Frost: La Mesa injuction “desperate”

Thomas Garcia La Mesa Racetrack and Casino at Raton filed for an injunction to halt the application process for the state’s last racing license, a move that Quay County Gaming Authority officials are calling frivolous. “This is their last desperate effort to stop the application process,” said Warren Frost, executive director of the Quay County […]

New racetrack announcement due Monday

The New Mexico Racing Commission meets on Monday and will announce its choice for the state’s newest racetrack and casino.

Quay promoters make pitch for racetrack, casino

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte a crowd of about 1,200 people attended the hearing on a proposed ‘racino’ at the Tucumcari Convention Center Thursday. By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — Coronado Park Racetrack and Casino will outpace its competition 2-to-1, promoters for the proposed Tucumcari project said Thursday. Don Chalmers, majority owner of […]

Racing commissioner has Clovis ties

Eddie Fowler of Ruidoso is vice chairman of the New Mexico Racing Commission, which will be in Tucumcari on Thursday to hear a proposal for a racetrack and casino.

Don’t forget the taxpayers

While most of the money needed to build and operate a proposed racetrack and casino in Tucumcari will come from private investors, Quay County taxpayers have not been forgotten.

Tucumcari wants to go racin’

Thursday will be a big day for Tucumcari. That’s when the New Mexico Racing Commission comes to town for a 5:30 p.m. meeting at the Tucumcari Convention Center, where it will hear investors’ proposal for a racetrack and casino.

Gambling not always a good bet

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist There was some news from the Mescalero Nation last week: Gambling revenues are up a bit at their casino near Ruidoso.

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack offers more than racing

Freedom Newspapers “And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more […]

Day Trip: Ruidoso Downs Race Track

“And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more gambling fun […]

State should gamble future on better things

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Stay out of our bedrooms, you busybody feds. While you’re at it, stay out of our kitchens, and living rooms, and workplaces. Most of all, keep your grubby hands off our casinos. If we want a giant jackpot machine beckoning visitors as they cross into our state on I-25 or […]

N.M. gambling doesn’t need franchising

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Not counting illegal wagers at Sunday-afternoon cockfights, there are about four major outlets for New Mexico gambling, an industry that claims to be a sure bet for just about everyone. You can try your luck at the racetracks. This, however, is a painfully slow way to lose your money. It […]

Armed men hit Farwell casino

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Two men with handguns robbed The Winner’s Touch casino in Farwell about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Police Chief Robert Achterberg said in a news release. Achterberg said it was the second time in five days the casino at 301 Ave. A was held up. Achterberg said two armed suspects entered […]

Tucumcari hoping for race track, casino

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Tucumcari may soon be gambling on its location as a way to boost tourism. Ben Kendrick, director of the Tucumcari Economic Development Corp., said officials are in the early planning stages of landing a racetrack and casino in the area. Few details are available about the specifics of the plan. […]

Still many good people left in the world

Ned Cantwell: State columnist Just after noon on Sunday I got the word that my sister Lois had died in Maryland. She was my oldest living sibling and her death was not totally unexpected. Makes no difference. Even the expected carves at your heart. Lois was an accomplished woman, a good woman. And as the […]

So what do we need, a burning bush?

By Ned Cantwell Will famine descend upon New Mexico before we get the idea? Will diseased beetles swarm around a casino entrance until finally someone wakes up and says, oh oh, something is amiss? When all the slots start turning up 6 6 6 instead of 7 7 7, will a light bulb suddenly flash […]