Where the bison roam

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CNJ Staff Photo: Marlena HartzThe outlines of bison kept at Ned Houk Park are illuminated during sunset. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Far from the pens of the Hillcrest Zoo, 10 shaggy bison roam along the banks of Ned Houk Park in Clovis. The plot of land at Ned Houk, enclosed by barbed wire, […]

Security bans: How far will airports go?

By Freedom Newspapers The arrests in England of those accused of plotting to blow up American airliners has reawakened the public to the threat that international terrorism poses. Fortunately, British counter-terrorism agents, with significant help from Pakistani intelligence officials, detected the plot weeks ago and moved in to stop it as it reached “a critical […]

Terrorist plot thwarted

LONDON (AP) — British authorities said Thursday they thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the U.S. using explosives smuggled in hand luggage, averting what police described as “mass murder on an unimaginable scale.” Police arrested 21 people, saying they were confident they captured the main suspects in what U.S. […]

Terror plot will impact local travelers

CNJ staff Local travelers will notice differences in security when they fly out of regional airports due to heightened alerts related to Thursday’s terrorism scare in England. Travelers are being asked to arrive about two hours ahead of their flight time and will not be permitted to carry any liquids with them on flights, a […]

Voter ID cards awful waste of money

Ned Cantwell State Columnist Hollywood daydreamers sit around a conference table doing what they do best, daydreaming about the sitcom sensation that will shower upon them unfathomable wealth. Through the door you can hear this dialogue: I’ve got it. ER was huge. Let’s write one called DB. DB! Love it. Short for Detective Barney? Nah. […]

Life in jail prevents blaze of glory for Moussaoui

Freedom Newspapers It is always wise to be cautious in commenting on a trial one has not attended. But from everything we have heard and read, the federal jury in Alexandria, Va., acted appropriately earlier this month when it decided that Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker, should spend his life in prison rather than […]

First president’s policies paved way for U.S. freedom

Freedom Newspapers George Washington has become something of a mythical figure in our national consciousness, a distant and perhaps even dour personage. We may know that we’re supposed to revere him, but he was hardly cuddly. There is some truth in that image, which to some extent he himself cultivated. It is worth remembering, however, […]

Researchers talk peanuts on ag tour

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Ronald Henning of Nitragin, based in Oklahoma, gestures towards a peanut demonstration plot during Thursday’s peanut day sponsored by New Mexico State University. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — In the midst of concrete and asphalt in the city of Portales there is the essence of nature and eastern New […]

Sometimes we all need a little perspective

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local religious columnist My two-years-younger brother Jim wrote an interesting column for his church newsletter the other day. He had some great things to say, but what really made the article interesting is where he was when he wrote it. The boy has always marched to a bit of a different […]

Confusion arises over local cemetery care

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In non-endowed sections of cemeteries, as seen here, the upkeep duties fall to the family of the deceased. (Staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Instead of sitting quietly in meditation Saturday at her father’s-in-law grave in Lawn Haven Cemetery, Clovis resident Shelly Grim found herself ripping out weeds and even cutting […]

Report captures the ‘big picture’ of terrorism

Freedom Editorial The airport security photographs and the 9/11 Commission’s report, both made public Thursday, were a chilling reminder to Americans of the terrorist assault on our country. In the Dulles airport video (made available to news organizations by lawyers representing 9/11 victims’ families), terrorists were shown being inspected at security checkpoints in the terminal, […]