Court should kill ‘millionaire’s amendment’

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court heard a curious case Tuesday that highlights the absurdity of the 2002 McCain-Feingold law’s limits on contributions to political candidates. Davis v. Federal Election Commission was about a curious amendment to that law called the “millionaire’s amendment.” McCain-Feingold set limits on campaign contributions (currently $2,300 for primaries and […]

Scandal faces Mozzarella too

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I heard a lot of outrage about New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s alleged involvement with a prostitution ring and his fall from grace. Even my husband, who is originally form upstate New York and presently in Iraq, has followed the scandal closely and was very disappointed about this politician. I […]

911 dispatcher flooded with calls as storm raced through area

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dina and Bob Sellers of Clovis stand in front of their rebuilt home on Fairmount Court while Bob holds up a photo of the damage their home sustained in the March 23, 2007, tornado. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Couples danced at a local senior citizens center. Other residents […]

Year-old homicide remains unsolved

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer One year after 36-year-old Emmett Salisbury’s body was found in his Clovis secondhand store, police say they are no closer to making an arrest in the homicide. Salisbury was shot once in the chest approximately 12 hours before his body was discovered by his partner on Jan. 8, 2007. […]

Nov. 11 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: Around 5 a.m. Nov. 3 an officer responded to the area of 1000 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for a fight in progress. A woman told the officers she had gotten into a fight with a friend in the […]

Encounter with Christ changes life

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I have watched all the presidential debates on television so far. The 2008 election campaign season has started early. In my lifetime I have seen, in person, three presidents: Dwight Eisenhower, George W. Bush and Harry Truman. I saw Harry Truman when I was a child. My parents attended a […]

Victim’s brother recalls shooting

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Defendants Demetrio Salas, left, and David Griego, center, listen to testimony along with Griego’s defense attorney Roger Bargas Wednesday at Roosevelt County Courthouse. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Ruben Perez described to a Roosevelt County jury how he held his little brother and tried to stop the […]

Judge candidates on their policies, not their kids

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I couldn’t possibly have accurate numbers on this, but I’m confident thousands of 17-year-olds are holding out hope that in 2008 they’ll cast their first presidential votes for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. As I found out Monday morning, one of those is Caroline Giuliani. As the online magazine Slate reported, […]

Week in Review: Judge could limit character witnesses

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The jury that will determine Stanley Bedford’s fate has seen nearly 300 pieces of evidence and heard testimony from nearly 40 witnesses. There’s plenty they haven’t seen as well. The instances are more frequent during the current death penalty phase, during which the jury will decide whether Bedford […]

Woman calls rescue miraculous

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The only thing Shirley Boothe could do was raise her hand and wait. The 65-year-old Clovis woman was pinned under the roof of her trailer. About 20 feet away, her friend, Walter “Snap” Cravy, was buried beneath pounds of rubble. The tornado that roared through Clovis on Friday demolished […]

Peace on Earth sparks controversy

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer As a resident of a community with a strong military presence, I’ve often heard, “Freedom isn’t free.” It’s a notion that we sometimes have to sacrifice for our way of life, and it makes sense. As a reader of current events, I’m coming to fear something else. Apparently in […]

Election chatter heard ’round table

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist An exhaustive political season and its climatic November showdown still have people talking. Snippets of conversations that might take place at Thanksgiving dinner tables around New Mexico. At a mansion in Santa Fe: “The thing I am most grateful about, and I think most New Mexicans are grateful about, is […]

Biodiesel plant gets OK

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor The Clovis City Commission approved an agreement at Thursday’s meeting with ARES Corp. for construction of a $17.5 million bio-diesel plant at the Clovis Industrial Park. The deal includes the donation of 10 acres of land at the industrial park valued at about $100,000 and construction of water and […]

Volunteers deserve recognition for all they do

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The unsung heroes are numerous. They are not always the ones who commit heroic deeds, who rise to the crisis. The heroes on whom we focus this column are heroes who live, ongoing, in a way that will impact children. They include the science professor who volunteers as Scoutmaster with […]

Police chief retiring

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey is retiring after 29 years of service. Carey announced his decision Thursday in a memo to his employees, according to a CPD press release. His last day will be Sept. 29, the release said. The press release did not cite a reason for Carey’s […]

Police officer testifies homicide suspect used racial slur

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Homicide defendant Jimmy Bentley, left, and defense attorney Randy Knudson listen to testimony Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Courthouse. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The following report contains a racial slur. A Christmas Eve murder suspect used a racial slur when he was taken into custody, […]

Lil Bitt goes long way to stop break-in

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin WilsonLil Bitt, an 11-month-old toy dachshund, licks his owner, Jerry Martin of Texico. The doge alerted Martin to a break-in early Sunday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer TEXICO — When Jerry and Elaine Martin first heard their toy dachshund barking excitedly about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, they dismissed it and tried […]

Private drainage options explored

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Clovis City Commission has given a private land owner another 30-day reprieve on a decision to build a drainage ditch on his property that may require eminent domain. Commissioners voted at their meeting Thursday to table action after they heard from a licensed civil engineer who spoke on […]

Every profession can have bad seeds

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist As I was channel surfing the other night, I went past one broadcast channel on which I saw and heard the following sentence uttered by a young woman: “He was a businessman so he would do anything to turn a profit.” I caught a glimpse of the name and it […]

Unique word usage never ceases to amaze

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Every time I think I have heard the utmost, the latest, that I am actually keeping abreast of the latest slang or the latest in terms, somebody will concoct a new creative phrase that catches me completely off guard. Since I am involved in the classroom instruction of college freshmen, […]