Commissioners tout new jail plan

Robin Fornoff The $9.3 million Curry County Commissioners say they need to expand and renovate the jail covers only the cost of the building, not furnishings or additional staff that may be needed. Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick acknowledged as much Tuesday during a sparsely attended public forum designed to answer questions about the project. Bostwick, […]

Superintendent’s contract extended

Benna Sayyed The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to extended the contract of Superintendent Terry Myers. The board added an additional year on to Myers contract which had two years remaining, and agreed to continue his annual salary of $151,000 through June 30, 2015. “We just feel like he’s doing a […]

Education column: Education foundation helps support teachers, staff

A few years ago a handful of educators and community members had a vision to create an education foundation for additional support for teachers and staff members with innovative and creative ideas for their classrooms. Established separate from the school district, the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation was set up so that teachers and staff […]

Village of Grady supports jail bond

The Village of Grady adopted a resolution Monday supporting a first phase for a proposed Curry County Criminal Justice Complex. The issue will be on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. The phase, at an estimated $33 million cost, would be provided through $16.5 million in general obligation bonds and $16.5 million to come from […]

Military increasing awareness of benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Despite billions of additional dollars pumped into veterans’ benefits in recent years, many military personnel still leave service unaware of their VA benefits or of programs set up to help them transition to civilian life, a senior Defense official and veteran advocates testified Wednesday. Noel C. Koch, deputy under secretary […]

USDA announces additional 300,000 acres for wildlife habitat expansion

DES MOINES, Iowa — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has approved an additional 300,000 acres for conservation projects under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). These additional areas include 150,000 acres for the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Initiative; 50,000 acres for the Duck Nesting Habitat Initiative; and 100,000 acres for the Habitat […]

State police close I-40

Freedom New Mexico Road closures and tough driving conditions from a fierce winter storm Thursday were taking a toll on Tucumcari hotels. Hotels were 50 percent full as of 2 p.m., according to Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry. Cherry also said no emergency shelters have been set up yet. “We are not seeing that much […]

Inmate sentenced for attack on guards

CNJ staff A 29-year-old Clovis man who attacked two detention officers with a handmade shank was sentenced Wednesday to serve 24 years imprisonment. Guadalupe Urquizo received the maximum sentence and is facing an additional four years if found to be a habitual offender, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. A jury […]

Troop surge won’t bring end to war

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama officially took personal possession of the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, announcing that 30,000 additional U.S. troops will be hustled into Afghanistan over the next six months. He’s hoping for another 10,000 or so from other NATO countries. The president said his first objective is not setting up […]

Police department requests additional motorcycles

CNJ Staff The Clovis Police Department will be asking the city commission Thursday for permission to lease two Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. The motorcycles would be rented at $5,400 for a period of six months with nearly $12,000 needed for additional equipment […]

Judge Hartley pulls support from courthouse security plan

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District Judge Ted Hartley By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A battle over courthouse security hit an impasse Tuesday when District Judge Teddy Hartley withdrew his offer to contribute to the cost of additional security officers. Hartley’s change of heart came after the commission voted to move ahead with its security plan, having spent nearly […]

Additional courthouse security officers sought

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer At today’s Curry County Commission meeting, County Manager Lance Pyle is expected to ask commissioners to hire two new security officers for the courthouse. If granted, the added officers would cost almost $95,000 and bring the number of courthouse security personnel up to three. The meeting is scheduled for […]

Additional road closure planned for Sunland expansion

One additional road closure has been scheduled for the Sunland Expansion on Thursday, August 6, 2009. This will be at the same location as was before between Spruce Street and the traffic light at Kilgore Avenue and Hwy 70. Crews need to close this portion of the road for at least half the day to […]

Governor Bill Richardson, NMORR announce $16 million in additional local road and transit construction projects

SANTA FE- Governor Bill Richardson and the New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment today announced the approval of an additional $16.1 million worth of local road and transit construction projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Several of the projects are in Curry and Roosevelt County and include the Hull Street Bridge in […]

Inmate accused of beating detention officer unconscious

CNJ Staff Double homicide defendant Anthony Casillas, 22,

AFSOC confirms move

CNJ staff The Air Force Special Operations Command confirmed Thursday the 3rd Special Operations Squadron will move to Cannon Air Force Base from its current home at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. The squadron flies MQ-1 Predators, which are unmanned aerial vehicles. The move will bring an additional 84 officers and 155 […]

School closings and delays

The following schools and organizations are closed due to blowing snow and weather conditions: Clovis Municipal Schools – Closed Clovis Christian School – Closed Clovis Community College – Closed House Municipal Schools – Closed Texico Municipal Schools – Closed The Ninth Judicial District and Curry County Magistrate Courts – Closed Two-hour delay Melrose Municipal Schools […]

Dec. 30, 1933

City commissioners voted to make an application for a federal public works loan to be used for additional improvements to the city park. … “Man’s Castle” featuring Spencer Tracy was showing at the Lyceum Theatre. … Wick’s Modern Hatcheries, 310 W. Grand St., offered 50 baby chicks to the mother and father of Curry County’s […]

Security troop surge may provide not worth costs

Freedom Newspapers In his State of the Union message, President Bush, echoing previous comments from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announced he will ask Congress for authority to increase the U.S. armed forces by 92,000 people over the next five years — 65,000 additional soldiers for the Army, bringing the total to 547,000, and 27,000 additional […]

Crash witness amazed to find survivors

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Bryan Kos was planting wheat north of Melrose when the sounds of a low-flying helicopter caught his attention late Monday morning. As he watched, the chopper flew past him before crashing into a nearby maize field, he said. Jumping from his tractor and running toward the cloud of dust […]