Budget cuts could wreck ride program

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Alta Cole, a van driver for Curry County’s Maternal-Child Health Council program, left, talks with Jessica Hernandez, of Texico, as she takes Hernandez to a doctor’s appointment Wednesday in Clovis. (staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Nine months pregnant, Clovis resident Myishia Cotton has no car and few relatives in Clovis. […]

Lack of state standards both a blessing and curse for county’s jail

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A detention center inmates shirt hangs from the door as other inmates play basketballFriday at the jail. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer When it comes to jail standards, state law allows New Mexico’s 33 counties to do pretty much whatever they want as long as jail practices don’t […]

Capitol Clippings 1/22

David Arkin A bill introduced on Wednesday by a local lawmaker could provide $2 million for the transportation of parole violators. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said from his Santa Fe office that he introduced SB 90, legislation that would appropriate funds to the state’s Corrections Depart-ment to reimburse counties for the expense of incarcerating and […]

CNJ subscription rates on the rise

CNJ staff report Because of rising business costs, Clovis News-Journal subscription rates will increase by 25 cents per month beginning Jan. 1. The price of individual papers will remain 50 cents for weekdays and $1 for Sundays. Subscription rates still will provide a 44 percent savings, compared to “off-the-rack” prices, for those getting home delivery […]

Sheriff proposes ways to escape prison costs

By Jack King Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher has asked the New Mexico Sentencing Commission to consider proposals that would lessen the cost to counties of housing state prisoners. The New Mexico Sentencing Commission, formerly the state Criminal and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Committee, advises the state executive, legislative and judicial branches on matters of criminal […]

It’s flu season in New Mexico, but not yet in Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina Although flu is striking all around New Mexico, it seems to have had less effect on the local area. Not a single flu case has been reported so far in Curry, Roosevelt, or Quay counties, authorities say. Beth Velasquez, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Health, said there have been […]

De Baca jail may get grant

By Darrell Todd Maurina The De Baca County Jail in Fort Sumner may soon get a $75,000 state grant to make urgently needed repairs on its jail and buy additional equipment for the sheriff’s office, according to County Commission Chairman Powhatan Carter III and Rep. Jose Campos. Meeting Tuesday afternoon, the commission reviewed Friday’s jailbreak […]

County officials consider jail option

By Mike Linn Area county officials are entertaining the idea of funding a 2,000-bed jail that would house criminals from Logan to Lingo. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley is spearheading the idea, which he describes as a four-county cooperative to house criminals from Roosevelt, Curry, Quay and De Baca counties at a central location […]

State may see bills for prisoners

By Jack King A Curry County commissioner has called on counties statewide to start billing the state Department of Corrections for the counties’ expenses in housing state prisoners. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley proposed billing the state department during a meeting of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week in Gallup. The NMAC’s […]

Ed Perales to pressure state on jail

By Jack King A Curry County Commissioner said he wants to further a statewide effort make the state pay county detention centers for housing state inmates. “I would like to encourage counties statewide to pressure the state to pay counties for those incarcerations,” said Commissioner Ed Perales. “I’m concerned about Curry County, but I think […]

Runoff may be needed for Combest’s seat

By Jack King The special election to replace U.S. Rep. Larry Combest, R-Lubbock, in Texas, seemed likely to go into a run off at press time Saturday. Although there were clear leaders, none of the 17 candidates in the race had the “50 percent plus one vote” needed to win, according to the Texas Secretary […]