Kerry, Edwards focus on envy, not improvement

Freedom Editorial To put a twist on Bill Clinton’s internal slogan during his 1992 campaign, the Kerry-Edwards economic policy seems to be “it’s the envy, stupid.” They’re running on the “Two Americas” theme that Sen. Edwards followed to defeat in the Democratic primaries. With a strong economic recovery barreling the Bush administration toward the November […]

Lying a recreational sport for presidents

By Steve Chapman On his first day campaigning as John Kerry’s running mate, John Edwards put on his most sincere expression and informed a crowd in Cleveland, “I can tell you one thing you can take to the bank: He will always tell the truth to the American people.” I don’t greatly resent politicians who […]

Kerry blundered in choosing VP candidate

CNJ Editorial Perhaps the job itself is not worth a bucket of warm spit, as one of FDR’s vice presidents, John Nance Garner, so famously said. But consider the vice presidents in the last half of the 20th century who went on to become president: Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush. In […]

Fireworks fun, but menace to police

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The Jackpot can reach upwards of 40 feet in the air. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent In the world of fireworks, the Jackpot is just that for both pyrotechnic aficionados and sellers of the products this year. Priced around $35, the multiple-shot rocket has a cannon-sized body and is what […]

Kathy Edwards shares life, memories

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the life and times of Kathy Edwards. Her report will conclude next Wednesday. “I was born in Roswell,” said Kathy Edwards, “because where my parents homesteaded in DeBaca County, Roswell had the closest doctor. My Daddy was L. W. Barnhill, coming to New Mexico […]

Portales banker remembers Reagan as sincere during train layover in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers For Ronald Reagan, it was an early-morning layover at a small train station in Clovis. For a 20-something ticket agent, the Cold War-era words they exchanged are still memorable 42 years later. “We just talked about a lot of things,” said Dennis Edwards, now the president of Wells-Fargo Bank in […]

Edwards, Robbie

Robbie Edwards Services: Have been held. Mrs. Robbie Booher Edwards, 90, of Clovis, died Monday, June 7, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Aug. 9, 1913, in Gainsville, Cook County, Texas, to James Schuyler and Ella May Moon Booher. She married Everett Edwards on Nov. 12, 1932, in Clovis. […]

Congress ready to SBP offset at 62

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A quarter of a million surviving spouses of military retirees have moved two steps closer to seeing a dreaded drop in survivor benefits, which occurs at age 62, be phased out over the next decade. As the House and Senate in mid-March set spending ceilings for fiscal 2005, surviving spouses […]

Blind man flees blaze

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T.J. Chevette gets medical attention from the Clovis Fire Department as he waits to be transported from 1317 N. Oak St. to PRMC Tuesday. Chevette was home at the time of the fire but managed to escape through a window. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina A blind man managed to make […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Firefighters ride to the rescue

By Darrell Todd Maurina After Lynn Madera and her husband worked all evening March 2 to help another person pack a trailer they were moving to Arizona, she put her 33-month-old daughter in their car seat with the engine running — and then found the doors were locked with no spare key available. “So here […]

Seliger captures GOP candidacy

CNJ STAFF Texas Sen. Kel Seliger, District 31, will be the Republican candidate for his seat in the Nov. 2 general election. He beat Kirk Edwards and other Republican candidates on Tuesday. He will run against Democrat Elaine King Miller, who was previously defeated in an earlier election. With 217 of 235 precincts reporting at […]

Weather no problem at ag expo

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS PORTALES — Vendors promoting a bevy of products to help endorse, maximize and reinvent the business of agriculture closed their booths and headed home on Wednesday as the New Mexico Ag Expo came to an end. Organizers say the event that started on Tuesday with a light, wind-driven snow and ended on a […]

12th annual Ag Expo begins in Portales

By Tony Parra PORTALES — The 12th Annual Ag Expo is right around the corner and people from around the United States will showcase this country’s agriculture at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Monday through Wednesday. The festivities for the Ag Expo range from quilting and cooking to tractor shows and dairy cattle. “It draws people […]

Seliger takes close Texas senate election

CNJ STAFF Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, defeated Kirk Edwards, R-Odessa, by an 8-percent margin with 95 percent of precincts reporting in the Texas District 31 special runoff election Tuesday. Seliger will complete the term of former Sen. Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo, who recently was appointed ambassador to Sweden by President Bush. District 31 covers the top of […]

Local Roundup 2/17

Staff reports Texas runoff election takes place today The runoff election in Texas District 31 between Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and Kirk Edwards, R-Odessa, is today. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CST) The election is to fill the vacant seat of resigning Sen. Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo, who recently was appointed ambassador […]

Fire totals barn

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Flames shoot out of a barn that caught fire on Jones Street between 10th and 11th streets in northwest Clovis on Sunday. Five trucks responded to the blaze and authorities said the cause is still under investigation. (CNJ Staff Photo: Loretta Kos) By Ryan Lengerich Dorothy Frohnhoner was driving down Clovis’ Jones Street on Sunday […]

Kerry takes five states

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Chad Barnes, a registered Democrat of Pleasant Hill, casts his vote in Tuesday’s New Mexico Caucus at the Bruce King building in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry rolled up big victories and a pile of delegates in five states including New Mexico on Tuesday night. His […]

Caucus is a new circus with the same clowns

Editorial Anyone who couldn’t understand why former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the one-time front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, received a paltry 18 percent vote in the Iowa caucuses need only to have listened to the candidate after his third-place finish. Dean, red-faced and determined, shook his arms, pointed, and vowed to fight state after […]

No winner declared in Texas election

By Michelle Seeber No winner was decided Tuesday in the Texas special senate election to replace resigning Sen. Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, received the highest number of votes with 34 percent but failed to obtain the required 50-percent-plus-one to win the election outright. Seliger and contender Kirk Edwards, R-Odessa, who earned 22 percent […]

Late 3-pointer ends Hounds’ winning streak

CNJ STAFF WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Cer Edwards’ 3-pointer with four seconds left on Saturday lifted Southwestern Oklahoma past Eastern New Mexico University 51-49 in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game. Edwards’ 3-pointer was the Bulldogs’ only field goal in the final six minutes. SWOSU (10-4) dominated early, fell behind by nine points with 15 […]