Texas candidates seek city offices

By Michelle Seeber The deadline to file for candidacy in Texas city elections was 5 p.m. Monday. Elections for city positions will be held in May. Muleshoe, Friona and Farwell all have three city offices each for which candidates are seeking election. In Muleshoe, Daniel Guzman, Richard Orozco and Freddy Santos have all filed for […]

Texico and Melrose consider quarter-percent gross receipts tax increase

By Michelle Seeber Clovis is not the only eastern New Mexico community asking for an increase in gross-receipts taxes. The issue is also on the ballots in Texico and Melrose in city-wide elections today. Texico is proposing a quarter-percent gross receipts tax increase for distributing, acquiring, storing and heating water to meet the future needs […]

City candidates give views in forum

By Jack King Infrastructure issues topped the concerns about which callers quizzed mayoral and city commission candidates in a broadcast election forum on radio stations KTQM/KWKA Tuesday — raises for city workers ran a close second. Unopposed incumbent City Commissioner Robert Sandoval didn’t attend the forum because he was recovering from heart surgery. He sent […]

Radio debate tonight

CNJ STAFF Candidates for mayor and the City Commission will discuss the issues at 6 tonight in a forum on radio stations KTQM, 99.9 FM, and KWKA, 680 AM. Participating in the forum will be mayoral candidates Raymond Atchley, David Lansford and Stephen Muscato, and Commission candidates Randy Crowder, Jack Twite, Fred Van Soelen, Len […]

Texas primary looms for Muleshoe voters

By Michelle Seeber MULESHOE — Voters will have 12 local candidates from which to choose in the Texas primary election on March 9. Seven are vying for Bailey County Commission seats. Two are running for sheriff. The remaining offices — two constable positions and the county tax assessor’s seat — are uncontested. County Clerk Sherri […]

Internet exclusive caucus analysis

By David Arkin It’s official: New Mexico made history Tuesday night. Now whether or not that history is worth repeating in four years is debatable. New Mexico held its first Democratic caucus on Tuesday, and the newness was clear statewide. Voting problems arose in small and large communities alike. Voting problems aren’t anything new to […]

Caucus is a new circus with the same clowns

Editorial Anyone who couldn’t understand why former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the one-time front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, received a paltry 18 percent vote in the Iowa caucuses need only to have listened to the candidate after his third-place finish. Dean, red-faced and determined, shook his arms, pointed, and vowed to fight state after […]

This week: The N.M. caucus for dummies

Ned Cantwell Many readers have asked for clarification on certain points regarding the upcoming Democratic political caucus in New Mexico. They have asked also if I am going to reveal details of a certain sex scandal regarding one of those candidates. I am here to serve. Questions, please. > Can anyone beat Howard Dean in […]

New Mexico clash may be more interesting than caucus

By Ned Cantwell The presidential primary season consists of a series of political contests only a little less organized than the election to decide who will be junior class historian at Clovis High School. And New Mexico is right in the thick of it. Well, at least not at the rear of it, thanks to […]

Muleshoe residents to vote for new senator

By Michelle Seeber MULESHOE — Texas voters living in Senate District 31 — a 26-county area that includes Bailey and Parmer counties — will vote in a special election on Jan. 20 to determine which of seven candidates will replace resigning Republican Sen. Teel Bivin. President Bush recently appointed Bivin ambassador to Sweden. Vying for […]

Dean is more than a liberal; he’s a liar

By Mona Charen Today’s column is desultory. Kindly indulge me. I have Howard Dean and Time magazine on my mind. Time magazine has chosen the American soldier as its Person of the Year. Ha! Meaning no disrespect at all to the world’s finest fighting force, I have a feeling that the excellence of our men […]

New campaign law limits more than just finance

The Supreme Court decision Wednesday upholding most aspects of the campaign finance limitation law passed by Congress last year affirms that when it comes to a trendy fixation of the political class, the Constitution — even the First Amendment, on which this court has generally been not bad — means little or nothing. Simple language […]

Running without public funding great political step

Freedom Newspapers T he announcement that Democratic presiden- tial candidate John Kerry, following in the footsteps of front-runner Howard Dean, will give up taxpayer financing of his campaign in favor of private (or family) contributions might just mark the beginning of the end of the system of “public” funding of presidential campaigns. Taxpayers, and those […]

St. Helen Fiesta shows cars, food

By Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — The region can be well fed — spiritually and physically — at St. Helen Catholic Church’s annual Fiesta and Car Show which began Thursday and continues with daily activities through Sunday. Portales’ four-day fiesta of faith will feature “good food, praise and preaching,” said Father Tobin Hitt, pastor of St. […]

Orlik, Parker finalists to fill vacant judge’s seat

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis attorneys Robert S. Orlik and Alvin Joe Parker are finalists to fill a vacant judge’s seat in the district court that serves Curry and Roosevelt counties. The two were selected from among six candidates by a special panel that met Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. The next step for […]

Clovis sophomore ready for Class 5A state tennis competition

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its search for a softball coach to three candidates, including Ron Landschoot, who filled in on an interim basis this spring. The other finalists are Kevin Blaskowski, the head coach at Division II Southern Arkansas, and Travis Scott, head coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State, school officials said. […]

17 candidates are vying for U.S. Rep. Larry Combest’s seat

By Gary Mitchell Texas voters will make their way to the polls Saturday for local elections as well as a special election to decide on a replacement for U.S. Rep. Larry Combest, R-Lubbock, in District 19. There are 17 candidates running for the District 19 seat, according to Parmer County officials. Those 17 include: E.L. […]

CCC trustees election drawing more interest than in past years

Gary Mitchell Seven candidates and three contested races have made this year’s Clovis Community College Board of Trustees election a bit more interesting than in past years, say election officials. “We’ve already had more activity in this election than any other election of its kind in the past,” said Coni Jo Lyman, deputy chief county […]