Hiking relaxing getaway

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I remember the old story, or analogy, about not being able to see the forest for the trees. The reality, which underlies so much of life, is that we cannot find that which is right in front of us. The story applies, among other areas, to summer and the beauty […]

Firearm laws should be same across board

By Freedom New Mexico Talk in political circles often centers on bipartisanship. If politicians want to portray a bill or program as something few would quibble with, they reach across the aisle and find at least a handful of supporters in the other party. Then they can say their proposal is bipartisan and the rest […]

Public hunts would be more cost-effective

By Freedom Newspapers Two federal agriculture agents were killed June 1 when their plane crashed as they were shooting wildlife in Wayne County, Utah. This was the 26th such crash, and the 10th and 11th fatalities, that have happened during aerial gunning since 1979. Another 27 people have been injured while shooting animals from airplanes […]

Thinning out wildlife most efficiently left to hunters

Freedom Newspapers Leave it to career bureaucrats to make a federal case out of a little wildlife problem. The federal government’s answer to an exploding elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park is typically complicated and unnecessarily expensive, with the Park Service planning to hire specialized sharpshooters, at undoubtedly inflated rates, to cull the herd […]

Wildlife service drops ball in case of bald eagles

By Freedom Newspapers You would think the government would be eager to boast about the success. The American bald eagle, which had dwindled to 500 nesting pairs in the 1960s, has recovered from the brink of extinction. Maybe that means the Endangered Species Act, under which animals threatened with extinction are placed on a “threatened” […]

Border fence with holes not worth billions

By Freedom Newspapers We weren’t particularly enamored with the decision by Washington to construct a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, believing that it will be far less effective than claimed and that the problem of illegal immigration ultimately requires a much more holistic and balanced solution. But as long as a fence is going […]

Proposed superfund settlement plan irks officials

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A preliminary federal report that recommends a cash settlement for environmental damage in Clovis be invested more than a hundred miles away has ruffled several local officials. The state and federal report recommends a $459,000 settlement from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway be used for the restoration of approximately […]

Cranes return to refuge

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Sandhill cranes are one of the many species that can be observed during the winter months at the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge, the oldest refuge in Texas. By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers There is a wildlife refuge a short journey away. The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest refuge in Texas and home to […]

Student profile: Tanner Fickling

Tanner Fickling is a senior at the Clovis High School. He is the son of Mark and Lisa Fickling. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Fly fishing in beaver ponds while it is pouring rain. What’s so great about your favorite sport? Football: Running out on Leon Williams Stadium on a Friday night in […]

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