Local News Briefs (Jan. 6)

Curry County institutes burn ban
CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners have banned all outdoor burning — everything from fireworks to barbecuing on a grill — to try to prevent grassfires.

Grassfires that broke out last Sunday burned more than 53,000 acres along New Mexico’s eastern boundary around Hobbs, Tatum and Logan, south of Curry County.

Curry County road superintendent Danny Davis asked commissioners for the ban Wednesday, saying his department fought four grassfires over the weekend. He blamed two of them on fireworks and said a third probably was caused by a cigarette.

“I am asking everyone to not flick their cigarettes out the window,” Davis said.

The ban on outdoor burning will remain in place until the commission rescinds it.

Filing day for candidates Jan. 10
Filing day is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 10 for all candidates who will run in the municipal elections. Candidates will file with their city or village clerks.

Change affiliation by Jan. 30
The final day for a candidate to change or indicate party affiliation on an existing certificate of voter registration for the June 2006 Primary Election.

This means that if you plan on being a candidate on the June Primary ballot, you must be a member of the party you will be representing on that day, use the name on the ballot as it is shown and the address shown on your voter registration is within the district you plan to run in.

If you need to make any changes or just want to check to see that your voter registration is in order contact the county clerk, Janet Collins, at 356-8562 or come by the office at the courthouse.

Portales Schools Mil Levy election
The deadline is 5 p.m. on Tuesday to register to vote for the Portales Schools Mil Levy Election which will take place on Feb. 7. Absent voting will begin on Jan. 13 in the Roosevelt County Clerk’s office or by mail. Anyone who needs a ballot mailed can call the clerk’s office at 356-8562.