not determined if the incident was a prank. Two students complained of headaches and upset stomachs after eating the popcorn on Monday, officials said. No serious illnesses were reported. Officer […]

Unwitting student: Popcorn tasted too sweet, kind of stale

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Audi Parrish was offered popcorn during her Monday lunch period, she didn’t like the taste. “I only had two pieces,” the Marshall Junior High student said. “I felt it was really, really sweet when I first put it in my mouth, not a bad sweet, but just sweet. Then it […]

War on drugs trampling on rights of privacy

The systematic shredding of the Fourth Amendment’s protection of personal privacy in the name of the war on drugs proceeds apace. The latest example is a Supreme Court decision (in Maryland vs. Pringle) that approves the police arresting every passenger in a car where drugs are found. The case stems from a 1999 traffic stop […]

Prohibition failed; U.S. war on drugs on similar track

Freedom Newspapers Only America’s oldest citizens remember one of our nation’s great follies, alcohol Prohibition, which ended 70 years ago this month. The Noble Experiment, as it was called, was supposed to produce an increase in virtue and productivity as people shunned Demon Rum for work. It didn’t work out that way. Instead, as reflected […]

Medical drugs: Many complaints, few answers

Thomas Sowell Reader responses to the discussion of government-controlled medical care in this column raised questions that need answering. The most frequently raised question was why American pharmaceutical drugs sell for less in other countries. Some readers considered this proof that the sellers of these drugs were making excessive profits. They argued that, since the […]

Don’t kill the goose that lays golden eggs

Thomas Sowell It is always fascinating to see elementary economics make front-page news. It was front-page news in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal that there are long waiting times for seeing medical specialists in Canada and in other countries with government-controlled medical care systems — but not in the United States, where some politicians are trying […]

Illegality of drugs causing more harm than drugs

Freedom Newspapers A couple of recent news stories point out some of the flaws with the government’s war on drugs. Rush Limbaugh’s admission of his addiction to prescription pain killers is instructive on several levels. At its most basic, Limbaugh’s case shows drug addicts come from all walks of life. Pop culture and drug warriors […]