Accused killer seeks evidence against him

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James Smith, left, listens during his first hearing Monday, requested by his lawyer, Stephen Doerr. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The attorney representing accused killer James Smith complained Monday to a district court judge that he’s not received evidence in the case, as required by law. Judge Joe Parker ordered […]

Murder suspect waives arraignment

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The attorney representing murder suspect James Smith waived his client’s right to an arraignment hearing in district court on Wednesday. The Clovis dentist was arrested Tuesday and charged with killing Laura McNaughton, a single mother of two girls. McNaughton’s nude body was found by hunters on Dec. 10 in […]

County tax referendum fails

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A gross receipts tax increase adopted by the county in January will go into effect this summer as planned after a petition filed to put the tax to a public vote was ruled invalid. County clerk Mario Trujillo told the County Commission on Tuesday nearly 400 of the 1,300 […]

County exploring home-monitoring system for nonviolent inmates

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission on Wednesday approved a proposed policy to monitor nonviolent inmates outside detention center walls. The Community Custody Program would use a 24-hour electronic monitoring system attached to the ankle to track inmates activities in their home and around the community. The Commission unanimously approved the […]

County manager applications due

CNJ STAFF REPORTS Curry County officials say they will review applications for a new county manager on Monday and hope to begin interviews for the position two weeks later. The deadline to apply for the position is 5 p.m. on Friday. The position became open in September when County Manager Geneva Cooper announced her resignation […]

County renews manager’s contract

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County commissioners voted Wednesday morning to issue a four-year contract to County Manager Geneva Cooper. All commissioners except Ed Perales voted for the renewal. A person answering the telephone at his business who identified himself as Perales’ son said Perales would not comment. County Attorney Steve Doerr […]

County officials ask for dismissal of CNJ lawsuit

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER Curry County officials have filed two motions asking the court to dismiss the Clovis News Journal’s lawsuit against the county. The motions claim procedural errors were made when the newspaper asked for information about county employees’ wages and benefits. News Journal attorney Max Best said the issues covered in […]

County manager in campaign controversy

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Some county residents and some candidates in county elections claim Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper violated county personnel policies by endorsing District 2 commission candidate Pete Hulder in a newspaper advertisement. The ad, which ran in Wednesday’s Clovis News Journal, lists a number of local residents, commissioners Kathrynn Tate […]

New roadblock encountered over records

By David Stevens, editor Our newspaper’s efforts to find out how much public officials get paid around here has hit another road block, this time from the Internal Revenue Service. Several weeks ago, our reporters contacted officials at all the public entities in Curry County and asked for records documenting employees’ pay. It seemed like […]

Straight answers about CNJ’s lawsuit against Curry County

Freedom Newspapers Some Curry County public servants are twisting the law to prevent daylight from shining on public records. The Clovis News Journal sued Curry County last week over the refusal of its attorney to release pay information on county workers. We had asked the county for names of employees, their positions, their annual salaries […]