Hopkins, Russell

Russell Hopkins Services: Have been held. Russell Hopkins, 75, of Tulsa, Okla., died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He was born on June 6, 1929, in Alex, Okla., to Don and Bertle (Ashlock) Hopkins. He was a livestock inspector for the State of Oklahoma for 26 years. He retired in […]

Elections were critically important victory

Freedom Newspapers Only the most naive optimist would believe Sunday’s historic elections in Iraq mark the end of bloodshed and hardship in that war-torn land. But only the most stone-hearted pessimist would disdain the spectacle of millions of Iraqis lining up to vote and dancing in the streets as insignificant. Iraq indeed passed a crucial […]

Johnny Carson: Quintessentially human

Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist Johnny Carson was perhaps the greatest comic craftsman in American popular entertainment. But this is not to say he was in any way parochial. Indeed, being a master comic in America is being a master comic of the modern world. Carson’s genius was, in part, to forge a link with millions […]

Hillary Clinton has gone moderately soft

Mona Charen: CNJ columnist A little immigration reform here, a little religion in the public square there, a little gentle talk about common ground on abortion — and what have you got? The birth of a new, moderate Hillary Clinton, announces the press. “Democratic Party appears to be getting softer on reproductive rights,” headlined a […]

Rierson, Beaulah

Beaulah Rierson Services: Have been held. Beaulah (Bea) Belle Rierson, 85, of Tulia, Texas, died Dec. 31, 2004, at Tulia Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born May 12, 1919, in Denton County, Texas, to Willard and Effie Stanley. She moved to Clovis a few years after her birth. She was married to Frank N. […]

Helmer, J.W.

J.W. Helmer Services: Have been held. J. W. Helmer, 82, of Clovis, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Walters, Okla., to Bessie Pearl and Lewis Edward Helmer. His family moved to the Richland, Texas, community when he was 2 years old. He […]

Hanks, Don B.

Don B. Hanks Services: Have been held. Don B. Hanks, 66, of Clovis, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born Dec. 22, 1938, in Mart, Texas to Roy C. and Dorothy J. Hanks. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1958. He worked for the Santa Fe […]

Dirickson, Joseph

Joseph Dirickson Services: Have been held. Joseph Duane “Joe” Dirickson, 20, of Huntsville, Texas, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 21, 1984, to Duane and Mary Quiteria Martinez Dirickson in Midland, Texas. He was a member of First Christian Church in Huntsville. He is survived by his father, Duane […]

Baker, Essie

Essie Baker Services: Have been held. Essie Baker, 90, of Portales, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Aug. 2, 1914, to Nancy and Chester Lee Dement. She graduated from Portales High School. She married Arlon Baker on Aug. 5, 1933. She raised her children in Portales. […]

Q and A with all school board election candidates

Editor’s note: The Clovis Municipal School Board election in District 1 has five candidates. Max Best, Romardo Lopez, Frank Muscato, Bonnie Mendoza and Peter Zamie will vie for the seat in Tuesday’s election. District 1 covers the city’s northeast portion. Candidates were asked to respond to the following questions in about 75 words or less. […]

Retired officer served on base closure commission in 1995

Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Retired Maj. Gen. Josue “Joe” Robles Jr. served on the eight-member Base Realignment and Closure Commission during the last round of base closures in 1995. The San Antonio, Texas, resident and chief financial officer of USAA Financial Services talked about his experience on the commission and how the BRAC process […]

Seven vie for two school board seats

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CNJ staff Clovis residents will choose two school board members Tuesday and decide whether to prolong a property tax to fund maintenance and building in the school district. Grady and Melrose will vote on board elections and a property tax. In Texico, board openings are uncontested and the property tax question will not be on […]

Attorney general loyal to U.S., not president

Freedom Newspapers Attorney Gen.-designate Alberto Gonzales will in all likelihood be approved this week by the Senate, which can certainly be justified. A president is permitted a certain latitude in appointing the members of the Cabinet, and this president has a solid majority in the Senate. And there is a certain double standard in arguing […]

It’s firklytootling time again in Santa Fe

Bob Huber: CNJ columnist In case you haven’t noticed, the Legislature is firklytootling again up north, which brings to mind a political alert for all citizens of New Mexico: “Stay in the roundhouse, Nellie. The senator can’t corner you there.” I had occasion to spend several character-building years in that round building we call the […]

Health insurance will cost reservists

Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Thirty years ago, Congress decided the nation could no longer afford to offer military volunteers a robust draft-era GI Bill, so it concocted VEAP, the most unpopular veterans’ education benefit of the last century. Last year Congress decided the nation couldn’t afford to open active duty TRICARE benefits to all drilling […]

Rodriguez, Sally

Sally Rodriguez Services: A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Sally Rodriguez, 68, of Portales, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Dec. 22, 1936, in Artesia, to Victoria and Trinilado Rodriguez. She grew up in the Artesia area. In 1965 she moved to […]

Ivey, Rex

Rex Ivey Services: 4 p.m. (CST) today at Resthaven’s Abbey Chapel in Lubbock. Rex Allen Ivey, 65, of Clovis, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Dec. 23, 1939, in Pettit, Texas, to Bervel and Mildred Ivey. He married Linda Sue Baer on Sept. 18, 1965. He […]

Greenlee, Vernon

Dr. Vernon Greenlee Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cope Memorial Chapel in Farmington. Dr. Vernon Greenlee, 83, of Farmington, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. He was born on July 28, 1921, in Clara, Mont., to John G. and Alice Greenlee. He graduated from Pacific University with a […]

Coslett, Hugh

Hugh Coslett Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mr. Hugh Coslett, 92, of Portales, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Aug. 7, 1912, in Okmulgee, Okla., to Ollie and John Coslett. He grew up in Oklahoma. He moved to Tucumcari and […]

Bradley, Rob

Rob Bradley Services: 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Education Complex at Texico High School. Mr. Rob Bradley, 46, of Texico, a rancher/cattle trader, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Dec. 12, 1958, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. He graduated from Texico High School […]