Voter turnout second lowest of at-large mayoral races

CNJ staff Voter turnout for the Clovis municipal election was about double the amount for the 2010, non-mayoral race. But the 27.5 percent turnout was the second-lowest turnout, percentage-wise, of the five elections that have featured an at-large mayoral race. The highest turnout came in 1996, the first year the city elected a mayor at-large. […]

GOP gubernatorial candidates make pitches

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Pete Domenici Jr., center, answers a question during Tuesday’s Republican Party gubernatorial forum at Eastern New Mexico University. He was joined at the forum by Janice Arnold-Jones, left, and Doug Turner. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Without the two highest-polling contenders, a trio of gubernatorial candidates took to the […]

Udall: Indian country youth suicide rates demand attention, help

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., participated in a hearing to examine the overwhelming frequency of youth suicide in Indian Country. The rate of suicide among American Indian and Alaskan Native population is 70 percent higher than the general United States population, with the incidence of youth suicides reaching epidemic proportions. New Mexico, which has […]

ENMU enrollment up

CNJ Staff Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble says a slow economy and rising unemployment is responsible for the highest Spring semester enrollment the school has had in almost 40 years. The university’s spring semester enrollment rose by 8.3 percent — from 3,712 students in 2008 to 4,021 students — this year, according to […]

NAACP conference covers issues including elections, education

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Dexter Talbert of Palestine, Texas, always thought he would see an African American nominated for the highest elected office in the country. But the 50-year-old said he didn’t expect it, or a woman running for vice president, to happen so soon. “This is major for me,” he said Saturday […]

Tuesday highest Clovis voter turnout in six years

CNJ staff A combination of races resulted in Clovis’ highest voter turnout in six years. A total of 5,303 voters took part in Tuesday’s city election, 33.6 percent of the 15,764 total registered voters. City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said the mayor’s race, won by Gayla Brumfield, combined with four city commission races and a successful […]

High-dollar horses

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kris Rinks, 24, trots his gray gelding around the sales ring Saturday at the Clovis Horse Sales while bidders inspect the horse. Rinks traveled from Sanger, Texas, to sell two horses at the auction. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Kris Rinks said he was a little disappointed when the […]

Cross highest wisdom

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist You don’t have to be a fan of Charles Darwin to get a kick out of the Darwin Awards, those tongue-in-cheek awards that each year honor “people who ensure the long-term survival of the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool in sublimely idiotic fashion.” Some of […]

2-11 Local roundup

CNJ staff ENMU spring enrollment highest in 12 years Eastern New Mexico University’s 2006 spring semester enrollment is at its highest point in 12 years, according to a university press release. The current enrollment is 3, 722. That’s up from 3,692 in 2005 and 3,491 in 2004. ENMU media relations director Wendel Sloan said one […]

County unemployment rate increases

By Ryn Gagulinski: CNJ staff writer The state’s unemployment rate has been steadily increasing — up to 5.9 percent in March, higher than February’s 5.6 percent and January’s 5.3, according to state officials. In Curry County, February saw a jobless jump up to 5 percent in February from last year’s 4.5. State Department of Labor […]