Thursday morning briefing: Just for kicks, sneak peaks and money machines

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing. Just for kicks There’s a kickball tournament Saturday at the Portales Recreation Center. Registration deadline is Friday.

Tired of machines ordering me around

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with Bossy Britches Machines. Our motor vehicles insist on telling us our “windshield washer is low” or we might ought to “check the oil.” The worst is the bright yellow light announcing our “fuel is low.” Do they think we can’t […]

Bill would allow ATM machines at racetracks

Both supporters and opponents of a bill that would allow racetrack casinos to put automatic teller machines on the gambling floor expect the bill to pass the Senate today. Senate Bill 330, sponsored by Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Espanola,

Clerk’s office testing voting machines

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Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer From left, Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins, Chief Deputy Clerk Linda Connelly, and Senior Clerk Nath Baca run sample ballots through the early and absentee voting machines Friday morning in the courthouse basement. The clerk’s office also will Freedom New Mexico

Laundry shouldn’t be complicated

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Well, we got one of those new-fangled washing machines.

Voting machine contract criticized

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico County clerks across the state are speaking out against the high cost of a maintenance contract for recently purchased voting machines mandated by the federal government. A Nebraska firm, ES&S, sold the Secretary of State’s Office machines for every county in the state last year. With the machines now […]

It’s Their Business: The Sewing Basket

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The Sewing Basket By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Name: The Sewing Basket Location: 1605 N. Prince St. What they do: Sell sewing machines, fabric, notions and embroidery supplies. The business also offers sewing instruction with the purchase of sewing machines and sewing machine repair. Who’s in charge: Kerri Forrest and D’Aun Barnes Employees: Three […]

Voting by mail gets my full support

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In counties across New Mexico, voters had an opportunity Tuesday to decide important issues like school bonds. In the years since the disputed 2000 presidential election, voters have shown trepidation about whether their vote will count. The government’s response is the Help America Vote Act, which has mandated counties […]

Rise of the (voting) machines

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer New state-funded voting machines will debut today with the start of early voting for the Nov. 7 General Election. Although voters will still be using a paper ballot, the marking method has changed. Residents will fill in an oval on the new ballot instead of continuing an arrow, according […]

State mandates voting changes

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Although the next Curry County election isn’t until June, local officials are already preparing for nearly two dozen state-mandated changes. The most drastic will be in the voter-identification process. Curry County Voting Administrator Coni Jo Lyman said voters will be required to show proof of identity using at least […]

Local man seeks return of personal slot machines

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ John A. Mesner wants the state to return the slot machines they confiscated from his home. The state said he’s not entitled to them, even in light of a recent state Court of Appeals legalizing the ownership of private slot machines in New Mexico. “He’s not going to […]

Unlucky ad for slot machines lands man in jail

Staff and wire reports A Clovis man attempting to sell slot machines through the classifieds found out his potential buyers were actually undercover agents with the New Mexico Gaming Control Board. John A. Mesner, 59, was arrested by Clovis police on Friday and charged with five counts of possession of illegal gaming devices and one […]

Company denies problem with voting program

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER Elections officials in two other New Mexico counties and a computer specialist with the state Bureau of Elections reported problems Wednesday with Insight voting machines similar to the problems Curry County officials encountered Tuesday night. A new state law requires county officials to report vote totals by precinct and […]

County finds low-cost way to build new events center

By Jack King Curry County commissioners may have found a way to build a special events center at a price the county can afford, Commissioner Pete Hulder said Tuesday. Hulder, a member of the commission’s special events center subcommittee, said he has talked with county maintenance supervisor Lee Delk about remodeling the rodeo arena at […]

God — not medicine — is greatest healer of all

By Judy Brandon The miracles of modern medicine are astonishing. Medical procedures and the latest drugs now cure severe conditions and zap infections that were once fatal. Although now it just seems to be standard procedure, it is all quite different. My mother related to me the story about the time her sister cut herself […]

Some random thoughts and one-liners to ponder

By Bob Huber I’m an ardent collector of one-liners, and they stand out like traffic cops on the Information Highway. It used to be, before I learned my computer’s bells and whistles, that I had to stay up late and take notes from TV shows like Jay Leno and David Letterman. Now I just log […]