Twelve families displaced by Clovis Apartments fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firemen from the Clovis Fire Department take time Wednesday to rest and regroup before continuing their battle with the fire at the Clovis Apartments. Tonjia Rolan Nathan Alvarado was home with his 5-year-old son Kaiden and his mother, Angela Copeland, when the fire started Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments. […]

Apartment destroyed in fire

CNJ Staff One Clovis apartment was destroyed, but no injuries were reported in a chimney fire Sunday night in the 300 block of Innsdale Terrace. Battalion Fire Chief Mike Nolen said six residents were evacuated from four apartments in the complex, but only apartment B sustained major damage. The fire was reported at 9:16 p.m. […]

Rating system needs improvement

After a three-year effort by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to improve the process, ill and injured military members still endure a long, complex and often contentious evaluation system when seeking disability ratings and compensation for service-related health conditions. The process has been made more convenient and even shortened by an average six […]

Architects to discuss proposed judicial complex at meeting

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File photo Architects will discuss plans for a judicial complex in downtown Clovis during a public meeting today at 1:15 p.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. Sharna Johnson Architects are hoping to foster a productive exchange with the community during a meeting to discuss a proposed judicial complex today. Coordinated by Curry […]

County hosting meeting to hear architects’ presentation

CNJ staff Curry County is hosting a public meeting Feb. 22 so residents can join citizen committee members in hearing a presentation from architects hired to create solutions for issues at the courthouse and jail. Representatives from Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture of Albuquerque will make a presentation at 1:15 p.m. in the North Annex […]

Retroactive pay: Timely, complex

Tom Philpott Many Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia expected VA compensation for their illnesses to begin soon after a 60-day congressional review period ended Oct. 30. Though the first batch of payments did go out mid-week, the relatively small number — about 1,300 claims worth $8 million — reinforced […]

Voters say no to judicial complex bond questions

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Voters overwhelmingly defeated two bond questions aimed at building a $33 million jail and courthouse. Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn doesn’t know what will happen next, but he heard voters’ message loud and clear on Tuesday. “The citizens of Curry County have spoken, so we’ll have to make […]

Petition seeks removal of judicial complex video from courthouse lobby

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CNJ file photo Two Clovis men filed a petition Monday asking the court to force Curry County to remove an informational video that plays continuously in the the courthouse lobby. The petition claims the video violates state law regarding campaign materials near polling places. Two Clovis men filed a petition in district court Monday seeking […]

Letter to the editor: Inmates treated better than seniors

Do we really need a judicial complex? I say no, but that’s my choice. Maybe we should use the money for something else, and here is some food for thought: Let’s put seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes. This way the seniors would: • have access to showers, hobbies and walks; • […]

Vote no on jail, courthouse

On Nov. 2, thoughtful voters have plenty of reasons to vote against the $33 million judicial complex that Curry County officials want. We believe they should vote no on the two tax issues that will be on the ballot, for these reasons, among others: • The jail’s poor construction is not why prisoners keep leaving […]

Questions raised about county’s judical complex information

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Judge Teddy Hartley points to a door inside the courthouse that has been blocked to secure the building. Court officials have said the building is outdated, has security flaws and is too crowded. Sharna Johnson Curry County has paid nearly $20,000 for a video, yard signs, brochures and mass […]

Judicial complex concerns addressed at forum

Kevin Wilson The Curry County Commission held its second public forum on upcoming ballot questions for the first phase of the county criminal justice complex. There was more attendance and more complex support than in last week’s meeting, but opposition still ran high at the Clovis-Carver Public Library to the tax increases that would fund […]

Not right time for justice complex

Let me see if I get this right: When I came back to Clovis in 1992, the jail was being discussed as unsuitable then. Fast forward 18 years and what have we got? A deficient jail and courthouse. So our “leaders” want to borrow an initial $16 million by issuing bonds that we, the taxpayers, […]

City commission votes to support judicial complex

Kevin Wilson Curry County staff met some resistance Thursday night, but received a nod of support from Clovis’ City Commission on its desire to upgrade the county courthouse and detention center. On a 7-1 vote, the commission approved a resolution in support of a pair of ballot questions in November’s general election that would provide […]

Criminal justice complex among issues on ballot

Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com With only one member of Congress on the ballot for eastern New Mexico, there aren’t many federal changes this area can make on the ballot box. But Tuesday marks the first day voters can weigh in on several state issues, including local races, state races with […]

Letter to the editor: New judicial complex necessity

New judicial complex necessity A special bond issue will be on November’s ballot. As one part of that issue, Curry County citizens shall decide whether the gross receipts tax will be increased to fortify the existing detention center and increase bed space, including additional beds for maximum-security detainees. Curry County Adult Detention Center was built […]

Texico City Council supports Curry County Criminal Justice Complex

Freedom New Mexico The Texico City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution of support for the proposed Curry County Criminal Justice Complex in Clovis at its regular meeting. The resolution, like resolutions from Melrose and Grady councils earlier in the last two weeks, indicates support for two ballot questions at the upcoming November general election. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]