Adult detention center overcrowding makes hole in Curry County funds

By Jack King Curry County is facing a $1.3 million shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year, due mostly to the cost of housing county prisoners out of state, officials said. County Manager Geneva Cooper told commissioners on Tuesday that preliminary figures for the 2004-2005 budget show the county with total revenues of $5.7 million, but […]

New jail now housing inmates

By Michelle Seeber Parmer County facility capable of housing 48. The new Parmer County Law Enforcement Center, which cost just under $3 million, is now housing inmates. The 48-bed facility, which officially opened for habitation on March 24, holds 28 more beds than the old jail. Because the new facility is state-of-the-art, and because of […]

County joins jail-expense lawsuit

By Jack King Officials: Housing state prisoners is ruining budget. Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to join a lawsuit aimed at forcing state officials to pay the costs of housing state prisoners in county jails. It asks the court for a declaratory judgment that the defendants are liable for the cost of housing prisoners charged […]

Business Briefs 3/16

Aid center halts discrimination Fair housing laws in New Mexico are being enforced by the Fair Housing Center of New Mexico Legal Aid, according to a news release from Nita Luna-Davis, Fair Housing Center director. The organization “recently achieved an important victory for a father and son, and a biracial couple, experiencing race and family […]

Overcrowded jail still a drain on county resources

By Jack King Budget problems and the financial demands of the adult detention center continue to raise concerns at a Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday. The commission turned down a request by Plains Regional Medical Center to increase the county’s contribution to the sole community provider program, citing budget concerns and a deficit in the […]

Military Basic Allowance for Housing to rise by average of 7 percent in 2004

Tom Philpott Basic Allowance for Housing rates will rise by an average of 7 percent, effective Jan. 1, for 820,000 service members living off base in the United States. The BAH rate increases for 2004 continue a string of annual allowance hikes that exceed the reported rise in rental costs nationwide — 2.9 percent this […]

Remnants of Santa Fe project remain

Don McAlavy Editor’s note: This is the conclusion of a two-part series on the Santa Fe Heights housing project that began in Clovis in the 1940s. Part one was published Dec. 3. “My brother and I,” said Cameron Mactavish, “had part-time work at the Santa Fe Heights project when out of school. Andrew was the […]

Clovis is no stranger to housing booms

Don McAlavy Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. The story will conclude next Wednesday. Clovis’ biggest boom in housing projects started during the middle of World War II. An acute housing shortage in Clovis had been recognized by the federal government because of “increased war activity” in this area. The Clovis […]

Clovis police say Halloween not a problem

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police say Halloween hasn’t been a major cause of trouble in Clovis in past years, and they hope this year’s holiday also will be quiet. Unlike in other communities where crime erupts on Oct. 31, in Clovis aggressive patrolling by police officers usually succeeds in limiting crime to petty vandalism, […]

Business Briefs 10/14

Watrin named new president Elizabeth A. “Liz” Watrin was recently appointed as president for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico. Earlier this month, Watrin and other Blue Cross-Blue Shield of New Mexico representatives met with key brokers, providers and community leaders in Clovis, discussing healthcare cost initiatives and significant legislative trends in the […]

‘Controlling’ mandates unconstitutional

Walter Williams We all can agree that having money to pay our mortgage or rent on time is very important. Since some people are spendthrifts and don’t manage their money well, what about a congressional mandate whereby mortgage or rent money is deducted from our paychecks each month and sent directly to our mortgage holder […]

County OKs events center bid

By Jack King The Curry County Commission awarded a contract for architectural services for a county special events center at its Tuesday meeting. The contract went to LPDJ Architects of Bountiful, Utah, but is contingent on the successful negotiation of a contract between the county and LPDJ and on approval of technical language in the […]

Roosevelt County to collect from parents of juvenile offenders

By Mike Linn County officials are taking parents of Roosevelt County juvenile offenders to court to retrieve the costs of transporting and housing the inmates to area detention centers. Roosevelt County Attorney Eric Dixon filed 53 civil summons seeking roughly $50,000 the county paid to Curry and Quay counties for housing the juvenile inmates because […]

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 […]