12/7 Local Roundup

Police searching for robbery suspect Police are searching for male suspect they believe is responsible for Monday night’s armed robbery of a gas station in the 700 block of First Street, according to the police report. A 20-year-old cashier at Sundance Fuels told police the suspect told her to give him all her money or […]

State mandates voting changes

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Although the next Curry County election isn’t until June, local officials are already preparing for nearly two dozen state-mandated changes. The most drastic will be in the voter-identification process. Curry County Voting Administrator Coni Jo Lyman said voters will be required to show proof of identity using at least […]

County tax referendum fails

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A gross receipts tax increase adopted by the county in January will go into effect this summer as planned after a petition filed to put the tax to a public vote was ruled invalid. County clerk Mario Trujillo told the County Commission on Tuesday nearly 400 of the 1,300 […]

The wait continues in District 7

Staff and wire reports An official winner of the District 7 State Senate election will not be certain until statewide canvassing is complete two weeks from today. Incumbent Clint Harden, R-Clovis, held a 30-vote lead over Robert Frost, D-San Jon, after Colfax County canvassed their 10 provisional ballots Monday, finding six votes for Harden and […]

County voters turning out early

Staff and wire reports More than 13 percent of Curry County’s registered voters have already cast their votes in this year’s general election, either by early voting or sending in absentee ballots. Coni Jo Lyman, chief deputy clerk of the Curry County Clerk’s Office, described this year’s election as “very hectic” for her office. “There’s […]

Voter interest high in county

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Curry County is following a nationwide trend fueled by Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan groups pouring resources into registering voters, a push spurred by the near deadlock of the 2000 presidential race and polls that predict another tight election this year. According to the county clerk’s office, registration numbers are […]

Clerk called year’s best

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Like a grown man who never let go of his favorite pair of Chuck Taylors, so Vicki Kelley doesn’t want to let go of her 22 years working at Clovis Municipal Court. The municipal court administrator describes herself as the “old shoe that never wears out” — and she’d […]

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. […]

Software SNAFU slows vote count

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Election results tape piles up on the chair as election judges Jill Whitehead, left, Sylvia Shugart, center, and Lois Thomas check early, absentee and alternate tapes Tuesday evening at the Curry County Courthouse. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. CNJ STAFF A problem with new computers and software required by state legislation slowed down vote counting […]

Candidates make final efforts to win votes

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent With two days to go before voters hit the polls, candidates are busy trying to pick up last-minute votes and officials are getting voting machines in place and are preparing their office workers for Tuesday’s big day. Tuesday is primary election day in New Mexico. Polls open at 7 a.m. […]

Early, absentee voting nears 1,000 in primary

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent The number of people in Curry County who have early voted or requested an absentee ballot for the June 1 primary is nearing 1,000 people. As of Wednesday afternoon, 718 people had early voted. Officials at the Curry County Clerk’s Office said they had sent out 255 absentee ballots. During […]

Police Blotter 5/19

Police responded to a gas station in the 1000 block of Mitchell about 1:15 p.m. on May 12 where a clerk said his 1972 Dodge pickup had been burglarized during the workday. The employee said a customer had come in and told him his truck had been moved to a different location. Upon inspection, the […]

Butler, Lyda

Lyda Butler Services: No service is planned. Lyda Mae Butler, 73, died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born March 8, 1931, in Santa Monica, Calif., to John William and Lyda M. Ward Thomas. She was raised in Southern California and went to school there. After living in several different […]

County considers tax hike to compensate for budget deficit

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Faced with a $1.3 million shortfall in their 2004-2005 budget, Curry County commissioners voted Tuesday to consider increasing county gross receipts taxes by 3/16 of a percent. That’s about 18 cents extra per $100 sale on merchandise. Commissioners said most of the shortfall is the result of growing expenses […]

Police Blotter 4/2

About 9:30 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a fight in progress at the 1100 block of Hull. Police determined the dispute involved two women arguing over a golf club, money, and other private property, and that one of the women had swung at the other with the golf club and thrown a bucket through her […]

Police say 13-year-old guman held up store

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police arrested a 13-year-old runaway on Sunday evening, alleging he threatened to kill a clerk while robbing an Allsup’s store. The Clovis News Journal is withholding the accused robber’s name due to his age. The boy entered the Allsup’s at 301 N. Prince St. about 9:20 p.m., pointed a gold- […]

Deadlines for elections today

CNJ STAFF REPORT All candidates planning to run in the June primary must file with the county clerk or the Santa Fe office of the Secretary of State by 5 p.m. today. Candidates who are running for county offices or with only one county in their districts may file in the county clerk’s office. Candidates […]

County candidates register for re-election

By Jack King Nine people — including incumbents in four races and their challengers — have declared their candidacies for county offices in the June 1 primary election, registration for which is Tuesday. Other candidates still may emerge during the day-long registration period. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the county clerk’s […]

Five stores caught in tobacco operation

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two Melrose businesses were caught in a tobacco sting operation conducted Tuesday by officers from the Special Investigations Division of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. According to a press release from Agent D. Ledezma-Pinon, the underage tobacco compliance operation targeted rural areas of Curry, De Baca, and Guadalupe counties. […]

Allowing gay marriage a slippery slope

Walter Williams The Massachusetts high court ruled that people of the same sex have a right to be married. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and County Clerk Nancy Alfaro, in defiance of California law, have issued more than 3,000 officially sanctioned marriage licenses to homosexual couples. What are we to make of this? Same-sex marriage […]