Gaming authority revokes Raton license

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Gaming Control Board has revoked a gaming license for La Mesa Racetrack and Casino at Raton, GCB Deputy Executive Director Greg Saunders said on Tuesday. “What this means for Quay County is we have another opportunity,” said Warren Frost, executive director of the Quay County Gaming […]

Tucumcari submitting racetrack plans to state

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Courtesy illustration By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Hooves could be flying in Tucumcari in the near future if a proposed racetrack gains state approval. Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. Director Pete Kampfer said the city and county have proclaimed their support, a confidential site has been chosen, a feasibility study complete, a business […]

Local man seeks return of personal slot machines

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ John A. Mesner wants the state to return the slot machines they confiscated from his home. The state said he’s not entitled to them, even in light of a recent state Court of Appeals legalizing the ownership of private slot machines in New Mexico. “He’s not going to […]

Ad leads authorities to more gaming devices

Cops and Courts For the second time in six months, a newspaper advertisement led to the seizure of illegal gaming devices in Clovis, according to a press release from the New Mexico Gaming Control Board. Undercover Gaming Control Board officials received a tip from a Clovis resident who saw a full-page ad in the Clovis […]

Unlucky ad for slot machines lands man in jail

Staff and wire reports A Clovis man attempting to sell slot machines through the classifieds found out his potential buyers were actually undercover agents with the New Mexico Gaming Control Board. John A. Mesner, 59, was arrested by Clovis police on Friday and charged with five counts of possession of illegal gaming devices and one […]