Jury selection begins in murder trial

CNJ staff Jury selection begins today for a Clovis man facing first-degree murder and tampering with evidence charges. The charges stem from a July 26 incident, when according to police reports, Joel A. Cordova, 25, stabbed Victor Estrada in the chest during an altercation at 201 Pinon St. Estrada, 19, was taken to Plains Regional […]

Prepackaged news crosses line into propaganda

Freedom Newspapers There’s been a flurry of concern recently about the use of “video news releases” by federal government agencies and by the Schwarzenegger administration in California. These taped presentations of information with a spin are packaged like a TV news report and sometimes are used by local TV stations in ways that blend seamlessly […]

Press doesn’t get marching orders from government

Freedom Newspapers W hen comedian Norm McDonald was on “Saturday Night Live,” he was the anchorman on the show’s Weekend Update skit. He would read headlines from that week’s news and change portions of the stories to make them funny. At the end of the segment he would sign off with the words, “And that’s […]

President lost in space-time continuum

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Evidently, there are two Iraqs. One exists here on our Earth, the other occupies a parallel space-time continuum perceivable only by a select few individuals, one of whom is the president of the United States. If you’ve got a better theory, I’m open to it. All I know is that in […]

More abuse reported in Curry County, state

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer One of the hardest tasks Sherel Whited faces as a social worker is making decisions she knows will change the lives of the parents and children. A social worker supervisor for the Children, Youth and Families Department in Curry County, it’s Whited’s job to initiate steps toward removing a […]

Congress should be patient when reforming security

Freedom Editorial So we now have another proposal for reforming the sprawling 15-agency “intelligence community” that missed the signs that 9/11 was in the works and didn’t exactly get it right about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It’s a welcome addition to the ongoing debate, but the very extensiveness of the proposal, coming on […]

Sex scandal hits Buena Vista nursing home

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer A state-appointed volunteer, charged with reporting on the condition of Clovis’ Buena Vista nursing home, solicited sexual favors from nursing home employees, the nursing home’s owner has alleged. A state official said this week she did not know about the allegations, but said the volunteer’s reports played only […]

Citizens, officials have hard time deciding what is credible

By Michael J. Sniffen: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In recent years, the government has told Americans it has credible evidence of impending terror attacks, of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and of collaboration between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein. But “credible” doesn’t mean the same thing to every government official and even credible information […]

Heavy rain hits Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Heavy rainfall hit the area Monday evening, dumping as much as 1.5 inches of rain in areas in Clovis, according to unofficial reports. Muleshoe also received a good dousing of rain, but most surrounding communities received little if any precipitation. “It’s coming down in sheets and sheets,” said […]

Abuse cases rising

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Victimization of N.M. children up by about 11 percent. SANTA FE — Child abuse reports in New Mexico increased by about 11 percent from 2002 to 2003, the state Children, Youth and Families Department confirmed. Figures released by the department show CYFD received 27,525 abuse reports last year, an increase of […]