Free speech also allows for hate speech

Freedom New Mexico Free speech and the First Amendment prevailed Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the First Amendment protects even vile and hateful speech directed at gays, warriors and Catholics. It’s a sad-but-essential victory for anyone who believes that freedom requires legal protection of radical and outrageous ideas. Westboro Baptist Church […]

Buffaloes hit early by knee injuries

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Dickie Roybal hopes his Melrose football team can build on last week’s season-opening 26-0 shutout of Tatum. It’ll be tough, though, considering the Buffaloes’ injury situation — they’ve already lost three starters for the season to ACL injuries — and this week’s opponent is two-time defending state champion Roswell […]

Hounds trounce Bacone in season opener

CNJ staff MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University broke its team single-game rushing yards record on Saturday and the Greyhounds cruised to a 63-20 win over Bacone College in the season opener for both teams. Senior quarterback Michael Benton rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns while his backup, J.T. Thompson, added 171 yards […]

Gateway pulls away from Dora

Dora’s Clay Smith splits Gateway Christian defenders Joshua Hunter, left, and Jevvon Hunter during Saturday’s Class 1A state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Gateway pulled away late for a 59-43 win. By Dave Wagner: CN sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Dora knew it would have to contain Gateway Christian brothers Jevvon and Joshua Hunter […]

Rams beat district rival to advance to semis

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Portales senior guard Jerrod Long battles for a loose ball during Wednesday’s Class 3A boys state quarterfinal game against Ruidoso at Bernalillo High School. (Freedom Newspapers: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — In the past month, four of the five wins racked by the Portales boys basketball team have come against District […]

Portales pulls into tie for first

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Portales junior Chance Sherburne hits a layup as Ruidoso’s Ted LaCoe goes for a block during Friday’s game at Portales High School. (Freedom Newspapers: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers After the Portales Rams thumped Ruidoso, forcing a three way tie for first in Division 4-3A, Warriors coach Billy Page said it certainly did […]

Prep football: Melrose seeking repeat

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Melrose and Gateway Christian will end the football season the same way they started it — playing each other. The defending champion Buffaloes visit Roswell for Saturday’s 1 p.m. six-man championship game against Gateway Christian, which suffered its only loss of the season at Melrose 50-28 on Aug. 26. […]

Lady Rams return to title game

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Portales’ Bethany Self makes a move to the basket on Ruidoso’s Lynette Woodard during the second half of a Class 3A semifinal game Thursday at Rio Rancho. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers RIO RANCHO — The Portales Lady Rams have made a habit of reaching the Class 3A girls state basketball […]

CHS spikers post sweep

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Lady Wildcats improved to 13-2 overall (3-1 District 4-5A) with a 25-13, 25-17, 26-24 win over Manzano on Saturday. The Lady Cats dominated the first game, but had to play from behind for a while in the second game and won a seesaw battle in the third to close […]