Three candidates file in De Baca

CNJ staff Three candidates filed to run for three De Baca County offices Tuesday, the state’s filing day. • Incumbent De Baca County Commissioner George Gonzales filed for re-election to his seat in District 3. Gonzales is a Democrat and is completing his first four-year term. • Democrat Rosalie Gonzales-Joiner filed for county clerk. Gonzales-Joiner […]

Investigator: Officials broke chain of command

Robin Fornoff A private investigator has determined Curry County Commissioner Bobby Sandoval and former Finance Director Mark Lansford each broke chain of command in a dispute over a cost of living pay raise for County Manager Lance Pyle. Investigator Doug Shawn of Universal Investigation Services in Albuquerque was hired after Lansford filed a grievance Jan. […]

Weekly update — Jan. 15

Grievance filed against commissioner Fresh off one expensive dispute, it looks like there’s another squabble between a county employee and a Curry County commissioner. Finance Director Mark Lansford has filed a grievance against Commissioner Robert Sandoval, according to an email obtained by the CNJ through a state open records request. The disclosure is on the […]

First-degree murder charges filed against suspect in shooting

CNJ staff First-degree murder charges have been filed against a Clovis man in connection with an April 13 shooting in Clovis. Louis Guerra, 30, is also charged with two counts of aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony, shooting from a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence. On May 20, Guerra’s attorney waived […]

Witnesses: Shooting victim threw beer bottle at suspect’s car

CNJ staff Moments before the shooting began, witnesses told investigators Daniel Perez threw a beer bottle at a car belonging to Louis Guerra. At least 11 shots were then fired from a 40 caliber semi-automatic gun, one of which struck Perez in the right side of the head, according to an affidavit filed Monday in […]

Tax ordinance to go to vote

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said the city verified enough signatures to force a special election on a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase. The election would be May 3, pending city commission approval. Kevin Wilson An ordinance approved by the Clovis City Commission to raise gross receipts taxes will now […]

Settlement reached in election lawsuit

CNJ staff A settlement has been reached in a case levied against Curry County by two residents upset over the placement of a video at the courthouse prior to the Nov. 2 general election. Terms of the settlement have not been filed in district court and the judge could not be reached for comment. On […]

English-only bills violate our freedoms

Freedom New Mexico Among the various bills offered in Washington and Texas are new efforts to force every U.S. resident to speak English. U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has pledged to file an English-only bill in Congress. Worse, similar bills already have been filed in the Texas Legislature. One Texas state representative has filed legislation […]

Candidates file for school board positions

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jerome Provencio signs paperwork as he files for Position 1 on the Grady Municipal Schools board of education Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. He is running against Allen Edwards. Liliana Castillo Candidates for school boards across Roosevelt and Curry county filed for district positions Tuesday for Feb. 1 elections. […]

Former EPCOG executive director files lawsuit

CNJ staff The former executive director of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments has filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit against the agency and his successor. Nick Brady of Clovis filed the civil suit Nov. 12 in 9th Judicial District Court. Brady accuses EPCOG and his successor, EPCOG board member Richard Arguello, of forcing him to […]

Clovis resident still wants ruling on video lawsuit

Sharna Johnson The county may have pulled a controversial video from the courthouse lobby before the Nov. 2 election after two Clovis men filed petition for a district court injunction, but the case isn’t being dropped. Clovis resident Al Lewis, one of the petitioners in the case, said he wants a judge’s ruling on the […]

County made right decision taking down video

Freedom New Mexico Growing public outcry and a legal petition filed Monday finally got the attention of Curry County officials. On Wednesday they stopped playing a video in the county courthouse that many residents believe promotes passage of a bond and a tax to pay for a proposed $33 million judicial complex. We applaud the […]

Health care regulations going too far

Freedom New Mexico Within moments of President Barack Obama signing the landmark health care bill in March, lawsuits were filed, in Florida, Virginia and elsewhere. They challenged its constitutionality on the grounds that the U.S. Constitution does not give the central government the power to require every U.S. resident, as a condition of living in […]

Former Tucumcari city official files whistleblower suit

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari city official who filed a lawsuit alleging the city took action against him in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act was fired last week. Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose said John “Marty” Garcia was terminated as city treasurer July 6, but declined to state the reason, citing […]

Press Release: Charges filed in alleged porn bust

Candidates log thousands of miles on road to state office

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Since Roosevelt County rancher Matt Rush filed for the state land office race, he’s logged 30,000 miles on his truck, with only one trip to Lubbock and the rest across New Mexico. “My one piece of advice to anyone who’s considering running for a statewide office,” Rush said, while […]

Former jail administrator suing county manager, commissioners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Detention Center Administrator Lois Bean filed a lawsuit against Curry County commissioners and County Manager Lance Pyle on Thursday, alleging she was misled, treated unfairly and discriminated against because she is a black woman. In a 17-page suit filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, Bean said in […]

Municipal elections candidate filings

CNJ staff The following candidates filed for the March 2 municipal election: Texico Mayor • Jerry Cunningham (I) Village Council Two positions • Monnie Cunningham (I) • Oran J. Autrey (I) Municipal judge • Dean Henninger (I) Melrose Mayor • Arlie M. Mitchell • Donald E. Harrell • Tuck N. Monk City counselor Two positions […]

City candidates file for election

By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Longtime Clovis City Commissioner Isidro Garcia called it quits while a dozen candidates jumped into the spring city election Tuesday by meeting the 5 p.m. deadline to file. The only uncontested election is District 2, with incumbent Len A. Vohs, sales manager for Rooney Moon Broadcasting, returning for his […]

11/22 Bankruptcies

The following bankruptcies were filed in Roswell: • Jerry Luther Montgomery and Goldie Janice Montgomery, Chapter 7, filed date: 11/13/2009, Roosevelt County • Jared L. Shearer, Chapter 7, filed date: 11/17/2009, Roosevelt County • Kiston Michelle Jaramillo, Chapter 7, filed date: 11/18/2009, Curry County