Court comes close but no cigar

Kevin Wilson When the Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision on Citizens United, changing the rules for how corporations can get involved in political campaigns, Justice Anthony Kennedy said a divided decision means that clearly, “Somebody made a mistake.” So why do I feel the same way about a unanimous decision I agree with? And […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Free dinner, free music and the Kennedy assassination

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Free dinners Two free Thanksgiving dinners available in the region Thursday. In Clovis, the Lighthouse Misson’s annual citywide Thanksgiving banquet is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. It’s turkey and all the usual Thanksgiving feast fixings and it’s free and open to the […]

Produce prices jump after freeze

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Freddy Canales, a Super Save employee in the produce department, stocks tomatoes and jalepenos Friday afternoon. Produce Manager Veronica Rodriquez said tomatoes recently increased by 10 cents due to the freezes in California and Mexico. Alisa Boswell This winter marked a harsh season for the tropical areas in and around […]

Fame not necessary to impact lives

Curtis Shelburne Like most folks who were alive at the time, I remember exactly where I was when we got the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. I was just six years old, but I remember. Like most of you, I remember where I was and what I was doing when on […]

Admiration for Kennedy immeasurable

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died Tuesday night at 77 after a 15-month battle with brain cancer, was one of the remarkable political characters of American political history. As the youngest child of a remarkable political dynasty, he overcame tragedy, an early reputation as a political lightweight, his own personal demons and sometime […]

Kennedy dead at 77

The Associated Press BOSTON — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in a political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. He was 77. In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy […]

Politics won’t be Kennedy’s lasting legacy

Freedom New Mexico It may seem ironic but it is somehow fitting: The most lasting contribution of one of the most intensely political dynastic families in American history will be an institution that transcends politics. It was started by a family member who never held or even ran for political office. The Special Olympics, officially […]

Supreme Court ruling against New Haven fair

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Ricci v. DeStefano that the city of New Haven, Conn., violated the 1964 civil rights law when it threw out the results of a firefighter promotional test after no blacks scored high enough to qualify for promotion. In an opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, […]

ENMU earns series split against Cameron

CNJ staff LAWTON, Okla. — Third baseman Derrick Kennedy and catcher Freddy Carmona each had four hits and four RBIs and Eastern New Mexico erupted late for a 20-7 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Cameron on Sunday. With the scored tied 3-3, the Greyhounds (10-6, 4-4 LSC) scored seven runs in the sixth, three […]

New home for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Laurie Kennedy fights back tears Saturday as she holds up her certificate of occupancy after she was presented with keys to her new house built by Habitat for Humanity. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Laurie Kennedy had her first gathering in her new home Saturday. Kennedy and her two […]

Former AP executive Bob Johnson dies at 84

By Sue Major Holmes: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Robert H. “Bob” Johnson, a champion for open government and a former Associated Press executive who during a 42-year career wrote AP’s first bulletin on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has died. He was 84. After retiring from the news cooperative in 1988, Johnson […]

Aug. 31, 1961

Steps to halt an attempt by the state to take over plumbing inspections in Clovis were taken at a special meeting of the city commissioners. … Mrs. Dorothy Thomas, county clerk, received an autographed picture of President Kennedy. The inscription read “To my fellow sustaining member of the Democratic Party.” … State Farm Servicing Agent […]

Workers raise walls for Habitat

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Laurie Kennedy, second from left, invests sweat equity Saturday into a home being built for her by Habitat for Humanity. People throughout the Clovis community helped with raising the walls of the home. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Laurie Kennedy helped lift the walls of her new house Saturday […]

Hounds split South twin bill with Angelo

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Designated hitter Matt Lenderman doubled home two runs in the first inning and Michael Gunter made it stand up with a three-hit, 11-strikeout pitching performance as Angelo State edged Eastern New Mexico University 3-2 to salvage a split of the teams’ Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader on Saturday. […]

ENMU’s struggles continue

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ENMU second baseman Mike McDuffie lunges to backhand a wide throw as Central Oklahoma’s Dean McIntyre slides into second with a stolen base in the first game of Saturday’s baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team rallied to tie Central Oklahoma […]

Hounds split with Southeastern for second day in row

CNJ staff DURANT, Okla. — Junior right-hander Evan Courteau bounced back from a rocky outing in his previous start to throw a complete-game six-hitter as Eastern New Mexico University beat Southeastern Oklahoma 3-1 on Saturday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference crossover baseball doubleheader. The Savage Storm won the second game 2-1 […]

Hounds continue strong start

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team is off to another flying start. After opening with 16 wins in their first 20 games a year ago, the Greyhounds improved to 7-0 so far this spring on Saturday with a 9-2, 5-4 doubleheader sweep of Colorado School of Mines at Greyhound Field. The teams will […]

Hunger hits home

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Leon Sweat, left, and Joe Taylor load a truck with donations for a Clovis resident at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The number of people visiting food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters is growing, according to the executive director of the Food […]

Supreme Court swing vote tends toward confusion

Freedom Newspapers The case that will be remembered from the most recent term of the U.S. Supreme Court is Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in which the court told President Bush that he couldn’t simply create military commissions — especially commissions authorized to deliberate and render decisions with the defendant not even present — without authorization from […]

Former senator’s death ends classic success story

Freedom Newspapers With the passing of former U.S. senator and Treasury Secretary Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. last week, the nation lost someone who was influential on the political stage for more than two decades. As a native of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, however, Bentsen represented something greater than that. The story of Lloyd […]