Magician enjoys connecting with audience

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Robert Smith of Albuquerque performs his “Robert Magic Presents Street Magic Live” Thursday night at the Curry County Fair. Smith has six more shows for the remainder of the fair — at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sharna Johnson Sure, there are tricks and flair […]

Shifting to revised index offers savings

Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week delivered his “last major policy speech” and, in it, suggested that politicians show courage in the fiscal crisis by making the military compensation system more efficient. Gates has the department preparing such a set of recommendations to be part of a $400 billion defense savings package over the next […]

In tribute: Colleagues say judge was an asset to community

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Robert Orlik, who had been the 9th Judicial District’s fourth district judge since the judgeship was created in 2005, died May 28 of heart failure at Lubbock Heart Hospital. Those who worked with Robert Orlik said they could count on the longtime lawyer to be on the side of the law. “He was always very […]

District Judge Robert Orlik dies at 64

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File photo Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert Orlik, shown during arguments in the homicide trial of Anthony Casillas, died Saturday at Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. CNJ staff District Judge Robert Orlik, who first practiced law in New Mexico in 1977, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. Further information […]

Military digest —

Elliott Candace Elliott, daughter of Robert and Julie Elliott, arrived at Fort Jackson, S.C. on May 9, to begin the first phase of her nine weeks of Army Basic Combat Training. She will graduate in July.

Anniversaries — May 1

Elliot Robert and Julie Elliot of Clovis celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary April 25. The couple was married April 25, 1986, in Riverside, Calif. They have two children. He is an assistant professor at Eastern New Mexico University. She is a homemaker. Invitations have been sent.

Resurrection hope in the midst of calamity

Curtis Shelburne As most of our friends and parishioners know, my brothers and I, all four of us preachers, head to Robert Lee, Texas, a couple of times a year to spend some time together at the old homeplace of our maternal grandparents. The other guys usually manage to get there, each alone, from one […]

ENMU board appointments announced

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has announced two new appointments to the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents. Brett Leach of Roswell will replace Pauline Ponce, also from Roswell. The new student regent is Santana Chavez of Dora, replacing Robert Wachter from Portales. “Although we at the university hate to lose Pauline Ponce […]

Volunteer remembered for commitment to service

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Lydick Kevin Wilson Robert Lydick had a personality nobody would forget, son Chad Lydick said. But something else wasn’t forgotten — his commitment to service. “That was his philosophy, and it’s become mine too,” Chad Lydick said of his father, who died Feb. 7. “We felt that everyone should give something back.” Lydick was known […]

Robert Macias found guilty of first-degree murder

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler listens with the jury to a 911 call reporting Wilfred Salas Jr.’s car crashed at Seventh and Merriwether Streets. Police later discovered Salas crashed after being shot in the back of the head as he drove north on Merriwether Street. Sharna Johnson For a second time, […]

Retrial begins in case of 2006 shooting

CNJ staff A second trail has begun for a 35-year-old Clovis man whose first-degree murder conviction was overturned by the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2009. Robert “Pelon” Macias’ is charged with murder in the January 2006 shooting of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr. Jury selection was held Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court. Macias […]

Weddings — Dec. 26

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Palmer Heather Risdon and Brian Palmer of Bosque Farm were married Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. in Belen. The bride is the daughter of Keith and Lisa Risdon of Clovis and the granddaughter of Gordon and Darrell Spies of Clovis. The groom is the son of Robert and Geri Palmer of Albuquerque and the grandson […]

Libertarianism loses pioneer David Nolan

D avid F. Nolan, 66, founder of the Libertarian Party and developer of a method of analyzing political attitudes superior to the old linear left-right spectrum, died Sunday near his home in Tucson. He will be missed and his contributions to the cause of human liberty will not be forgotten. Nolan grew up in Maryland […]

34-year-old Clovis man’s retrial postponed

Sharna Johnson A second trial for a 34-year-old Clovis man has been postponed. Robert Macias’ five-day trial was expected to begin Monday in 9th Judicial District Court, but it was continued late last week, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said the decision to postpone came at the last minute during a Friday pre-trial […]

Budget proposal raises premiums

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signaled that the department’s fiscal 2012 budget request to be sent to Congress early next year will include recommendations to raise TRICARE premiums for some beneficiaries. If past proposals are a reliable guide, the target of higher fees is likely to be military retirees rather than active duty families. The […]

Easier solutions would address health reform

Freedom New Mexico Robert Moffit, director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, met recently with a Freedom Communications editorial board in California for a discussion about the impending consequences of the new, 2,300-page health care law and simple, practical legislative alternatives to Obamacare that could better address problems in the […]

More than 360 graduate at ENMU

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU President Steven Gamble applauds graduates during ENMU’s 118th Commencement Saturday at Greyhound Arena. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Tradition took center stage in graduation ceremonies Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. More than 360 students receiving degrees heard guest speaker and former ENMU President Robert Matheny explain how […]

ENMU graduation set for Saturday

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Courtesy photo Former Eastern New Mexico University President Robert Matheny is scheduled to give the commencement address for the 2010 graduating class 10 a.m. Saturday at Greyhound Arena. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico More than 360 Eastern New Mexico University students are expected to step across a stage Saturday to the beginning of a […]

Judge declares mistrial in murder case

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Anthony Ray Casillas, 23, listens Tuesday as prosecutor Andrea Reeb presents opening arguments to a jury. Casillas is accused of shooting and killing two people in 2008. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A district judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the murder trial of Anthony Ray Casillas after a […]

Troop removal should be goal in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew to Belgium early this month for what one headline called a “stealth” meeting. No reporters were invited on the trip, an unusual circumstance. The meeting included Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and other top military brass including Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mike […]