Jail administrator selection made

CNJ staff Curry County has reached a tentative agreement to bring Gerry Billy of Ohio as its next adult detention center administrator. A request to approve an employment contract for Billy is on Tuesday’s county commission meeting agenda. Former administrator Keith Norwood resigned in September, and Tori Sandoval has been acting as interim administrator since. […]

Press release: ACLU says Clovis Municipal Schools Approve Gay-Straight Alliance

CLOVIS, NM – Yesterday, in response to a legal demand letter sent by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico, Clovis Municipal Schools (CMS) announced that it approved students’ application for a gay-straight alliance (GSA). High school senior Steven De Los Santos first applied for permission to form the club in late February. […]

Gross receipts tax our choice of poison

Freedom New Mexico Studies accepted by city leaders predict Clovis residents will run out of water in about two decades, if not sooner. No one has shown any proof to dispute this dire prediction, though some studies guess the water won’t dry up for a decade or so longer. But there certainly is no debate […]

Demolition of unoccupied dorms planned at ENMU

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University students Dallas Ellsworth, left, and Caleb Morse look at murals on the third-floor walls of DeBaca Hall dormitory. DeBaca Hall, now used only for storage, is one of three old residence halls scheduled to be torn down this year. Argen Duncan Tearing down three dormitories and […]

County commissioners back Cannon low-altitude training

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Courtesy illustration The proposed low altitude training area covers about 94,000 acres of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Sharna Johnson Assuring property owners’ rights would not be encumbered and the future of wind energy in the region will not be jeopardized, Curry County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution supporting low altitude training efforts by […]

Commissioners approve agreement toward Hotel Clovis renovations

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson An artist’s rendering of the planned Hotel Clovis Lofts, a $13 million conversion project by Tierra Realty of Clovis. Kevin Wilson City officials feel tax dollars will be better spent helping a private company renovate the Hotel Clovis than tearing down the city-owned building. The Clovis City Commission met Friday […]

Commissioners approve three-year contract for county manager

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners approved a three-year contract with County Manager Lance Pyle Wednesday that includes a six-month severance clause. The 3-2 vote to approve came following a more than hour-long executive session held after a special meeting at the courthouse. Commissioners Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard opposed the contract, both saying their votes […]

Lincoln county voters approve tax to help Ruidoso Downs

Staff and wire reports RUIDOSO — Lincoln County voters have approved a five-year gross receipts tax aimed at helping Ruidoso Downs racetrack. The tax proposal passed by 420 votes in Tuesday’s mail-in election. County officials reported 3,719 votes supporting the tax and 3,299 opposed. The county will increase the gross receipts tax by 3/16ths of […]

Melrose backs justice complex

CNJ staff report The Melrose City Council approved a resolution Thursday supporting a proposed $33 million Curry County criminal justice complex. The council supported both ballot questions voters are being asked to approve in the Nov. 2 general election. County voters are being asked to approve a $16.5 million bond and a one-quarter cent increase […]

Meetings watch: ENMU Regents approve renovation

At the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents special meeting Thursday: • President Steven Gamble said the campus had a record number of participants in summer camps. • The board approved spending $740,000 to renovate the University Annex in Portales, creating an animal science laboratory as well as a welding shop shared by the […]

County rejects revised budget, approves original preliminary plan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 3-2 majority had the Curry County Commission doing an about face Tuesday, rejecting a proposal to add 10 new detention officers at the jail and voting to approve County Manager Lance Pyle’s original preliminary $11 million budget with additional cuts. The vote came during a special meeting set […]

Transportation commission approves red-light camera policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Communities with red-light cameras installed on state roads have 60 days to remove them according to a policy passed Thursday by the State Transportation Commission. The commission unanimously voted to approve the policy during a meeting held at the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. The commission was meeting in Clovis […]

Commissioners approve introduction of pet licensing ordinance

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File photo The city commission will consider an ordinance that will require pet owners to license their animals. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Pet owners in the city could soon be required to license their dogs and cats. Commissioners approved the introduction of an animal licensing ordinance, voting 7-1 in favor during Thursday’s City […]

Commission to vote on improvements plan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners are expected to approve a five-year, $56.1 million capital improvement plan during a special meeting Tuesday. The Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Plan — which outlines capital improvement requests the county will make from 2011 to 2015 — shows a focus on road improvement. The commission will […]

Commissioners approve contracts, policies

CNJ staff At a special meeting Wednesday the Curry County Commission: • Approved agreements with five local senior citizen facilities. • Approved the sale of 2,500 yards of dirt to Stephens Construction and Ready Mix Inc. • Approved policies for the Curry County Adult Detention Center regarding the use and dissemination of records and photographs, […]

Bingaman votes to approve Sonia Sotomayor

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman joined 67 other Senators in voting to approve Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. “I voted to confirm Judge Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court because I believe she has the qualifications, experience, and impartiality necessary to be an excellent justice,” Bingaman said. Justice Sotomayor earned degrees from […]

Bingaman voted to approve emergency spending bill

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today voted to approve legislation that contains funding for border security.

ENMU regents approve $51.9 million budget

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Board of Regents approved a $51.9 million budget on Friday, about $5,000 less than the budget for the 2008-2009 school year. ENMU President Steven Gamble warned the budget will be

Board of Education members approve strategic plan, hold off on third-party review

The Clovis Municipal School’s strategic plan dominated a special Board of Education meeting Tuesday at the CMS administration building: • Board member Mark Lansford asked Deputy Superintendent Ladona Clayton about specifics on silent audits and cultural training. The silent audit outlined in the plan calls for a third party to visit school campuses posing as […]

County Commissioners approve ankle bracelet policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County has a new policy for releasing jail inmates on ankle bracelet monitors. The policy is a direct response to the January escape of 18-year-old Fermin Rodriguez, who cut off his ankle bracelet, fled and remains at large. Then-newly hired jail administrator Lois Bean promised a complete review […]