Citizens vote to ban dual commission service

CNJ staff Clovis citizens overwhelmingly approved a ban on dual commission service, rejecting the process by more than a 4-to-1 margin. In all, 3,742 voted for adding Section 2-6 to the Clovis City Charter, with 784 voting against changing the charter. The section will read, “No elected officer of the City shall be an elected […]

Commission approves burn ban

CNJ staff Curry County residents face severe restrictions on open fires under a Fire Danger Emergency resolution approved Tuesday by county commissioners. The resolution — a burn ban — was approved on a unanimous vote after commissioners were told the 90-day weather forecast for calls for less than average precipitation, continuing a severe drought. The […]

Negotiations approved for jail finalists

Robin Fornoff Negotiations with two finalists for the Curry County jail administrator’s position were authorized Tuesday by commissioners. County Manager Lance Pyle said he and County Attorney Stephen Doerr will begin negotiating with Gerry Billy as the first choice and Michael Williams as the second choice. Billy is a retired six-term (24 years) sheriff of […]

Portales says yes to Sunday alcohol sales

Portales voters approved Sunday alcohol sales by a narrow margin in a referendum Tuesday. The final total was 311-278 for allowing sales of alcohol on Sunday at local restaurants. Election officials described the flow of voters as steady most of the day, but only a fraction of the city’s 6,007 registered voters ended up casting […]

County approves Plan A

Robin Fornof Curry County Commission districts will remain about the same for the next decade. Commissioners on Tuesday adopted Plan A before a near-capacity crowd of nearly 50 onlookers on a unanimous 5-0 vote. The plan that only slightly alters two district borders was one of seven alternative options up for consideration. An earlier motion […]

Food provider to be contracted for golf course

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission approved a stopgap measure Thursday to avoid hitting into rough territory with the Colonial Park Golf Course. By a 6-0 vote, the commission allowed golf pro Charlie Maciel to contract a food provider for the 18-hole course purchased until the course is taken over May 1, 2012, by a […]

Commission OKs property tax rates

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Commissioners on Thursday approved new property tax rates for 2011 that should mean no increases or only slight increases to most property owners, according to County Assessor Tim Lyman. Lyman said the new rates do include an increase to some Melrose property owners of about 4 mils. That increase to […]

Voter count goes up

CNJ staff The number of registered Clovis voters has gone up in the weeks since a referendum election was approved for the city’s affordable housing plan. But Curry County officials don’t think there’s anything that clearly connects new registrations to the city’s Aug. 2 election. Tuesday was the final day voters could register to cast […]

Weekly update — June 26

Absentee ballots available for Aug. 2 election Tuesday is the first day voters can request an absentee ballot for the Aug. 2 city election on the affordable housing plan. It was approved by the city commission May 5 in a 6-1 vote, but forced into a referendum election through petitions filed by the High Plains […]

Commissioners approve preliminary budget

Sharna Johnson In a unanimous vote Tuesday, commissioners approved a $12.1 million preliminary budget for Curry County despite concerns over the jail’s out-of-county housing costs, commissioner expense budgets and oversight of capital outlay purchases. The final budget has to be approved and submitted to the state by the end of July. During a presentation of […]