Ban on horse racing would only halt freedom

The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department wants county commissioners to outlaw horse racing on private property. Fortunately, commissioners recognized that such an intrusive ordinance would not accomplish law-enforcement’s intended goal of reducing crime and they denied it. We’re not suggesting it’s a good idea for private property owners to host horse races on Sunday afternoons. The [...]

Clovis to have seminar to prevent identity theft

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Bob Hagan of the New Mexico Securities Division said many victims of identity theft don’t even know they have fallen victim to a crime. “It’s important for people to realize they are a victim of a crime and file a report,” he said. “We believe that here in New Mexico [...]

Absolute power has no place in our constitutional system

Freedom Newspapers T he only question for an advocate of traditional American liberties should be “Why did it take so long?” when it comes to the case of Jose Padilla. Padilla, a U.S. citizen, was arrested as a terrorism suspect at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on a flight from Pakistan about 2 1/2 years ago. A [...]

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 [...]

Uncontested winners look to future

By David Irvin As the election cycle begins to wind down, there are some candidates who never really broke a sweat. A number of uncontested races in eastern New Mexico were made official Tuesday, and although the candidates didn’t have to spar over the issues in the closing days of the election, they certainly have [...]

Clovis man found shot to death

By David Irvin CLOVIS — A Clovis man was found shot to death on Wednesday morning at his residence at 1725 Gidding St., police said. Police said they are investigating the death as a homicide. No arrests had been made late Wednesday night. It is unclear when Michael Binder, 41, died, but police said they [...]

Chandler sees “bold, new vision” for office

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Matt Chandler’s opponent says he’s too young and doesn’t’ have enough experience. Chandler says that’s baloney. The 28-year-old Clovis native is ready to be the Ninth Judicial District Attorney — now. Chandler is bringing a full court press at incumbent District Attorney Brett Carter that includes high volumes of enthusiasm [...]

D.A. candidates talk crime at forum

By Darrell Todd Maurina CLOVIS — In a 90-minute debate of Republicans seeking the position of Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Incumbent Brett Carter promoted his experience while challenger Matt Chandler spoke of an aggressive new vision for fighting crime. Although both presented different visions for the future of the district attorney’s office, they were agreeable [...]

Forum to feature DA candidates

By Ryan Lengerich Eastern New Mexico residents will have their chance to drill two district attorney candidates at a forum on Tuesday. The event will pit 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter against opponent Matt Chandler in a public debate organized by a Clovis Community College student legal group. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. [...]

Officials speak up for rights of victims

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By Michelle Seeber The United States records an average of two murders, 58 robberies and 103 abusive acts against children every hour, law-enforcement officers told a group of Portales-area residents on Monday. That’s one reason this has been declared National Crime Victims Week. “When one person is victimized, we have to remember it affects all [...]