No seats change hands in school board elections

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PNT Staff Two incumbent Elida school board members retained their seats during Tuesday’s countywide school board elections. Virginia Ann Clemons took 89.3 percent of the votes in her race for Position 4, beating challenger Manuel Jasso. In the other contested race, 83.5 percent of voters favored Scott Burton for Position 5. Garland Creighton ran uncontested. […]

Despite election outcome, area largely Republican

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico There were no surprises about the results of the Nov. 4 presidential election among political party leaders in eastern New Mexico. While President-Elect Barack Obama won the state, Republican John McCain was a decisive winner in Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties. Curry County Republican Chairman Rube Render said he […]

Candidates sign up for school board elections

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer There are two contested races for February’s Roosevelt County school board elections — both in Elida. Dora and Floyd each have three candidates running unopposed, while Portales has two incumbents running unopposed, board president Alan Garrett and David Brooks. In Elida, incumbent Scott Burton faces a challenge for his […]

U.S. fortunate media can cover spectrum of bias

Freedom New Mexico For some reason, this election season seems to be more emotionally charged than is normal (as if anything is normal in presidential elections). Maybe it’s that neither major tickets for the nation’s top spot are the usual pairings of middle-age white guys. Perhaps it’s conservative talk radio providing handy sound bites and […]

Talk of dialogue with dictators is just politics

Freedom New Mexico Can it be that elections tend to bring out whatever latent stupidity candidates and their supporters may harbor, or that they induce people to say stupid and simplistic things in the belief that voters respond only to the stupid and simplistic? What inspires such dire reflection at this moment is the increasingly […]

City to replace two long-time councilors

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter With municipal elections only a few weeks past, city officials are already preparing to fill vacancies in Portales’ city government. The vacancies are a result of the recent resignation of Mayor Pro-tem Donald ‘D.K.’ Shafer at the March 18 council meeting and council member Jake Lopez seeking election for […]

Officials: Sen. Domenici won’t seek re-election

By Andrew Taylor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico intends to retire at the end of his term next year, closing out a 36-year career in Congress, Republican officials said Wednesday. These officials said the 75-year-old Domenici intends to make a formal announcement on Thursday in his home […]

Voter registration bills meet resistance

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A pair of House bills alllowing voters to register at the polls may be in for tough debate in the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. One of the bills is sponsored by Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces, the state representative who carried legislation that switched the state to paper ballots […]

Paper ballot bill among those clearing Legislature in final hours

By Susan Montoya The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers approved a flurry of bills in the final hours of the session that ended Thursday, including a measure that would impact voters across the state by requiring all counties to use paper ballot systems. Voters would fill in spaces on the ballots for the candidates […]

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 […]

New Mexico democrats to vote in caucus

Tony Parra New Mexico will be immersed in its first Democratic caucus in over 30 years, when voting for the presidential nominee takes place on Tuesday. That’s how long it has been since New Mexico has had a caucus, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze, and Terry Cone, Democratic chairman for Roosevelt County. In […]