High praise for Supreme Court ruling

Freedom New Mexico The Supreme Court last week delivered a resounding victory for religious freedom, made all the more impressive by its unanimity. In a 9-0 decision, the court ruled that government cannot dictate to religious institutions whom they can hire or fire for leadership positions. That represented a convincing rejection of the Obama administration’s [...]

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 [...]

Taylor pleads guilty to 2005 slaying

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File photo Donald Scott Taylor By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The man charged with shooting a Causey rancher in 2005 as part of a murder-for-hire drug deal has pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence, avoiding the death penalty. Rogers native Donald Scott Taylor, 29, entered the plea to federal charges in Albuquerque [...]

Private jail would mean less county control

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Most counties that hire private companies to run their jails find they have the same problems, but less control with the same

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even though the death penalty was repealed in New Mexico, a Roosevelt County farmer accused of arranging a murder-for-hire still faces possible execution.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 [...]

Tattoos’ meanings not always obvious

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It was surreal, but in a good way — and kind of spooky. It came as an attachment to an e-mail the other day — my mother’s face, a portrait of her as a young woman. Thing is, it was a tattoo, a very good one, on the arm of [...]

Nuttall leaving office late next month

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board Tuesday officially and unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent Neil Nuttall, who will remain under contract through Jan. 31. He said his last day in office will be Nov. 23. He will use the remainder of his vacation and personal days from that point. Nuttall [...]

City to consider industrial proposal

By Jack King Clovis’ city commission will consider a proposal to issue $250 million in industrial development bonds to defray the cost of Southwest Cheese Co. moving to Curry County. The bonds will be paid off by the company, through revenues from the project, and not by the city, according to commission documents. The commission [...]