Shooting targets U.S. congresswoman, kills 6

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A gunman nearly unloaded a semiautomatic weapon at a busy supermarket Saturday during a public gathering for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wounding the Democrat and killing Arizona’s chief federal judge and five others in an attempted assassination that left Americans questioning whether divisive politics had pushed the suspect over the edge. The [...]

Bill targets domestic violence offenders in police ranks

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A person convicted of domestic violence couldn’t be certified as a law-enforcement officer for three years, and officers convicted of such a charge would lose their certification under a bill introduced Wednesday. House Bill 17, sponsored by Rep. Nate Cote, D-Las Cruces, is being pushed by Gov. [...]

Ruidoso targets Portales’ city manager

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Portales’ city manager is negotiating a contract to become the Ruidoso village manager. Ruidoso Mayor Ray Nunley said his village council agreed at their meeting Wednesday night to let their attorney work out the contract with Debi Lee. If Lee accepts the position, Nunley said her start date is [...]

Humane Society targets Clovis auction

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Humane Society of the United States says it videotaped two sick cows at the Clovis Livestock Auction during an investigation. Two ill cows were filmed for five hours. One “was suffering from obvious pain, flailing her legs as she expelled watery feces into the pen where other cows [...]

Technology addicts make easy targets

Freedom New Mexico Folks who use iPods and higher-end mobile phones in public places may believe the devices enable them to be well connected to the world around them. But such technology seems to be giving off a different signal: Look at me, I’m a future crime victim. As reported in the current issue of [...]

Warming hype nothing to get heated about

By Freedom New Mexico Global warming rhetoric is more hot air than good sense and an excuse for governments to seize power over private lives. That’s why President Bush’s recent pronouncements are worrisome. “… (G)lobal temperatures are rising and this is caused largely by human activities,” Bush recently told a 17-nation conference. To say that [...]

Individuals big part of self-defense

Freedom Newspapers The search for meaning, motives and culprits in the Virginia Tech shootings began even before all the next of kin were notified, as Americans again tried to make sense of the senseless. But we can almost guarantee that the self flagellations and legislative overreactions to come — are there doubts that we will [...]

Clovis group enjoys bowhunting

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Paul McAlister, center, and Lonnie Pickel, right, practice at the Clovis Bowhunter’s range north of Ned Houk Park. In the summer the Clovis Bowhunters practice at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Staff photo: John Eisel By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer For someone not used to firing an arrow, the pressure bulges in the collar bone, biceps [...]