Common sense is why Dems hate Bolton

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist In the late 1990s, John Bolton published an article titled “The Creation, Rise and Fall of the United Nations.” If you had read this essay and not witnessed one minute of his confirmation hearings, you would already know that Democrats were going to despise him. Here is Bolton’s take on […]

Portales superintendent in line for state job

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales schools superintendent James Holloway said he will resign at the end of the school year to take a position with the New Mexico Public Education Department in Santa Fe. Holloway will be finishing his eighth year as superintendent of schools in May. The only obstacle remaining with […]

Condoleezza Rice not intimidated by Democrats

Freedom Newspapers Beyond well-phrased generalities, it is difficult to glean from Condoleezza Rice’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just what kind of foreign policy a second Bush administration is likely to pursue — except that it will be what the president wants it to be. Unfortunately, few of the senators questioning the secretary […]

Harden appears Senate winner

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clint Harden will return to the state Senate next month, according to county clerks who participated in a recount of votes involving the Republican incumbent from Clovis and Robert Frost, D-San Jon. State officials said Thursday they’ve not received official results, but the clerks said Harden’s 36-vote lead prior […]

Senate winner expected today

by CNJ staff The Secretary of State’s office will proclaim the winner of the District 7 State Senate race today, putting its stamp of approval on the result of an election that has been too close to call since polls closed Nov. 2. Officials at the Secretary of State’s office said the official canvassing of […]

Several counties wrap up canvasses on deadline

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — John Kerry has picked up more votes in New Mexico as counties finish certifying the results of the Nov. 2 election, but not enough to overcome President Bush’s lead in the state. Kerry picked up 1,424 votes in the state’s most populous county, Bernalillo, and 579 votes in incomplete […]

Harden holding off challenger

By David Irvin Incumbent New Mexico Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, held a 232-vote lead over challenger Robert Frost with 97 percent of the precincts reporting late Tuesday. Harden had 7,913 votes; Frost had 7,681 with 66 of 68 precincts final. If Harden wins, he can credit Curry County where he recorded 76 percent of the […]

Chamber nurtured early Clovis growth

Don McAlavy A lot of people in Clovis today may not remember Bob Spencer. He was manager of the Chamber of Commerce for 25 years, from 1957 to 1982. We have a file of his notes of the history of the chamber, donated to the High Plains Historical Society by his wife Helen in 1983. […]

De Baca commissioners, sheriff resolve some issues

By Ryan Lengrich FORT SUMNER — The De Baca County Commission has agreed to reinstate County Sheriff Gary Graves’ cell phone and credit card under new terms, while lawyers from the two sides will consider dropping pending lawsuits dating back to last year. But the dispute over the need for a sheriff’s secretary remains unresolved. […]

Nursing home in state hands

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer State officials took control of Buena Vista Nursing Home Thursday afternoon after filing a special court petition to put the facility into receivership, a state cabinet secretary said Thursday evening. While three nursing homes are under investigation, so far Buena Vista is the only one state officials have […]

Abuse no reason for Rumsfeld resignation

Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Sometimes a rainbow is reflected in a drop of rain — and sometimes it’s just a muddy mess. The episode at Abu Ghraib certainly revealed the depravity of a few American military personnel. But the reaction to it has revealed character, as well. On the muddy mess front, there is, of […]

Rumsfeld’s fate unimportant, give people some facts

Freedom Newspapers Epitomizing the seriousness of the Abu Ghraib prison-abuse scandal, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was as dour and professional as we’ve ever seen him, as he gave a presentation and answered questions before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday. “These events occurred on my watch as Secretary of Defense,” he said. “I […]

Business Briefs 1/27

Business leaders from around the state will attend Business Day today in Santa Fe at the Eldorado Hotel. Business spokespeople will summarize key issues that will be lobbied for by the New Mexico business community during the 2004 Legislative session. Speakers will include Gov. Bill Richardson, Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, House Minority Leader […]

White House is editing our information

Leonard Pitts Jr. Black people get crappy health care. If this comes as news to you, it’s probably because you haven’t been paying attention. Numerous studies have documented the fact that, regardless of income levels and across a wide range of illnesses, blacks and other minorities have less access to medical treatment and the treatment […]

CCC president is education secretary finalist

By Jack King Dr. Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College, has been selected as one of six finalists for the position of state Secretary of Education, Gov. Bill Richardson’s office announced Wednesday. Gilbert Gallegos, Richardson’s deputy communications director, said five finalists for the position were selected by a committee appointed by the governor to […]

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 […]

Area educators: Secretary will explore new territories

By Darrell Todd Maurina Exactly what the new cabinet-level secretary of education will do hasn’t been decided. But local educators have some ideas of the type of person they’d like to see in that office. A constitutional amendment passed last week by voters requires that the newly-formed Department of Education be “headed by a secretary […]

Meeting to include Veterans’ services secretary

Darrell Todd Maurina The state veterans’ service officer for east central New Mexico hopes for a large turnout at a special Saturday afternoon meeting in Clovis to discuss veterans affairs with the secretary of the state’s Department of Veteran’s Services. “I’ve got 200 chairs and I’d like to have about 300 people,” said John Fondrick, […]

Regional officials puzzled by vote results

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local officials are still scratching their heads and trying to determine what Tuesday’s election results mean for their future. New Mexico voters passed a proposal on Tuesday reorganizing the state department of education and placing it under the authority of the governor, but the outcome of a second vote to increase […]

Amendment 2 still up in air late this morning

By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE – Voters have agreed to put Gov. Bill Richardson in charge of public schools but his proposal to fund his educational agenda was up in the air Wednesday. Changes in vote totals from some New Mexico counties caused the closely contested money issue to flipflop throughout the morning. The latest […]