State’s system of governing wacko

By Ned Cantell: State columnist Not until I experienced an epiphany, that sudden awareness of an important concept flooding the brain and making the body tingle, did I truly realize what one was. An epiphany: It’s a revelation, kind of like when George Bush masters a new two-syllable word. Du-buy. My epiphany came at a […]

Multiple candidates spark voter interest

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Multiple candidates led to strong voter turnout in Fort Sumner and Melrose on Tuesday. Fewer candidates likely led to low voter turnout in Clovis and Texico, officials said. In Fort Sumner, 53 percent of voters turned out, the region’s highest participation, with Melrose chalking up 38 percent. In Clovis, […]

Making votes count

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Poll workers Codie McDowell (left) and Pam Sury receive instructions Monday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Months of anticipation and speculation are over. Talks of voter disenfranchisement, rights, turnouts, conflicting polls and political spin will culminate throughout the country today with the reaffirming of George […]

Voter interest high in county

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Curry County is following a nationwide trend fueled by Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan groups pouring resources into registering voters, a push spurred by the near deadlock of the 2000 presidential race and polls that predict another tight election this year. According to the county clerk’s office, registration numbers are […]

Grassroots group wants youth at polls

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Rafael Benavides of Clovis registers to vote Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse. Helping Benavides and 10-month old daughter Nina is deputy clerk Stephanie Boydston. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A national grassroots group has infiltrated two area colleges in an effort to get young voters to the polls for […]

DA race piques voter interest

By Eric Butler: CNJ CORRESPONDENT The combination of the availability of an alternate early voting site with the interest sparked by the district attorney’s race sent more Republicans to the polls in 2004 than the previous primary election. For the Democratic Party, where only one race was contested — State Senate District 7 — significantly […]

Party registration affects the way we live

Grant McGee: Local columnist Over at the Curry County Courthouse, in County Clerk Mario Trujillo’s office, which political party do the records show you’re registered with? This hot race that’s going on for the district attorney’s job with people switching parties so they can vote in the race got me thinking and reminiscing. I registered […]

Cooley, Kenneth

Kenneth Cooley Services: Have been held. Mr. Kenneth DeWayne Cooley, 50, of Clovis, a registered nurse, died Sunday, May 16, 2004, at his home. He was born on April 15, 1954, in Belen, to Kenneth and Donna Hodge Cooley. He was a registered nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center. He worked for the Santa Fe […]

Voters switching parties for DA race

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer A 9th Judicial District Attorney’s race between two Republicans may be responsible for giving Curry County a majority of registered Republican voters for the first time in its history, according to officials with the Curry County Clerk’s office. Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said, as of Tuesday, there […]

District attorney race may improve voter registration

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent The area’s high-profile district attorney’s race may be playing a key role in getting more people to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote for the June 1 primary is Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, early voting and absentee voting begins. Curry County Clerk Mario Trujillo said that during […]