Watson murder trial handed over to jury

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson’s fate was handed over to a jury late Monday. Watson is accused of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood gang member to kill local rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. Attorneys finished final arguments earlier in the day and the jury had not reached a verdict […]

Press Release: Farwell farmer earns national award

TULSA – Ryan Williams, a crop and cattle farmer from Farwell, Parmer County, Texas was chosen as one of four National Outstanding Young Farmers by The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) on February 13 at their 2010 Awards Congress in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ryan Williams has always wanted to raise his family on the land […]

Trial begins in Roosevelt slaying

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Opening arguments began Thursday in the slaying trial of Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson. Watson is accused of hiring Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor, a Rogers native, to kill Causey rancher Jimmy Bo Chunn, 71, in July 2005 in exchange for providing anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture. […]

Murder-for-hire trial set to begin

Freedom New Mexico The murder-for-hire trial of Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson is scheduled to begin with opening arguments 9 a.m. Thursday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Watson is accused of hiring Rogers native Donald Taylor — a member of what authorities call the race-based criminal group Aryan Brotherhood — to kill Causey […]

Consequences will always follow us

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist An illustration that I remember my preacher father using during his ministry is a good lesson on reaping what one sows. The story goes that a farmer in a rural area posted a “No Trespassing” sign on one of his fields because some rambunctious neighbor boys had been cavorting […]

Roosevelt County farmer could still face death penalty despite repeal

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even though the death penalty was repealed in New Mexico, a Roosevelt County farmer accused of arranging a murder-for-hire still faces possible execution. Prosecutors filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against William “Billy Joe” Watson last August. Watson is accused of conspiring with the Aryan […]

Women play significant role in agriculture

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Argen Duncan Michelle Heavyside of Greenfield Park Dairy watches a cow and newborn calf on the dairy. While Heavyside doesn’t work with the cows, she is active in dairy-related organizations, supports her husband in his dairy work and keeps up with industry issu By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The classic […]

Ingle ready to lead Legislature

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan State Sen. Stuart Ingle expects the financial shortage to be the biggest issue in this year’s Legislative session. Here, he sits in his Portales home next to photos of his daughters. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Hunter, family man, farmer, state senator for 24 years. Portales resident Stuart Ingle […]

In Tribute: County farmer loved to fly

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With the possible exception of a game of golf around the world, Allen Rogers didn’t take a break from working, or writing about the work he had to do. “He never retired,” daughter Marty Lamb said. “Even before he died, he was on the lawn mower … and he […]

Grady farmer appointed to state livestock bureau

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Pat Woods, a fourth generation farmer and rancher in the Grady area, was named the second vice president of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau in November. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico “I don’t think farmers are a bunch of stupid people in bib overalls,” said New Mexico […]