County treasurer candidate profile: Bernice Baker

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Courtesty photo Bernice Baker is a candidate for Curry County Treasurer. Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked Curry County treasurer candidates to answer the following questions in 300 words or less. The answers were edited for spelling and style. The primary is June 3. Bernice Baker Party affiliation: Republican Age: 59 Occupation: Chief deputy […]

Treasurer not required to resign

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout is not required to resign after being indicted Friday on the charge of tampering with public records, according to the New Mexico Association of Counties. Though she has elected to go on administrative leave, she is still county treasurer, said Steve Kopelman, general counsel […]

County treasurer accused of tampering with public records

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout surrendered herself to law enforcement Friday afternoon after she was indicted on the charge of tampering with public records By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout was indicted Friday on the charge of tampering with public records, a fourth-degree felony, according […]

Oct. 19, 1932

County Treasurer Chas. H. Evans was preparing tax statements for the 1932 tax year and said they would be mailed to county taxpayers soon. … Salvation Army Capt. Edgar C. Davis said a patch of turnips planted on the city’s farm had yielded more than enough to supply demands and the remainder would be given […]

Business feature: Job not toiling for Tillie

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At 89, Tillie Shaw is serving as the chief executive officer at the Clovis Board of Realtors. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Tillie Shaw has been called a champion, a cheerleader and a workhorse by friends and associates. She was the first women elected Curry County treasurer in 1964 […]

County seeks $1 million in back taxes

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The computer printout of delinquent taxpayers in Curry County is an inch thick and 119 pages long — which constitutes roughly 1 percent of property owners. Among them, they are responsible for 10 percent of the county tax role — or a little more than $1 million. Curry County Manager […]

Money-laundering charges dismissed in Vigil case

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The judge hearing the public corruption case against former state Treasurer Robert Vigil on Friday dismissed the four money laundering charges against him. U.S. District Judge James Parker also made a tentative decision to deny a defense motion seeking to throw out all or some extortion counts, and denied the […]

Avoiding scandal takes follow-through

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist For the most part, I get it. Juicy scandal rocks New Mexico. Wannabe mob guys playing Monopoly with treasury office tax money. Forget the dimly lit back room of a New Jersey tavern. This drama takes place in the Land of Enchantment where, prosecutors say, if you wanted to do […]

County manager urges caution lifting fire ban

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Recent rainfall has Curry County residents questioning the need for the continuation of the countywide burn ban. County Manager Dick Smith told the County Commission on Tuesday his office has received several phone calls from citizens asking if the ban has been lifted. The burn ban, which encompasses all […]

3/19 Club notes

Grady Alpha Club Grady Alpha Club met March 7 at the Clovis home of Maxine Kelso. Katy Mackechnie presided over the business meeting. The roll call was answered by nine members, and one guest offering Irish blessings. Discussion centered around plans for the Grady Memorial Day dinner on Sunday, May 28, which coincides with the […]

Slain woman’s mother endorses DNA bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The mother of a murdered New Mexico State University student urged lawmakers Thursday to pass legislation requiring DNA samples from everyone who is arrested for a felony. “We can’t bring our Katie back … but through this law we can save so many other lives,” Jayann Sepich of Carlsbad […]

Vigil’s exit saved us $45,000 a day

Anna Crook: Guest Columnist The New Mexico House of Representatives performed admirably in considering whether to impeach the state treasurer. The process followed by the House was fair, and it was properly halted when the subject of the investigation resigned. Treasurer Robert Vigil was arrested on federal charges just weeks before the Legislature convened in […]

Clovis representative sits on impeachment committee

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Among 10 representatives chosen to serve on an impeachment committee is a Clovis resident, Rep. Anna Crook, R.-Clovis. The bi-partisan committee, comprised of five republicans and five democrats, developed procedures and determined whether or not there was probable cause to impeach State Treasurer Robert Vigil. State legislators will enter […]

Prevent incompetents from key posts

Ned Cantwell Katrina caused the country to get off its big butt and stare wide-eyed at our disaster incompetence. JetBlue glued eyes to the TV screen and reminded us the guy in the cockpit is worth the big bucks he takes home. Robert Vigil and Michael Montoya made us pay attention, too. They made us […]

Bookout wins treasurer’s race

CNJ STAFF Republican Rhonda Bookout pulled ahead of Democrat Rachel Toney late Tuesday and easily won the Curry County treasurer’s race. Bookout received 7,749 votes to 6,005 for Toney. The race was close most of the evening and Toney was leading early, but Bookout pulled away when absentee and early-voting ballots were counted. Bookout said […]

Candidate profile: Rachel Toney

•Republican Rhonda Bookout faces Democrat Rachel Toney in the Curry County treasurer’s race. Current treasurer Linda Hall is retiring at the end of the year. Name: Rachel Toney Occupation: Chief Deputy Treasurer Political party affiliation: Democrat Birth date: May 16, 1963 Hometown: Clovis Family: Husband, John and two children Hobbies: Reading, hiking and spending time […]

Candidate profie: Rhonda Bookout

•Republican Rhonda Bookout faces Democrat Rachel Toney in the Curry County treasurer’s race. Current treasurer Linda Hall is retiring at the end of the year. Name: Rhonda Bookout Occupation: Clerical worker Political party affiliation: Republican Birth date: March 4, 1953 Hometown: Clovis Family: Married to Lance Bookout for 16 years; one daughter, Sarah; one son-in-law, […]

Bookout wins treasurer nomination

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Curry County Republicans decided Tuesday by a two-to-one margin that Rhonda Bookout will be their candidate to face chief deputy treasurer Rachel Toney in November’s race for county treasurer. According to election tallies, Bookout received 1,953 votes compared to 970 votes for her Republican primary opponent, Beni A. […]

Treasurer race about different experiences

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of question and answer sessions with county office candidates. The county treasurer’s duties include collecting taxes in the county and maintaining a bond fund account and a general fund account. The treasurer also is responsible for the safekeeping, disbursement and […]

Local Republicans come together to gain support

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Republican state Supreme Court candidate Ned Fuller told his audience at a Republican candidates’ forum Monday there is one cure for “fuzzy-headed liberalitis” — a full-judge transplant. Fuller, who is running for the state Supreme Court seat occupied by Richardson-appointee Edward Chavez, spoke to a meeting of the Curry […]