Officials await ruling on racing license appeals

Thomas Garcia A pair of appeals filed by a Raton-based racetrack and casino have gone through the briefing stage and are now awaiting a ruling in the New Mexico Court of Appeals, with local officials optimistic the rulings will give Tucumcari another chance at a racino. La Mesa has a pair of appeals with New […]

License application window closed

Charles D. Brunt The New Mexico Racing Commission is no longer accepting applications for the state’s sixth racino because of a court injunction, the five-member panel announced Monday. Following a nearly 90-minute closed executive session, board chairman Rob Doughty III announced the moratorium, saying 8th Judicial District Judge John Paternoster in Raton is expected to […]

Court halts license process

Thomas Garcia Quay County’s effort to land the state’s last racing license was halted Friday when Raton District Judge John Paternoster granted an injunction to La Mesa, the original license holder. “We respect what the court has said, though we do not agree with it,” said Warren Frost, executive director of the Quay County Gaming […]

Deadline for racing license extended

Thomas Garcia The deadline to apply for the state’s last racing license has been extended another three weeks by the New Mexico Racing Commission, a key figure in Quay County’s quest to win the license said Thursday. “The commission has extended the deadline for applications from Sept. 2 to Sept. 23,” said Quay County Gaming […]

Racing commission extends license application deadline

Thomas Garcia The deadline to apply for the state’s last racing license has been extended another three weeks by the New Mexico Racing Commission, a key figure in Quay County’s quest to win the license said Thursday. “The commission has extended the deadline for applications from Sept. 2 to Sept. 23,” said Quay County Gaming […]

Martinez pushes license change

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Liliana Castillo Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that New Mexico is a magnet for people all over the world looking for a valid U.S. ID. And that’s one of the reasons behind her push to repeal a law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico. Martinez spent Wednesday in Clovis, meeting […]

Governor talks driver’s license law, school grading system

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Liliana Castillo Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that New Mexico is a magnet for people all over the world looking for a valid U.S. ID. And that’s one of the reasons behind her push to repeal a law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico. Martinez spent Wednesday in Clovis, meeting […]

Press release: La Mesa requests injunction to stop racing commission

By Tom Carroll ALBUQUERQUE, NM – La Mesa Racetrack and Casino today filed for an injunction in district court, asking the court to stop the New Mexico Racing Commission from giving away its license to another racetrack operator. La Mesa was awarded a license for a racetrack and casino in 2009 and has spent several […]

Racing license up for grabs

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QCSun staff Tucumcari may be back in the running for a race track. The New Mexico Racing Commission announced Thursday that a license granted La Mesa Racetrack in Raton has expired and the commission plans to consider applications from other interested communities across the state. The La Mesa license is the last non-reservation racing license […]

Peters has eye on Raton racino

Charles D. Brunt Dec. 01–Santa Fe art dealer and businessman Gerald “Jerry” Peters, who has twice tried to become a partner in New Mexico racinos, has his foot in the door on yet another: the long-stalled La Mesa Racetrack and Casino in Raton. Peters, a close political ally of Gov. Bill Richardson, said Tuesday he […]