I will stand up for your liberties

“The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.” — H.L. Mencken Rarely have I read a quote that contained […]

Thursday morning briefing: Tips for fighting cancer, a feast of sorts and a winner flops

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fighting cancer The Clovis High girls volleyball team is spending Saturday working at Bradley’s Twin Cronnies Drive-In in Clovis, raising money to fight breast cancer. They’ll be taking orders from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and donating all tips to the cause. Feast for […]

Home security system hard to beat

I unlocked the door, and the second I opened it the blast began. It sounded like ten banshees fighting off a dozen gorillas. Holding my ears, I ran to the contraption on the wall by the front door and pushed the numbers (which, thankfully, I remembered) and was immediately greeted by a wonderful silence. This […]

Attorney general race centers on fighting corruption

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — When New Mexico last elected an attorney general, it was against a backdrop of a corruption scandal involving two former state treasurers. Since then, a powerful former lawmaker was sent to federal prison, Gov. Bill Richardson’s Washington ambitions were derailed by a pay-to-play investigation and a former secretary of state […]

Police blotter — July 4

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 p.m. June 21 an officer responded to a residence in the 700 block of Hondo Street for a report of a stabbing. A man with a hole in his bottom lip told the officer a suspect he knew stopped his […]

Thursday morning briefing: Fish tales, fighting cancer and summer sports

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Fish tale Grab a rod and reel. The pond at Oasis State Park was stocked with catfish June 3. The limit for catfish is two per person per day. Information: 356-5331. Charity bikers It’s billed as the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world. […]

Area ranch set to host Ride for Life fundraiser

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Courtesy photo Jatonna Hankins, left, the top fundraiser for last year’s Ride for Life, won a hand-tooled saddle presented by ride organizer Amber Workheiser. The event, scheduled for Saturday, raises about $20,000 for Relay for Life. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Fighting cancer is a lot less stressful on horseback. That’s the theory that’s […]

Police bust Clovis cock fighting ring

Clovis – Through a tip, the New Mexico State Police scrambled resources and busted up a Cock Fighting Ring in Eastern, NM. The tip lead to over 90 Arrests, Seized 52 Roosters, Cocaine, Marijuana and additional narcotics used on the animals. Yesterday evening a tipster came forward to State Police in Clovis and provided information […]

Fighting terrorism should be focus

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Fareed Zakaria, on his Sunday CNN program “GPS” (Global Public Square), chided American officials and commentators for responding to the failed terrorist attack in Detroit with panic. He based his assessment on the fact that there have been numerous calls for greater vigilance in defense of the realm […]

‘Good question’ man gone

Journalism lost a good friend Monday when George L. Prothro, a former managing editor at the Clovis News Journal, died after a bout with cancer. Today would have been his 63rd birthday. The current CNJ staff will miss his phone calls suggesting “good questions” to ask about curious events around town. • • • Sometimes […]

Sept. 28, 1936

A wintry blast that swept the city of Clovis set a record low of 33 degrees and caused damage to row crops. … Elmer Gibson, 22, of Oklahoma City, was in the city jail for fighting Steve Degama, 25, in an argument over 11 cents. … Ladies fur-trimmed coats could be purchased at J.C. Penney […]

Years of a clown

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Dale “Gizmo” McCracken entertains the crowd and cowboys during Friday’s Professional Bull Riders Discovery Tour event at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Gizmo is also the backup for bull fighters, if needed. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Dale “Gizmo” McCracken keeps his audiences guessing every time he steps […]

Peaceful solution rarely achieved by use of force

By Freedom Newspapers After a brief interlude when the United States took a hands-off position toward the fighting in Lebanon, the United States has teamed up with France to offer a cease-fire resolution in the U.N. Security Council. Because of opposition from Lebanon and other Arab states the resolution is unlikely to succeed. And even […]

County praised for fire response

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The monstrous grass fire last week at the Melrose Bombing Range that consumed 35,000 acres was the hot topic at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Road Superintendent Danny Davis recounted to the commissioners details of his department’s involvement in fighting the blaze. Davis said he assisted in fighting the […]

Curry County farmer survived one of the bloodiest campaigns of World War II in Okinawa

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By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer April Fool’s Day 1945 was not anything to joke about for Lamb Mackechnie. It was the day he landed on the beach at Okinawa for one of bloodiest battles in World War II. Cutting his senior year at Clovis High to join the service, Mackechnie’s first memory of the […]

Bush, Kerry salute fallen U.S. heroes

The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Va. — President Bush declared Monday that “America is safer” because of its fighting forces while Sen. John Kerry went to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in somber but historically asymmetrical Memorial Day tributes. “Through our history, America has gone to war reluctantly,” said Bush, speaking at Arlington National Cemetery after laying […]

Opinions of capture range from positive to ecstatic

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Saddam Hussein did not resist when he was captured. AP photo By Jack King Comments in Clovis on the capture of Saddam Hussein ranged from thoughtful to jubilant Sunday, but all struck a positive note. As Terry Travis of Farwell noted, “I’ll bet you’re not going to find anyone who says it’s a bad thing.” […]

Freedom: A value and company worth fighting for

Freedom Newspapers We’ve heard from a number of readers over the past few months who expressed anxiety and concern about what might happen to the views on these pages if our parent company, Freedom Communications, were sold. We hope they are as pleased as we are at the news Tuesday that Freedom will remain in […]