McCain wrong to make fiery accusations

Freedom New Mexico J ohn McCain started the Arizona forest fires. OK, so we’re making this up. McCain the flamethrower probably did not start the fires. But this much is true. Freedom Newspapers had no less to go on when blaming McCain than McCain had in blaming immigrants. McCain may not be well. Here’s what […]

Our view: Forest clearing necessary to prevent fires

Forest fires rage out of control this time each year, as Arizona reminds us, because we manage our federal forests poorly. Scientists say we’ve created the “monster fire” era. It has become so common the public is almost numb to it. A fire gets out of control, luxury homes burn, and when it’s over the […]

Missing man presumed dead

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A former Roosevelt County resident has been presumed dead after a search to locate him in the forests of Oregon failed. Deward R. Killion was reported missing in August from the Target Meadows Camp Area near Tollgate, Ore. in the Walla Walla forest district. Killion was pronounced dead when […]

Wildcats pull away in fourth quarter

Bryce Hill took over the game in the fourth quarter with his 3-pointer shooting en route to a 27-point night as Clovis remained unbeaten with a 92-74 win over Hobbs on Friday at Rock Staubus Gym. The game was tied at 38 at halftime. Jaden Isler finished with a team-high 28 points for top-ranked Clovis […]

Entertainment doesn’t have to be costly

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Summer is half over. We are allotted a finite number of summers. What then to do, if you have felt that summer 2007 is passing you by? Here are some suggestions, with parameters. The parameters are distance, expense and a disclaimer. First the disclaimer: You do not have to be in […]

Capitan’s Smokey Bear Days set for next weekend

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Compiled by William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Capitan’s Smokey Bear Days set for next weekend Yes, Smokey Bear was a real bear and he was rescued from a forest fire near Capitan. That’s why Capitan holds a “Smokey Bear Days Celebration” once a year. Now a U.S. Forest Service icon known all over the world, […]

Government using wrong argument for sale of forest

Freedom Newspapers The Bush administration isn’t exactly a fount of sensible policy making, as it spends tax dollars wildly and proposes one government expansion after another. But even when the administration does something wise and reasonable, its Democratic critics howl and squeal to high heaven. The administration announced this month a plan to sell an […]

Ornaments from N.M. students to be displayed on tree at nation’s capitol

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Carol Dorazio, administrative assistant to the deputy superintendent of Clovis schools, sorts through Christmas ornaments that will be sent to decorate the New Mexico Christmas tree in Washington D.C. this year. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Harvested from the Santa Fe National Forest, an 80-foot spruce is going on a […]

Environmentalists, pork won’t help forests’ health

Freedom Newspapers What a hopeful and collegial photo-op it made: There they were, the governors of Colorado and Arizona, Bill Owens and Janet Napolitano, a Republican and a Democrat, signing a pact creating the Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes. It happened earlier this month at a meeting of the Western Governors Association in Breckenridge, Colo. The […]

Cooperative efforts good for environmentalists

Freedom Newspapers The past two fire seasons have shown the devastating consequences of letting our Southwestern forests become overgrown. Now we’re about to see the fiscal impact of this legacy of mismanagement, including a reduction of services and facilities that the public has come to expect on our national forests. Harv Forsgren, Southwest regional forester […]

Elimination of federal fire roads makes no sense

Freedom Newspapers Five feet and just a few seconds: That was the difference between life and death for 23-year-old firefighter Eva Schicke on Sept. 12, when she perished while battling a blaze in California’s Stanislaus National Forest. Schicke and other members of an elite helicopter forest fire fighting team suddenly found themselves scrambling for their […]

Corps, czars replicate federal programs

Freedom Editorial What this country really needs is a moratorium on the creation of any new “corps” or “czars.” That, or a moratorium on the politicians proposing one. It seems that in response to every problem, real or trumped-up, the reflex of the political/bureaucratic class is to lobby for the naming of a new czar […]

Holding Scouts responsible OK, if not opportunistic

Freedom Editorial T he federal government and state of Utah have decided to sue the Boy Scouts of America for $14 million to recover the costs of fighting a 2002 wildfire that members of one troop are suspected of inadvertently setting. That smells suspiciously like scapegoating to us. It’s not necessarily out of line for […]

Raybourn, Claud

Claud Raybourn Services: Have been held. Claud William “Ray” Raybourn, 84, of Valley, Calif., died Sunday, May 30, 2004, in Mission Hills, Calif. He was born on July 10, 1919, in Clovis. He was an Air Force bomber pilot in World War II and the Korean War. He retired as a Major Colonel in 1960. […]

Reports of prisoner abuse getting old

I really hope no bleeding-heart liberals are close by if I have to hear one more thing about the so-called “abuses” of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers, because I will throw up! So, maybe they were humiliated … boo hoo! As one subscriber to “Free Republic” so amply stated recently, “At least all our prisoners […]

Smith, J.D.

J.D. Smith Services: Have been held. Johnny David Smith, 44, of Katy, Texas, died Saturday, July 19, 2003. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy C. Smith. He is survived by his wife, Diana of Katy, formerly of Clovis; two daughters, Emma and Clara Smith of Katy; his father, Johnny T. Smith of […]

Thomas, Monell

Monell Gordon Thomas Mr. Monell Gordon Thomas, 78, of Hollywood Hills, Calif., died Tuesday, June 17, 2003. He was born on Dec. 18, 1924, in Tucumcari, to Eura E. and Viola H. Thomas. He attended grade school in Forrest before moving to Portales where he graduated from high school in 1942. He served as a […]