Macias’ murder conviction overturned

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Courtesy photo By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s supreme court has overturned convictions of a Clovis man for a 2006 murder. In a unanimous decision issued Tuesday, the court ruled that hearsay evidence was improperly allowed into the trial of Robert Macias, who was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder in […]

Obama plan aids disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As reported here last week, President Obama has asked Congress to phase in “concurrent receipt” for all Chapter 61 retirees — those who received a disability retirement from the Department of Defense. This week we explain more details of the plan which, if enacted, would boost pay for 103,000 veterans […]

Fuel economy legislation costly for consumer

Freedom Communications The late economist Milton Friedman used to say the insights offered by the discipline of economics can be summed up in a simple phrase: There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. The eternal desire of politicians is to disprove this simple maxim by trying to offer free lunches through the coercive […]

Politics, movies and T-shirts

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In what was a weekend of LeBron James buzzer-beater replays, bad movies and heartfelt thanks to our veterans, I never really had a thought that could compete verbosely with my new idea for duct tape last week. So here are my three best attempts at such: • In what […]

May 27 police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 7 a.m. May 5 an officer responded to a residence in the 100 block of Park in reference to arson. A man said his mother’s vehicle was set on fire sometime during the night when someone threw a burning rag in […]

Congress needs to take vacation from meddling

Freedom New Mexico Disney theme parks are known for their thrilling rides, cutting-edge video performances, top-notch fireworks displays and souvenir shops. At least one, Disney World in Florida, has an entire shopping district where visitors can leave with the signature mouse ears, high quality jewelry and anything Disney in between. Among the many articles of […]

May 26, 2009 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports:

Remembering sacrifices

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Darlene Pacheco spends a tearful moment at her husband’s grave Monday after the Memorial Day ceremony at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. She said Bobby Pacheco, a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran who served in the Navy and Army, died of a heart attack in 2 By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff […]

ENMU’s Harris places 14th in NCAA Division II triple jump

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University junior Kyle Harris placed 14th in NCAA Division II national triple jump track and field competition on Saturday night at Angelo State University. Harris went 45-7 1/4 inches, bettering his mark of 45-0 1/2 in the 2007 national meet in Charlotte, N.C. Harris, from Altamonte […]

Missing boy brought community together

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Six-year-old Matthew Roberts, son of Debbie and Geoff Roberts of 500 W. Christopher in Clovis, went missing on May 8, 1990. His disappearance sparked a massive search by residents and law enforcement officials that included approximately 5,000 people. The disappearance was given national television attention, massive media coverage and national […]

Boy’s fate complicated decision

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist Daniel Hauser is at the center of a heated controversy that pits his parents against the state of Minnesota in a question of life, death and freedom. Hauser, a 13-year-old boy from Sleepy Eye, Minn., was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, this past January. His parents, Anthony […]

Band made lasting impact on genre

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist “Shenandoah was one of the first groups to rebel against the urban cowboy image of the ‘80s and lead the way to the new traditionalism of the ‘90s.” (Shenandoah website)

County responds to handicap needs at fairgrounds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joe Wilson of Clovis said he refused to let his wheelchair stop him from attending the Curry County Fair with his grandchildren this year. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer This year, nothing will make Joe Wilson happier than to join a brigade of handicap residents with walkers, canes and […]

May 24 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports:

Take time to demonstrate patriotism

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I could probably count the number of times on one hand I’ve actually been off on Memorial Day or one of the other three-day weekend holidays. Over the years I’ve worked at the newspaper on Memorial Day. Even

May 23 Letters to the Editor

Recycling has many benefits My class is learning about recycling and I would like to inform people. Recycling is a good thing to do because it keeps our Earth clean. We need to keep our Earth clean because we only have one Earth. My school, Zia Elementary, recycles aluminum cans in a big trailer. My […]

Each soldier’s sacrifice always admirable

Freedom New Mexico Sentiment exists for changing the day Memorial Day is observed back to the traditional date of May 30 — it was changed in 1968 to the last Monday in May to give us another three-day weekend. Ironically, May 30 was chosen as the date in 1866 to celebrate Decoration Day, when the […]

Graduation marks end of one chapter in life, beginning of new one for PHS graduates

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FNM photo: Helena Rodriguez Pablo Urioste smiles after receiving his diploma from Portales High School during commencement Friday night at Greyhound Arena. By Helena Rodriguez: FNM correspondent Graduating on Friday night meant the end of one chapter in life for David Lucero and 138 other newly tasseled Portales High School graduates. But it also marked […]

Memorial day events, closings

The following are closed Monday for Memorial Day: A listing of Memorial Day activities: Today • 8 a.m. — VFW and American Legion members will be spreading out flags at area cemeteries Monday • 9 a.m. — United Daughters of the Confederacy observance, United Daughters of the Confederacy Circle, Portales Cemetery • 10 a.m. — […]

Board set up to distribute stimulus money for food programs

Curry County will receive $6,588 in federal stimulus money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for emergency food and shelter. The federal cash will be distributed to local food and shelter programs that meet a May 29 application deadline. A local board made up of the United Way, Salvation Army, Food Bank, […]