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 […]