Press doesn’t get marching orders from government

Freedom Newspapers W hen comedian Norm McDonald was on “Saturday Night Live,” he was the anchorman on the show’s Weekend Update skit. He would read headlines from that week’s news and change portions of the stories to make them funny. At the end of the segment he would sign off with the words, “And that’s […]

Clinical trials are prescription for marijuana

Freedom Newspapers During U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Ashcroft v. Raich, the latest medical marijuana case, Justice Stephen Breyer said last month that instead of passing a patchwork of state laws, medical marijuana advocates would be better off petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to have marijuana, or cannabis, reclassified as a prescription drug. […]

‘Boston Legal’ equals Boston unjust

By Tibor Machan Having been a fan of courtroom dramas since my early childhood — I read 45 Perry Mason novels before I left Hungary at age 14 — I have a hard time denying myself the pleasures of a good legal squabble. So, I have watched TV’s “Law & Order” since it started and […]

New York’s 1973 anti-drug laws lighten up

Freedom Newspapers I t’s hardly a giant step toward decriminalization or even toward harm reduction. But the modest reform of the so-called Rockefeller drug laws in New York signed into law last week by Gov. George Pataki represents an important step in the direction of common sense in the way the government approaches certain drugs. […]

Veteran Clovis officer ends career

Cops and courts The second in command at the Clovis Police Department has retired from the force after more than 30 years. Deputy Chief R.E. “Bart” Bartosiewicz said his last official day will be Friday, but he’s on vacation until then. “I’m tired of the (bull) and everything else that goes along with it. I’m […]

District 63 debate touches on broad range of subjects

Russell Grider, left, and Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, took part in a candidate forum Wednesday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Both are candidates for the District 63 office.(Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer State Rep. Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, and Republican challenger Russell Grider of Clovis sparred for two hours […]

After drug lapse in Colombia, let’s rethink drug war

Freedom Editorial W hite House “drug czar” John Walters recent ly lapsed into a moment of candor about Plan Colombia, the five-year, $3.3 billion expenditure of U.S. taxpayers’ money that was supposed to — finally — reduce cocaine manufacturing in Colombia and availability in the United States. As AP reporter Dan Molinski wrote, “After flying […]

Budget tightening leads to drug changes

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Phyllis Ramm, wife of an Air Force retiree, got a surprise Aug. 7 when she called the Keesler Air Force Base pharmacy to refill routine prescriptions. She learned that some popular brand-name drugs no longer would be dispensed on base, after patients get a final 30-day supply. The Air Force […]

8/8 police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A woman contacted police Wednesday after she was unable to find her car for four days. The woman who owned the vehicle — which had $2,200 in the front seat — said while intoxicated a few days earlier at a Prince Street […]

Troy’s honor should not need defense

By Mona Charen One of the great ironies of the past decade and a half is that the term “the politics of personal destruction” has come to be associated with what Republicans did to President Bill Clinton. Republicans have been known to go over the top now and then. But it is Democrats who have […]

Martha Stewart’s sentence light, but still not right

Freedom Editorial T he sentence was mild compared to what some legal experts had predicted; Martha- watchers had thought one year in prison would be the penalty. But Martha Stewart was sentenced Friday to serve five months in prison, five months of house arrest and two years of probation, and given a $30,000 fine. We’ve […]

Clovis gets money to combat crime: Cops and Courts

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The Clovis Police Department will receive $30,185 in federal funds to help fight crime in the city, U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici announced in a press release Thursday. Clovis qualified for the funds because of a high number of violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) in the city, […]

Drug testing for lawmakers proposed

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Most elected officials in eastern New Mexico say they want to learn more, but they support proposed legislation that calls for voluntary drug testing for all elected officials in the state. Sen. Steve Komadina, R-Corrales, introduced the legislation on Wednesday and said results from the voluntary drug tests would be […]

Trade organization asks Air Force to clairfy hemp policy

The Associated Press CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A trade organization is asking the Air Force to clarify that its ban on marijuana use doesn’t apply to personal care products that contain hemp seed oil. The California-based Hemp Industries Association and the Indoor Tanning Association have sent Air Force Secretary James Roche a letter this […]

Traffic amendment a blatant attack on right to free speech

Freedom Newspapers Last week, an important case regarding free-speech rights was argued in federal court in the nation’s capital. Although it attracted little attention, it has the potential to widen the debate about federal drug policy — and has already highlighted the intellectual weakness of the most fervid drug warriors. At issue is the Istook […]

Free flights, new drug give Clovis man hope

Reporter’s Notebook Gary Flintom of Clovis, who was diagnosed Jan. 15 with pancreatic cancer, is being treated in San Antonio, Texas, with a new experimental drug that can shrink tumors 70 to 80 percent, he said Friday. His wife, Shyla, said Rubeticin is the name of the new drug. Gary said he is only the […]

Disbanding task force helps avoid another Tulia

Freedom Newspapers Nearly five years ago, the legal system committed a grave injustice against residents of the Texas Panhandle farming town of Tulia. An undercover lawman’s court testimony — uncorroborated by witnesses or any evidence — led to the arrests on drug charges of more than 40 people, nearly all of them black. It was […]

Judge: Drug court needed

Judge Richard Knowles from Albuquerque said the 2nd Judicial District’s drug court program has a recidivism rate of less than 5 percent. By Darrell Todd Maurina The judicial district covering Curry and Roosevelt counties is one of only three in the state with no type of drug court for nonviolent offenders. Ninth Judicial District Judge […]

Police blotter 2/29

Darrell Todd Maurina Shortly after midnight Feb. 21, police responded to the 100 block of Fireball where a resident reported that door knockers were coming to her house. She also said it appeared someone had been trying to start a fire near her house and showed police a damaged satellite dish in her back yard. […]

Cops and Courts: Two arrested on drug charges

Darrell Todd Maurina The Region V Drug Task Force arrested two people accused of drug trafficking last weekend, Sgt. Jay Longley said. The Clovis Police Department called task force officers to La Quinta Inn on Feb. 20 and arrested Terrance Jones, 21, on a charge of possession with intent to traffic a controlled substance. Jones […]