Curry County jail administrator search narrowed to four

Freedom New Mexico Four finalists including Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval were named Friday for the position of jail administrator, according to Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle identified the other three candidates as Gerry D. Billy of Newark, Ohio; Michael D. William of Selah, Wash., and Joe Sprunk of Albuquerque. Pyle also announced a committee […]

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, […]

City tree brings holiday spirit to courthouse lawn

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Lee Delk, facilities operations director for Curry County, left, and Steve Henson, maintenance worker for Curry County, construct the community Christmas tree on the Curry County Courthouse lawn. The tree will be illuminated Saturday during the Christmas Light Parade at 6 p.m. and remain on until the second week of […]

CNJ receives records related to jail escape

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CNJ file photo The Clovis News Journal requested records related to the Nov. 13 escape at the Curry County jail. Here are reports provided:

Report: Commissioner may have created hostile work environment

Robin Fornoff A private consultant has concluded Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard may have created a hostile work environment for county employees in his treatment of County Manager Lance Pyle. The consultant’s report, obtained Monday by the CNJ through a state Open Records request, notes that while Stoddard’s behavior probably doesn’t rise to the level […]

Driven to help

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Benna Sayyed: Freedom New Mexico Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico warehouse staff loaded food donations on to a shipping truck Saturday as donations came in from motorcyclists doing residential pickups. Benna Sayyed Motorcyclists rode around Curry and Roosevelt counties Saturday collecting canned food donations from in front of residents’ homes to help the Food […]

Former bank building sold

CNJ staff The building that formerly housed First Community Bank is in new hands. The building was purchased recently by Jim Sitterly, who has owned Curry County Title and Abstract for 31 years. “We’re still trying to decide (a purpose),” Sitterly said, “but I believe we’re going to make a professional business center. It’s going […]

Grassfire burns 60 acres

Freedom New Mexico Sixty acres of grass, three farm structures and farm equipment were destroyed by fire Wednesday around Curry Roads 21 and D, according to David Kube, Curry County wildland fire coordinator. Kube said fire units from Texico and Clovis called to the scene about 12:30 p.m. arrived to find a swather, a piece […]

County should reveal details of investigation

The mysterious investigation conducted at the request of Curry County Attorney Stephen Doerr has concluded, Doerr and Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler confirmed on Wednesday. Now it’s time officials tell us what they were investigating and what they found out. Doerr announced following an executive session with county commissioners on Tuesday that his office was asked […]

Commission votes down contract negotiations with security firm

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A divided Curry County Commission voted Tuesday against entering into contract negotiations with a security consulting firm for security improvements at the Curry County Courthouse. The 3-2 vote during the meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library covered a recommendation from the county’s courthouse security citizens committee to negotiate with […]

County manager: One jail employee terminated

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Interim Detention Administrator Tori Sandoval gives a report Tuesday to county commissioners on the status of the detention center regarding on-going training for her staff. By David Stevens and Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff One jail employee has been terminated in connection with Sunday’s jail escape, Curry County Manager […]

Problems continue at jail

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Officials have cited poor construction of the facility, limitations in organizing inmates within the facility and overcrowding as ongoing reasons for the jail’s problems. By Kevin Wilson and David Stevens At least one Curry County jail employee has been placed on paid administrative leave and “more than one” appears to […]

Food Bank anniversary celebration scheduled

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is holding two events this week in celebration of its 27th anniversary. The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce is a business after hours event 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, 2217 E. Brady Ave. It is open to […]

Press release: Inmate escapes from Curry County jail

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Courtesy photo Narcizo Soto Jr. On November 13, 2011 at approximately 1:23 AM, Narcizo Soto Jr. escaped from the Curry County Detention Center while on a work detail at the facility. Soto’s identifiers are as follows: Hispanic male 35 years of age 5’6” tall 175 lbs, brown and grey hair, grey moustache and goatee, brown […]

Shoutouts — Nov. 13

Curry County volunteers honored A dinner was held on Nov. 4 to recognize all the volunteers in Curry County for their service and to award the volunteer who contributed the most time. Approximately 150 people attended, representing the volunteer stations and Senior Centers where they volunteer to help improve out community and five elementary schools […]

Clovis jury: Wiggins innocent of murder

Lonzell Wiggins Jr., has been found innocent of allegations he murdered a Clovis man in 2009. A Clovis jury returned the verdict about 2:30 p.m. Friday, three hours after deliberations began. Closing arguments ended about 11:20 this morning in Wiggins’ second-degree murder trial. Wiggins, 37, was charged with killing Gary Gill, 48, on Dec. 15, […]

Clovis woman charged in fatal crash

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Flores Benna Sayyed A Clovis woman used her vehicle to run her boyfriend’s vehicle off the road, causing an accident Tuesday night that killed one person and sent four others to the hospital, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Guadalupe Flores, 26, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of homicide and four […]

Press release: One killed in crash

(From Curry County Sheriff’s Department) On November 1, 2011 at approximately 10:40 PM, Curry County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to US 60/84, in the area of mile marker 385, regarding a motor vehicle crash with injuries.

County honored for clinic construction

CNJ staff Curry County was awarded a “Best Practices Award” at the 16th annual New Mexico Infrastructure and Finance Conference held last week in Albuquerque The award is for outstanding achievement in connection with the construction and completion of the Melrose Healthcare Clinic, a county news release said. “The county is very excited about the […]

Wellness event day of health education

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Gayla Jaquess, nurse manager at Clovis Health Office, speaks to a Health and Wellness fair attendee about the actual amount of sugars found in sweets commonly consumed such as soda and ice cream. Benna Sayyed The United Way of Eastern New Mexico held its fourth annual Health and Wellness Day […]