Inmate accused in jail guard stabbing

An inmate facing escape charges is accused of stabbing a detention officer with a ball point pen Wednesday at Curry County jail. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said deputies were summoned to the jail about 10 p.m. and determined inmate Brandon Wagner, 24, assaulted Lt. Christina Chavez and Officer Zack Boone with a pen. Waller said Chavez […]

Politicians aren’t miracle makers

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Any time I run across some piece of writing that contains the assertions that the world, especially the United States, has been in the grips of market fundamentalism or the doctrine of laissez-faire capitalism, I tend to drop everything and pen a firm response. It’s a lie, nothing […]

Writer stayed true, dedicated to his beliefs

Freedom New Mexico Writers love to believe in the truth of the old maxim about the pen being mightier than the sword, but in their more candid moments have to acknowledge it is seldom literally true. Every so often, however, a pen appears that is mightier not only than the sword but mightier than the […]

Director: Clovis tiger isn’t threat

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Hillcrest Park zookeeper Mike Burns said Blondie has never tried to escape from his pen. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to […]

Bear necessities

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Hillcrest Zoo welcomed two black bear cubs Sunday. The sister cubs are eight months old and weigh about 60 pounds each. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Like any toddler, they go crazy for candy bars, chew on everything in sight, climb things they shouldn’t and crave attention. But […]

Animal instincts

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A female spider monkey balances on a tree limb Thursday while playing in her cage at Hillcrest Park Zoo. The limb was introduced as part of the zoo’s enrichment program, which zookeeper Mark Yanotti says helps keep the animals lively and healthy. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Once a […]

New addition to goat family came in with clamor

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist My four goats were on fire. Or dying. Or on fire and dying. There would be no other way to explain the mind-splitting bleats coming from the goat pen that sunny New Mexican afternoon. Being the good goat mom, I immediately ran outside with a bucket of water and that […]

Rivalry culminates in water trough dunking

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist TUCUMCARI — My dog has a new chew toy. Unfortunately it’s my goat. Lulu, an approximately 500-pound puppy who likes to snore and jump on strangers, surely has the upper paw against her nemesis, an approximately 2-ounce pygmy goat named Doug. Lulu didn’t pick on the other three goats, of […]