Violence vivid even after abuser gone

CNJ Readers I would like to commend Debbie Vinson for her bravery to publicly talk about her experiences as a victim of domestic violence. (“Panelists encourage victims of violence to step forward,” Friday’s CNJ) Her statement about the pop and smell of fireworks reminding her of a specific incident paints a vivid picture of what […]

Panelists encourage victims of violence to step forward

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Panelists from Clovis and Portales used a forum on Thursday evening to encourage victims of domestic violence to step forward. It took Debbie Vinson, a former victim of domestic violence, more than eight years to do it, but she did it. Professionals who deal with domestic violence victims […]

Iraq must decide future between politics, bloodshed

Freedom Newspapers Americans who support the war in Iraq had a common interest Saturday with Americans who opposed the war and want to see U.S. troops withdrawn as quickly as feasible. A successful vote to approve the draft constitution is in the interests of almost every American. Those who support the war need evidence of […]

New law adds crime victim protection

Steve Chapman When Florida passed a law in 1987 making it easier for citizens to get licenses to carry concealed firearms, opponents predicted that blood would run in the streets. “When you have 10 times as many people carrying guns as you do now, and they get into an argument and tempers flash, you’re going […]

Officials: Domestic violence cases increasing

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers No matter where it happens, victims are left behind in the wake of domestic violence. In Portales and Clovis, many reach out to try and help these victims, including law enforcement officers, church members, shelter workers and district court workers. October is the national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a […]

Man sentenced in 2004 killing

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Victoria Estrada, right, mother of stabbing victim Victor Estrada, and friend Samantha Aguirre observe the sentencing of Joel Cordova Wednesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Cordova and the victim were childhood friends. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer They were good friends. As boys they played sports together, had sleepovers and […]

Blair’s plan sacrifices too much freedom

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist No one really wants to fault Tony Blair as he strives to address the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism. After one round of deadly bombings and a second round of attempted ones just two weeks apart, everyone knows that his fears are not exactly a hallucination. In this case, most […]

7/17 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • George Chaparro, 26, pleaded guilty to abuse of a child, battery upon a peace officer and is ordered to serve three years supervised probation, complete parenting classes, complete anger management, pay $5 for the domestic violence offender treatment fee, submit a DNA sample […]

Request to curb judge criticism unjust

Freedom Newspapers P ersonal trauma can cloud one’s judgment, so we can to some degree forgive U.S. District Court Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow for recently urging members of Congress to do something to curb public criticism of federal judges. Lefkow’s husband and mother were recently killed by a deranged man who blamed her for a […]

5/15 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Ninth Judicial District Court of Curry County: • Ramon M. Gallegos, 21, pleaded guilty to child abuse, a third-degree felony, aggravated driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, a misdemeanor and is ordered to serve two days imprisonment in the Curry County Adult […]

5/9 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in the Ninth Judicial District Court of Curry County: • Colleen R. Harmon, 41, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (felony, narcotic drug) and concealing identity, is ordered to serve one year in the Department of Corrections and one year of supervised probation, pay $5 domestic violence […]

South Carolina: Great place for chickens

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist The always-entertaining Most Backward State in the Union contest took an interesting bounce last week. With Kansas having gone three or four whole days without trying to teach creationism in science classes and Florida having neglected to botch an election lately, plucky little South Carolina shot to the head of […]

New laws can’t prevent school killings

By Steve Chapman Rain in Seattle is not news; the news is when rain fails to fall, as it has been doing lately. Likewise, what is conspicuous about the aftermath of the school shootings in Red Lake, Minn., last week was what didn’t occur — a torrent of calls for new gun-control legislation. The attack […]

Domestic Violence Coalition re-established, reorganizing

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer The recently re-established Domestic Violence Coalition is hopeful they can correct past problems through a series of workshops designed to facilitate the sharing of information and public education about what to do if they are a victim of abuse. “(The Coalition) was being pulled in so many directions as […]

Director: Extravaganza bigger, better

CNJ staff The 16th Annual Hartley House Extravaganza is expected to be “bigger and better than last year,” according to Debra Chavez, program director for The Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. The event is at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. Last year’s event raised around $10,000. Chavez hopes […]

Elections were critically important victory

Freedom Newspapers Only the most naive optimist would believe Sunday’s historic elections in Iraq mark the end of bloodshed and hardship in that war-torn land. But only the most stone-hearted pessimist would disdain the spectacle of millions of Iraqis lining up to vote and dancing in the streets as insignificant. Iraq indeed passed a crucial […]

Iraqi elections fraught with irony, hope

CNJ staff Today’s elections in Iraq are brimming with ironies. A celebration of democracy and freedom features curfews under which citizens are not allowed on the streets after dark, candidates fearful of appearing in public, stores and restaurants closed, concrete barriers restricting movement in major cities and heavily armed police and security forces everywhere. It […]

Iraq violence will get worse before situation calms

By CNJ staff The two events are not directly related, yet in a way they are. A Dec. 21 attack at a U.S. military base in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul killed 22 people, including more than a dozen Americans. The next day newspapers reported that for the first time a major U.S. contractor, […]

Violence in public schools needs remedy

by Walter Williams I’m wondering just when parents, especially poor minorities, will refuse to tolerate day-to-day school conditions that most parents wouldn’t dream of tolerating. Lisa Snell, director of the Education and Child Welfare Program at the Los Angles-based Reason Foundation, has a recent article about school violence titled “No Way Out,” in the October […]

Iraqi violence is behind rare call-up

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The intensity of violence in Iraq, with insurgents attacking roads and bridges and interrupting supply lines, is behind the rare involuntary recall of more than 5,600 soldiers who had completed active duty obligations, says Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army’s vice chief of staff. Cody told the House Armed Services […]