Holidays bring about nostalgia

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Whenever the yuletide season rears its evil head, I’m always reminded of my world-class journalistic enterprises. In fact, I get all teary eyed and go looking for Kleenex tissues with wintry scenes printed on them. Back in olden times I reported for the Denver Post, and my city editor, a […]

Reporter’s notebook: Clovis man gets big return on money

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Art Duron turned $3 into $33,000 merely by scratching. The Clovis resident recently won the top prize on a New Mexico Lottery Crossword Scratcher game. Although the $33,000 is the largest prize Duron has ever received, he said he is no stranger to winning. In 2004, he won $1,000 […]

Magazine gives harsh lesson in friendship

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers What you read says a lot about you. Certain magazines indicate a need to be ready for a political debate, with arguments tailored to a particular political ideology. Others keep you up on the world of sports. Still others say that you have unrealistic expectations of the opposite sex. Mine […]

Individual liberty does not come for free

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Among those of us who prize the protection of individual liberty as the primary public good, never to be sacrificed, the issue of eminent domain is troublesome. The reason is the same as with subpoenas. They both seem, at first sight, to be violations of our unalienable rights — to […]

Spam: Celebrating appeal of canned meat

By Grand McGee: Local Columnist I was leafing through a magazine the other day and ran across a picture of an old friend: Spam. Surely you know of Spam, it’s the rectangular canned meat product made by the Hormel folks. The article was in “The History Channel Magazine.” Spam was given credit (in a roundabout […]

SpaceShipOne launches new era of space flight

Freedom Newspapers Judging by the thousands of spectators who made the trek to the Mojave Desert to watch SpaceShipOne fly early Monday morning, a lot of people are still interested in space flight. The excitement in the crowd as the craft took off was palpable. Each milestone in the flight brought cheers from the throngs […]

De Soto’s idea a lifeline for Third World countries

Freedom Newspapers Congratulations to Hernando de Soto for winning this year’s Friedman Prize for Liberty, which the Cato Institute gives for outstanding achievement advancing freedom throughout the world. The prize is named after Nobel economics prize laureate Milton Friedman and was given at a May 6 ceremony in San Francisco. A Peru native, de Soto […]

Tricking elderly out of money outrageous

Ned Cantwell: State columnist The corporate thugs who screwed Enron employees out of their retirement savings are saints compared to these guys. Your daughter brings home one of these guys and you tell her to go out and find someone nicer, like maybe a paid assassin. We’re talking about the cruds who cozy up to […]

Relay for Life raises nearly $60,000

CNJ STAFF The final walkers in Clovis’ annual Relay for Life finished the legs of their relay at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Co-chairwoman Kay Prater said Sunday the walkers raised a total of $59,499.77, although on-line contributions and all the money from sponsors were not yet in. “The relay went very, very smoothly this year […]

Commercialism would best jump start space travel

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s proposal to set up a research base on the moon as a first step to traveling to Mars and beyond is a perplexing mixture of necessary and hardheaded rethinking of government’s role in space — and empty opportunism. Unfortunately, the proposal doesn’t move beyond an attempt to give the National Aeronautics […]

Portales woman claims $50,000 lottery prize

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico PORTALES — A Portales woman won a $50,000 prize on Saturday after she scratched a winning lottery ticket. Rachel Martinez said she claimed a check totaling $35,500 after taxes on Monday in Albuquerque. She said she has already spent most of the money, buying a new truck, paying off some […]

Iran activist inspired choice for Nobel Prize

Freedom Newspapers You could have made a case for former Czech President Vaclav Havel or Pope John Paul II. But the choice of Shirin Ebadi, a lawyer and activist who has been a thorn — though always a legal one — in the side of the Iranian regime for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was […]