Sending troops not best way to end violence

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry got a few tongues wagging recently when he said that if he were president, he would consider sending U.S. troops into Mexico to battle drug cartels. Stumping in Manchester, N.H., for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry said Mexico’s drug war was like the situation in Colombia, where the […]

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Former DA target of domestic violence case Former District Attorney Randall Harris will soon find himself the target of a prosecution. A domestic violence case against Harris is scheduled for trial Aug. 16. Harris, 49, is charged with assault against a family member, a petty misdemeanor and battery against a household member, a misdemeanor. He’s […]

Finding perfect wine featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on preventing sexual violence, determining your wine personality and talking about forgiveness will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Amber Hamilton will discuss ways to prevent sexual violence and talk about how to educate parents and guardians on tools to help […]

New urgency to immigration reform policy

Reports of deadly violence just across the Mexican border — in Matamoros, Mier, Reynosa and other cities — are starting to appear daily on the pages of the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. On bad days gunfire can be heard north of the border; stray bullets from one firefight even landed on the campus of the University […]

Bill targets domestic violence offenders in police ranks

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A person convicted of domestic violence couldn’t be certified as a law-enforcement officer for three years, and officers convicted of such a charge would lose their certification under a bill introduced Wednesday. House Bill 17, sponsored by Rep. Nate Cote, D-Las Cruces, is being pushed by Gov. […]

U.S. no longer has active role in Iraq

Freedom New Mexico Two large bomb blasts in Baghdad, one aimed at the Foreign and Finance Ministries, killed at least 100 people and injured about 600, putting something of an exclamation point on a month of escalating insurgent violence and calling into question the capacity of the Iraqi government to provide effective security. There will […]

Tucumcari man sought for domestic violence offense

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Moses Earl Ingram, 31, led police on a chase through the city and fled on foot after crashing a stolen vehicle, police said. Freedom New Mexico Quay County police are seeking a Tucumcari man they say fled police investigating a domestic violence call Friday night. According to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department, […]

Report tracing guns to U.S. misleading

Freedom New Mexico About a month ago, we questioned the accuracy of a statistic that has been brought up in discussions and speeches about the drug war violence in Mexico: that anywhere from 80 percent to 95 percent (apparently one can feel free to choose any number) of the firearms recovered from Mexican crime scenes […]

Editorial: Withdrawal from Iraq isn’t sign of success

As violence in Iraq has declined over the past year or so, American concern about Iraq has declined as well. The subject didn’t even come up — perhaps understandably given intense concern about the economic doldrums — during President Obama’s most recent press conference. But recent events suggest various tensions are merely bubbling beneath the […]

Udall to President: We must stop border violence

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to include in his budget “the highest levels of funding possible” to reduce violence along the U.S.—Mexico border.

Domestic violence bills move forward

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Domestic violence wasn’t one of the big topics mentioned much at the start of this legislative session, but bills to crack down on offenders are already making progress. The House on Tuesday approved a measure that would prohibit anyone convicted of domestic violence offenses from becoming a police officer […]

Domestic violence calls suddenly increase

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s the strained economy, the holidays, population changes or something else area law enforcement leaders can’t be certain. But what they do know is they are seeing an increase in domestic violence calls in recent months. In Clovis, calls for assistance in domestic disputes have risen moderately. In […]

Swim offers travel back in time

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist First, I need to make an update on the domestic violence bike ride. I’ve been in contact with a number of local riders and the final plan goes like this. In order to go in conjunction with Hartley House events at Clovis Community College (fun run and walk against domestic […]

Sexual Assault Awareness

Clovis, NM – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual violence is a difficult issue that many residents face. One in every three women and one in every six men will experience some type of sexual violence in their lifetime. It is estimated that roughly two-thirds of victims never report. SANE of the Ninth Judicial […]

Kenya situation shows intervention not always needed

Freedom New Mexico It’s a long way from guaranteeing that the tribal and ethnic tensions that have led to violence and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in a country most outside observers had considered one of the most stable in Africa will actually bring an end to resentment and violence. But the […]

Chaos in Kenya won’t be helped by intervention

Freedom Newspapers M ost observers hoped the violence that flared up on Kenya following a flawed election Dec. 27 that dubiously returned President Mwai Kibaki to power would eventually calm down. But attacks and counterattacks last weekend in the Rift Valley, most notably in the tourist gateway city of Nakuru, which was considered safe until […]

Domestic violence victims sometimes suffer in silence

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis native Paula “BB” Sherman said it was years after she started a new life that she realized what she had experienced was abuse. “I thought this kind of treatment was normal. I thought everybody lived like this,” she said, explaining in the 1960s and 1970s people didn’t talk […]

Judicial court employees promoted

CNJ staff The 9th Judicial District Court has announced the promotions of three personnel. Orlando Ulibarri has been promoted to the position of deputy court administrator. A 15-year employee with the court, Ulibarri formerly managed the domestic violence program. He will now oversee the domestic violence program, computer and network information technology, digital recording and […]

Police: Tucumcari suspect has history of violence, illness

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — The man arrested Wednesday in connection with the slaying of a Tucumcari motel worker has a history of violence and mental illness, a state police officer said. James Benuska, 39, being held in the Quay County Detention Center, is charged with an open count of murder in […]

First Person: Judge parts from judicial system

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Judge Fred Hensley, 70, worked for 35 years in the local judicial system, spending the last decade as officer of the Curry/Roosevelt Domestic Violence Office. He is retiring June 29. Hensley talked with the CNJ about his experiences. The early years: I was planning […]