Seliger captures GOP candidacy

CNJ STAFF Texas Sen. Kel Seliger, District 31, will be the Republican candidate for his seat in the Nov. 2 general election. He beat Kirk Edwards and other Republican candidates on Tuesday. He will run against Democrat Elaine King Miller, who was previously defeated in an earlier election. With 217 of 235 precincts reporting at […]

Tucumcari mayor dies of heart attack

By TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — The mayor of Tucumcari, Calvin Litchfield, 60, died at home early Wednesday morning. Tucumcari Emergency Medical personnel responded to a call from the Litchfield residence on Sixth Street at 6:36 a.m. Wednesday for an individual apparently suffering from a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at Dan C. Trigg Memorial […]

Deadline for election bids today

By Jack King Registration for candidates who want to run in the city’s March 2 election begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. today. So far, seven people — including three city commissoners and the mayor — have said they plan to run for office. One seat from each of the city’s four […]

Commissioners mixed on bids for another term

By Jack King Three city commissioners and the mayor will be up for re-election March 2, in a city election that will include questions about a one-quarter of a percent gross receipt tax increase and two changes in Clovis’ city charter. The deadline to file as a candidate in the election is Jan. 6. Mayor […]

Supreme Court seemingly headed for banner year

Freedom Newspapers T he U.S. Supreme Court got off to a commend able start last week on its 2003-2004 term by refusing to hear the Conant vs. Walters case regarding doctors and medical marijuana. But apart from the Pledge of Allegiance case, most observers don’t expect this term to feature as many landmark rulings as […]

City manager contract extended for a year

By Eric Butler Clovis City Commissioners seemed to take great pleasure delaying the approval of the second year of Raymond Mondragon’s two-year contract as city manager. At least three commissioners paused with “uh…” before saying yes — part of a unanimous vote on the matter. “You guys are terrible,” Mondragon said after the tally was […]

Judge on duty 24-7

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By Mike Linn PORTALES — Magistrate Judge Jane Martin relaxed at her desk after work last week and noted that her job is not just a black-robed affair filled with weekday gavel pounding and sentencing of lawbreakers. In fact, Martin said she is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week — in […]

Specifying person’s race an inexact science

Leonard Pitts This is for Larry, who wants to know what to call folks like me. Larry’s a reader in San Jose who grew up back when “Negroes” was the proper term. In the late ’60s, when “black” came into vogue, Larry used that. Now, he says, some black people prefer to be called “African-American.” […]

Clovis woman given prison term in slaying

Darrell Maurina A Clovis resident received an eight-year prison sentence on Friday in connection with the 2001 stabbing death of Kenneth Smith. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, Valorie Duhon, 26, entered a plea agreement in September 2001, and was convicted of accessory to second-degree murder, a second-degree felony; residential burglary, a third-degree […]