Time for some GOP candidates to call it a day

Freedom New Mexico The TV networks declared Mitt Romney the winner in New Hampshire about five seconds after the polls closed, so commentators had to scramble to find something interesting to say the rest of the night. It wasn’t easy. Mr. Romney had been expected to win Tuesday’s GOP primary and did. Jon Huntsman tried […]

Government can’t demand health care

Freedom New Mexico Escaping the catastrophic consequences of the new federal health care law may be a step closer since the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week declared the linchpin of Obamacare unconstitutional. The government, said the 2-1 decision, cannot force people to buy health insurance. For those who understand government’s proper role […]

Curry, area counties declared disaster areas

Argen Duncan The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, along with 12 other New Mexico counties, primary natural disaster areas because of losses from drought, high winds and wildfires this year, according to a news release from the department. The declaration makes farmers and ranchers in those counties eligible for […]

Judge declares mistrial in shooting trial

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Judge Stephen Quinn declared a mistrial Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Lonzell Wiggins after potential jurors saw Wiggins in handcuffs and shackles. Sharna Johnson A mistrial was declared Tuesday before a jury could be selected in the first-degree murder case of Lonzell Wiggins after potential jurors saw […]

Judge hedges on Obamacare court ruling

Freedom New Mexico A reminder that few things are as simple as they first seem: In January, when a federal judge in Pensacola declared President Obama’s health care reform law unconstitutional, the judge became something of a shining knight of the right. Now his armor is looking a little tarnished. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, […]

Latest ruling on Obamacare encouraging

Freedom New Mexico A federal judge Monday struck a major blow against Obamacare, ruling it to be unconstitutional. The ruling is welcome by those of us who believe Congress and President Barack Obama exceeded their authority last year by imposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with its mandate that everyone must buy health […]

Roosevelt farmers, ranchers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Quay are among six New Mexico counties declared eligible for disaster assistance Thursday due to continuing drought. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced eligibility due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers in Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Otero, Quay, and Roosevelt counties are now […]

Prosecutors: Defendant tried to get mistrial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors say jail house phone calls show Anthony Ray Casillas was trying to cause a mistrial in his double-homicide case. Tuesday, District Judge Robert Orlik declared a mistrial when a badly beaten witness collapsed during his testimony and two Casillas family members caused a disruption in a courthouse hallway […]

Judge declares mistrial in murder case

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Anthony Ray Casillas, 23, listens Tuesday as prosecutor Andrea Reeb presents opening arguments to a jury. Casillas is accused of shooting and killing two people in 2008. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A district judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the murder trial of Anthony Ray Casillas after a […]

Crusade against global warming losing support

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration has declared greenhouse gases to be harmful pollutants, arming the government to wage war by administrative decree on the presumed threat of global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency’s pronouncement Monday is troubling. It could well foreshadow economy-crimping, freedom-denying, Draconian controls. It’s doubtless also meant to prod Congress, where a […]

Mistrial declared on molestation charges

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A mistrial has been declared in the case of a 48-year-old Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation. A Curry County jury announced Thursday they were deadlocked, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. The announcement was made in closed chambers late Thursday afternoon, according to Chandler. Jurors […]

Library declares amnesty

Good news for library patrons with overdue books in Clovis: This week has been declared “Amnesty Week.” Librarian Marilyn Belcher reports fines will be waived for anyone who brings in an overdue item this week. • • • It’s true — government in Tucumcari wants to control population … the animal population, that is. The […]

Dec. 15, 1913

The Alfalfa Lumber Company installed an 18-foot Farebanks scale for weighing farm wagons. … The concrete work on the new Santa Fe Hospital in Clovis was finished and the brick work was being rushed for overall completion. … Mrs. Fernetty F. Tracy, 91, was declared the oldest homesteader in Curry County. … Sunshine L.W. soda […]

April 17, 1935

Officials declared that anyone living in Curry County before January 1912 was a “pioneer.” An old-timers reunion was being planned and a committee was putting together an invitation list. … The Clovis Evening News-Journal published an editorial calling for more sporting events in town. “In order to do this it will be necessary to organize […]

Treason may be justified in case of terror videos

By Freedom Newspapers The words “traitor” and “treason” are sometimes used rather loosely in common parlance, applied to anything from criticizing the current administration’s policies in impolite terms to actually taking up arms in a foreign army at war with the United States. The U.S. Constitution, however, is much more explicit and limited in its […]

Ahmadinejad owes explanations

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist My alma mater, Columbia University, has just invited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak. Keeping up with the Joneses? Harvard (as well as the National Cathedral) hosted former Iranian president Ayatollah Khatami just a few weeks ago. Ahmadinejad himself chatted up a group at the Council on Foreign Relations following his speech […]

Detainment sans trial runs counter to Constitution

CNJ staff The only question for an advocate of traditional American liberties should be “Why did it take so long?” when it comes to the case of Jose Padilla. Padilla, a U.S. citizen, was arrested as a terrorism suspect at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on a flight from Pakistan about 2 1/2 years ago. A federal […]

Harden officially declared winner

Staff reports The Secretary of State’s office on Friday officially declared Clint Harden, R-Clovis, the winner of the District 7 Senate seat. The incumbent Harden defeated Democratic challenger Bob Frost of San Jon by 36 votes, following a recount of paper ballots in Taos, Union and Colfax counties. Harden’s win means the Senate will continue […]

Heart attack may have killed Clovis man

By Jack King The Clovis man who was declared dead twice on Wednesday became ill at home early in the day and was transported to the hospital by ambulance, his son said Thursday. Felipe Padilla, 94, was first declared dead at Plains Regional Medical Center on Wednesday morning and his body was taken to Muffley […]

Breath of life interrupts embalming

By Darrell Todd Maurina A man declared dead at a Clovis hospital and sent to a funeral home for embalming on Wednesday morning was returned to the hospital after he took a breath. An employee of Muffley Funeral Home called 911 dispatchers when he found Felipe Padilla, 94, of Clovis, was still alive. Sometime Wednesday […]