Thursday morning briefing: Bingaman video, back to school and The Golden Bear

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Video of the day Check out our own political reporter Kevin Wilson in a one-on-one with Sen. Jeff Bingaman on the Ute water project and other important local issues. Opening day Just in case you forgot…it’s opening day for Clovis Municipal and Clovis Christian schools. […]

Press release: Bears attack camper, goat at Philmont Scout Ranch

PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH — One bear was killed and conservation officers were looking for another bear Wednesday following separate incidents in which bears scratched a camper and injured a goat at Philmont Scout Ranch. The Department of Game and Fish set a trap for a bear that ran off after it jumped on a tent […]

Court recognizes self-defense is basic right

By the narrowest margin, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to bear arms, fortifying what many have correctly believed since ratification of the Second Amendment in 1791. One dissenter in the 5-4 decision, Justice John Paul Stevens, predicted a “tsunami of legal uncertainty” from court challenges […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Bear facts and summer flicks

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing.Caution please The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is asking anglers, campers and hikers to be aware of fire restrictions and bears. Check fire restrictions before travel. Also note: Fireworks are banned in all 105 wildlife areas the department owns or leases. Avoid unpleasant encounters with […]

Editorial: U.S., British credit ratings bear watching

Freedom New Mexico Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency last week announced a blockbuster piece of news: The British government’s credit outlook was reduced from stable to negative, which could lead to the eventual downgrading of the country’s debt from its premiere triple-A rating. “The outlook revision does not trigger a formal re-evaluation of Britain’s […]

Jan. 18, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Old Bear by Kevin Henkes was given by Dr. and Mrs. Ben Russell in memory of Lois McCready. Old bear hibernates in the winter, dreaming about his life as a cub in the outdoors in this gentle tale about the changing seasons of life. Hello, […]

a view from under the pew: the wounded teddy bear

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. the wounded teddy bear boss a strange dream overtook […]

Three cheers for cow dogs

Glenda Price Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).

Just another bear sighting

Officials in Tucumcari are on the lookout for a black bear spotted near Conchas Dam on Monday.

If you see a bear …

New Mexico’s Department of Game and Fish offers these suggestions if you see a bear while camping:

Movie police seem arbitrary

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist This Monday, since the chidren were off school, we went to a local fast food eatery where Jason could play on an indoor playground and receive a toy with his meal. The toy of choice this time was from Spiderwick Chronicles, which apparently features chidren who are able to adventure […]

Learn something new

How do they make darts? Find out by watching Kevin Wilson’s “Best bet on TV.” Best bet on TV • • • Comedian Argus Hamilton is making fun of network television and people from Arkansas in his column today. Here’s the link: Argus Hamilton • • • Charles Hemphill passes along a joke about an atheist in […]

And the bear said to the atheist …

Charles Hemphill passes along a joke about an atheist in the woods: As he walked along, the atheist heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. When he turned to look, a 7-foot grizzly bear was charging toward him. He ran but the bear was soon on top of him and the atheist began crying […]

Officials: Bear attack unlikely on horses

CNJ Staff Five horses found dead southwest of Ranchvale have generated rumors of bears and mountain lions in the area. But a New Mexico Game and Fish official said there’s little evidence to support those rumors. Bruising around one dead horse’s neck could be consistent with a bear attack, but there is no indication of […]

In Tribute: Keebler salesman took pride in work, religion

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Burl Powers of Clovis taught his son plenty of things. There was no shame in doing the same job for decades if it paid the bills. The church and the family were priorities. And you never know when a bear is around the corner. Wendel Powers of El Paso […]

In tribute: Former mayor joker, hunting hero

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer He was an Army veteran, a boxer, a butcher, a commissioner and a mayor. But Manford Turnbough was best remembered as a friend, father, husband and hunting hero. Turnbough, a former Texico mayor, died Oct. 12 in Lubbock. Born July 5, 1931 in Portales, Turnbough lived most of his […]

Bear necessities

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Hillcrest Zoo welcomed two black bear cubs Sunday. The sister cubs are eight months old and weigh about 60 pounds each. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Like any toddler, they go crazy for candy bars, chew on everything in sight, climb things they shouldn’t and crave attention. But […]

Hounds take advantage of wind

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo was sure he wanted his team going with the wind in the first half on Sunday against Missouri Southern. The move paid off with three goals, two by freshman forward Edgar Bear, and the Greyhounds cruised to a 4-0 Southwest Soccer Conference […]

Time on earth shouldn’t be squandered

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist In my childhood days, when we would visit relatives, we always went to the general store. At this general store, one could find everything: feed, milk, cereal, lye, garden seed and anything else one might need. Miss Nell always stocked a wide variety of candy and plenty of bottled cokes […]

Bear captured at Ute Lake State Park

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Courtesy photo A black bear was caught at Ute Lake State Park and will be moved 130 miles away, according to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers UTE LAKE — His name is not Yogi, and he was not stealing picnic baskets. Nevertheless, a 2 1/2-year-old black bear […]