Reagan ideas inspirational

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ Staff Writer Cheryl Gist was inspired by Ronald Reagan as far back as 1976. A Muleshoe High School teacher in her early 30s, she was so inspired she organized a group of about 10 students she called the “Young Republicans.” Reagan lost the Republican Primary to Gerald Ford that year, but […]

Area citizens react to loss of Ronald Reagan

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Mary Lewis said she never missed a Ronald Reagan movie. The 77-year-old Texico resident praised the former president. “I just loved him, he was just so handsome and such a good actor,” she said. “He was a wonderful president and a loving husband.” Reagan, the nation’s 40th president, died […]

Even to critics, Reagan was larger than life

By Thomas M. DeFrank: New York Daily News WASHINGTON — Camp Liberty Bell, South Korea, 1983. Ronald Reagan is saddling up after a quick visit to the demilitarized zone, where he has just stared through goggles across the barren border between the two Koreas at a Potemkin village to the north and dismissed it as […]

Fort Sumner man charged in wife’s death

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Fort Sumner man was charged Friday with an open count of murder in the death of his wife, then attempted suicide while in police custody, an official with the New Mexico State Police said. Jose Garcia, 48, is being held at the Quay County Detention Center in Tucumcari […]

Chamber of commerce honors pioneer women

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Frances Nolan and Lola Starbuck were in Clovis in the 1920s, lived through the good times at the Hotel Clovis, watched its demise and now look forward to watching their great-grandchildren grow. For Nolan, decades of farm life made the 7 a.m. kick-off time for the Pioneer Women of the […]

Balloon show to take place as scheduled

CNJ staff Two hot air balloon shows were canceled Saturday due to weather, but this morning’s ascension will go off as scheduled, weather permitting of course. The Bank of Clovis Balloon Jamboree balloon ascension at a site north of the Plains Regional Medical Center is slated for 6 a.m. this morning. Saturday morning’s launch was […]

Ronald Reagan dies at age 93

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Nancy Reagan cradles the Reagans’ pet, a King Charles spaniel named Rex, as she and President Ronald Reagan stroll along the White House South lawn in this December 1986 file photo. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook) Jeff Wilson and Terence Hunt: The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Ronald Reagan, the cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to […]

Pay raise passes by police

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioners approved pay raises for city workers at their regular meeting Thursday, but excluded, for now, those city police officers who have signed a petition to form a union. Clovis Police Officers Association representative Randall M. Harris told the commissioners it was a “travesty” not to include […]

Portales teen takes Miss Rodeo Queen New Mexico

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Brittany Bennett, of Portales, and recently crowned 2005 Miss Rodeo New Mexico-Elect, is congratulated by judge Dick Reason, of Tucson, Ariz., at the Miss Rodeo New Mexico Pageant luncheon and coronation Thursday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Brittany Bennett likens rodeos to family reunions. Unlike many sports, camaraderie often […]

Teen charged with first-degree murder

Staff and wire reports PORTALES — A Roosevelt County grand jury has indicted a Portales teenager on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a Portales woman. Richard Baca, 18, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19. Her body was found in the back yard of the house where Baca […]

‘Dances with Wolves’ author tells his rags-to-riches story

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers He was homeless for a year, lived in a garage for awhile, slept on a lot of friends’ couches. The life of a Hollywood screen writer is not all glamour. Michael Blake, 58, a former Eastern New Mexico University student best known as the author of “Dances with Wolves,” told […]

Outgoing, incoming DAs plan to cooperate

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Both the incoming and outgoing district attorneys said they want to make the next seven months an effective transition period. Incumbent 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said he hasn’t yet called his successful challenger, Matt Chandler, but will consult with him as the time comes near for […]

Reserves key budget concern for board

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School Board gave tentative approval Wednesday night to a $44.9 million budget for the upcoming school year, but several members objected to a spending plan that could cut the district’s cash reserves by as much as $500,000. Board member Mark Lansford asked Maxine Hinderliter, the […]

‘Reresupper’ stumps spelling bee contender

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Zack Gillooly and several modern-day dictionaries had something in common Wednesday morning: None of them recognized the word “reresupper.” Zack, representing the eastern New Mexico region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., lost in the first speaking round after misspelling the word by one letter, using […]

Kernan rolls in District 42 primary

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Gay Kernan’s hard work is done. The Hobbs school teacher defeated William Palmer, a Lovington oil man, on Tuesday in the state’s primary by a 60-40 percent margin to seal the Senate District 42 seat. It was Kernan’s first election victory. She was appointed to her current seat by former […]

DA race piques voter interest

By Eric Butler: CNJ CORRESPONDENT The combination of the availability of an alternate early voting site with the interest sparked by the district attorney’s race sent more Republicans to the polls in 2004 than the previous primary election. For the Democratic Party, where only one race was contested — State Senate District 7 — significantly […]

Company denies problem with voting program

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER Elections officials in two other New Mexico counties and a computer specialist with the state Bureau of Elections reported problems Wednesday with Insight voting machines similar to the problems Curry County officials encountered Tuesday night. A new state law requires county officials to report vote totals by precinct and […]

County facing budget crisis

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER County Manager Geneva Cooper told county commissioners Tuesday a preliminary county budget does not include raises for county employees. “When we get the final budget, if we have enough money, we can look at that,” she said. Commissioners approved a preliminary budget at the meeting that shows county expenditures […]

How they voted: Election results

CNJ staff The following represents unnofficial totals based on information obtained from the Secretery of State Web site and the Curry and Roosevelt County courthouses. President of the United States: Republican • (I) George W. Bush — 26,354 votes. United States Representative, District 3: Democrat • (I) Tom Udall — 26,944 votes. Republican • Gregory […]

Chandler crushes Carter

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Matt Chandler talks on his cell phone as he looks at election results on the computer during Tuesday’s primary election at the Curry County Courthouse. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties chose youth over experience in electing Matthew Chandler as their new district attorney. Chandler earned roughly […]