County seats up for grabs

Alisa Boswell Two county commission seats and the offices of treasurer, county clerk and probate judge are up grabs in the June 5 state primary. County and state officials have from County offices have from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file for election. Up for grabs on the commission is the District 1 […]

Primary races shaping up

Robin Fornoff Candidates for Curry County offices have from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file for three seat commission seats and the offices of treasurer and county clerk in the June 5 primary election. Up for grabs on the commission are the District 2 position held by Dan Stoddard, the District 4 seat […]

Dodge to run for re-election

CMI Staff Democrat George Dodge of Santa Rosa plans to run for re-election for District 63 in the state House of Representatives. The district includes Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Guadalupe counties. He has held the position since 2011. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve my constituents the last two years and […]

Roch running for re-election

CNJ staff Dennis Roch, R-Texico, has announced he is running for re-election in District 67 of the state House of Representatives. The district includes all or parts of Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, Harding Union, San Miguel and Colfax counties. Roch, 38, is the only candidate who has announced candidacy for the position. He is assistant superintendent […]

Meetings watch —

The Board of Trustees of Roosevelt County Special Hospital District met in regular session Tuesday in the conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital: • Amber Hamilton presented her annual report on the Arise, sexual assault services program. A total of 96 exams were conducted in 201. The board commended Hamilton and her staff for their […]

Press release: Sen. Harden announces retirement

(From the office of State Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis) State Senator Clint Harden District 7 announced today that he would retire at the end of this term:

Honors — Jan. 22

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Bucher Gregory Bucher received The Conquistador Council and the El Llano Grade District of the Boy Scouts of America District Award of Merit. He served in the Air Force and is a veteran of Desert Shield, Desert Storm and was part of the response team to the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995. He is […]

My turn: Education funding needs reform

In her first month of teaching fourth grade in a lower socio-economic school district, a 10-year-old boy rushed at my friend with a sharpened pencil yelling, “I hate you; you are going to die!” The teacher (who requested anonymity) had simply asked him to complete an assignment. Now in her fourth year of teaching overall, […]

New city district map shows little change

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Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors voted on a redistricting option with minimal changes to district boundaries Tuesday night during the city council meeting. Sterling Fluharty, of Southwest Political Services, presented council members with three options for the redistricting of the city. “Concept A was the idea of least change or status quo oriented, so in […]

Elida news —

Sports schedule Oct. 27: Volleyball, Grady, Here, JH, JV, V, 4 p.m. Oct. 29: District Volleyball, TBA

Portales attorney facing felony charges

Robin Fornoff Portales attorney Eric Dixon is accused of attempting to run down District Judge Ted L. Hartley with a vehicle in April outside the Curry County Courthouse. Dixon was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony, according to 3rd Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando of Las Cruces. Orlando said […]

Pair of prosecutors awarded

Freedom New Mexico A pair of prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District won two of the six annual awards at the Tuesday night awards ceremony for the Prosecutors Section of the New Mexico Bar Association in Albuquerque. Deputy District Attorney Ben Cross was recognized in the drug category, while Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover was […]

Redistricting plan would split Roosevelt County

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Freedom New Mexico A redistricting plan that has passed the New Mexico state senate would break Roosevelt County among two congressional districts, including a split inside the Portales city limits. Senate Bill 22, which passed the Senate on a 27-14 vote, awaited introduction in the House of Representatives. The plan would split Roosevelt County by […]

Club notes — Sept. 18

Altrusa of Clovis Altrusa International of Clovis met for their monthly evening meeting on Sept. 12. Guests attending: Donna Herman, Annie Depre, Gwenda Alexander, and Emily Crowe. Members attending: Kathy Travis, Mary Weigl, Leslie McCloud, Glenda Hileman, Nancy Taylor, Margaret Blazek, Carolyn Muffley, Narcie Tucker, Pat McCollough, and Sylvia Bean. Donna Herman, Altrusa District 10 […]

DA: Katie’s Law aided in rape conviction

CNJ staff Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is praising Katie’s Law for helping convict an illegal immigrant of the 2010 rape of a Clovis woman. Chandler said Jesus Oscar Dominguez was convicted by a jury Friday and faces up to 27 years in prison. He said Dominguez was convicted largely on DNA evidence police […]

Approved county redistrict plan splits Precinct 12 only

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Commissioners have approved a redistricting plan that splits Precinct 12 in half to balance District 1 and 2 populations in the county. The county’s consultant, Research & Polling Project Manager Brad Morrison, said the change approved Sept. 6 does will not affect commissioners in the next election. Precinct 12 was split […]

Tucumcari woman sentenced in bank robbery

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari woman convicted in a 2010 daylight robbery of American Heritage Bank in Melrose was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. Juana Griego, 20, must serve at least 85 percent of the time behind bars and will be subject to two years of intense supervised parole on release, said Andrea […]

Residents share teacher memories

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Alisa Boswell With school back in session, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask students past and present who some of their favorite teachers were and why. Local residents from 12 to 90 years old shared memories of the positive influence their educators have had. Tommie Haislett of Rogers said she was one of the first […]

Mowrer selected as new district judge

Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has appointed Donna Mowrer of Portales to serve as a judge for the Ninth Judicial District Court. Mowrer currently serves as Deputy District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District and has held a number of roles as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office since joining in 2001.

Wednesday morning briefing: Junior rodeo, FFA and JFK

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Junior rodeo The High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals next week are sponsored entirely by local businesses and individuals and the Clovis Curry County Chamber says contributions are still needed. The finals are July 20-24 at the Curry County Events Center. For more information on […]