Federal judges’ ruling allows for racism

Freedom New Mexico I n uglier days, college admissions boards based their decisions on race. Friday, a panel of federal judges turned us back in that direction. Thanks to an activist panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Detroit, which ruled 2-1, the admissions boards of public universities and colleges within the […]

Candidate profiles: Magistrate judge

Liliana Castillo Curry County still has two magistrate court judges. But this election, voters will only have a chance to vote for the one that lives in their division. County commissioners, under court order to adopt an ordinance dividing magistrate elections into two divisions created on the basis of racial demographics, approved the change last […]

MainStreet seeking light parade judges

CNJ staff The Clovis MainStreet organization is looking for judges for the annual Christmas Light Parade, according to executive director Robyne Beaubien. Beaubien said the organization is looking for three judges. The organization prefers judges not affiliated with anyone in the parade to ensure no bias. Judges need to be at the judging station on […]

State moving closer to repealing death penalty

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican New Mexico for centuries has been reluctant to execute criminals, even though the state has had some form of capital punishment law on its books for virtually all of its history since the Spanish colonial era. Even during the blazing days of the Wild West, judges routinely requested Territorial […]

Committee evaluates 9th Judicial District judges

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission has recommended all four judges in the 9th Judicial District be retained by voters in the upcoming elections. Four of the district’s five judges will be listed on the Nov. 4 ballot for retention or rejection and must receive 57 percent of votes to […]

Lawsuit settlement changes way magistrate judges elected

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer By Gabriel MonteCNJ STAFF WRITERgabe_monte@link.freedom.com The system to elect magistrate judges in Curry County will change in the 2010 election because of a recent lawsuit settlement. Curry County residents Johnny Chavez and Terry Martin sued the state three years ago to change magistrate-judge positions from at-large to districted positions […]

Judges should uphold justice, not make policy

By Freedom New Mexico The federal courts are supposed to serve as impartial referees on questions of constitutionality, not as unelected policy-making boards or regulators. But at a time when almost every public policy dispute becomes a court case, many judges seem to have embraced their ersatz roles with gusto, further politicizing what should be […]

Limited amnesty offered on outstanding warrants

CNJ staff Limited amnesty will be offered in December to people with outstanding bench warrants in Curry and Roosevelt County magistrate courts, according to court officials. With approximately 2,500 outstanding bench warrants in Curry County alone, some dating back to 1982, the courts are hoping to reduce the backlog by offering people a chance to […]

Education Digest: Students score numerous awards

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis students dominated in a Santa Fe dance competition, according to Clovis Schools officials. The Gattis Junior High School Bear Essentials, Marshall Junior High Kitten Magic, Yucca Junior High Chap Dance, and Clovis High School Wildcadettes competed March 17 in the Santa Fe Ski Festival Dance Competition sponsored by […]

Snapshot

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Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis said he finds civil cases the most challenging part of his job. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff What: Magistrate court is a full-time court that handles civil and criminal cases. The severity of the crime or the monetary and/or jurisdiction limitations in a civil action determine […]

Castleberry prevails

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Kathi Holland votes Tuesday at Zia Elementary School. A fourth-grade teacher at Zia, Holland said she used the election to teach her students about civic issues and the importance of voting. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer With his father by his side, Duane Castleberry arrived at the Curry County […]

Election 2006 — Probate Judge

One of the local contested races on the Nov. 7 election ballot is Probate judge. Democrat Gloria Wicker and Republican Kevin Duncan are vying for the position being vacated by Ribble Holloman. Duties: Probate judges work part-time. They transfer the property of the deceased, referring to either the deceased will’s or, in the absence of […]

Military readiness takes precedence over environment

By Freedom Newspapers Nearly everywhere the U.S. military trains, it now finds itself fending off flanking attacks from an enemy within. These environmental extremists say they are concerned about the impacts training activities have on plants and animals, but they also undoubtedly relish the opportunity to champion two liberal causes at once, by undermining the […]

Incumbent Hollis takes magistrate judge position

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The will of 580 people entrusted the Division 2 magistrate judge position to incumbent Richard Hollis during the Tuesday primary election. Hollis, a Republican, will run unopposed in November. The Clovis News Journal was unable to contact the judge early Wednesday morning after Curry County officials released the results. […]

Detention center could gain new purpose

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The founder of a drug and alcohol rehab program is hoping to turn an old Albuquerque detention center into a secure, residential treatment facility for New Mexico addicts in the near future. Renovations of the old jail have yet to begin, according to Second Chances founder Rick Kenery. At […]

Candidate profiles: Roger Hatcher, Richard Hollis

The following are profiles of Republican candidates for Curry County magistrate judge Division 2. Early voting begins May 9 from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Early voting ends the Saturday before the election. The primary is June 6. Roger Hatcher Republican candidate for magistrate judge, Division […]

Judges should eschew personal views

Are federal, state and local justices appointed to office to impose their personal views on society or to interpret law? Is it a judge’s duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution, and state constitutions in the cases of state and local judges, or is it their duty to uphold foreign law and United Nations treaties? Should […]

Zia Elementary fifth-grader advances to national bee

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Zia Elementary fifth-grader Lucas Donaldson, 10, waits in his seat for the next round during the 2006 Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Stephanie Stancell did the prerequisite work on “prerequisite,” studying the word and practicing its spelling, she said. But when […]

Bill would split magistrate elections into two divisions

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A magistrate judge and a district attorney say a bill that would change the way magistrate judges in Curry County are elected is undemocratic. The bill’s sponsor, Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, thinks the bill embodies representative government, and would give minorities more voice. If House Bill 730 passes, Curry […]

Miers nomination hurts president’s support base

CNJ Editorial Conservatives, libertarians and other professed believers in limited, constitutional government have had many reasons to be appalled at the George W. Bush administration. For starters, government spending has gone through the roof, the president has further federalized education, he has yet to veto a single bill of any type, and he continues to […]