Pearce takes flight

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., announced his plans to run for Pete Domenici’s Senate seat Saturday at the Clovis Municipal Airport. “Friends,” he said, “Democrats are not the enemy but neither are Republicans the enemy.” By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R.N.M. said Saturday during a […]

Anti-terrorism budget excludes border security

By Freedom Newspapers If lawmakers are worried about border security, they sure aren’t putting their money where their mouths are. Congress recently allocated $747 million to some 50 U.S. cities in its latest round of anti-terrorism funding, and just like previous allocations the money isn’t addressing what many say is their primary concern — keeping […]

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 […]

Occupational dreams fill busy weekend

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Pondering being a goat herder, selling fudge from town to town, riding a Spanish bicycle, looking for treasure in Clovis, visiting a Celtic Faire in Amarillo … it was all part of a High Plains weekend. Afterward, it occurred to me there’s plenty to do around here. Come along through […]

Candidate’s border-crossing stunt backfires

By Freedom Newspapers One thing is certain: Raj Bhakta loves attention. The Pennsylvania congressional candidate, best known as one of the many failures Donald Trump fired on his “Apprentice” television show, came to Texas’ Rio Grande Valley last week to pull a publicity stunt on the river. The idea certainly was creative. But it didn’t […]

Border towns celebrate unity

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleGabriela Velez, left, 14, and Janie Balch, 15, both of Clovis, ride the train Saturday at the Border Town Days festival in Farwell and Texico. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A hunk of brisket to his left, a white apron masking most of his shirt, James William, a member of […]

Border Days Information

CNJ Staff What: 40th Border Town Days Where: Farwell and Texico When: 10 a.m. (CDT) today Background: Originally a rodeo event, Border Town Days is now a yearly gathering of members of two strikingly similar towns on each side of the Texico-New Mexico border to chat and eat. To do: There will be an arts […]

Local Guardsmen volunteer for border

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A handful of Clovis National Guardsmen wait for word they will head south to support U.S. border patrols. As of yet they are unsure when or where they will go, but they have begun volunteering for the detail, according to Sgt. 1st Class Terry Stevens, public information officer for […]

Current drug policy in need of re-evaluation

Freedom Newspapers Border security seems to be in the news often these days. The focus usually is on the people coming into this country from Mexico and Central America. Little media attention is paid to drug-smuggling operations, so little attention is paid by the American people to a failed border policy that has been going […]

Working dogs at Ag Expo

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Sooner, a border collie, works to get a sheep back with the rest of the herd at Raymond Reeve’s house on U.S. Highway 60/84. (File photo) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Raymond Reeves didn’t have a special fondness for dogs the first 40 or so years of his life until he was give a border […]

Encouraging bottom-to-top communication, team problem solving

Keith Pannell Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base May 16, 2005. On that late Monday morning, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of running out of fuel. “A […]

Illegal aliens land at Cannon

Keith Pannell 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base Monday. In the late morning of May 16, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of […]

Political hopefuls outline campaign views

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Ron Dolin focused on education and healthcare during his talk Tuesday at the Curry County Federated Republican Women monthly meeting. David Pfeffer believes securing America’s borders should be the federal government’s top priority. Dolin and Pfeffer are considering running for office against Democratic incumbents. Dolin, a part-time mathematics professor […]

Cannon perfect for unmanned planes

By R.L. “Rube” Render: Guest columnist The strategy proposed by local supporters to keep Cannon Air Force Base may be defective. Here’s a more logical idea: Encourage Base Realignment and Closure commissioners to make Cannon home to a fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Cannon supporters have suggested closing the Naval Air Station at Oceana […]

Additional funds needed to resolve border issues

Freedom Newspapers The 16 Texas counties that border Mexico face challenges that the rest of the state — the rest of the nation — might have a hard time understanding. From the intricacies of a border economy in which customers walk to another country for afternoon shopping trips to the irrigation needs of farmers in […]

Border project needs air of legitimacy

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist The Minutemen are coming to New Mexico but it is going to take an hour or so to sort out the players. Which Minutemen are we talking about, the New Mexico Minutemen led by American Civil Liberties Union sympathizer Clifford Alford, or the Minutemen Project in New Mexico, led by […]

State doesn’t need help of ‘Minutemen’

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Picture this. You are a Mexican fellow wanting to slip into the United States to do work Americans sneer at. Your family is hungry. You want more than anything to improve their lot. So you make your way to the Mexico-Arizona border and prepare to cross. But then you look […]

Passport requirement lacks rationale

What is the rationale for a program announced Tuesday to require U.S. citizens and residents who visit Mexico and Canada, beginning in 2008, to acquire U.S. passports and show them to border guards when they return? Quite frankly, we don’t think there is one. It resembles all too many of the vaunted airport “security” measures, […]

Daydreaming of Mexico’s border towns

By Grant McGee A Robert Earl Keen CD was in the hi-fi, the song “Gringo Honeymoon” was playing. It’s about a couple going to Mexico, crossing into the country via a romantic rowboat ride. There are the people and things they see, then they go home. That’s one of the things I miss about living […]

Taxpayers have the right to know public business

Freedom Newspapers What should have passed as a tragic episode in Texas history has become clouded by speculation and intrigue, thanks in large part to the recalcitrance of a federal bureaucracy. When two Border Patrol agents, Travis Attaway and Jeremy Wilson, died Sept. 19 in a boating accident on the Rio Grande, they seemed destined […]