Curry County school board election results

By CNJ staff What: Curry County school board and bond elections When: Tuesday Who: The elected serve four-year terms, commencing March 1. Editor’s note: Results are unofficial until canvassed by Curry County. Clovis District 3 —Lora Harlan, 6 District 4 —Mark Lansford, 16 District 5 —Terry Martin, 9 Grady Position 1 —Cooper R. Glover, 60 […]

Zias earn No. 5 spot in South preseason softball poll

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team has been chosen for fifth place out of seven teams in the Lone Star Conference South Division’s preseason poll, released Tuesday by the conference office. Defending champion Abilene Christian earned 14 of 18 first-place votes and racked up 122 points to 105 for […]

Hounds fifth, Zias seventh in LSC preseason basketball polls

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese doesn’t know where the Zias will finish in the Lone Star Conference South Division — but he’s pretty sure in won’t be at the bottom. The Zias were picked to finish seventh in the eight-team division in the league’s […]

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 […]

Murray wins sheriff race; Sandoval, Blackburn gain commission seats.

CNJ Staff Matt Murray did not cheer or burst into celebration early Wednesday morning when the final votes were counted and he was declared winner of a three-man Republican primary for Curry County sheriff. Instead, the announcement was met with quiet satisfaction, saturated with exhaustion and relief. In a spirited race, Murray garnered 48 percent […]

Murray wins spirited sheriff’s primary

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Matt Murray did not cheer or burst into celebration early Wednesday morning when the final votes were counted and he was declared winner of a three-man Republican primary for Curry County sheriff. Instead, the announcement was met with quiet satisfaction, saturated with exhaustion and relief. In a spirited race, […]

Sandoval, Blackburn take county commission seats

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Veteran politicians Robert Sandoval and Frank Blackburn were victors in the Curry County commissioner races on Tuesday. Sandoval defeated Fidel Madrid and Edwin Perales II during the Democratic primary election to fill the District 1 commission seat being vacated by Edwin Perales Jr. Sandoval received 132 votes. Madrid finished […]

Duncan wins probate judge seat

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When county officials declared Kevin Duncan the winner of the probate judge primary election, one thing was foremost on his mind — sleep. Duncan garnered 1,469 votes, according to county tallies, which trickled in Wednesday morning, slowed by a hitch in counting absentee ballots. His opponent, Michael Wells, garnered […]

Candidate’s campaign intent questioned

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer His opponents claim Edwin Perales II is unfairly trying to capitalize on his father’s political success. Not true, Perales II says. He can’t help it if he has the same name as his father, two-term Curry County Commissioner Edwin Perales Jr. “I’ve been Edwin Perales since kindergarten,” Perales II […]

Candidate profile: Letitia Montoya

Letitia Montoya, 43, is a candidate for the Democratic nominee for New Mexico secretary of state in the June 6 primary election. The secretary of state is the third-highest state office, after the governor and lieutenant governor, and fills in for them when they are out of state. New Mexico’s chief elections officer, the secretary […]

ENMU baseball picked fifth, softball sixth in LSC poll

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for fifth place in baseball and seventh place in softball in Lone Star Conference South Division preseason polls released by the conference office. The baseball team, which finished 26-27 under 15th-year coach Phil Clabaugh in 2004, finished ahead of only West Texas A&M in […]

ENMU squads picked seventh in soccer polls

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s soccer teams were picked for seventh place in the men’s Southwest Soccer Conference and the women’s Lone Star Conference in preseason polls released Wednesday by the conferences’ soccer office. Both races were close at the top. Midwestern State collecte seven of 17 first-place votes and 119 […]

Two panel members abstaining from vote

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Two Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners who attended a regional hearing last month in Clovis will abstain from a vote on the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Former Reps. James Bilbray of Nevada and James Hansen of Utah will recuse themselves from a vote on Cannon, reducing the […]

Court’s ‘persuadable mind’ will be missed

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist So now we say goodbye to Sandra Day O’Connor. In the process, we say goodbye to the one justice on the Supreme Court who did not belong body and soul to either the liberal or conservative wings, who could not be considered in the pocket of either political extreme. In […]

Rules to limit government shouldn’t change

Freedom Newspapers As the Senate moves toward a major confrontation over judicial nominations, it might be useful to put the tradition of filibustering in context. The filibuster in its present form is not enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, which says the two houses of Congress can make their own rules. In the early years, both […]

Democrats continue their race-baiting

By Mona Charen, Syndicated Columnist There they go again: The Democrats are race-baiting — attempting to suggest that the Republicans purposely excluded or miscounted the votes of African-Americans in the 2004 election. And why not? It worked so well last time around. The myth that African American votes went uncounted in Florida has achieved the […]

Recount under way

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A recount is under way that could bring closure to the state Senate District 7 race by week’s end. The state granted Democrat Bob Frost a partial recount in his race against Republican incumbent Clint Harden, R-Clovis, when Harden was declared the winner by 36 votes of the nearly […]

Frost requests partial recount

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A Democratic state Senate candidate who lost his race to the Republican incumbent by 36 votes has asked for a partial recount. Quay County rancher Bob Frost asked for a recount of paper ballots in 11 precincts in the big, east-side district represented by Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis. The […]

Several counties wrap up canvasses on deadline

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — John Kerry has picked up more votes in New Mexico as counties finish certifying the results of the Nov. 2 election, but not enough to overcome President Bush’s lead in the state. Kerry picked up 1,424 votes in the state’s most populous county, Bernalillo, and 579 votes in incomplete […]