Condoleezza Rice not intimidated by Democrats

Freedom Newspapers Beyond well-phrased generalities, it is difficult to glean from Condoleezza Rice’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just what kind of foreign policy a second Bush administration is likely to pursue — except that it will be what the president wants it to be. Unfortunately, few of the senators questioning the secretary […]

Drugs, money likely motive

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Clovis man charged with killing his mother told police another man actually committed the homicide in an effort to collect on a drug debt. Dwight Wagner, 49, told police that Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, killed Wagner’s mother, 75-year-old Essie Thomas, after the woman refused to hand over $300 […]

Doing homework makes debates worth watching

Freedom Editorial If you’re not careful, watching one of the presidential debates that begin this week could leave you spending 90 minutes to get nothing more than sound bites. However, with a little work, voters can take something from the debates between President George W. Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry. The debates begin Thursday […]

Diggin’ science

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Barry Elementary fifth-graders Ryan Curry, 10, left, and Michael Maese, 10, looks for articles in their plot during an archeological dig Friday at Highland Elementary. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis scientists are starting young these days. Barry and Highland elementary combined for a science project that left students piecing together artifacts and deciphering […]

Homicide cases wait on DNA results

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor A long wait for DNA evidence is a common point in Portales’ two homicide investigations. Seven weeks after the June 14 stabbing death of Jorge Prado of Clovis, no murder charges have been filed and police are still waiting on results of DNA tests conducted on knives and blood […]

Airman sentenced to 12 years in death

By Mike Linn: CNJ NEWS EDITOR Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker on Friday sentenced a former Cannon Air Force Base airman to 12 years in prison in connection with the December 2002 death of her 15-month-old son. Alesia Thomas, 22, faced a maximum penalty of 18 years after entering an Alford plea — maintaining […]

First-degree murder charge dropped in trial

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Fernando Garcia no longer faces the possibility of life in prison after prosecutors dropped the most serious charge of first-degree murder for lack of evidence. Deputy District Attorney Bryan McKay told the court on Wednesday that testimony so far hasn’t provided enough evidence to prove Garcia acted intentionally […]

Killing of local business owner remains unsolved

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer While Curry County has seen more and more homicides over the last few years, Sheriff Roger Hatcher said one sticks in his mind — that of J.C. Tucker, who was shot to death at his business on Sept. 4. “In the last 12 years we have only one […]

Scientists made no bones about Clovis Man evidence

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Blackwater Draw curator Joanne Dickenson points to an Agate Basin point that was found in the remains of a bison mandible in the Bison Bone Bed that dates back to the Archaic Age at the site. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Michelle Seeber Evidence of Blackwater Draw’s Clovis people was hidden for centuries before […]

Gun control issue should be argued sans scare tactics

Freedom Newspapers Recent years have seen a sea change in debates over public policy issues. Whether a proposed policy would be good for the nation, would actually help solve the problem being addressed or even if the proposal is constitutional is rarely given more than lip service by partisans on either side of the issue. […]

No evidence that secession is unconstitutional

By Walter Williams A fortnight ago, in “Let’s Do Some Detective Work,” I provided unassailable evidence that Congress had vastly exceeded powers delegated to it by our Constitution. In a recent column, I argued that liberties lost are seldom regained, but there was an outside chance to regain them if enough liberty-minded Americans were to […]

Police Blotter 10/17

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Clovis fire investigators reported an Oct. 8 car fire at the 1200 block of West Seventh Street looked suspicious but they could not find evidence of arson. The vehicle owner told police he had purchased a 1995 Cadillac DeVille for the engine […]

Clovis man cleared of rape charge

By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: This story contains some graphic descriptions that some readers may find objectionable. PORTALES — A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found John Jacobs innocent of raping a fellow Eastern New Mexico University student. The courtroom audience then erupted — some in tears and others in relief. Judge Stephen Quinn […]

Deadly Day in Clovis Area

CNJ Staff The bodies of two men found early Friday morning in the middle of a county road west of Clovis have been identified. The victims are Wesley Griest, 39, of Clovis, and Alex Rodriguez, 29, also of Clovis, according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. “The information we have at this time is very […]