VA secretary spurs revised PTSD regulation

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Many veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder must be asking themselves today why it took the Department of Veterans Affairs so long to ease the hassle of qualifying for compensation for mental wounds of war. VA officials aren’t sure themselves. But unsurprisingly they agree with veterans’ advocacy groups that the man […]

Cannon youths embark on deployment

Cannon Connections photo: Jared Tucker Lydia Schmidt, 6, waves from the cockpit of a 1969 model C-130 Gunship Saturday at Operation Kudos. The plane was used in the filming of “Transformers,” according to Cannon officials. By Jared Tucker: Cannon Connections The children of Cannon Air Force Base took a walk in their parents’ shoes Saturday, […]

GOP gubernatorial candidates make pitches

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Pete Domenici Jr., center, answers a question during Tuesday’s Republican Party gubernatorial forum at Eastern New Mexico University. He was joined at the forum by Janice Arnold-Jones, left, and Doug Turner. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Without the two highest-polling contenders, a trio of gubernatorial candidates took to the […]

More than 360 graduate at ENMU

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU President Steven Gamble applauds graduates during ENMU’s 118th Commencement Saturday at Greyhound Arena. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Tradition took center stage in graduation ceremonies Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. More than 360 students receiving degrees heard guest speaker and former ENMU President Robert Matheny explain how […]

Ensuring fairness is complicated

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist So Bill Gates sold me some software when he was still in that business. He was then immensely rich, compared to me. How unfair, you say? But Bill took his gains from this trade and used it to feed starving African children, while I used the software I […]

Boy Scouts take to sidewalks to learn about local religious groups

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cub scout Jason Scioli, right, and his brother Matthew Scioli look over a prayer book Saturday at Saint James Episcopal Church during the scouts Ten Commandments Hike. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Local Boy Scouts took to the sidewalks Saturday to learn about Clovis’ various faith groups in the […]

Southwest Cheese takes gold in international cheese contest

Freedom New Mexico Southwest Cheese in Clovis is once again world class. Southwest Cheese took home gold, silver and bronze medals Thursday at the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis. The first place, or gold medal, was garnered in the colby cheese category. Southwest Cheese also took second in the colby category for […]

Attorney: School board receptive to settlement

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education took no action Saturday following a special session to discuss pending or threatened litigation regarding basketball coach J.D. Isler’s lawsuit against the district. Isler was suspended from coaching Dec. 16 by the New Mexico Activities Association and later terminated by the school […]

2-7 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 a.m. Jan. 26 an officer responded to a report of a public affray at a business in the 4700 block of Mabry Drive. A manager told the officer he had fired an employee and when he told the man to […]

Monday morning briefing: A brush with the president

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Video of the day Check out Clovis High School senior Randy Miller talking about his trip to the State of the Union address in D.C. last week. Miller says he took a wrong turn and almost bumped into the president. Honorable mentioning Jeanette Everette of […]

Cannon airman returns from devastated Haiti

Courtesy photo: Airman 1st Class Mike Cooksey Children look for a place to sleep following a devastating earthquake. Airman 1st Class Mike Cooksey returned to Cannon Air Force Base on Jan. 17 from Haiti where he had gone on leave to help a friend who was there on a mission. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW […]

Bible’s stories accessible to everyone

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Very often newspapers are filled with accounts of children in the United States who have been lost or abducted. It is still a mystery as to the whereabouts of a boy who was camping with his family in the Utah mountains one summer. He was with his dad fishing and […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission selects chairman

The Curry County Commission took the following actions Tuesday: • Welcomed Commissioner Bobby Sandoval as chairman for 2010. Commissioner Frank Blackburn served as chairman in 2009. • Passed a resolution supporting development of the Tres Amigas power station in northern Curry County. Officials have said the power hub, expected to manifest after two years of […]

Roads could get slick again

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Traffic passes along 21st Street near Hilltop Plaza Thursday morning. Temperatures are expected to stay in the mid to upper 20s throughout the day with snow flurries expected to continue. By Sharna Johnson and Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Clovis police responded to 35 weather-related crashes in the city Thursday […]

Troop surge won’t bring end to war

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama officially took personal possession of the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, announcing that 30,000 additional U.S. troops will be hustled into Afghanistan over the next six months. He’s hoping for another 10,000 or so from other NATO countries. The president said his first objective is not setting up […]

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 […]

State officials said it took a week to confirm local swine flu death

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health waited a week to disclose a Roosevelt County baby died of the H1N1 virus because it took that long to confirm through testing, a department spokesman said Friday. Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the agency, said the baby girl died Sept. 24 from the […]

Auto skills center offers DIY help

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Major Chris Wyatt changes a fuel pump on his vehicle at the Auto Skills Center on base. Wyatt, who transfered to Cannon from Hurlburt AFB in Florida, said he always looks for auto centers such as this one whenever he moves to a new facility. By Eric Butler: Freedom New […]

Obama shows no hesitation to grab power

When the Obama administration took office, many people hoped it would relinquish, or at least not assert aggressively, some of the more extravagant expansions of executive power the Bush administration seized in fighting the global “war on terror” and the misbegotten war in Iraq. We had few such hopes. Presidents of both major parties may […]

Woman helps others navigate divorce process

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Tracy Achen of Clovis wrote a book and created a Web site dedicated to helping women through divorce. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tracy Achen took a lemon of a divorce procedure, and turned it into a profitable and enjoyable lemonade. Referring to herself as an “information aggregator,” Achen […]