Candidates rush to file for open seats

CNJ staff photo: Robin Fornoff Democrat candidate for County Commission District 4 Donald Harrell of Melrose draws his number Tuesday for position on the June 5 primary election ballot. Harrell is taking on incumbent Commissioner Wendell Bostwick. Robin Fornoff Retirements sparked a rush of candidates Tuesday to register for three key Curry County offices in […]

Clovis resident running for county treasurer

CNJ staff Curry County Democratic Party Treasurer Jonathan Wilson is running for the same spot with Curry County. Wilson, a Clovis resident and an assistant professor at Eastern New Mexico University, is the only candidate who has announced intentions to run for the open treasurer position. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from ENMU and […]

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 […]

Curry County Cats pull out win

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Tony Bullocks: CMI photo Curry County Cats defensive back Marcus Walker makes the interception in the second quarter to stop a Las Cruces King drive Saturday at Leon Williams Stadium in Clovis and allowed the Cats to go into half-time tied 7-7. CMI staff It was hard work, but the Curry County Cats got it […]

Pipeline should satisfy everyone

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I am writing on behalf of the village of Logan to explain to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties our position concerning the proposed pipeline that the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is planning to build to pump water out of Ute Lake. To begin with, I am sure it will come as […]

Martinez picks Chandler for Canadian River Commission

CMI staff Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday appointed Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler to the Canadian River Compact Commission, according to a news release from the office of the governor. Chandler was one of 14 individuals to be appointed to a state office Friday.

Records: Former Curry County jail administrator allowed to resign following settlement

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File photo Former Curry County jail administrator Lois Bean in 2009. A Sept. 7, 2010, settlement reached by the county and Bean amended her termination from the jail as a resignation and awarded Bean $69,500 and undisclosed attorney fees. CNJ staff Former Curry County jail Administrator Lois Bean was allowed to resign under a settlement […]

Two county capital projects vetoed

Staff and wire reports Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed $105,000 in projects from Curry County’s capital outlay request totaling $960,000. The biggest cut by Martinez on Wednesday was $100,000 requested to help pay for county road improvements. She also vetoed a $5,000 request for a sign at the Lincoln-Jackson Family Center in Clovis. Projects in […]

Titans hand Curry County Cats shutout loss

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Cats running back Brian Mead turns the corner on a kickoff return during the second quarter of Saturday’s New Mexico Premier League season opener against the New Mexico Titans at Leon Williams Stadium. Kevin Wilson Even in the confines of Leon Williams Stadium, the New Mexico Titans just […]

Former jail administrator paid $65,000 in settlement

CNJ staff Another insurance settlement paid out on behalf of Curry County that wasn’t made public was some $65,000 to former jail Administrator Lois Bean. County Attorney Stephen Doerr confirmed the settlement on Thursday during questioning about a $450,000 settlement paid a Clovis man for mistreatment while being held in the jail’s juvenile facility. Bean […]

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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 […]

Dodge announces re-election plans

CNJ staff Democrat George Dodge of Santa Rosa plans to run for re-election for District 63 in the state House of Representatives. The district includes Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Guadalupe counties. He has held the position since 2011. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve my constituents the last two years and […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Clovis man killed in crash

Freedom New Mexico A 35-year-old Clovis man was killed and three others injured in an early morning crash Friday at New Mexico 108 and Curry Road 14 north of Texico. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller identified the victim as Edgar Soto, a passenger in a pickup that collided with a car at the intersection about […]