City Commission candidate forum

CNJ staff The Clovis News Journal asked the eight candidates for city commission in Tuesday’s Clovis municipal election to tell readers about themselves, their qualifications and their platforms. Below are their responses. District 1 Randal Crowder Age: 57 Occupation: Builder/developer. Prior elected office: Elected to city commission in 2004. Crowder: I would like to thank […]

Mayor candidate forum

CNJ staff The Clovis News Journal asked the six candidates for mayor in Tuesday’s Clovis municipal election to tell readers about themselves, their qualifications and their platforms. Below are their responses. Tim Ashley Age: 44 Occupation: Construction supply business owner. Prior elected office: Currently serving his second consecutive term as Curry County commissioner. Ashley: I’m […]

Sept. 29, 1914

The Clovis Journal reported Cash Ramey was elected as mayor, winning by 64 votes. … The Clovis baseball team won 16-8 in a game against Grady. … J.M. Hook cleaned watches for $1, claimed a Clovis Journal advertisement.

Sept. 15, 1930

Dr. A.L. Dillon was re-elected county chairman and Otto Smith was re-elected secretary at the GOP County meeting. … Only one dairy fell below a grade A test in a report made to city officials by Dr. Thos. W. Jones, city milk inspector. … Vicks VapoRub claimed it could be used for headaches, in an […]

Commission gives go-ahead to seek grants

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Water and wastewater project funding was on the Clovis City Commission agenda at Thursday’s meeting. Commissioners passed resolutions to enable acceptance of grants from the New Mexico Environment Department for $800,000 for wastewater improvements related to Southwest Cheese and $100,000 to be used for the wastewater effluent reuse project. […]

Washington’s biggest strength: He knew his biggest weakness

Freedom Newspapers Think of an elected official everyone admires. It’s not so easy, is it? Now try George Washington. Twice unanimously elected by the Electoral College, the first U.S. president probably comes closest to universal admiration. Others like Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt (either one), Kennedy and Reagan have sizable constituencies with axes to grind, or worse. […]

Parental fine pushes officials’ control too far

By Freedom Newspapers It had to happen. Now there’s a politician who wants to get the law-making process involved in the delicate business of teacher-parent relations. Rep. Wayne Smith, a Republican from Baytown, Texas, has filed a bill that would allow a $500 fine to be levied on parents who miss a meeting with their […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. today at the Curry County Courthouse. The following agenda items will be discussed: A new Curry County Commission chairman will be elected to replace Tim Ashley. A new Curry County Commission co-chairman will be elected to replace Commissioner Albin Smith. Leslie Johnson, Curry County Detention Center administrator, […]

Snapshot

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Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis said he finds civil cases the most challenging part of his job. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff What: Magistrate court is a full-time court that handles civil and criminal cases. The severity of the crime or the monetary and/or jurisdiction limitations in a civil action determine […]

Officials getting pay hike

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners approved a 12 percent salary increase for elected officials Tuesday during a regular meeting. The increased was approved unanimously after a motion by Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley for a 15 percent salary increase failed. Commissioners Kathrynn Tate and Albin Smith opposed the 15 percent hike. […]

Money, service mean sure Senate win

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist I think Sen. Jeff Bingaman is going to get beat in November by his Republican opponent. I also think Lordsburg High School will defeat La Cueva in the state football championship game, Santa Fe will become a conservative enclave, Carlsbad Caverns bats will relocate to White Sands National Park, and […]

Clovis resident elected Curry County Democratic chairman

CNJ staff Gordon Smith of Clovis has been elected chairman of the Democratic Party of Curry County, according to a news release from the Democratic Party of New Mexico. Patricia Doran of Clovis was elected county party vice chairwoman. Smith, appliance manager at McDaniel’s Home Furnishings, succeeds Jan Elliott, who resigned. Doran succeeds Drew Tarum, […]

24-hour deputy availability should resume

By Wesley Myers: Guest columnist Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal invited Curry County sheriff candidates to write guest columns focused on why they deserve voters’ support. All three candidates are Republicans, and no Democrats are on the ballot. Election Day is Tuesday. I am married to the former Sonja Madera and have three children; […]

Candidate Profile: Shirley Hooper

Shirley Hooper is campaigning for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state against Mary Herrera, Stephanie V. Gonzales and Letitia Montoya in the June 6 primary. The position is currently held by Rebecca Vigil-Giron. Bio: Hooper grew up in Lovington, and has lived and worked in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Portales and Hobbs. She served as […]

Muleshoe school renovations approved

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Muleshoe voters overwhelmingly approved Saturday a $25 million bond for school district renovations and expansion. Also decided by vote Saturday were two seats on the Muleshoe, three seats on the Farwell and two seats on the Bovina School Boards and city council. Sixty-five percent of Muleshoe voters approved the […]

Vohs, Edwards win seats

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Len Vohs, left, talks with Clovis Mayor David Lansford on Tuesday at City Hall after Vohs won a seat on the Clovis City Commission. Vohs defeated Gloria Wicker for the District 2 seat. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Just a sliver of registered city voters logged in at polls Tuesday, […]

Bill would split magistrate elections into two divisions

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A magistrate judge and a district attorney say a bill that would change the way magistrate judges in Curry County are elected is undemocratic. The bill’s sponsor, Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, thinks the bill embodies representative government, and would give minorities more voice. If House Bill 730 passes, Curry […]

German cardinal elected pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, the church’s leading hard-liner, has been elected the new pope in the first conclave of the new millennium. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI and called himself “a simple, humble worker.” Ratzinger, the first German pope since the 11th century, emerged onto the balcony of […]

Curry County Democrats elects new slate of officers

CNJ staff Curry County Democrats elected a new slate of officers. The newly elected Curry county officers are as follows: • Chairman: Jan Elliott • Vice Chairman: Drew Tatum • Secretary: Connie Belcher • Treasurer: Lance Pyle State Central Committee Members were also elected and are as follows: Elliott, Tatum, Belcher and Gary Swinford. • […]

County officials nix raise proposal

By Ryan Lengerich, CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission on Tuesday shunned a motion to increase salaries by 13 percent for newly elected officials, saying a restrictive budget would make pay hikes fiscally irresponsible. County Sheriff Roger Hatcher introduced the motion, saying he believes elected officials deserve more money. “We have some of the […]