Cooper, Delbert

Delbert Cooper Services: Have been held. Delbert I. Cooper, 78, of Cathedral City, Calif., died Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, in Hemet, Calif. He was born on Nov. 5, 1925, in Portales, to Lexter and Lola Mae Cooper. He married Bonnie Cook on Nov. 24, 1948, in Portales. He graduated from Floyd High School and Eastern […]

Cooper, Bonnie

Bonnie Cooper Services: Have been held. Bonnie Marie Cooper, 76, of Cathedral City, Calif., died Friday Oct. 22, 2004, in Palm Desert, Calif. She was born on June 14, 1928, in Rotan, Texas, to Samuel and Addie Cook. She moved to Portales at an early age. She graduated from Portales High School in 1948. She […]

Hudson, Frankie

Frankie Hudson Services: Have been held. Frankie Hudson, 72, of Carlsbad, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004, at his home. He was born on Sept. 30, 1932, in Melrose, to Jasper and Nancy Bloomer Hudson. He grew up in Carlsbad and enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school. He was honorably discharged and returned to […]

Nine apply for county manager position

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Curry County manager’s office is on the cusp of a regime change, and the seated county commissioners have never been through this process before. Commissioners have not formally discussed the applicants or the transition process, but when they meet again on Tuesday they will introduce their ideas for […]

Journalists have right to protect their sources

Freedom Newspapers T he investigation into who leaked the name of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative and wife of former ambassador Joseph Wilson, to the media has resulted in some downright bizarre consequences. Matthew Cooper of Time magazine (who wrote a story critical of the leaking without naming names) and Judith Miller of the New […]

Cooper pounds Mules

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Muleshoe quarterback Brant Hamilton shakes off Lubbock Cooper outside linebacker Patrick Stevens during the first half of of Friday’s game in Muleshoe. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) John Eisel: CNJ sports writer MULESHOE — Muleshoe’s defense couldn’t only take the pounding so long. Running straight at the smaller Mules’ defense, Cooper rolled up 358 yards and […]

County manager applications due

CNJ STAFF REPORTS Curry County officials say they will review applications for a new county manager on Monday and hope to begin interviews for the position two weeks later. The deadline to apply for the position is 5 p.m. on Friday. The position became open in September when County Manager Geneva Cooper announced her resignation […]

No more ‘Cooper County’

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Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper talks with Lance Pyle, executive assistant and indigent specialist, Friday in the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Top-level officials like Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper are becoming a statistical rarity. She got married when she was a junior at Portales High School. […]

County manager resigning

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer After 15 years as Curry County manager, Geneva Cooper took a deep breath and read aloud her resignation to the commission Tuesday. Cooper has worked for the county 18 years. She announced her resignation effective Dec. 17. “I think it is just time I retire and pursue some other […]

‘It takes everybody doing the job’

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Gloria Mares has worked for the school system for 28 years. She said most custodians leave because they cannot adjust to the once-a-month pay. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Adriana Corrales has gotten used to the screaming, the kicking and the obscenities. The booking clerk at the Curry County Adult […]

CHS’ Perkins gears for Junior Olympics nationals

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Kim Perkins works on her starts in the 400 hurdles this week as she practices for Junior Olympics national competition in Eugene, Ore. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Kim Perkins didn’t know she’d be working so hard in track this summer. Perkins, who will be a junior this fall at Clovis High, finished […]

County: Blame jail for budget woes

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a $20.5 million budget that will cut the county’s cash on hand from $10.1 million to $3.2 million by June 2005. County Manager Geneva Cooper said the fund drain has been caused mostly by increasing jail costs spread over a number of […]

County renews manager’s contract

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County commissioners voted Wednesday morning to issue a four-year contract to County Manager Geneva Cooper. All commissioners except Ed Perales voted for the renewal. A person answering the telephone at his business who identified himself as Perales’ son said Perales would not comment. County Attorney Steve Doerr […]

County manager’s contract renewed

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper’s contract will be automatically renewed today for one year. A May 1, 2001, contract, signed by Cooper and county commissioners, ran until today; it has an option to automatically renew for a one-year term unless either Cooper or the commission delivered a notice of […]

County facing budget crisis

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER County Manager Geneva Cooper told county commissioners Tuesday a preliminary county budget does not include raises for county employees. “When we get the final budget, if we have enough money, we can look at that,” she said. Commissioners approved a preliminary budget at the meeting that shows county expenditures […]

County manager told to cease endorsement

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales has demanded in writing that County Manager Geneva Cooper stop publicly endorsing the re-election of District 2 Commissioner Pete Hulder. Cooper refused Perales’ request, also in writing. Both sides called the other’s letter “threatening.” The exchange of letters was prompted by paid advertisements in […]

County manager in campaign controversy

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Some county residents and some candidates in county elections claim Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper violated county personnel policies by endorsing District 2 commission candidate Pete Hulder in a newspaper advertisement. The ad, which ran in Wednesday’s Clovis News Journal, lists a number of local residents, commissioners Kathrynn Tate […]

Volunteer coach shares his joy for track

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Clovis volunteer assistant coach Derico Cooper, who was himself a hurdler in college, has helped four Clovis hurdlers qualify for state this year. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Derico Cooper paces near the starting line of the 300-meter hurdles, twirling a school-bus-bright yellow stopwatch around his finger. With the blast from the starter’s […]

Zia students bid farewell to principal

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Zia Elementary Principal Mel Mapes receives a present from second-grader Kelsey Knight at an assembly Friday afternoon to honor his recent retirement. CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn. By Jack King: CNJ staff writer About 420 highly enthusiastic first- through sixth-graders filled Zia Elementary’s gym Friday afternoon to raise their voices in praise of Mel Mapes, […]

Adult detention center overcrowding makes hole in Curry County funds

By Jack King Curry County is facing a $1.3 million shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year, due mostly to the cost of housing county prisoners out of state, officials said. County Manager Geneva Cooper told commissioners on Tuesday that preliminary figures for the 2004-2005 budget show the county with total revenues of $5.7 million, but […]