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 […]