Governor touts tougher DWI initiative

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Gov. Bill Richardson announces his public safety plan Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson was in town Thursday to speak with local citizens and officials about his 2005 public safety plan and legislative proposals. He arrived at the Clovis-Carver Library about 2 […]

Governor pushes for film industry growth

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Gov. Bill Richardson, right, talks with Jim Keith, seated, after a press conference Wednesday during the Clovis/Curry County Chamber luncheon at the Holiday Inn. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he had a big announcement to make about a feature film set for production in […]

Governor to speak on economic development

CNJ staff New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is expected to talk economics and praise a film being shot in the area during a Wednesday Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce meeting. The meeting will be at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn on 2700 E. Mabry Dr. The public is invited. The governor will arrive at […]

A state with no one in the driver’s seat

Ned Cantwell Few New Mexicans are aware of the crisis this state faced just last week during the Republican National Convention. We were a state adrift at sea, a state with no firm grasp on the tiller, a state with no one in the driver’s seat, a state suffering from any number of similar clichés. […]

Reality is reality; you can accept it or not

Leonard Pitts Jr. Save your pity for McGreevey family James McGreevey is not a hero. That’s the first thing we need to get straight. To the contrary, press reports on the embattled New Jersey governor detail an administration so steeped in corruption that one feels a distinct need to wash one’s hands after reading them. […]

A day in the life of Bill Richardson

By Ned Cantwell Journalists are, I suppose, part nosey, part curious, part political groupie, and part, according to the estimation of most people I know, pain in the butt. Something in that recipe was the magnet that drew me to Ruidoso Village Hall last week to watch Gov. Bill Richardson’s Traveling Democracy Show. It was […]

Governor welcomes donation

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Thursday’s magic number was 7,000. That’s 7,000 Dollar General stores for the Nashville-based chain; a $7,000 prize giveaway for customers; and a $7,000 donation from Clovis’ newest retail store to Clovis Community College’s adult basic literacy program. One company CEO, one New Mexico governor and about 200 people were on […]

Forget the Zia, salute the slot machine

Ned Cantwell: Guest Columnist Here’s what we need to do: Can the Zia sun symbol. Give it a special corner at the state museum to represent what New Mexico once stood for. Relegate it to remember-when status. Look, it’s only a matter of time before the ACLU gets wind of the Zia, anyway. The symbol, […]

Governor to visit Clovis dollar store

CNJ Staff Gov. Bill Richardson is scheduled to be in Clovis at 9 a.m. today for a news conference marking the grand opening of a Dollar General Store. The Clovis store, at 21st and Prince streets, is one of 11 Dollar General Stores in New Mexico. The company plans to have 30 stores open and […]

Richardson gets a lesson from Cantwell

Were Gov. Bill Richardson to hand pick me for his press staff, he and I would sit down and have a long talk. Just suppose the governor did that. He won’t, of course, because he has already depleted the staffs at the Albuquerque Journal and Duke City TV outlets, plus he’s got Billy Sparks. But […]

Former N.M. Lt. gov. still a part of politics

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — He may not be lieutenant governor anymore, but that doesn’t mean Clovis native Walter Bradley isn’t playing a key role in shaping New Mexico’s future and his political career. Believe it or not, the 57-year-old Bradley, who lost his bid for governor in the 2002 primary, is right […]

Governor Richardson to visit Clovis

CNJ STAFF Gov. Bill Richardson will hold town hall meetings in Clovis and Portales today. He will be in Clovis at 2:30 p.m. in the Bert Cabiness City Government Center (City Hall), 321 Connelly St., said Richardson spokeswoman Marsha Catron. He will be in Portales at 4 p.m. in the Portales City Hall, 100 W. […]

Governor kicks out base planning commissioner

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque businessman Sherman McCorkle has been dismissed from the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. Gov. Bill Richardson’s office told McCorkle by telephone Wednesday that his services were no longer needed. McCorkle helped lead a 1995 effort to save Kirtland Air Force Base from cuts. McCorkle says the governor’s […]

What is Rush and Gov. Bill’s real story?

Ned Cantwell Who says the Hatfields and McCoys can’t get along? Think Israel will never come to terms with Palestinians? Think again. The war between the sexes will soon end. Ted Kennedy and Newt Gingrich will go fishing together. Texas Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight is going to write a book called “My 10 Favorite […]

CCC pres to head up education task force

By Michelle Seeber Dr. Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College, has been named vice chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education, Pahl Shipley, a spokesman for Gov. Bill Richardson, said Friday. A news conference announcing the formation of the task force was held Friday afternoon at the Capitol in Santa Fe with […]

Overreactions can get people in trouble

Ned Cantwell Newspaper junkies can’t pass a row of racks without sticking in a handful of quarters. Serious print addicts have been known to pick up classified throwaways and spend the lunch hour reading about used refrigerators. There’s a reason for this. Read long enough and deep enough and you uncover wonderful nuggets not likely […]

Internet exclusive caucus analysis

By David Arkin It’s official: New Mexico made history Tuesday night. Now whether or not that history is worth repeating in four years is debatable. New Mexico held its first Democratic caucus on Tuesday, and the newness was clear statewide. Voting problems arose in small and large communities alike. Voting problems aren’t anything new to […]

Governor supports Cannon

By David Arkin New Mexico military bases, including Cannon Air Force Base, received the support of the state’s top boss on Wednesday to develop projects that would help keep the bases thriving. Lawmakers from across the state and local leaders also pitched their support for plans to improve roads and projects at the Clovis base. […]

Capitol Clippings 1/21

By David Arkin And they’re off. Gov. Bill Richardson helped kick off the 30-day legislative session with his State of the State address Tuesday in Santa Fe. The governor touched on a variety of issues during his speech, including DWI legislation, an early childhood education program and cuts to taxes on food and medical services. […]

Big Bill is in for fight with legislators

By Ned Cantwell The Bill is in for a fight this time. He might as well try to pry raw steak from a rabid dog’s mouth. Bill Richardson is the best politician we’ve seen in New Mexico. Smooth as a Dairy Queen frosty and just about as cool. Some call him Rapid Bill, that moniker […]