Candidate profiles — State Senate, District 7

CNJ staff Democrat Robert Frost faces Republican Clint Harden Jr. in the State Senate, District 7 race Name: Robert Frost Occupation: Rancher/farmer, small business owner (Caprock Creek Ranch Adventures) Party: Democrat Age: 62 Hometown: San Jon Wife: Jane Children: two daughters, three granddaughters Hobbies: Community involvement, ranch work and spending time with family Political history: […]

Domenici: Cannon in good shape for BRAC

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Congressman Pete Domenici, center, addressed community leaders about BRAC issues while in town Tuesday. State Sen. Stuart Ingle is on the left. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Tuesday lauded the importance of Cannon Air Force Base to America’s military operations and provided a short yet strong list of reasons […]

Nuttall leaving office late next month

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board Tuesday officially and unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent Neil Nuttall, who will remain under contract through Jan. 31. He said his last day in office will be Nov. 23. He will use the remainder of his vacation and personal days from that point. Nuttall […]

New chief veteran firefighter

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By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Assistant Fire Chief Ray Westerman will be appointed Clovis’ new fire chief on Thursday. “I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Westerman, who will take over for Ron Edwards, who after 31 years in the department will retire on Friday. Westerman, who has been with the Clovis Fire Department […]

Sentencing hearing for child pornographer postponed

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Rocky Fleming, left, appeared with his attorney Jim Wilson for his sentencing Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Sentencing was postponed until Friday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Sentencing for a Clovis man charged with five counts of manufacturing child pornography was postponed on Tuesday because his lawyer did not […]

King, Betty

Betty King Services: Have been held. Betty King, 62, of Clovis died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004 at her home in Clovis. She was born Oct. 3, 1942 to Alton K. and Omega Roberts May in Floydada, Texas. She married Larry Max King in November of 1967 in Texico. She was a supervisor at Levi Strauss […]

God’s trust is two-way street

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I threw down the newspaper in disgust. God, who was sitting in the recliner next to mine watching the baseball playoffs, glanced over. “Relax,” he said, “the campaign will be over in a few days.” “It’s not that,” I said. “Then what?” I handed God the newspaper. He put on his […]

Sometimes God breaks in and surprises us

By Curtis K. Shelburne It’s not the kind of cartoon that makes you fall down and roll in laughter, but the cartoon I saw recently did make me stop, think and whisper a heartfelt, “Amen!” I don’t remember all the specifics and I can’t put my hands on the cartoon itself right now, but as […]

Kerrys’ own tax records put his plan out of place

Freedom Editorial Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry enjoys low taxes — for his family. “According to the Kerrys’ own tax records … the couple had a combined income of $5.51 million last year and paid $704,227 in income taxes,” writes Stephen Moore, president of the Club for Growth, on Oct. 17 at OpinionJournal.com. “That means […]

Political tensions run high as election approaches

Letters to the editor • Sign-stealing not going to sway votes Tension levels high as election approaches Angie Baca and her fellow Democrats are actively campaigning for Kerry by putting up signs. The Bush supporters who are stealing or vandalizing her signs are contributing not a whit to Bush’s re-election. If they spent the same […]

Cannon airman had knack for making others smile

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By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor He was good at mimicry. He always opened the door for his coworkers. And he had a voracious appetite. But what coworkers with Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs remember most about Airman 1st Class Brian Kane was his ability to put a smile on their faces — day […]

Goulish politics: Company says mask sales can predict presidential winner

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Halloween is usually a time for ghosts, ghouls, and other disturbing, gooey things. But this year it’s not just Democrats who think President Bush is scary. According to www.anniescostumes.com, which claims to be the “web’s most complete source for costumes for all holidays and occasions,” Bush masks have outsold […]

Candidate profiles — County Commission, District 4

CNJ staff Republican Albin Smith faces Democrat Gloria Wicker for the District 4 seat on the Curry County Commission. Name: Albin Smith (incumbent) Occupation: dairyman Party: Republican Age: 52 Hometown: Clovis Wife: Sandra Children: four children, four grandchildren Hobbies: Work with Faith Christian Family Church; spend time boating and swimming at Ute Lake Political history: […]

Gonzalez, Adrian Joseph

Adrian Joseph Gonzalez Services: Have been held. Adrian Joseph Gonzalez, 1 year and 8 months old, of Portales, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at his home. He was born on Feb. 1, 2003, in Hobbs, to Erica McDaniel and Jesus Gonzalez. Survivors include his parents; a brother, Malachi McDaniel of Portales; a sister, Lorina Gonzalez […]

Applebee’s hoping to get a building permit

by Eric Butler The latest in a recent wave of national chains to take an interest in Clovis appears to be Applebee’s restaurant. Applebee’s officials would not confirm an expansion to Clovis, but Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon said Applebee’s representatives are hoping to get a building permit this week to build on the north […]

Journalists have right to protect their sources

Freedom Newspapers T he investigation into who leaked the name of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative and wife of former ambassador Joseph Wilson, to the media has resulted in some downright bizarre consequences. Matthew Cooper of Time magazine (who wrote a story critical of the leaking without naming names) and Judith Miller of the New […]

Draft and taxes are unjust impositions

by Tibor Machan When I was a grad student at the University of California-Santa Barbara, the Vietnam crisis was in full force and many of us thought it was wrong for America to be there. No one was attacking us, and it isn’t the task of our military to rescue everyone around the globe. But […]

Politically ignorant people should not vote

by Mona Charen Here they come — the earnest exhortations to get out and vote. You’ll be hearing it from television newscasters, MTV, newspaper ads, radio talk show hosts, weathermen, schoolteachers … you get the idea. Everyone has a duty to vote, they will say. No they don’t. If a person is utterly ignorant about […]

CCC board seeking to fill vacant position

CNJ staff Clovis Community College Board of Trustees member Charlton Guthals has resigned from the board after moving into a home outside the city limits. Guthals was appointed in January 2002 and served until Oct. 13. Guthals was secretary and represented District 2. His term was due to expire in 2007. Guthals said he is […]

Clovis police investigating lottery scam

David Irvin Police are investigating a lottery ticket scam that took one Clovis man for $8,000 earlier this month. A suspect approached Jose Navarro, 63, on Oct. 7 at Clovis’ Wal-Mart claiming to have a winning lottery ticket worth $5 million, but that he could not cash it without a large sum of money. With […]