Governor to issue election proclamation

CNJ staff The Curry County Clerk’s office has sent a release regarding eligibility for the 2012 elections. The release notes that Gov. Susana Martinez will issue a Jan. 30 public proclamation calling for a primary election to be held in every county and precinct in New Mexico. That proclamation will also require that as of […]

Commissioner seeking re-election

CNJ staff Christopher Bryant has announced that he will seek re-election as for his seat in District 4 of the Clovis City Commission. Bryant, 61, owns and operates the Foxy Drive-In. He has served on the water advisory council and the 400 Mitchell St. Project, a project geared toward seeking funding for an emergency operations […]

Brumfield running for re-election

CNJ staff Gayla Brumfield announced her intention to run for re-election as Clovis mayor. Brumfield, 58, is the owner and a broker for Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate of Clovis. She plans a further announcement Tuesday afternoon. “Four years ago when I ran, I had a five-point platform,” Brumfield said. “We’ve worked hard to check […]

Early voter turnout for Portales alcohol election low

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Vines Italian Restaurant server Idette Spears cleans wine glasses Tuesday afternoon. Owner Mark Vigil said the restaurant will begin staying open on Sundays, whether the Dec. 13 special election passes or not. The election is to decide if Portales restaurants will be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. Alisa Boswell Early […]

Christians should be unafraid to show their ‘signs’

The political season for the presidential election is upon us. The television networks’ news programs are full of political debate coverage, poll data, and interviews with candidates. People line up on either side and endorse candidates publically and those announcements are broadcast nationwide. Soon the networks will be bringing back the red and blue states […]

Attorney says he won’t file for injunction against sign prior to election

Sharna Johnson An attorney who has challenged the city of Clovis for a “Save me” sign hung from Hotel Clovis and election brochures says he won’t file for a court injunction prior to the election. Eric Dixon, who said he works for the High Plains Patriots and their treasurer Kim Runyan, said Monday he is […]

Affordable Housing Plan election Tuesday

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Hotel Clovis in downtown Clovis is the center of today’s special election regarding affordable housing. Kevin Wilson Voters head to the polls today to decide the fate of an affordable housing plan for the city. The plan allows an exception to the state’s anti-donation clause for the purpose of […]

Hotel Clovis sign raises concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sign hung from Hotel Clovis seeking support of an Aug. 2 election to decide an affordable housing plan for the city has drawn concern from opponents. Sharna Johnson Just one week from election day, we have a sign. It reads: “SAVE ME VOTE YES AUGUST 2nd” in large red […]

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 […]

Weekly update — June 26

Absentee ballots available for Aug. 2 election Tuesday is the first day voters can request an absentee ballot for the Aug. 2 city election on the affordable housing plan. It was approved by the city commission May 5 in a 6-1 vote, but forced into a referendum election through petitions filed by the High Plains […]

Clovis City Commission to discuss election, street closure

CNJ staff reports The Clovis City Commission will have a special meeting 5:15 p.m. Monday at the city commission chambers of City Hall, 321 Connelly. Agenda items include: • Approval of election workers for the Aug. 2 special election on an ordinance to create an affordable housing plan in Clovis. • A street closure request […]

Commission approves referendum election for Aug. 2

Kevin Wilson With a swift special meeting, Clovis City Commission approved what will be its second referendum election in a little more than three months. Clovis residents will vote Aug. 2 to uphold or overturn the commission’s 6-1 vote in favor of creating an affordable housing plan. The state’s anti-donation clause does not allow a […]

Election on: City verifies housing petition signatures

CNJ staff City staff reviewed petition signatures, and enough were verified Tuesday to force a special election on the city’s affordable housing plan, passed May 5 by the Clovis City Commission. The commission will hold a special meeting, tentatively 5:15 p.m. Thursday, to discuss an election for Aug. 2. The city charter allows citizens to […]

Patriots submit petition signatures to city

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon numbers petitions filed Monday by the High Plains Patriots. If 456 signatures are verified, the petitions will force a special election for an area Affordable Housing Plan. Melancon said verification should be complete by Wednesday. Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots Citizens group turned in […]

Patriots: Enough signatures to force election

A spokesperson for the High Plains Patriots said Saturday they had verified enough petition signatures to force a special election on the city’s affordable housing plan. Kim Runyan, president of the citizens group, said 496 signatures from registered Clovis voters had been verified, with a few more hours left to go Saturday night. That’s 40 […]

Patriots confident they have signatures to force special election

CNJ staff The High Plains Patriots don’t have a verified count, but the citizens group believes it will be able to file enough signatures to force a special election on the city’s affordable housing plan. “They’re finally flooding in,” said High Plains Patriots President Kim Runyan on Friday afternoon. “We’re right at the amount we […]

District Judge Robert Orlik dies at 64

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File photo Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert Orlik, shown during arguments in the homicide trial of Anthony Casillas, died Saturday at Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. CNJ staff District Judge Robert Orlik, who first practiced law in New Mexico in 1977, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. Further information […]

Group has gathered about 100 signatures toward election

Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots are at least one-fourth of their way to forcing the city’s affordable housing plan onto a special election ballot. Meanwhile, another grassroots group is organizing to persuade Clovis voters not to sign the petitions, or overturn the plan if it comes to an election. During the May 5 Clovis […]

High Plains Patriots have counter effect

Freedom New Mexico When citizens rise up to fight city hall we usually applaud the effort. Not this time, however. It smells like sour grapes. And it hints at a never-ending war between elected city leaders and a few hundred disgruntled citizens who, every time they dislike a vote, could try to disrupt community business […]

Clovis voters approve tax increase

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dr. O.T. Rozzell and Lila Rozzell of Clovis prepare Tuesday to vote in the special election while Judge John Hays of Precinct 24 at Living Stone Community Church shows them where to sign in. Kevin Wilson By a 1,265-1,045 count — 57 percent — Clovis voters said yes to a […]