Legslative roundup: Human Services secretary unveils health-care plans

New Mexican staff Days remaining in session: 53 If at first you don’t succeed… Human Services Secretary Pam Hyde on Monday unveiled her department’s health-care reform plans for this session. The 10-point plan includes an electronic medical records act, a requirement that insurance companies spend 85 percent of premiums on direct services to client, and […]

Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

By Nedra Pickler: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract. Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s […]

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Richardson named commerce secretary

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is becoming an “economic diplomat” in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration and plans to step down as governor after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Lt. Gov. Diane Denish will become New Mexico’s first female governor when Richardson resigns to assume his duties as […]

Secretary of State addresses Boys State

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Secretary of State and acting governor Mary Herrera addresses Boys State delegates at a banquet Wednesday at Eastern New Mexico University. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — New Mexico’s acting governor for the day urged a group of high school students at Eastern New Mexico University to actively […]

Clovis and Portales receive beautification awards

First Lady Barbara Richardson joined Tourism Department Secretary Michael Cerletti Friday (May 9, 2008) in recognizing New Mexico communities and organizations for their efforts at local beautification at the New Mexico Clean & Beautiful Annual Awards ceremony at the State Capitol Building.

State secretary of health visits Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Alfredo Vigil, N.M. Secretary of Health By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Alfredo Vigil, was in Portales on Thursday and Friday looking over the Department of Health offices and speaking with local health care workers. Vigil was appointed as the Secretary of Health in June […]

Rent proposal pitched to Congress

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist Robert M. Gates is the first secretary of defense to live in military housing, an old but spacious 19th century home in a secure Navy compound in the District of Columbia. Gates also could be the last defense chief to live there, practical as it is, unless Congress amends a […]

Air Force secretary talks nuclear reactors

Cannon Air Force Base has been mentioned as a possible home for a nuclear reactor. While that decision seems months away, Air Force officials held an energy forum Monday in Arlington, Va., to talk about a vision for nuclear energy.Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Kevin W. Billings moderated that forum. He spoke with […]

Military must adjust to battle modern enemies

By Freedom New Mexico Several developments during recent days add to the impression, voiced by former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, among others, that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the U.S. military to the breaking point. Fixing it will require a period of surcease from active combat — time to absorb […]

Oct. 3, 1951

Ralph Wright, Assistant Secretary of Labor, Washington D.C., was expected to make a speech at the 28th annual Convention of the New Mexico State Federation of Labor at the Hotel Clovis. … Coffey Texaco Service, located at 700 W. Seventh St., advised readers to “winterize” their cars in a Clovis News-Journal advertisement. … A three-room […]

Special ops transition finalized

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Courtesy photo: Sue Sap, U.S. Air Force The first-of-its-kind MC-130W was presented to Air Force Special Operations Command in a ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., in June of 2006. The highly modified C-130 will replace special operations aircraft lost in combat. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to […]

Aug. 13, 1929

A racing-type plane crashed in Clovis, killing Lt. O.L. Stephens, Thos. E. Scully and Phil Berry. … Chamber of Commerce Secretary Bon Anglin said he received pledges from many cities in support of organizing a “366 Highway Association” for a route running from El Paso through Nebraska. … Mandells Department Store claimed to have “Advance […]

Aug. 4, 1935

Jean Bickley, 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Bickley, narrowly escaped asphyxiation by carbon monoxide while enroute to Clovis from Albuquerque. A leak was thought to have penetrated the floor of the family car. … Gov. Clyde Tingley and Secretary of Agriculture Hensey A. Wallace were surprise guests at the Chamber of Commerce […]

June 13, 1958

Clovis Rotary Club was celebrating its 20th anniversary. Bill Duckworth, Carl Miller and E.J. Frear had attended more than 1,000 meetings since the club’s beginning. … City officials announced Hillcrest Park swimming pool would be open until 9:30 p.m. on Friday nights “as long as the demand warrants.” … Sass Studio at 506 Seventh Street […]

McClure confirmed as higher ed secretary

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — The Senate has confirmed Beverlee McClure as the state’s first secretary of higher education, but several Democrats and Republicans voted against her nomination. A 2005 law created the Higher Education department, which replaced the appointive Commission on Higher Education. McClure served as president of Clovis Community College from […]

Delegation presses for funds

CNJ Staff The New Mexico Congressional Delegation has pressed the secretary of defense to release $13.2 million the group secured last year for a modern fuel storage and distribution system at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from the delegation. The funding was included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Military Quality of […]

Club Notes 7/9

Altrusa Altrusa International of Clovis members met at Muffley’s Back Door for their monthly program. A salad supper was served. New officers were installed: Phyllis Davidson, president; Nancy Taylor, vice president; Jennifer Gomez, recording secretary; Beverly Fitz, corresponding secretary; Glenda Hileman, treasurer; and JoAnn Winslow, Mary Weigl and Amber Folk, directors. Carolyn Muffley conducted the […]

Official: Air Force submitted proposal

CNJ staff The Air Force Special Operations Command is the only agency that has submitted a proposal for the use of Cannon Air Force Base, according to Lt. Col. Gary Jones of Cannon. Despite the lone proposal, “no decision has been made,” in regards to the future of Cannon at this time, said Jones, who […]

Curry County fair secretary resigns

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County Fair secretary Peggy Burns has resigned effectively immediately, the fair board’s president announced at Tuesday’s regular Curry County Commission meeting. Burns had been employed by the fair board for eight years. Curry County Fair Board President Kerry Crist declined to comment on the reason Burns resigned. Attempts […]