Election on: City verifies housing petition signatures

CNJ staff City staff reviewed petition signatures, and enough were verified Tuesday to force a special election on the city’s affordable housing plan, passed May 5 by the Clovis City Commission. The commission will hold a special meeting, tentatively 5:15 p.m. Thursday, to discuss an election for Aug. 2. The city charter allows citizens to […]

Patriots submit petition signatures to city

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon numbers petitions filed Monday by the High Plains Patriots. If 456 signatures are verified, the petitions will force a special election for an area Affordable Housing Plan. Melancon said verification should be complete by Wednesday. Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots Citizens group turned in […]

Patriots: Enough signatures to force election

A spokesperson for the High Plains Patriots said Saturday they had verified enough petition signatures to force a special election on the city’s affordable housing plan. Kim Runyan, president of the citizens group, said 496 signatures from registered Clovis voters had been verified, with a few more hours left to go Saturday night. That’s 40 […]

Patriots confident they have signatures to force special election

CNJ staff The High Plains Patriots don’t have a verified count, but the citizens group believes it will be able to file enough signatures to force a special election on the city’s affordable housing plan. “They’re finally flooding in,” said High Plains Patriots President Kim Runyan on Friday afternoon. “We’re right at the amount we […]

Group has gathered about 100 signatures toward election

Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots are at least one-fourth of their way to forcing the city’s affordable housing plan onto a special election ballot. Meanwhile, another grassroots group is organizing to persuade Clovis voters not to sign the petitions, or overturn the plan if it comes to an election. During the May 5 Clovis […]

High Plains Patriots turn in petition with about 1,000 signatures

Kevin Wilson Signatures were turned in Monday in favor of a special election on a pending gross receipts tax increase passed by the Clovis City Commission last month. City Manager Joe Thomas said if more than 456 signatures are verified on petitions submitted by the High Plains Patriots citizens group, a special election will likely […]

Group: Petition has enough signatures to force special election

Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots said they have enough signatures to force a special election on a .25 percent gross receipts tax hike. The citizens group plans to bring the city signatures on Monday, the deadline day established after the Clovis City Commission approved the GRT increase in its Feb. 3 meeting. The group […]

Alcohol sales on Bailey County ballot

CNJ staff A Bailey County commissioner gathered enough signatures on a petition to add an alcohol sales proposal to November’s general election ballot. Bailey County Clerk Paula Benton said the county certified 747 signatures on Commissioner Juan Chavez’ petition earlier this month. She said Chavez needed 545 signatures to have the petition to allow packaged […]

Udall files for U.S. Senate

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Democratic Congressman Tom Udall today filed approximately 14,500 nominating petition signatures with the Secretary of State, solidifying his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Udall, who needs 2,162 valid signatures on nominating petitions from registered Democrats to qualify for the March 15 Pre-primary nominating convention, submitted almost seven times the total […]

Sunday alcohol sales to appear on ballot

Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers A local group’s petition will allow Clovis voters to decide in the March 4 municipal election if they want alcohol sales on Sundays in Clovis restaurants. While some city officials think Sunday alcohol sales would be good for the city, others say they will leave it to the voters to decide […]

Alcohol petition turned in to city

CNJ Staff A group that wants city residents to vote on allowing the sale of alcohol by the glass on Sundays turned in its petition by the Friday deadline, according to City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon. The County Clerk’s office has until this Friday to verify signatures on a petition, Melancon said. She said the Clovis […]

Deadline to submit petition for alcohol sales draws near

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MCT photo: Bill Hogan Committee for Clovis Progress spokesperson Robin Howe said his group has collected about 2,000 signatures from patrons who want the issue of Sunday alcohol sales on the next election ballot. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The deadline to submit a petition proposing Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants and bars is […]

Alcohol sales petition sports half total signatures needed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Petitioners have collected about half the signatures required to put a proposal on the March municipal election ballot to allow Sunday alcohol sales, according to organizers. Committee for Clovis Progress spokesman Robin Howe said Monday about 1,200 signatures have been collected, but only about 350 are qualified signatures. Howe […]

Petition gaining steam

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Several Clovis restaurants have become signature collection points to support a petition for alcohol sales on Sundays. The Committee for Clovis Progress started Wednesday its petition to collect 725 signatures from Clovis registered voters to put Sunday Alcohol sales on the March 4 municipal election ballot, according committee spokesperson […]

Officials investigating allegations of forged criminal citations

By David Stevens Authorities are investigating whether dozens of citations issued by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety include forged signatures of criminal suspects, according to court documents filed in 9th Judicial District Court. The court records do not explain why citations may have been forged. Investigators have learned that at least some of […]

Alcohol petition lacks enough signatures

Andy Jackson: CNJ Staff Writer A petition to allow Sunday alcohol sales in Clovis bars and restaurants lacked the required signatures to be placed on the ballot for the next municipal election, according to City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon. To have made it on the March 7 ballot, the petition required 733 signatures from registered Clovis […]

Commission votes to impose burn ban

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners on Wednesday voted to impose a county-wide outdoor burn ban. Commissioners said the ban encompasses all types of fires, including fireworks and grills. The ban will remain in place until commissioners act to rescind it. County Road Superintendent Danny Davis asked for the ban, informing commissioners […]

County tax referendum fails

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A gross receipts tax increase adopted by the county in January will go into effect this summer as planned after a petition filed to put the tax to a public vote was ruled invalid. County clerk Mario Trujillo told the County Commission on Tuesday nearly 400 of the 1,300 […]

Battle for DA post highlights elections

By David Arkin The Brett Carter-Matt Chandler race has officially begun. On Tuesday, both Chandler and Carter filed their appropriate papers with the New Mexico Secretary of State in Santa Fe for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s post and will face each other in a June 1 primary. The general election will be held on […]

Deadlines for elections today

CNJ STAFF REPORT All candidates planning to run in the June primary must file with the county clerk or the Santa Fe office of the Secretary of State by 5 p.m. today. Candidates who are running for county offices or with only one county in their districts may file in the county clerk’s office. Candidates […]