Commissioner salaries smaller than in similar-size counties

Robin Fornoff Curry County commissioners make less money than counterparts in at least two similar-size New Mexico counties. But they make far more than commissioners in Roosevelt County and the city of Clovis. And when it comes to benefits, they enjoy the same health and retirement packages as every city and county official under plans […]

Ingle seeking re-election

CNJ staff Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, announced Monday he will seek re-election to his District 27 seat, which includes all of Roosevelt and De Baca counties and portions of Curry, Chaves and Lea counties. Ingle, a farmer and rancher in Portales, has served in the senate since 1985 and has been senate minority leader since […]

Reserve program pays off for farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Melrose farmer James Bostwick stands in one of his CRP fields. Bostwick has been farming for over 40 years and in the CRP program for 20 years. Christina Calloway Farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties participating in the Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve program in 2011 received a combined $9.95 […]

Verizon purchasing portion of Plateau Wireless

CNJ staff Verizon is purchasing a portion of Plateau Wireless but the sale will not affect Plateau customers in Curry, Roosevelt or Quay counties. Plateau CEO Tom Phelps said Saturday that Verizon is purchasing the southwest New Mexico quadrant, which includes portions of Roswell, Carlsbad, Artesia, and Hobbs and Ruidoso. Phelps said the sale won’t […]

Educators say early start best for reading proficiency

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Christian School third grade teacher Janella Hill leads her class Wednesday in the “Friendly Letter Song,” a song to learn the five parts of letter writing. Benna Sayyed Educators in Curry and Roosevelt counties agree that early intervention is the best method to help develop reading proficiency. They don’t […]

Advocates, victims need our support

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Amber Hamilton, the most feared player in our noon-time hoops group, is director of ARISE (Advocating, Reassuring, Informing, Supporting, Empowering) Sexual Assault Services. ARISE provides medical, advocacy and counseling services in Roosevelt, Curry, Quay, DeBaca, Harding and Lea counties. “One in four women and one in six men will experience sexual violence at sometime,” says […]

Snow expected tonight, Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties until 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Four to 8 inches of snow predicted

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The heaviest band of snow in the approaching winter storm system will set up west of Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Jennifer Palucki of NWS said snow accumulation will not be as high in the southern portions of eastern New Mexico. Overall, […]

Bovine tuberculosis restrictions lifted

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File photo Bovine tuberculosis restrictions lifted on the New Mexico beef and dairy industries Tuesday could mean an economic bonus for the state and a collective sigh of relief for producers in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Robin Fornoff Bovine tuberculosis restrictions lifted on the New Mexico beef and dairy industries Tuesday could mean an economic […]

A festive affair: Counties prepare for fairs

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Logan Hinders, left, and Austin Bagwell, of New Day Productions in Amarillo, put together sound equipment at the Curry County Events Center Friday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming Shattering the Silence concert and the Curry County Fair. General Manager Kevin Jolley said the fairgrounds will be ready Monday for […]

Counties report rise in sexually transmitted diseases

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Carol Morgan, nurse manager for Portales Public Health Office, performs a lab procedure to test for chlamydia Friday morning in the public health office laboratory. Morgan said the office saw 27 patients with chlamydia in the first six months of the year. Alisa Boswell The number of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) […]

Fire restrictions lifted

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Forestry Division has lifted bans on smoking, fireworks, campfires and open fires for all counties, according to a press release distributed by the agency Friday. The statewide bans were imposed in April and June. “Now that rainfall has returned and the fire danger has diminished, we feel the […]

Unemployment rates drop in Curry, Roosevelt

Sharna Johnson Monthly unemployment numbers in Curry and Roosevelt counties dipped to rates that haven’t been seen in two years and officials are crediting expanding industries as the reason. The most current data available from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows in April, Curry County’s unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent and Roosevelt County’s […]

Curry, area counties declared disaster areas

Argen Duncan The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, along with 12 other New Mexico counties, primary natural disaster areas because of losses from drought, high winds and wildfires this year, according to a news release from the department. The declaration makes farmers and ranchers in those counties eligible for […]

Press release: USDA designates local counties disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, high winds and wildfires that began Jan. 1, 2011, and continues. The counties are: Catron, De Baca, Grant, Luna, Roosevelt, Chaves, Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, […]

Area communities receive block grants

By Kevin Wilson and Sharna Johnson This week five communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties got the more than $2 million boost they need to complete important projects. State community development block grants were awarded Tuesday during an allocation council meeting. Of 11 communities in Eastern New Mexico that applied, Curry and Roosevelt counties were […]

Grant program accepting proposals for quality of life projects

CNJ staff The Southeast New Mexico Grant Program for 2011 is accepting grant proposals, according to a news release. The deadline is July 30. Proposals will be accepted from counties, municipalities, public schools and 501c(3) non-profit organizations in Chavez, Curry, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln, Otero and Roosevelt counties. Proposals should explain how each project can improve […]

Caprock fire 60 percent contained as of Thursday afternoon

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Courtesy photo: Jeanie Coffey Austin A fire at the Caprock in north Curry County Wednesday evening was approximately 60 percent contained by Thursday afternoon. CNJ staff State and local fire crews are working contain a blaze that has consumed about 600 acres of remote grassland along the boundary between Curry and Quay counties. The fire […]

Fire damage estimate climbs to 71,000 acres

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan From left, Kenneth Workheiser of Transmatic Wrecker Service and Curry County Deputies Michael Brockett and Erica Romero man a roadblock on U.S. 70 near Southwest Cheese Company LLC during the grass fire April 17. Workheiser said he was there in case a fire truck needed help. Twenty-eight fire departments fought […]

Extension office plans meeting on wildfire losses

Freedom Reports Agricultural producers in Curry and Roosevelt counties who experienced losses in the wildfire Sunday can get information at a meeting next week, according to a news release from the counties’ Cooperative Extension Service. The meeting is set to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Extension Building at the Curry County Fairgrounds, 1900 […]