Prepare to pay higher costs for health care

Freedom New Mexico Proponents of the recently passed health care bill often stated that the United States should have universal health care “like Canada,” “like Europe,” “like other advanced nations.” Opponents were quick to point out that like all those other nations, nationalized health care in this country would lead to long waits and worse […]

Market destroyed by government

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Most likely, President George W. Bush was prevaricating, not confused, when he stated, looking straight at the audience listening to his speech about the financial disaster, “The market is not functioning properly.” That’s because he — or his advisers — must know the American economy is not a […]

Tucumcari man suspect in wife’s stabbing death

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari woman is dead and her husband is in jail. Eppie Vigil, 55, is being held at the Quay County Detention Center, accused of stabbing his wife, Lucy Vigil, 46, to death, according to court documents. Eppie Vigil was charged with an open count of murder and with tampering […]

U.S. 70 accident claims life

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksReed Wheeler, left, and Terry Chavez of the Clovis Fire Department work with Battalion Chief Kevin Crouch, in front, on the scene of a fatal auto accident Friday afternoon on U.S. 70 and Center School. CNJ Staff A 62-year-old Hobbs man died in a one-vehicle accident Friday on U.S. 70 south […]

Illinois woman dies in rollover

Freedom Newspapers A one-vehicle rollover accident Friday near Portales claimed the life of an Illinois woman, according to a New Mexico State Police press release. The driver, Velma Joanne Smith, 72, of Granite City, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, the release stated. Passengers Jerry Talmadge, 62, and Marilyn Talmadge, 56, […]

5/14 Organizations

Encanto Garden Club The May meeting of the Encanto Garden Club was held at the home of Thelma Curtiss with Jaynn Rybolt and Bess Cline as co-hostesses. President Betty Durham called the meeting to order, and Karen Allen read the minutes. Jane Rybolt gave the treasurer’s report and stated that dues will be due next […]

Attorney steps down in Clovis dentist case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The attorney for former Clovis dentist and homicide suspect James Smith filed a motion Wednesday to withdraw from the case, according to court documents. Stephen Doerr cited two reasons for withdrawal in his motion to the court. Doerr stated he was not retained to represent Smith in a death […]

Arrest affidavit from McNaughton slaying released

Here is the affidavit for arrest warrant filed with the 9th Judicial District Court by Clovis Police Detective Roman J. Romero: On 121005 at about 1424 hours, Deputies of the Curry County Sheriffs Office and the New Mexico State Police were dispatched to the area of Curry County Road C and County Road 16. Two […]

Removed child found in squalor

CNJ staff The young child removed from a Cannon Air Force Base residence May 2 was in a home filled “with a strong odor of feces and urine,” according to a police report from the incident. According to the report, the female child is 1 years old. She was conscious when Child Youth and Families […]

Warrant issued for suspect in Tuesday shooting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police said Ricky Gallegos was gunned down Tuesday night after his fiancee escaped out the window of their home, according to a report released Wednesday afternoon. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Steve Duran, 34, on a charge of open murder, according to Capt. Dan Blair of the […]