Jail shakedown ends with drug, weapons confiscation

Benna Sayyed Law enforcement officials confiscated drugs, weapons and electronics during a shakedown Monday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said officials found 15 small bags of methamphetamine and marijuana. Also confiscated were a shank crafted from a wooden handle, razor blades removed from disposable razors, a DVD player, […]

Night training missions to be held at Cannon

CNJ staff Crews from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School AC-130 Weapons Instructor Course will be performing night training missions at Cannon Air Force Base throughout the month of March, according to a news release. The first mission will take place Monday. The 14th Weapons Squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., will be conducting the flights. […]

Commission gives jail administrator raise

Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jail Administrator Keith Norwood will get a $1,500 raise and training he asked for but commissioners told him to pay for a concealed weapons permit himself. The 4-1 decision was made Thursday during a regular Curry County Commission meeting. “I too have a concealed carry permit (and) I’m an elected […]

Jail administrator requests raise, concealed weapons permit with contract renewal

Sharna Johnson With his contract set for automatic renewal, jail Administrator Keith Norwood is asking the county commission for a $1,500 raise, a concealed weapons permit and a CPR trainers class. Commissioners are expected to vote on his requests Thursday, which are part of the consent agenda. The consent agenda contains multiple items voted on […]

Obama nuke policy echoes Bush doctrine

Freedom New Mexico The most telling thing that can be said about the Nuclear Posture Review, the occasional statement of U.S. doctrine for the use of nuclear weapons updated last week by President Barack Obama, is that it is virtually the same as the Bush administration’s doctrine, announced in 2001. There is a difference in […]

Official: Weapons costly, too few

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The military must end its quest for “exquisite” weapon systems that are too costly, take years to design and build, and don’t reach troops fast enough, or in quantities large enough, to address ever-changing threats. The critic here isn’t a Washington think tank or a beltway consultant but Marine Corps […]

Newly elected leader may stir up change

Freedom New Mexico The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency indicates that while there is still no solid evidence that Iran is actively developing nuclear weapons, the possibility is still “a matter of serious concern.” The reason is Iran is still playing cat-and-mouse with the IAEA in ways that cannot help but arouse […]

Domenici addresses state Legislature

SANTA FE – Below is the text of U.S. Senator Pete Domenici’s prepared remarks for his address to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature. The speech is Domenici’s last as a U.S. Senator to the Legislature.  Domenici, first elected in 1972, announced his retirement last October and will conclude his Senate career in […]

Cannon addresses “Air Force Roadmap”

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, released today the Air Force’s weapon system “roadmap,” a long-term plan for providing the Air Force the capabilities needed in the 21st century to meet threats to the Nation’s security. General Moseley’s roadmap outlines where future advanced […]

Labeling military as terrorists won’t change behavior

By Freedom New Mexico The Bush administration announced last week it officially considers the Iranian Revolutionary Guards of being a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction, and the “elite” Quds Force within the Guards of being a sponsor of terrorism. This is the first time a military force of a foreign country has been designated […]

Oct. 5, 1976

Members of the Clovis Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team arrested two would-be burglars inside the Surplus City Discount Center building at 1609 Mabry. … The New Mexico Farmers Union was meeting with state and national legislators in Clovis to talk about farm costs, farm markets and other matters dealing with agriculture at the […]

Justifications for war aren’t fooling anyone

By Freedom Newspapers Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is distinguished and polished, as advertised, and generally in command of the issues he discusses. But his views are still troubling on the most important decisions a president has to make, those concerning war and peace. During the most recent Republican candidates’ forum in New Hampshire, Romney […]

Patriot Act didn’t prevent latest terror threat

By Freedom Newspapers The six men arrested on charges of plotting a terrorist action against the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey may turn out to have been the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, a bunch of wannabes who might never have gotten their destructive act together. Even if that’s the case, however, it […]

Intelligence guidelines aren’t sure-fire solution

By Freedom Newspapers John Negroponte, who is leaving as national director of intelligence to return to a State Department position, may have performed a signal service to his country in an unusually detailed policy directive for intelligence analysis. However, as constructive as his guidelines are, they do not provide a foolproof protection against misuse of […]

North Korean agreement should yield rapid results

By Freedom Newspapers Winston Churchill famously argued it is better to “jaw-jaw” than to “war-war.” If that’s the general principle, a new preliminary agreement struck with North Korea by the United States and North Korea’s neighbor countries is probably a modestly hopeful sign. But it will bear watching. Fortunately the deal is structured so that […]

Suggested testing of weapons beyond weird

By Freedom Newspapers Here’s one of those incidents that should leave Americans uneasy, unsure whether to get angry or laugh. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said last week that the United States should use high-power microwave devices and other nonlethal weapons on American citizens to test them before using them on foreign enemies, according to […]

Dems playing politics with Iraq exit

Mona Charen: syndicated columnist It was not so long ago — only four years — that a significant number of Democrats in the U.S. Congress evaluated the available evidence and voted to authorize war with Iraq. Eighty-one Democrats in the House, including a fair number of liberals like Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and […]

Halting defense tests not in best interest of nation

Freedom Newspapers Imagine a scenario in which the United States must confront a rogue regime on the brink of deploying a nuclear weapon, with the stated purpose of obliterating a key U.S. ally — Iran, for instance. Short of launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike and shattering a longstanding taboo against the use of such weapons, […]

Leaving Iraq would embolden terroists

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist President Bush has made errors, as all humans do, but one thing he has not been guilty of is bad faith. The same cannot be said of his critics. One thinks of those liberals and Democrats who accused President Bush of “lying” about weapons of mass destruction and about ties […]

Israel won’t solve problems with Iran

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist It is remarkable how quickly discussions about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons turn to Israel. “Well,” worriers are reassured, “Israel will never permit Iran to go nuclear. Remember Osirak?” Very well. In 1981, Israeli planes streaked across the desert at low altitude and destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak, […]