Letter to the editor: Transparency needed

Transparency needed The letter came to me in December. The Board of Curry County Commissioners has appointed you to serve on the detention center and courthouse committees. The purpose of these committees is to assist the county commission in solving the infrastructure and financial needs of the detention center and courthouse. The letter did not […]

Jail administrator requests raise, concealed weapons permit with contract renewal

Sharna Johnson With his contract set for automatic renewal, jail Administrator Keith Norwood is asking the county commission for a $1,500 raise, a concealed weapons permit and a CPR trainers class. Commissioners are expected to vote on his requests Thursday, which are part of the consent agenda. The consent agenda contains multiple items voted on […]

County forms citizen committees

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners Tuesday formed two citizen committees to evaluate and make recommendations on issues with the jail and courthouse security. Commissioners ultimately decided to allow all who volunteered to serve on the committees of their choice, resulting in 13 citizens on the courthouse committee and 11 on the jail committee. By unanimous […]

County to discuss committee applications at meeting

Sharna Johnson Curry County has received 15 applications from citizens interested in being on two committees to study and provide guidance on issues at the jail and courthouse. Committee hopefuls include an attorney, retired journalist, doctor, former commissioners and community activists. “We appreciate the interest that we have received from the community and the county […]

Weekly update — Nov. 21

County refunded for software Curry County has received a full refund for a $17,000 jail management software purchase. The refund was received Friday, according to county e-mails provided by County Manager Lance Pyle. Commissioners approved purchase of the upgraded Sleuth software in April. County officials previously said purchasing Sleuth — also used by local law […]

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 selected for steering committee

CNJ staff Four Curry County officials have been selected to serve on steering committees for the National Association of Counties, according to a release from the organization. Commnissioner Wendell Bostwick was appointed to the agriculture and rural affairs steering committees. Commissioner Caleb Chandler was appointed to the justic and public safety steering committee. Commissioner Dan […]

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 […]

County commissioners agree to form citizens’ committees

Sharna Johnson Curry County plans to form citizens’ committees to study and provide input on jail and courthouse issues. During a special meeting Wednesday, commissioners voted unanimously to form the two groups at a Dec. 7 meeting. In the meantime, they intend to put out an open invitation to residents who are interested in serving […]

Commissioners direct federal money to Cannon gate road

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to direct federal road money toward Cannon Air Force Base’s south gate instead of closing Curry Road R as previously planned. Voting 3-2 — with Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard in opposition — the commission will seek bids to improve access from State Road 467 to Cannon Air […]

Commissioners discuss jail options

Sharna Johnson Commissioner Bobby Sandoval asked the public for help and solutions after voters sent a “loud and clear” message on recent bond issues. “Our constituents spoke and they are our bosses and we got the message loud and clear,” he said during a Friday meeting. “Tell us how to do it. If somebody out […]

Letters to the editor: Consultants agree jail outdated

Consultants agree jail outdated It appears the Clovis News Journal and some citizens place most of the blame for the deficiencies at the courthouse and jail on past commissioners and past and current management. I would like to interject this thought into the argument: If we could get the U.S. Justice Department to find the […]

Meetings watch: County to prioritize projects

During a regular meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Texico Fire Department, Curry County Commissioners are expected to: • Consider a five-year road maintenance plan which would be effective in 2012. • Consider a resolution for an Infrastructure Capital Improvements Plan from 2012 to 2016. The plan would prioritize projects the county plans […]

Official: Fair revenues up nearly $60,000

Sharna Johnson Revenues from the Curry County Fair increased nearly $60,000 from last year and concerts during the fair brought in record attendance, according to Kevin Jolley, events center manager. With a profit of $85,678 — from $255,976 revenue — Jolley said the fair was a success and commended his staff. Last year the profit […]

County awaiting vote to complete complex plan

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners voted Tuesday to wait on the final phase of an architect’s plan for a judicial complex until after voters decide in November whether to fund the project. They also — following a more than hour-long executive session — granted the county manager authority to proceed with purchasing private properties needed […]

Commissioners to meet, give report on jail

During today’s regular commission meeting, Curry County commissioners are expected to: • Give a report on its Aug. 3 tour and inspection of the jail. • Consider a 23-item consent agenda that includes: • A contract with BI Incorporated for inmate monitoring and tracking services • Approval for Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture to proceed […]

Commissioners approve Melrose health clinic bid

CNJ staff Curry County commissioners approved a bid for $350,000 to build a health clinic in Melrose during a Monday special meeting. Nick Griego and Sons Construction of Clovis was awarded the bid. The company agreed to construct the clinic by Jan. 15 so the county can pursue a $500,000 state grant. In order to […]

County to consider bond question

CNJ staff Curry County commissioners meet Monday to consider posing a bond question to voters in the November general election. The bond, if approved by voters, would pay for a judicial complex. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the commission room at the courthouse. Commissioners will also consider a bid and contract for the […]

Commissioners approve one ballot question, postpone another

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners Tuesday approved one ballot question and postponed action on another regarding possible tax increases to pay for a new jail and a judicial complex. The board adopted an ordinance letting voters decide in the November general election if the county should increase gross receipts taxes to pay for a new […]

City commissioners begin work toward tax extension

Sharna Johnson Clovis commissioners began the process Thursday to raise $7 million by renewing an existing gross receipts tax. Cash generated by a bond sale will be used to improve and repair the wastewater treatment plant. The tax is earmarked to retire the bond and amounts to 1.225 percent on the dollar. An ordinance approving […]