Voter count goes up

CNJ staff The number of registered Clovis voters has gone up in the weeks since a referendum election was approved for the city’s affordable housing plan. But Curry County officials don’t think there’s anything that clearly connects new registrations to the city’s Aug. 2 election. Tuesday was the final day voters could register to cast […]

Polling locations

Today is primary election voting day for New Mexico. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters must be a registered member of a political party to participate in the primary election. Information: 763-5591. •

Fort Sumner municipal election ballot

The following candidates registered Tuesday for the March 2 Fort Sumner Municipal Election:

State sees increase in lobbyists

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 51 A swarm of lobbyists More than 500 lobbyists have registered with the Secretary of State’s Office this session, with another 500 expected. There also are 600 organizations represented by lobbyists. That’s a ratio of 4.46 lobbyists to each of the 112 lawmakers. It’s also a decent amount […]

Junior rodeo opens weeklong run

By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are a 30-year tradition in Clovis, and are important for the contestants as well as the community, according to organizers. With 135 contestants registered to compete in the week-long event at the Curry County Fairgrounds, the rodeo is expected to draw around […]

Junior rodeo highlight for youngsters

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis farrier Dusty Leatherwood fits a horseshoe to the hoof of El Paso on Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Leatherwood was shoeing the horse in preparation for this week’s High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are […]

Democrats announce caucus schedule

Registered Democrats in New Mexico can now request absentee ballots for the Feb. 5, 2008, presidential preference caucus, according to a news release. The request form is available by mail, fax, e-mail or download at: DPNM Headquarters, Attn.: Absentee Ballot Request Form, 1301 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110; (505)830-3650 (phone); (505)830-3645 (fax); or www.nmdemocrats.org. […]

Alcohol sales petition sports half total signatures needed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Petitioners have collected about half the signatures required to put a proposal on the March municipal election ballot to allow Sunday alcohol sales, according to organizers. Committee for Clovis Progress spokesman Robin Howe said Monday about 1,200 signatures have been collected, but only about 350 are qualified signatures. Howe […]

Clovis repairment sentence for child sex crime

CNJ staff A Clovis repairman was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to sexual contact with a child, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. In August 2004, an 11-year-old female told a social worker that William Denham, 39, a repairman at Sunrise Edition Trailer […]

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 […]

State’s system of governing wacko

By Ned Cantell: State columnist Not until I experienced an epiphany, that sudden awareness of an important concept flooding the brain and making the body tingle, did I truly realize what one was. An epiphany: It’s a revelation, kind of like when George Bush masters a new two-syllable word. Du-buy. My epiphany came at a […]

Multiple candidates spark voter interest

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Multiple candidates led to strong voter turnout in Fort Sumner and Melrose on Tuesday. Fewer candidates likely led to low voter turnout in Clovis and Texico, officials said. In Fort Sumner, 53 percent of voters turned out, the region’s highest participation, with Melrose chalking up 38 percent. In Clovis, […]

Making votes count

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Poll workers Codie McDowell (left) and Pam Sury receive instructions Monday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Months of anticipation and speculation are over. Talks of voter disenfranchisement, rights, turnouts, conflicting polls and political spin will culminate throughout the country today with the reaffirming of George […]

Voter interest high in county

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Curry County is following a nationwide trend fueled by Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan groups pouring resources into registering voters, a push spurred by the near deadlock of the 2000 presidential race and polls that predict another tight election this year. According to the county clerk’s office, registration numbers are […]

Grassroots group wants youth at polls

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Rafael Benavides of Clovis registers to vote Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse. Helping Benavides and 10-month old daughter Nina is deputy clerk Stephanie Boydston. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A national grassroots group has infiltrated two area colleges in an effort to get young voters to the polls for […]

DA race piques voter interest

By Eric Butler: CNJ CORRESPONDENT The combination of the availability of an alternate early voting site with the interest sparked by the district attorney’s race sent more Republicans to the polls in 2004 than the previous primary election. For the Democratic Party, where only one race was contested — State Senate District 7 — significantly […]

Party registration affects the way we live

Grant McGee: Local columnist Over at the Curry County Courthouse, in County Clerk Mario Trujillo’s office, which political party do the records show you’re registered with? This hot race that’s going on for the district attorney’s job with people switching parties so they can vote in the race got me thinking and reminiscing. I registered […]

Cooley, Kenneth

Kenneth Cooley Services: Have been held. Mr. Kenneth DeWayne Cooley, 50, of Clovis, a registered nurse, died Sunday, May 16, 2004, at his home. He was born on April 15, 1954, in Belen, to Kenneth and Donna Hodge Cooley. He was a registered nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center. He worked for the Santa Fe […]

Voters switching parties for DA race

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer A 9th Judicial District Attorney’s race between two Republicans may be responsible for giving Curry County a majority of registered Republican voters for the first time in its history, according to officials with the Curry County Clerk’s office. Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said, as of Tuesday, there […]