Lincoln County, New Mexico

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Lincoln County is one of 33 counties in New Mexico. In 2000, its population was 19,411. Its county seat is Carrizozo while its largest community is Ruidoso.


It was once the largest county in the United States. In the late 1870s the so-called Lincoln County War broke out between ranchers and the owners of the county's largest general store. William Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid, became involved on the side of the ranchers after his friend and employer was killed. In the end, Bonney killed the deputy that killed his friend, another deputy, and the county sheriff. Several other people were slain in the conflict, which included the other leader of the rancher faction. His death ended the conflict. In 1878, the new territorial governor, retired Union General Lew Wallace offered an amnesty to the combatants in order to bring a long-lasting truce between the factions.

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The good

  • Commissioner contact and term information is posted, along with meeting times and agendas.[1]

The bad

  • Minutes for meetings are not posted.[2]
  • Only the budget from 2005-2006 is posted online.[3]
  • No county audits, credit card receipts, or checkbook register information available online.

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