Voter turnout second lowest of at-large mayoral races

CNJ staff Voter turnout for the Clovis municipal election was about double the amount for the 2010, non-mayoral race. But the 27.5 percent turnout was the second-lowest turnout, percentage-wise, of the five elections that have featured an at-large mayoral race. The highest turnout came in 1996, the first year the city elected a mayor at-large. […]

Sen. Clint Harden announces plans to retire

Kevin Wilson State Senator Clint Harden, R-Clovis, has announced he will not seek a fourth term and plans to retire following 10 years in the state Legislature. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about during the interim, basically since last session,” said Harden, who was appointed to the position in 2002 by then-Gov. Gary Johnson. His […]

Press release: Sen. Harden announces retirement

(From the office of State Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis) State Senator Clint Harden District 7 announced today that he would retire at the end of this term:

‘Gas outs’ yield short-term results

It’s now Feb. 1, which means we’re two weeks away from Valentine’s Day, and three months from a routine I find even more useless and frustrating. If fuel prices start climbing again — bank on it, with people using more fuel for spring breaks and planning summer trips — get ready to see “Gas Out […]

Fred Van Soelen says he won’t seek third term

CNJ staff Fred Van Soelen announced Tuesday he will not seek a third term in March. “When I first ran for office in 2004,” Van Soelen said in a release, “I had a three-part platform: Improving pay for our police and firefighters, improving our parks, and improving our streets. I believe that the city has […]

Honors — Dec. 4

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Ice The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program of New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Department congratulates Certified Ombudsman Volunteer Fern Ice of Clovis as the recipient of this year’s Gerald F. McBride Commitment to Excellence Award. [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Ice has served as a volunteer Ombudsman for more than 10 years, advocating for the […]

Obamacare trips on long-term care costs

Freedom New Mexico One of the significant purported cost- savings of President Barack Obama’s massive health care overhaul was supposed to be the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, CLASS, which was to operate like a private insurance program collecting premiums upfront to pay later for long-term care. On Friday, the Department of Health […]

Pyle elected to third term on insurance board

CNJ staff Curry County Manager Lance Pyle was elected Wednesday to serve a third term on the New Mexico Insurance Authority Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors. The board is comprised of eight members representing 31 of the state’s 33 counties. On the board since 2007, Pyle represents Curry, Eddy, Grant, San Miguel and Valencia Counties, […]

State needs leader such as Berry

What about Richard Berry? The mayor, I mean. Albuquerque. There are laundry lists of possible candidates for the Senate seat of Jeff Bingaman when he leaves office after his current term ends. Mayor Berry is on none I can find. Check out the New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan. Political junkie Joe is giddy with […]

Gamers building community in eastern New Mexico

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Steve Deleon, owner of the Sports Angle, sells some Yu-Gi-Oh! cards to two Yu-Gi-Oh tournament players, Kay Arguelles, left, and Lynn Salazar, Friday afternoon. The Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments are held every other Saturday at the store. Alisa Boswell The term gamer isn’t just for athletic endeavors. It can also apply to […]

Fort Sumner fills three spots in school board election

CNJ staff Fort Sumner voters filled three spots in their at-large school board vote Tuesday. Incumbent Tom Wilton was elected to a second four-year term, while Ray Drake earned his first elected term after serving five months as an appointed member. Kerrilyn Webb, running for her first time, was chosen for the third open spot […]

Letter to the editor: Term limits long overdue in U.S.

As I write this, FOX News is conducting a chat concerning term limits for our leaders in Washington. One might expect such a discussion following an election. I think term limits is a long overdue process in our American political system. I’ve always wondered how Congress was able to slip in a law limiting the […]

Our people: Sports fan

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Oscar Robinson of Portales enjoys sitting in his favorite chair and watching sports. Oscar Robinson is in his second term as the city councilman for Ward B. He said he ran again because he loves Portales and he can lend a positive outlook to the processes the city needs to […]

Press release: Summer school at ENMU-Portales begins June 7

PORTALES–Summer school at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales begins on Monday, June 7. The eight-week term runs from June 7-July 30. The first four-week term runs from June 7-July 2. The second four-week term runs from July 6-30. For more information, call 575-562-2175 or 1-800-FOR-ENMU.

Schools urged to keep long-term planning, saving in mind

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Robert Gorrell, executive director of the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority, talks during Monday’s New Mexico School Board Association Region V meeting at the Clovis High School Freshman Academy. Gorrell emphasized ways schools could save long-term money on new facilities. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Think leaner, think […]

Melrose council seeking applicants

CNJ staff The city of Melrose is seeking applicants for a vacant council seat. The council consists of four members.

Garrett re-elected as municipal judge

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Jan Garrett easily won her third term as municipal judge, taking 1,456 votes in a three-candidate field. “I’m pleased, I’m blessed,” Garrett said. “I like to have a job when I get up in the morning.” Garrett took 66.8 percent of the 2,180 ballots cast Tuesday. Steven L. Garcia […]

Pyle won’t seek re-election

CNJ staff Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle announced Saturday he will not seek a second term. Pyle said in a press release he is getting married in February and wants to devote more time to his new wife. “I love public service and have truly enjoyed serving the residents of Melrose as their mayor. The Village […]

April 5, 2009 Club notes

Claud Rainy Day Extension club The Claud Rainy Day Extension club met Feb. 25 with Marcy Kos, Lois Hollinsworth and Lucille Johnson for an enchilada lunch. Eleven other members and guest Crystal Fenstermaker were present. Ann Carter was elected to finish the term of president Ginger Beck, now teaching weaving and crafts at the university. […]

Editorial: Letting AIG flounder may be only choice

Moral hazard is the term economists use to describe a policy or action that either rewards irresponsible behavior or prevents the irresponsible party from being punished in the ordinary course of things. It is especially relevant when considering AIG (American International Group), the insurance behemoth that is reportedly getting access to another $30 billion of […]