Carter to change sides in courtroom

Freedom Newspapers istrict Attorney Brett Carter has spent 18 years in Roosevelt and Curry County courtrooms working to ensure felons face justice. In about a month he’ll be an adversary to prosecutors. Carter will take over as head of the 9th Judicial District public defender’s office next month, replacing long-time district defender Calvin Neumann, who […]

ENMU political groups plan debate for tonight

By Kevin Wilson While the presidential and vice presidential candidates prepare for their debates, political groups at Eastern New Mexico University are working together for theirs. A policy debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at the Becky Sharp Auditorium, featuring party platforms from the College Republicans of ENMU and the College Democrats of ENMU. […]

Every election has its importance

By Jim Lee Those of us in this community who have remained reasonably close to consciousness realize an election will take place in November. But how many of us know about the one this Tuesday? Registered Portales citizens need to vote on this week’s alcohol issue. When I did my informal poll, I discovered that […]

Campaign hopes for collegians

By Mike Linn A national grassroots group has infiltrated two area colleges in an effort to get young voters to the polls for the November presidential election. A local organizer for the New Voters Project said she’d like to see at least 600 students at Clovis Community College and 900 at Eastern New Mexico University […]

Kernan holds off Palmer

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent While lawmakers across the state will be fretting on Election Day in early November, worrying if they will get enough support to win their races, Gay Kernan will probably have her feet up. Kernan’s hard work is already done. The Hobbs school teacher defeated William Palmer, a Lovington oil man, […]

Prosecutors say Chandler stretching the truth

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Four prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office claim former colleague Matt Chandler is misrepresenting his record in hopes of being elected on June 1. Chandler said information he’s supplied in fliers and in media advertisements is accurate. He called the prosecutors’ comments “disappointing.” “For this to come out […]

Political Notebook, May 19

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Kernan, Palmer speak out Rep. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs and her opponent for Senate District 42, William Palmer, also a Republican, of Lovington, are hitting the airwaves in what’s becoming one of the most interesting and hotly contested seats in the state. Two weeks ago, both candidates appeared on KENW, an […]

ENMU student body election final, but candidates still have issues

By Darrell Todd Maurina After confusion, accusations of impropriety and the disqualification of one candidate, Brett Trembly has been elected Eastern New Mexico University’s student body president. Trembly received 278 votes while the incumbent president, Bob Cornelius, received 217 votes. Fabian Guzman received 159 votes and said he was disqualified because of an e-mail sent […]

Republicans gather for re-election meeting

Ryan Lengerich CLOVIS — A grassroots organization touting the Bush/Cheney campaign held its first meeting Thursday night and featured an address from a state representative. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, spoke at a local restaurant to 15 area residents involved in the Curry County Bush/Cheney Re-election Campaign. “I think we are in exciting times and it […]

Lawmaker: Gorham situation ‘disappointing’

David Arkin An eastern New Mexico lawmaker said in-party GOP fighting that led to the resignation of the party’s leader is disappointing. State Sen. Ramsay Gorham on Wednesday resigned as chairwoman of the state Republican Party. She doesn’t plan to seek re-election to her Senate seat. Gorham has been under fire from some party members […]

Officials examine why more don’t run for office

David Arkin Voters expecting to find plenty of choices for House and Senate seats on the upcoming June 1 primary and Nov. 2 general election may be in for a surprise — their choices are severely limited. There will be 29 House and 18 Senate contested races in the November election. And the figures for […]

Arnold bows out of race for probate judge

PNT Staff For all intensive purposes, Nancy Gentry’s title as probate judge will remain the same for another four years. Her only challenger Municipal Judge Fred Arnold bowed out of the race on Thursday, leaving Gentry with the surety of another term. Gentry said Arnold told her the news personally. “I am very thrilled and […]

DA candidates among many filing for a chance in statewide county elections

David Arkin The Brett Carter-Matt Chandler race has officially begun. On Tuesday, both Chandler and Carter filed their appropriate papers with the New Mexico Secretary of State in Santa Fe for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s post and will face each other in a June 1 primary. The general election will be held on Nov. […]

State lawmakers seeking re-election

David Arkin Many eastern New Mexico lawmakers described this year’s 30-day Legislative session as the worst and most difficult of their political careers. But the challenging session that ended a month ago hasn’t kept any of them from running for office again. Every eastern New Mexico lawmaker in the House and Senate is seeking re-election. […]

Tucumcari grieves death of mayor

TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — The mayor of Tucumcari, Calvin Litchfield, 60, died at home early Wednesday morning. Tucumcari Emergency Medical personnel responded to a call from the Litchfield residence on Sixth Street at 6:36 a.m. Wednesday for an individual apparently suffering from a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital […]

City considers mail-out voting for beer, wine

Mike Linn An election to decide whether to allow beer and wine licenses for restaurant owners in Portales may come as soon as April. The Portales City Council authorized a search for city funds to conduct a mail-out election that would cost the city roughly $13,500. According to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the mail-out election […]

Portales has options for beer-wine license

By Tony Parra Portales has two windows in which it could hold an election related to beer and wine licenses in 2004. City officials plan to meet to talk about their options at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at City Hall. The earliest an election could be held regarding the beer-wine issue is mid-April. It […]

Area counties check vote totals

PNT Staff Four area counties reported almost no changes from Tuesday when they reviewed election totals late last week. County officials in Curry, Quay, Roosevelt and DeBaca added a combined seven votes to election-night numbers, not nearly enough to influence the outcome of a close Amendment 2 race. Amendment 2, a proposal to increase education […]

What is a ‘real’ politician anyway?

Helena Rodriguez The California governor’s race has literally become a circus of the stars. From the “Terminator” — a.k.a. “Governator” — to a “hustler” to a 1980s sitcom star who doesn’t even plan to vote for himself. By now, we’ve all heard just about every Arnold Schwarzenegger line being pitched like campaign slogans and I […]

County to receive new voting machines

Kevin Wilson Roosevelt County officials said they will comply with the Help America Vote Act of 2002; however, the county will not pay for the machines, nor will the current voting machines be completely phased out. The county must be in complete compliance of the act by 2006, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze […]