State police ID person of interest in Tucumcari homicides

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State police say Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, was last in a 1996 Chevrolet Astro Van with Illinois license plate H188855. Freedom New Mexico State police have identified Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, as a person of interest in the deaths of two Tucumcari men whose bodies were discovered Thursday in a hotel room. State police have […]

County accepting letters of interest for committee participation

CNJ staff Curry County is accepting letters of interest from citizens who would like to participate in two planned committees to examine jail issues and courthouse security. The committees will provide input and recommendations to the county commission on how to address the problems faced by the county as a result of “the aging infrastructure, […]

Science fiction can reflect society

Clyde Davis The realm known as speculative fiction (politically correct term for science fiction) has always held a moderate level of fascination for me. By moderate, I mean that I sometimes like to watch it, I occasionally like to read it, and I am in no way a die hard fan of either film or […]

Internet big part of my lifestyle

When I first dipped my toes into the Internet nearly two decades ago I figured it was likely just a fad. I think my first clue that it had become more than a fad was when my mother expressed an interest in getting online. These days there are a few holdouts who don’t use the […]

Press release: Low interest business loans for drought impact

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the federal government is making low-interest loans available to small, nonfarm businesses in 21 New Mexico counties that were affected by drought and high winds that occurred April 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.

Poet’s interest in Cowboys has roots in childhood

By Don McAlavy: Local historian Don McAlavy has written poetry since he was a farm boy at his family’s home 16 miles north of Clovis. He fell off the first horse he rode, herding “woolies” with his father. As a gangling long-legged youth he worked on the Joe Bailey ranch in the Frio Draw and […]

Portales native killed in collision

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Courtesy photo Ashleah Richards died in a car crash early Sunday morning, three miles south of Hale Center in the Plainview, Texas. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Ashleah Richards liked to do things that stereotypically interest many girls — fix up hair, put on makeup and the like. But Richards was tough as nails, […]

Fear of indoctrination starting dangerous trend

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Two years ago, we took my grandson Jason to Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. Since he had an interest in photography, we got him a small, one-use camera and he took some wonderful shots, worth entering in county fair. This was at age 7, and a few opportunities that came along […]

Rabbit show keeps Roosevelt County fair hopping

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Sky Cathey waits on the judge during the Rabbit Show Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fair. Cathey’s rabbit won best variety and best breed in the French Lop category. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A bunch of bunnies gave it their all and kept judges hopping Tuesday at the […]

Spot in heaven more valuable than gold

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist For many years, the idea of Fort Knox and the wealth that it holds has been of interest. In fact, sayings have originated around the term “Fort Knox.” For instance, think about these sayings: Rich as Fort Knox… I would not give you all the gold in Fort Knox for […]