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Change to county grievance procedure tabled

Robin Fornoff Curry County commissioners were poised Friday to delete a grievance procedure from their employee personnel policy. Then, four department chiefs objected and the measure failed in a flurry of confusing motions and procedures. “This is ridiculous,” said Commissioner Frank Blackburn, who minutes earlier had aligned himself with Commissioner Robert Sandoval to leave the […]

Commissioners praise Curry County jail plan

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Courtesy photo/ Paul C. Reed Architects Courtesy photo/ Paul C. Reed Architects An architect’s three-dimensional concept a new addition to the Curry County jail to be funded by a proposed $9.3 million bond issue before voters on April 3. The addition is the portion marked SHU, which is an acronym for Special Housing Unit. By […]

Jail renovations focus of county meeting

An architect’s plan for more than $9 million in renovations and a possible addition to the Curry County jail is the focus of a special meeting 9 a.m. Friday. The meeting at the Clovis-Carver Library north annex room will open with county commissioners adjourning into executive session to consider the purchase of property. Any action […]

Curry inmate receives $450,000 in settlement

Robin Fornof Curry County, or at least the board of directors of its insurance provider, agreed in December 2010 to pay a Clovis man $450,000 for his alleged mistreatment while housed at the juvenile detention facility. On Thursday, Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick confirmed the settlement with Orlando Salas, 22, after details were made public in […]

Incumbent Crook seeking re-election

CNJ staff Republican Anna Crook of Clovis says she will seek re-election in District 64 of the state House of Representatives. District 64 covers Curry County. She has held the position since 1995. Crook and Larry A. Larranaga of Albuquerque are the senior Republican members of the house. “I have really wonderful constituents,” Crook said. […]

Curry County resident announces candidacy for District 7

CNJ staff Republican and Curry County resident Mark W. Myers will seek election for state senate in District 7, which encompasses Curry, Quay and Union counties. Myers attended New Mexico State University and Texas Tech with a focus on agriculture and law. He has more than 20 years business experience in agricultural commodities and transportation. […]

New facility boosts expo attendance

The new Roosevelt County Events Arena played a major role in the success of this year’s Roosevelt County Ag Expo, according to expo officials. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce director Karl Terry said in previous years the two-day event had exhibitions divided between as many as seven buildings and areas. “It was like an Easter […]

County wasted tax money on investigation

Most of us have disputes at work at one time or another. Sometimes employees complain about the boss — and vice versa. These issues are usually resolved when the adversaries sit down and talk. Or maybe staff meetings are held and policies are reviewed and changed. In some cases, there’s no way to work things […]

Investigator: Officials broke chain of command

Robin Fornoff A private investigator has determined Curry County Commissioner Bobby Sandoval and former Finance Director Mark Lansford each broke chain of command in a dispute over a cost of living pay raise for County Manager Lance Pyle. Investigator Doug Shawn of Universal Investigation Services in Albuquerque was hired after Lansford filed a grievance Jan. […]

Roosevelt sheriff’s deputy unhurt in crash

CMI staff A Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputy was uninjured after the work vehicle she was driving was hit by a train Wednesday morning south of Portales, according to Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Parker said Deputy Amber Parker was crossing the tracks at Roosevelt Road U and U.S. 70 about 8:30 when a southbound train struck […]

Jail administrator says he’s saved by bringing inmates back in county

Robin Fornoff New jail Administrator Gerry Billy said Tuesday he’s already achieved “substantial savings” for the county by reducing the number of inmates being housed outside the county. Billy’s announcement was part of his first report to commissioners since assuming leadership at the jail three weeks ago. Billy said bringing inmates back to the Curry […]

Commission approves burn ban

CNJ staff Curry County residents face severe restrictions on open fires under a Fire Danger Emergency resolution approved Tuesday by county commissioners. The resolution — a burn ban — was approved on a unanimous vote after commissioners were told the 90-day weather forecast for calls for less than average precipitation, continuing a severe drought. The […]

Land commissioner says he hopes to help make better use of state trust land

Tonjia Rolan State Land Commissioner Ray Powell hopes to partner with local officials to make better use of state trust land in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Curry County has 45,640 acres of state trust land, and Roosevelt county has 181,691 acres, according to Land office District Manager Erik Nelson. Cannon Air Force Base leased 11,000 […]

Roosevelt arena to house Ag Expo

Alisa Boswell The main cause of excitement for the 20th annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo is the new Roosevelt County Event Arena, which will house all of this year’s vendor booths at the event. Roosevelt County Ag Agent Patrick Kircher said the new facility puts all vendors under one roof. “I think it will allow […]

Curry County Cats look to finish perfect preseason

CNJ staff The Curry County Cats will face a tough test Saturday night as they try to finish a perfect preseason. The semi-pro Cats are heading to Midland, Texas, to face the West Texas Drillers in a 7 p.m. (CST) exhibition contest at Grande Communications Stadium. The Cats won their first two games comfortably, 50-0 […]

Ute Lake concerns resurface

Robin Fornoff Tucumcari and Quay County’s worries about the future of Ute Lake bubbled to the surface again Thursday at an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting. Tucumcari City Commissioner Robert Lumpkin said he thought during a committee meeting in January, the authority had agreed it would maintain a minimum of 3,765 feet of […]

New owners believe community newspapers future of industry

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CMI staff photo: Gabriel Monte Garry Ellis, left, and Gary Stevenson, new owners of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and the Quay County Sun, met with newspaper employees on Thursday. The two business partners will assume ownership of all three newspapers today and say they forsee very minor changes to the papers’ operations. CMI […]

Man sought for health condition turns self in

CNJ staff A Clovis man who New Mexico state health officials were trying to locate because of a contagious medical condition turned himself in Wednesday morning to Plains Regional Medical Center, according a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. The New Mexico Department of Health was granted a temporary order of protection Jan. […]

Press release: Wanted Clovis man with medical condition turns self in

On February 15, 2012, at approximately 10:00 AM, Robert Gutierrez, on his own accord, went to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment. On January 27, 2012, the New Mexico Department of Health was granted a Temporary Order of Protection by District Court requiring that Mr. Gutierrez be isolated at a medical facility due to an […]