Clerks estimating low voter turnout in primary

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico In the wake of Tuesday’s primary elections, county clerks are estimating voter turnout was low, and local political activists are looking forward to the November general election. In Roosevelt County, County Clerk Janet Collins said 26 percent of eligible voters came to the polls. In the county’s individual parties, […]

Seniors jump the gun on jury duty exemption

Legislation that would allow citizens 70 and older to exempt from jury duty is causing a headache for court clerks who are fielding calls from seniors trying to invoke their age exemption. The problem is the bill is still pending and even if it is passed, it won’t become law until July 1. District court […]

County Clerks: Absentee ballots slow returns

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer New Mexico County Clerks said processing mail-in ballots slowed down the processing of Tuesday’s election results. Curry County elections manager Coni Jo Lyman said the county’s absentee ballot board finished scanning about 2,000 mail-in ballots by 11 p.m. Another 100 mail-in ballots had to be hand counted, according to […]

County clerks busy preparing for upcoming election

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jennifer Martinez of Clovis visited the Curry County clerks office Tuesday to change her address in her voting registration information. Martinez, a speech therapist, said she plans to vote early. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week before the deadline, the Curry County clerk’s office has been busy processing […]

Portales Municipal Court temporarily closed

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Municipal Court will be closed today through Aug. 8 to allow staff to attend training, according to a press release from the court. Persons with a court appearance scheduled during this time will not be penalized. Court will reopen on Aug. 11 and those who miss a date should check […]

Voting machine contract criticized

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico County clerks across the state are speaking out against the high cost of a maintenance contract for recently purchased voting machines mandated by the federal government. A Nebraska firm, ES&S, sold the Secretary of State’s Office machines for every county in the state last year. With the machines now […]

House pulls for better poll turnout

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A pair of House bills alllowing voters to register at the polls may be in for tough debate in the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. One of the bills is sponsored by Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces, the state representative who carried legislation that switched the state to paper ballots last […]

Some people never grow too old to play with children’s toys

By Bob Huber: Columnist Christmas Eve always reminds me of the old bromide, “Bizarre conditions are easier to get into than out of.” Which somehow explains why I’m too old to play with toys, but I’m just not willing to give it up and go through a painful withdrawal. You see, foraging through toy sections […]

Toy stores are for adult connoisseurs

by Bob Huber Now that I’m knee deep in sunset years, I suppose it’s time to stop pining for the mornings of my life and enjoy the evenings. But that doesn’t mean I have to stop playing with Christmas toys, does it? I say nuts to that. I don’t want you to think I’m angry, […]

Safety no just matter of convenience

By Ned Cantwell Had I started out the year with a list of possible subjects that might plunge me into the churning waters of column controversy, convenience stores would not have been on it. Boy, was I wrong. A recent column applauding safety regulations adopted by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board drew ponderous letters […]

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. […]

Public does have a right to know — and should push it

By Bob Johnson The state Taxation and Revenue Department wanted to make a profit — and compete with private business — by charging whatever it pleased for electronically stored public records of its Motor Vehicle Division. So the department came up with a bill to make that possible. The scheme almost made it through the […]