Kernan maintains lead over Palmer

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Hobbs lawmaker Gay Kernan late Tuesday looked as if she may hold onto her Senate seat. Kernan held a 59-41 percent lead over opponent William Palmer for the Senate District 42 Republican seat, according to Palmer and the Secretary of State’s Web site. Kernan had received 1,136 votes and Palmer [...]

Area full of summer fun

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Fireworks displays, concerts, county fairs, a big-time bicycle tour and a first-time golf tournament top the list of things to do in the area this summer. There seems to be something for everyone — from sports fans to pageant competitors to people who get their kicks running across a field [...]

Carter, Chandler trade verbal jabs

By Jack King Candidates for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office traded sharp words on Tuesday, highlighting a political forum hosted by KTQM/KWKA’s radio station. Asked by a caller what he could do to actually prevent crime, candidate Matthew Chandler said he would launch bold new proactive programs like Abolish Chronic Truancy (ACT), aimed at [...]

Curry County agrees to merge United Way with Roosevelt County

By Jack King After months of planning and years of consideration, the Curry and Roosevelt county United Ways have opted to consolidate. The board of the Curry County United Way approved a merger with the Roosevelt County United Way at their Monday meeting, a decision board members of the Roosevelt County branch approved by an [...]

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 [...]

Officials answer questions about water use in area

Jack King Ogallala Aquifer water under Curry County is being used up at a rate almost five times faster than it can be recharged, the director of the State Engineer’s water rights division said here Wednesday. Paul Saavedra, who addressed a meeting of Clovis’ water policy advisory board at city hall, said an estimated 210,000 [...]

Habitat for Humanity helps families own homes

Kevin Wilson Randy Lee is working off 500 hours of community service, and he couldn’t be any happier to have the obligation. Lee, an employee for the city of Portales, was one of several Habitat for Humanity members that spent Saturday morning working on the construction of what will be his new house at 301 [...]

Gunshot to head kills Clovis man

Michelle Seeber A Clovis man has been arrested and charged with an open count of murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Clovis resident, said Lt. Jimmy Glascock, public information officer for the New Mexico State Police. Jacob Roberts, 18, was booked into the Curry County Detention Center in the shooting death of Justin [...]

CNJ sues county over pay records

Jack King Curry County’s attorney is using an inaccurate interpretation of the New Mexico Public Records Act to justify withholding county pay records, an attorney for the Clovis News Journal said on Monday. The paper filed a lawsuit against the county Monday in 9th Judicial District Court, asking the court to order the county to [...]

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. [...]