Voters say no to judicial complex bond questions

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Voters overwhelmingly defeated two bond questions aimed at building a $33 million jail and courthouse. Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn doesn’t know what will happen next, but he heard voters’ message loud and clear on Tuesday. “The citizens of Curry County have spoken, so we’ll have to make […]

Voters pass Bonds A, B, C

Liliana Castillo At midnight Tuesday, voters were approving three of the four bonds created by the 2010 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act with 92 percent of the votes in. Bonds A, B and C passed and Bond D failed. Bond C will devote more than $5 million in bonds to the improvement of public […]

Young voters divided on casting ballots

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CNJ staff photo: Alisa Boswell Nina Bjornsson takes her English 319 class back to the topic of literature Thursday after the class discussed voting. Alisa Boswell To vote or not? When the question was put to Eastern New Mexico University students recently, the answers revealed a deep divide. Just as many previous generations, this group […]

Letters to the editor: Tough decisions await voters Tuesday

Tough decisions await voters Tuesday Over the past several months, the Curry County Commission, members of the court and county management have tried to answer and provide educational materials to every voter in Curry County on the complicated issues regarding the proposed judicial complex on this upcoming ballot. The two issues before the citizens of […]

Letters to the editor: New courthouse part of growth

It is up to voters to decide the question of general obligation bonds for the design and construction of a courthouse addition, as well as whether a 1/4 cent addition should be made to the county’s gross receipts tax, designated for the design and construction of detention center renovations and expansion. As a judge of […]

De Baca County sample ballot

The following is a sample of the Nov. 2 general election ballot as it will appear to DeBaca County voters: United States RepresentativeDistrict 2Vote for one:• Harry Teague (D)• Steve Pearce (R) Governor and Lt. GovernorVote for one:• Diane D. Denish and Brian S. Colon (D)• Susana Martinez and John A. Sanchez (R)• Declared write […]

Petition seeks removal of judicial complex video from courthouse lobby

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CNJ file photo Two Clovis men filed a petition Monday asking the court to force Curry County to remove an informational video that plays continuously in the the courthouse lobby. The petition claims the video violates state law regarding campaign materials near polling places. Two Clovis men filed a petition in district court Monday seeking […]

Overseas voters granted extension

Sharna Johnson Overseas voters from New Mexico have been granted an extension after ballots in six counties, including Curry County, were sent out past deadline for the Nov. 2 General Election. To be counted, voting ballots sent to military and overseas voters — 844 total statewide, 102 of which missed the Sept. 18 deadline — […]

Candidate profiles: Magistrate judge

Liliana Castillo Curry County still has two magistrate court judges. But this election, voters will only have a chance to vote for the one that lives in their division. County commissioners, under court order to adopt an ordinance dividing magistrate elections into two divisions created on the basis of racial demographics, approved the change last […]

Vote no on jail, courthouse

On Nov. 2, thoughtful voters have plenty of reasons to vote against the $33 million judicial complex that Curry County officials want. We believe they should vote no on the two tax issues that will be on the ballot, for these reasons, among others: • The jail’s poor construction is not why prisoners keep leaving […]