Sept. 7, 2008 Anniversaries

Bookout J.W. and Barbara Bookout of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday at the home of their son and daughter-in-law in Clovis. The celebration was hosted by their children and grandchildren. The couple was married Sept. 5, 1958, in Bethal. They have four children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is a retired auto […]

Bookout reaches plea deal

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout entered a no-contest plea Friday morning to a felony charge of tampering with public records. She will serve 12 months unsupervised probation, according to her attorney. Under the terms of the agreement, Bookout must resign as county treasurer immediately. Bookout was indicted in February […]

Bookout’s pretrial hearing postponed

CNJ staff A pretrial hearing in Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout’s public records tampering case has been postponed, according to court officials. The hearing was scheduled for today. A new hearing date has not been set, a clerk with the 9th Judicial District Court said Monday. It is unclear if the delay will effect the […]

County treasurer’s trial set for September

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout and her attorney Gary Mitchell listen as District Attorney Matt Chandler addresses the court Friday during a pre-trial hearing at the Curry County Courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

five residents plan bids for Commission seats

CNJ staff Four Curry County residents have announced their bids for two County Commission seats up for election in November. County commission seats for District 3, 4 and 5 and the county clerk and treasurer seats are up for election. Also up for election are three state senate and state representative spots to represent the […]

Treasurer not required to resign

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout is not required to resign after being indicted Friday on the charge of tampering with public records, according to the New Mexico Association of Counties. Though she has elected to go on administrative leave, she is still county treasurer, said Steve Kopelman, general counsel […]

County treasurer accused of tampering with public records

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout surrendered herself to law enforcement Friday afternoon after she was indicted on the charge of tampering with public records By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout was indicted Friday on the charge of tampering with public records, a fourth-degree felony, according […]

Two more searches in county fair fund investigation

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer The offices of the Curry County attorney and treasurer were searched Thursday by state police in connection with unaccounted for Curry County Fair funds, according to two search warrants filed in Curry County Magistrate Court. The warrant for County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout’s office specified officers were looking for “all […]

County taxes due today

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Today is the last day Curry County property owners can pay the second half of 2006 property taxes without interest or penalties. The first half was due Nov. 10 and taxpayers had until Dec. 10 to make on-time payments, many paying their taxes in full, according to Curry County […]

County seeks $1 million in back taxes

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The computer printout of delinquent taxpayers in Curry County is an inch thick and 119 pages long — which constitutes roughly 1 percent of property owners. Among them, they are responsible for 10 percent of the county tax role — or a little more than $1 million. Curry County Manager […]

County brings in extra revenue

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County has a little more spending money this year, according to official reports. County Assessor Randy Williams reported Tuesday that the overall taxable property value increased by 4.73 percent from last year. He said the bulk of the increase can be traced to new housing and residential additions […]

Bookout wins treasurer’s race

CNJ STAFF Republican Rhonda Bookout pulled ahead of Democrat Rachel Toney late Tuesday and easily won the Curry County treasurer’s race. Bookout received 7,749 votes to 6,005 for Toney. The race was close most of the evening and Toney was leading early, but Bookout pulled away when absentee and early-voting ballots were counted. Bookout said […]

Candidate profie: Rhonda Bookout

•Republican Rhonda Bookout faces Democrat Rachel Toney in the Curry County treasurer’s race. Current treasurer Linda Hall is retiring at the end of the year. Name: Rhonda Bookout Occupation: Clerical worker Political party affiliation: Republican Birth date: March 4, 1953 Hometown: Clovis Family: Married to Lance Bookout for 16 years; one daughter, Sarah; one son-in-law, […]

Bookout wins treasurer nomination

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Curry County Republicans decided Tuesday by a two-to-one margin that Rhonda Bookout will be their candidate to face chief deputy treasurer Rachel Toney in November’s race for county treasurer. According to election tallies, Bookout received 1,953 votes compared to 970 votes for her Republican primary opponent, Beni A. […]

Treasurer race about different experiences

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of question and answer sessions with county office candidates. The county treasurer’s duties include collecting taxes in the county and maintaining a bond fund account and a general fund account. The treasurer also is responsible for the safekeeping, disbursement and […]