Area will have four state races

Robin Fornoff Eastern New Mexico voters will have a quartet of primary elections for the New Mexico Legislature, but only one contested race once the general election comes around. Tuesday was the lone day to file for elections at the Secretary of State’s Office in Santa Fe and at county courthouses — only for legislators […]

Candidates to file for state races

Kevin Wilson Primary voters in eastern New Mexico should have some choices in June to see who moves on to the general election. With pre-primary conventions concluded for New Mexico Republicans on Saturday, and the Democratic pre-primaries completed a week ago, candidates are lined up to succeed the retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and possibly […]

LSC races tight heading into final week

CNJ staff The Lone Star Conference basketball regular season is down to its final week. All but one of the 21 teams — 10 men’s, 11 women’s — remain in the running for the conference tournament, which is slated for Feb. 29-March 4 at Allen, Texas. The top eight teams on each side qualify. For […]

Voter amendment would eliminate dual commissioners

There are five races in the March 6 municipal election, with only one race featuring an unopposed candidate. But all future candidates, including one standing commissioner, could be affected by a proposed amendment to the Clovis city charter that weighs conflict of interest against a district’s choices for candidates. If approved by the voters, Section […]

Glance at top NM races

The Associated Press (AP) 11-02-10 20:48,, U.S. House District 1 25 of 462 precincts – 5 percent Martin Heinrich, Dem (i) 59,279 – 50 percent Jonathan Barela, GOP 59,190 – 50 percent

Parmer, Bailey early voting runs through Friday

CNJ staff Parmer and Bailey County voters have a few state races to weigh in on from now until the Nov. 5 general election. There are no contested elections in Parmer County. The only contested race in Bailey County features incumbent Republican Deb Stone and Democrat Julian Dominguez vying for justice of the peace. Early […]

More than 180 turtles enter races

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Sarah Heller and her daughter Elanna Heller place their turtle for a race in the first round of the 11th annual Great American Turtle Race Saturday at the Curry County Fair. Liliana Castillo The fence around the turtle racing ring was lined with children, some who couldn’t see […]

Competition heavy for state races

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For a position that many candidates say doesn’t really do anything, plenty of people seem to want it. The lieutenant governor’s race has five Democrats vying to be the next Diane Denish, and three Republicans ready to serve who they hope will be the next Republican governor. The field […]

Ticket feature: Monster truck show features robots, races

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Courtesy photo Bounty Hunter will be one of many trucks featured at this weekend’s Kicker Monster Truck Show. Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Fairgrounds will host races, robot battles and plenty of noise during this weekend’s Kicker Monster Truck Show. The event is scheduled Friday and Saturday with 7:30 p.m. shows both nights. The […]

Key county issues on ballot

Key issues in the races for three Curry County Commission seats: • Curry County Adult Detention Center: Eight inmates at the detention center escaped Aug. 24. Two are still at large — Edward Salas and Louis Chavez. The county is currently in the process of hiring a new detention center administrator since the Aug. 16 […]

County, state races shouldn’t take back seat

Freedom New Mexico The term “down the ballot” refers to the congressional, state and local races that ostensibly play second, third and fourth fiddle to the presidential contest. The names of the White House contenders will appear at the tops of ballots, with everything else further down. This presentation more or less mirrors the conventional […]

Southeastern races to win over ENMU

CNJ staff DURANT, Okla. — Shut out through a half, Southeastern Oklahoma scored four times in the first 10-plus minutes of the third quarter Saturday and the Savage Storm went on to a 29-14 Lone Star Conference crossover victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Wide receiver Daniel Nichols caught seven passes for 166 yards and […]

Heritage should not be issue in political races

Freedom New Mexico It’s a common theme at the convention. If Barack Obama wins, we’ll have our first “African-American” president. It seems Democrats didn’t get the memo: Hyphenated heritage became pass

Amateur rodeos have unexpected results

Glenda Price Summertime in the Southwest is rodeo time. We’ve got 4-H rodeos, high school and junior rodeos, amateur punkin’ rollin’s and, of course, the professional productions. In the old days we had many amateur rodeos — the kind where you can pay your entry fee and get your number half an hour before the […]

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 […]

Female motocross racer takes to track

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Danni Williams, 10, of Clovis, has won nearly 100 motocross races. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Behind oodles of gear — a jumpsuit, a helmet, white boots and gloves — Danni Williams appears formidable. When she puts on the final piece of her outfit (orange-tinted goggles that shadow her […]

Day Trip: Ruidoso Downs Race Track

“And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more gambling fun […]

Fort Sumner’s tombstone races create more legends

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Clovis’ Devin Sweet of Clovis placed second in the men’s open division of the tombstone races. (DeBaca County News photo: Scot Stinnett) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent FORT SUMNER — There’s legends, and then there’s legends so big that they beget even more legends. The Billy the Kid tombstone races at Old Fort Days are […]

New Mexico’s top races

The Associated Press President 1,483 of 1,495 precincts – 99 percent George W. Bush, GOP (i) 333,631 – 50 percent John F. Kerry, Dem 322,657 – 49 percent Ralph Nader, Ind 3,556 – 1 percent Michael Badnarik, Lib 2,128 – 0 percent David Cobb, Grn 1,092 – 0 percent Michael Peroutka, CST 689 – 0 […]

Redistricting power is killing democracy

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist In the heyday of communism, lots of countries held regular elections but never seemed to vote anyone out of office. The people in power always won. The “democratic” procedures were just a facade disguising the irrelevance of the people. Back then, Americans felt our system was superior, because we could actually […]