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 […]