Judge: Former jail admin owed double back pay

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com A district judge has ruled a former Curry County Detention Center administrator is owed more than $200,000 in back pay. The ruling from Fifth District Judge William Shoobridge calls for double back pay with interest for Gerry Billy, who was let go as administrator Jan. 8, 2012, in a […]

County offices starting move

Staff report Curry County is beginning the move of administrative offices to its new location at 417 Gidding Street. The move schedule includes: • Administration, Information Technology and Maintenance: Will move Thursday-Friday, open at Gidding Monday. • Treasurer: Will move Monday-Tuesday, open at Gidding Aug. 31. • Clerk, Assessor and Finance: Will move Sept. 1-2, […]

Purple Heart parking spaces dedicated

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis Mayor David Lansford speaks at Tuesday’s dedication ceremony in front of Clovis-Carver Public Library for its new Purple Heart parking space.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis has a new reason to take pride in the color purple. City officials, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce representatives, local veteran organizations and area residents gathered Tuesday for a parking spot ribbon cutting ceremony at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. But this wasn’t just any parking spot. The City […]

Playa restoration funding fails in tie vote

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com During Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, a motion to apply county funds toward a playa restoration effort was introduced, and after a lengthy discussion, failed in a tie vote. Commission Vice-Chair Chet Spear spurred the talks in which Curry County would allocate $200,000 to obtain 1-to-1 matching dollars, of […]

Long distance customers without service

Staff report Customers with NTS Communications, a long-distance telephone provider headquartered in Lubbock, have been without service since at least Aug. 15 and company officials are not sure when it may be restored. A company employee who said his name is Phillip but declined to provide a last name, said workers are trying to “reroute […]

Former candidate pleads no contest on gun charge

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Steve Gershon’s seven-month candy run is over. The Clovis business owner and former Curry County Commission candidate pleaded no contest Tuesday morning on a charge of unlawful carry of a firearm in an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages. In exchange for the plea, and an admission of responsibility […]

Police blotter — Aug. 24

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 2:02 a.m.: Failure to pay fines, 14th and Ross streets. • 7:40 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, 1500 block of Red Cloud Place. • 9:51 a.m.: Inhalant abuse, 300 block of West 14th Street. […]

Events calendar — Aug. 24

Today Roosevelt County Fair — 4 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, Portales. Information: 575-356-8541. Thursday Roosevelt County Fair — 4 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, Portales. Information: 575-356-8541. Friday Wayland Baptist University-Clovis Campus Commencement — 10 a.m. Central Baptist Church, 2501 N. Norris St., Clovis. Sunny Sweeney Live — 8 p.m. Tickets $30. Bingo Hall, 611 Industrial […]

Meetings calendar — Aug. 24

Today Public Works Committee — 8:30 a.m. City Hall, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Leadership Clovis Ice Breaker — 11:30 a.m. Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Thursday Melrose City Council — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 State Water and […]

County accepting public comment

Staff report Curry County is accepting public comment on its land and resource management draft plan through Aug. 31. The county contracted Y2 Consultants and the Budd-Falen Law Offices to help create the plan, now available in draft status on the county website at www.currycounty.org The contract with Y2 requires the plan be ready for […]

CCC hosting blood drive

Staff report Clovis Community College will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the college’s gym. All students, faculty and community members are invited to donate. Donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid photo ID. Appointments run every 20 minutes and can […]

Civic center to host meeting Thursday

Staff report The Clovis Civic Center will host the first half of a two-day meeting by the state’s water and natural resources interim legislative committee on Thursday. Thursday’s meeting is slated for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Friday’s session set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Local legislators on […]

Pages past — Aug. 24

On this date … 1976: A new year began at 8:30 a.m. for Clovis public school students. Classes dismissed at 3:15 p.m. Two sessions of kindergarten were offered, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. School dietician Jane Hammond said student lunch tickets were 45 cents. 1976: The Roosevelt […]

Long distance out for NTS customers

Customers with NTS Communications, a long-distance telephone provider headquartered in Lubbock, have been without service since at least Aug. 15 and company officials are not sure when it may be restored. A company employee who said his name is Phillip but declined to provide a last name, said workers are trying to “reroute the circuitry” […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the administration building at 1009 Main Street. Agenda items include: • Consider a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of general obligation school building and refunding bonds in the amount of $8.45 million. • Discussion of 2016-17 District enrollment data • […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

The Curry County Commission meets at 9 a.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • Discussion and requested action regarding the disposal of assets • Discussion and action regarding the bid recommendation for BID#2016/2017-01 parking area improvements for the administrative complex at 417 Gidding and award of contract […]

Organizers declare fair success

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Jerry James of Farwell ties down a Kubota M-171 tractor Monday afternoon, one of five units that was on display at the Curry County Fair.

Staff report The 2016 Curry County Fair is in the books and organizers declared it a success, although specific figures were not provided. “Our preliminary reports show that attendance was up from last year, as well as participation in contests,” Curry County Events Center and Fairgrounds General Manager Joelle Reed said. “We have more in […]

Business feature: Ag tour organizers hope to promote understanding

Courtesy photo: Dalene Hodnett
A group on last year’s Ag True Tour, hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, explores a chili farm in the Rio Grande Valley.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com After Wednesday, area legislators may start to look at their food differently. A state agricultural organization is hoping a local tour will bridge the gap between lawmakers and producers. Under the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program on Wednesday is hosting the Ag […]

Police blotter — Aug. 23

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 12:24 a.m.: Fraudulent use of a credit card up to $500, Main and Fourth streets. • 1:19 a.m.: Driving under the influence, aggravated, Prince and Fourth streets. • 2:44 a.m.: False imprisonment, 200 block […]

Events calendar — Aug. 23

Today Ribbon Cutting Purple Parking Space — 2 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Roosevelt County Fair — 4 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, Portales. Information: 575-356-8541. Wednesday Roosevelt County Fair — 4 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, Portales. Information: 575-356-8541. Thursday Roosevelt County Fair — 4 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, Portales. Information: 575-356-8541. […]