Supreme Court dusts off second amendment

By Freedom Newspapers Viewed narrowly, the decision March 9 by a federal appeals court to overturn the 1976 District of Columbia law barring the ownership of handguns with just a few exceptions — such as for law enforcement officers in the course of duty — applies only to the District of Columbia. Therefore it has […]

Columnist debunks teddy bear scandal

By Ned Cantwell: state columnist It’s just another example of the dirty, rotten big-circulation elite media imposing its will on the rest of the country, disdaining just plain folks like you and me. Or, maybe, it’s you and I. Whatever. These inside-the-beltway columnists whose words bring even the most powerful to their knees trample the […]

Governor caught in teddy bear scandal

By Ned Cantwell: state columnist Let’s see, how do I start this thing? There’s something beary strange going on in Gov. Bill Richardson’s office. B-e-a-r-r-y strange! No, too cutesy. This column has called Bill Richardson a gruff old guy with a teddy bear heart. Could it be he collects the stuffed animals? Nope, a tad […]

Capitan’s Smokey Bear Days set for next weekend

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Compiled by William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Capitan’s Smokey Bear Days set for next weekend Yes, Smokey Bear was a real bear and he was rescued from a forest fire near Capitan. That’s why Capitan holds a “Smokey Bear Days Celebration” once a year. Now a U.S. Forest Service icon known all over the world, […]

Handmade animals help make trauma easier to bear

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Clovis Fire Department paramedic Dustan Jesko puts away a “Hugga-Bear” used to comfort children on ambulance rides and in hospitals. The hand-made bears are donated by the Roadrunner Club of Clovis and Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tucked away in fire trucks, ambulances and emergency rooms, the brightly colored bears are valuable tools […]

Christmas Day time to reflect on gifts of season

Freedom Newspapers Today, when Christians around the world reflect upon Christmas Day they stand in the tradition of the faithful throughout the ages who rejoiced that all blessings and mercies of eternity come together in God’s gift of the baby in the manger — Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Prophesies of a suffering Savior and Eternal […]

Grizzly de-listing would strengthen endangered act

Freedom Newspapers We’ve frequently lamented the stubborn unwillingness of many major environmental groups to acknowledge good news on the environmental front, lest a retreat from the relentlessly apocalyptic script stop the donations from flowing and cause the media spotlight to turn away. So it’s only fair that we take note when a green group bucks […]

Fighting back best way to escape wolves

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Ryn Gargulinski is managing editor of the Quay County Sun. This column, published in connection with domestic violence awareness month, was previously published in Brooklyn Woman newspaper and online at: 12.gauge.com It started with a teddy bear and ended in a pair of handcuffs. The teddy bear was […]

Carved bear stolen from center

By Kevin Wilson He never said a thing and he never had a name, but his absence has left a mark on the employees and the residents of the Bee Hive assisted living center in Portales. Nearly two weeks ago, a 5-foot-tall wooden bear was stolen from the porch of the house. The bear, a […]

Zoo animals beat heat

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Just monkeying around, this juvenile spider monkey is undaunted by the afternoon heat Wednesday at Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The camel at the Hillcrest Park Zoo is shedding. Strands of thick hair dangle from its side. Patches of skin are revealed in a haphazard pattern, […]