Absentee, early voting begins on bond issue

CNJ staff Absentee and early voting started Tuesday for a special $9.3 bond issue referendum on April 3, according to Curry County Clerk Connie Jo Lyman. Ballots can be obtained at the clerk’s office. The clerk’s office is the only location to cast early and absentee ballots, Lyman said. Office hours are 8 a.m. until […]

Commission OKs property tax rates

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Commissioners on Thursday approved new property tax rates for 2011 that should mean no increases or only slight increases to most property owners, according to County Assessor Tim Lyman. Lyman said the new rates do include an increase to some Melrose property owners of about 4 mils. That increase to […]

Clovis homes retain value in midst of struggling market

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Homes have retained their value in Clovis and new home construction continues despite dropping values around the nation, according to local lenders and officials. Sharna Johnson While the rest of the nation continues to struggle with home values at record lows, homes in Clovis appear to be retaining their value. […]

School board election results official

CNJ staff The school board election ballot was made official Monday morning at the Curry County Courthouse, following its canvassing last week. County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said the canvassing was done by the county Thursday, but superintendent Terry Myers was snowbound in Dallas and was not able to come to the office until Monday […]

Lyman, Baker win county clerk, treasurer positions

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Winners of the county clerk and county treasurer races said Tuesday they will update the county Web site to allow residents to perform tasks such as paying taxes or accessing public documents. Republican county clerk candidate Coni Jo Lyman won 8,823 to 5,005 against opponent Cindy McDaniel, who ran […]

Early voting heavy

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Jill Whitehead, center, passes out absentee ballot to board members Monday, to verify that the ballots meet New Mexico qualifications. According to Beni Dampier, Curry County election coordinator, more people cast early votes this year than in 2004. CNJ Staff As the polls open today, officials said about 40 percent […]

Election equipment, software ready for vote

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer County political party officials said they are satisfied county election officials have done all they can to ensure a smooth election. Election manager Coni Jo Lyman said backup plans are in place in the event software issues resurface during the general election that could delay results. The general election […]

Increase in voter registration attributed to young voters

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer About 2,100 residents are registered to vote for the first time in Curry County in the Nov. 4 election, according to election officials. Curry County Election Manager Coni Jo Lyman said younger voters make up a majority of new voters. She credits part of the increased participation of younger […]

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 […]

Early voting numbers down

CNJ staff Early primary election voting ends at 6 p.m. Saturday. Curry County residents may vote in person at the courthouse or the North Plains Mall, according to Chief Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman. The primary is Tuesday. As of Wednesday, 617 people have voted in person at the courthouse and at the mall, […]

County Clerk Candidate Profile: Coni Jo Lyman

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Courtesty photo Coni Jo Lyman is a Curry County Clerk candidate. Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked county clerk candidates to answer the following questions in 300 words or less. The answers were edited for spelling and style. The primary is June 3. Coni Jo Lyman Age: 52 Occupation: Local government Previous elected office: […]

Early voting turnout consistent to previous years

CNJ Staff Seven percent of Curry County’s registered voters have exercised their right to vote during early voting that began Oct. 10. The general election is Nov. 7. According to Curry County Deputy Clerk and Election Administrator Coni Jo Lyman, 1,498 of 21,179 registered voters have already cast their ballots. The county clerk’s office has […]

Rise of the (voting) machines

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer New state-funded voting machines will debut today with the start of early voting for the Nov. 7 General Election. Although voters will still be using a paper ballot, the marking method has changed. Residents will fill in an oval on the new ballot instead of continuing an arrow, according […]

Primary votes certified

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer After two meetings and eight days, final vote totals from last week’s primary election were certified during a special meeting Wednesday of the Curry County Commission. County officials said software problems incurred during the election delayed canvassing of the more than 4,100 votes in party races for county and […]

Officials confident in Curry County primary results

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The results of Tuesday’s Curry County primary were not certified in a special meeting of the county commission Friday, yet county officials remain confident in the election results, according to officials. Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman recommended the county commission not certify the results. “I don’t think any races […]

Voting turnout about average: Primary draws about 20 percent of registered voters.

By Marlena Hartz CNJ STAFF WRITER In Curry County and surrounding areas, voter turnout in the Tuesday primary was lackluster, once again. About 20 percent of registered voters in Curry County cast ballots in the race, according to unofficial poll results available on the New Mexico Secretary of State Web site, www.sos.state.nm.us. By turning the […]

Early voting gets higher-than-expected turnout

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Early voting turnout has been higher than expected for a gubernatorial primary election, according to officials. A heated sheriff’s race is one of the main factors, according to Deputy County Clerk Connie Jo Lyman. Typically presidential elections bring in more voters than gubernatorial races, but this year’s early votes […]

Local family shares legacy of motherhood

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The five generations of the Burch family gather at the Laura Ridge nursing home. From left are Melva Jo Henry, Nellie Virginia Burch, Ridley JoMarie Timberlake, Dee Rae Timberlake and Coni Jo Lyman. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A dash of self-worth and a healthy portion of respect, blended with […]

County honors top employees

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Dick Smith presented two awards during the Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday morning. Johnny Berry was honored as employee of the year. Berry has been with Curry County since 2002 and is the fairgrounds caretaker in the county’s maintenance department. His duties include painting, mowing and […]

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 […]