County wants equal magistrate districts

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County officials have recommended creating two contiguous and equally populated districts for the Curry County Magistrate Court voting system. The Curry County Commission made the recommendation in response to a joint lawsuit filed by Clovis residents Terry Martin and Johnny Chavez. The joint lawsuit, filed in May, was […]

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. […]

Candidate profiles: Magistrate judge, Division 1

CNJ staff Profiles of candidates running for Curry County Division 1 magistrate judge in the June 6 primary. Early voting n Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday May 9 to June 3. Duane Castleberry Party: Republican Current position: Business owner What is your background? I grew up […]

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 […]

Magistrate voting system debated

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A yellow and green map had some citizens seeing red at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. The map depicted a proposed plan to change the Curry County Magistrate Court voting system, which attorneys for two county residents say is racially biased, from at-large to two districts. Clovis residents Terry […]

Redistricting hearing to be held during regular County Commission meeting

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A public hearing regarding redistricting of the Curry County Magistrate Court will be held during the regular meeting of the Curry County Commission. The meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. today at the courthouse. The hearing will address the lawsuit against New Mexico Secretary of State Rebecca […]

Roosevelt officials conducting roundup

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Courts and local law enforcement officials are issuing a warning before they begin arresting Roosevelt County residents who have not taken care of their citations and warrants. The Roosevelt County Magistrate Court officials, with the help of local law enforcement officers, will be conducting a warrant roundup in the near […]

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 […]

Macias indicted in shooting

CNJ staff A Magistrate Court judge ruled Thursday during a preliminary hearing that probable cause exists to indict a 30-year-old Clovis man on first-degree murder, shooting at a moving vehicle and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Court. Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis, who heard testimony […]

Lawsuit protests voting system

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Since 1982, nine minority candidates attempted to fill the Curry County magistrate judge’s seat. None of them succeeded. At fault, according to Johnny Chavez, is the at-large voting system used in magistrate elections. The Clovis native, defeated twice pursuing the seat, says the system is flawed, part of lingering […]

Weddings 2/15

Schumpert Natalie Broglie of Kauai, Hawaii, and Scott Schumpert of Clovis were joined in marriage on Jan. 26, 2004, in Portales. Magistrate Judge Jane Martin performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Susan Broglie of Kauai and the late Earl Broglie. The bridegroom is the son of Geri Schumpert of Clovis and the […]

Judge on duty 24-7

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By Mike Linn PORTALES — Magistrate Judge Jane Martin relaxed at her desk after work last week and noted that her job is not just a black-robed affair filled with weekday gavel pounding and sentencing of lawbreakers. In fact, Martin said she is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week — in […]