Seniors may have to lie down for new bed tax

David Arkin A House committee’s move on Sunday that one local lawmaker called “an example of the worst kind of government” could implement an $8.82 fee per occupied bed in nursing homes across New Mexico. The move is projected to raise about $22.5 million in state money. Because of the money the state would raise […]

School board needs to change confusing policy

Freedom Newspapers Some Clovis school teachers want to wear blue jeans to class, but school administrators won’t let them. The differences recently created headlines for a couple of days. In a way, the issue is almost too trivial for extended debate. But it has focused attention on a far more serious — and longer-lasting — […]

Emergency Management wants Air Force members

Reporter’s Notebook As a retired member of the Air Force, Ken De Los Santos of the Curry County Emergency Management Committee wants to make sure newcomers to Cannon Air Force Base know how to handle disasters — and he wouldn’t mind a few military members signing up as committee volunteers. To accomplish both goals, De […]

Texas area to vote on new senator today

By Michelle Seeber CNJ STAFF WRITER michelle_seeber@link.freedom.com Texas voters in Senate District 31 will cast their votes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today to determine who will replace resigning Sen. Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo, who recently was appointed by President Bush to be the new ambassador to Sweden. There are seven candidates vying for the […]

Hobbs teacher wants to keep Senate seat

By Michelle Seeber Sen. Gay G. Kernan, R-Hobbs, is a school teacher who favors higher pay for teachers. But she disagrees with one provision of new legislation aimed at achieving that goal. Kernan was in Clovis and Portales on Monday, announcing her plans to seek election to the District 42 seat. She faces June primary […]

NMAA realigns small classes

By Eric Butler The New Mexico Activities Association has scrapped its controversial alignment for prep athletics. Class 1A and 2A will be realigned for the 2004-05 school year. The larger schools will be realigned the following year. The new alignment-classification plan approved by the NMAA’s board of directors Wednesday is similar to one in Montana […]

State bases gain support to stay open

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Retired Rear Adm. Paul K. Arthur, Deputy to the Commanding General at White Sands Missile Range, is silhouetted as he writes summary information at Thursday’s New Mexico Military Base Commission meeting at Clovis Community College. CNJ:Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina New Mexico’s military bases have a good shot at remaining open despite an upcoming […]

Cannon AFB honors ‘Doc’

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates knew Doc Stewart was popular at the highest levels of the Air Force. So when Cannon decided to host a reception for Stewart on Friday evening, Yates asked 15 Air Force generals formerly connected to Cannon to write letters he could read […]

Governor honors one of Clovis’ own

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Doc Stewart laughs along with his wife Martha as they listen to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson talk about Stewart’s service to the Clovis community Thursday at the city commission meeting. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson told an audience at Clovis’ City Commission meeting Thursday that when he was a […]

Thanks, Doc, for 7 decades of dedication

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico One of eastern New Mexico’s more prominent citizens will receive a public thank-you today. Few are more deserving than Doc Stewart. The longtime area car dealer and Committee of Fifty member will be recognized at a reception — open to all — from 6 to 8 p.m. today at The […]

Local community leader honored

By Jack King Mayor David Lansford and the Clovis City Commission will declare Friday “Doc Stewart Day” at the City Commission meeting at 5:15 p.m. today in the North Annex of Carver-Curry Public Library. Gov. Bill Richardson plans to attend the commission meeting to recognize Stewart’s many efforts on behalf of the community, his office […]

Secretary of education selected

By Jack King Area educators on Thursday applauded Gov. Bill Richardson’s selection of Veronica C. Garcia as state secretary of education. Garcia, an Albuquerque resident, a native New Mexican, and the executive director of the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators, has seen the state’s education system from all levels, they said. “I think we […]

Church celebrates 50 years of serving turkey

By Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — Forty roasted turkeys, 24 tubs of dressing, 250 pumpkin pies, 80 gallons of green beans, 500 apples, 100 stalks of celery and 14 gallons of cranberry sauce. Sounds like enough to feed an army — or about 1,400-plus hungry people expected to attend the 50th annual First United Methodist Church […]

Expansion of state’s sex offender laws squelched

Staff and wire reports House Democrats have squelched Republican attempts to get an expansion of the state’s sex offender registration law on the special session calendar. A House committee ruled Tuesday that toughening the state’s so-called Megan’s Law could not be considered in the session. Then, by a 35-28 vote on the House floor, Democrats […]

Preliminary list for education secretary formed

By Jack King A committee charged with picking “approximately five” candidates for the state Secretary of Education has prepared a preliminary list, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Richardson said on Thursday. Catherine Miller, Richardson’s deputy chief of staff, said the committee has not yet presented the five names to the governor because it is still […]

Club Notes for Week of 10/19

BPO DOES Clovis Drove No. 108 held a regular meeting on Oct. 9 with President Kaye Parrish presiding. The charter was draped in memory of long-time member Marie Reichenborn who recently died. The drove voted to donate $20 to the Pikes Peak Hospice in her memory. Parrish will be representing the drove at the upcoming […]

Melrose preparing for celebration of a centennial

By Jack King A committee in Melrose is seeking donations and volunteers to help it beautify the village’s Baxter Memorial Park. In preparation for Melrose’s 100th anniversary celebration in August 2005, the committee is putting in new plants and flowers, and building benches, tree boxes and playground equipment. The Melrose Rotary Club has even donated […]

Surprise: Clovis is packin’

By Darrell Todd Maurina People who like to speed near Glenarm Drive and Arciniega Drive will soon be in for a surprise. Responding to complaints from neighbors whose children walk to Zia Elementary School, Clovis police have agreed to issue residents a radar gun they can use to report drivers exceeding the posted 25 mph […]

Habitat for Humanity picks up Clovis-area volunteers

By Gary Mitchell Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties picked up an additional seven or eight volunteers from the Clovis area during Tuesday’s orientation meeting in Curry County. “We were given a lot on Hinkle Street,” said Sandra Hidalgo, vice president of the local Habitat for Humanity. “We thought it would benefit Habitat, […]

Senate Democrats use same old plays to hinder candidate

Freedom Newspapers Miguel Estrada meet Mike Leavitt: Utah’s governor is the latest political football to be kicked around Capitol Hill by Senate Democrats hoping to score a few points with their key constituencies, and chip away at the president’s policies and popularity. Estrada, as readers will recall, was a Bush administration selection for the federal […]