Attorney general race centers on fighting corruption

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — When New Mexico last elected an attorney general, it was against a backdrop of a corruption scandal involving two former state treasurers. Since then, a powerful former lawmaker was sent to federal prison, Gov. Bill Richardson’s Washington ambitions were derailed by a pay-to-play investigation and a former secretary of state […]

Polls show King has 15-point lead over Chandler

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Chandler, King Kevin Wilson A poll on the upcoming attorney general’s race shows incumbent Gary King with a 15-point lead over Matt Chandler heading into November’s general election. King, a Democrat, was chosen by 48 percent of poll respondents, while Chandler, currently serving his second term as the district attorney for the state’s 9th Judicial […]

Clovis High School soccer team wins Matt 25 boat race

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CNJ photo: Gabriel Monte The Clovis soccer team runs to its milk boat Sunday at Green Acres park during the Matt 25 Hope Center’s milk boat race. The team won first place, which it also won last year. Freedom New Mexico The Clovis High School soccer team claimed its first victory of the year, and […]

Governor race displays lack of class

Ned Cantwell, When Barney heard New Mexico’s next governor will be Democrat Diane Denish or Republican Susana Martinez, he was elated. “That’s great,” gushed my friend from New Jersey in a phone call last week. “I know I’ve poked a lot of fun at your hick state over the years, but your future is on […]

Governor’s race ‘historic and unique’

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Max Best of Clovis places his ballot into a voting machine Tuesday at Zia Elementary School. Best said it’s his “civic duty to vote. You can’t complain if you’re not taking part.” By David Stevens: FNM editor New Mexico Republicans and Democrats can agree on at least one thing: “I […]

Crook wins district representative race in landslide

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks State Representative Anna Crook, R-Clovis, talks on the phone Tuesday evening at the Curry County Courthouse while watching the vote tally come in the primary election. Crook went on to defeat challenger Wade J. Lopez. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer State Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, won Tuesday’s primary election […]

God’s people are athletes running a race

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Hi, my name is Curtis and I’m a Winter Olympicaholic. As I write, the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver are themselves closing. Seventeen days sounded like a good long time, but now the Olympic flame is being extinguished. Our neighbors to the north did a […]

Garza, Madrid, Stoddard win commission seats

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks From left to right, Claire Burroughes, Clovis community director, Joanne King, election deputy clerk, Joe Thomas, city manager, watch as city clerk Leighann Melancon tallies ballots Tuesday night at city hall. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Voters returned two incumbents, and added another Curry County commissioner to the ranks […]

Press release: Wilhite withdraws from commission race

Clovis, NM – Jarod Wilhite, president of Wilhite Inc., in Clovis, NM, announced today his withdrawal from the Clovis City Commission race. Wilhite was running for the District 4 position on the City Commission.

Race against sun sheer satisfaction

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full blast so […]

Discrepancies in drug laws magnify race

Freedom New Mexico Now that the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat has introduced a bill to end the unjustified and counterproductive 100-1 sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, there’s a pretty good chance this 23-year mistake finally will be ended. Majority Whip Richard Durbin introduced his bill Thursday. Since a similar bill has already passed […]

80 short dogs compete in first Clovis event

Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico More than 80 short dogs converged on Hillcrest Park on Saturday for the Wiener National race with one hot dog walking away the winner of the first time event in Clovis. Esperanza Martinez, of Farwell, and her dog Lacey took the $250 check from the Wienerschnitzel of Clovis. Esperanza said […]

Independence Day festivities to include live music, boat race

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File photo The Smoke on the Water fireworks display begins at 8:45 p.m. July 4 at Greene Acres Park. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Even though the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce isn’t quite to their $25,000 goal for the Smoke on the Water fireworks display, Director Ernie Kos said the day […]

Soapbox derby takes off

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Valon Smith of Clovis concentrates on the course ahead as she waiting for her race to begin during Saturday’s Soapbox Derby. This is the third year Smith, 12, has participated in the derby. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer After a friendly sibling race, Valon Smith figures it’s going to […]

Roch goes distance for vote

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Dennis Roch won more than one race this election season. Roch, who will represent Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties as the new District 67 representative, was challenged to a foot race while campaigning in Portales. Roch was knocking on voters doors on East Amazon Street in Portales. “I introduced […]

County officials: Turnout similar to ’04 race

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Despite the historic nature of Tuesday’s general election, voter turnout in Curry County only mirrored results of the 2004 general election. The Curry County Clerk’s office reported a 64 percent voter turnout on Tuesday. Voter turnout in the county was 65 percent in the 2004 election. County election manager […]

Voters speak out on District 5 race

Chandler has experience to back him up Caleb Chandler is obviously the most experienced and qualified candidate for County Commission District 5. Examples: 1. Detention Center problems: Caleb chaired the Joint House and Senate Legislative Committee that investigated the 1980

Golf course manager: Olympics just another race

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Courtesy photo Rex Maddaford of Tucumcari competed in distance running events during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico is doing a series of stories on Olympians with ties to eastern New Mexico.

Boat race takes creative spirit

By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer The Fourth of July celebrations in Clovis will include the second annual Dairy Boat Race at Greene Acres Lake. Participants were given a simple row boat and allowed to modify it within the rules, according to event organizer Steve Reshetar of the Matt 25 Hope Center, an office center […]

Hard work, effort make for successful soap box derby

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis High School Football center Juan Lopez said lifting the cars onto the 6-foot high ramp was similar to the workouts he does three times a week. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Now Brian Chambers and Earl Stewart know how the weight guesser at a carnival feels. The Clovis […]