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 […]