Political field trip festers frustration

All right, gang, nice trip up from Clovis. Appreciate your good behavior. When you exit the bus, gather together and wait for the other buses to unload. Then we’ll head over to the Roundhouse Rotunda to talk about our visit to the Legislature today.” (Oh, brother. These kids are driving me nuts.) “OK. Everybody here? […]

Thursday morning briefing: Gang talk, sexting and a strong arm

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. For parents Parents get the skinny on gangs, bullying, sexting, etc from local cops. It’s called the “Modern Day Parenting Presentation” 6 p.m. at Marshall Middle School. Strong armed Eastern New Mexico University junior pitcher Anthony Smith of 29 Palms, Calif., is Lone Star Conference […]

Animated films more interesting

By Karl Terry: Local columnist In the days of the double-feature movie, I was a big fan of the cartoons in between. Bugs, Daffy, Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn were what I measured good comedy against. After I grew up, I discovered the Looney Tunes gang still had a lot to offer for adults in […]

Officials say Aryan Brotherhood not big in area

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Aryan Brotherhood is a white supremacist gang formed in San Quentin State Prison, Calif., in 1964. The group was initially founded as a way of protecting white inmates from other prisoners in the prison system but has expanded its influence outside the prison system, according to the U.S. Department […]

Aryan Brotherhood connected to Causey rancher’s death, feds say

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Roosevelt County farmer is accused of entering into a bargain with the Aryan Brotherhood to provide chemicals for methamphetamine production in exchange for the killing of rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn, according to a federal indictment. Donald Taylor, 27, of Rogers is accused of shooting Chunn as a trade for […]

Tinseltown needs new movie genre

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers There’s one thing I’m looking forward to about 2007. It’s not the party I’m planning to celebrate the San Francisco 49ers’ seven-win season, and it’s not the 50-something credit card offers I’ll receive (I could have pooled all of my offered credit limits in 2006 and bought a $137,000 house […]

Chandler sworn in as new D.A.

By David Irvin New District Attorney Matt Chandler didn’t waste any time laying out his plans as the chief prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District on Monday after being sworn into office at the Curry County courthouse. He laid out an aggressive plan to curb crime and violence in the Clovis community, emphasizing programs he […]

City goes over five years without homicide

By Mike Linn It’s a quarter till 2 on Saturday morning and downtown Portales is in deep slumber. With the exception of truckers and the isolated university party, the city is as calm and serene as a Louisiana swamp at dusk. Travel 20 miles north on New Mexico Highway 70 and the view can be […]

Police: Six Portales gang members arrested

Mike Linn A Portales gang known for toting guns, spraying graffiti in parks and harassing youngsters recently lost six members to the Tucumcari Juvenile Detention Center, police said. Portales police said the six gang members, whose names were not released, are in jail on charges ranging from trespassing to possession of a firearm to criminal […]