Commissioner Hulder discusses jail assessment

Curry County Commissioner Pete Hulder answered questions regarding the future of the jail and possible options for correcting deficiencies identified through an assessment dated Sept. 1. The assessment was conducted by a detention expert with the New Mexico Association of Counties. The interview was conducted via e-mail. It has been edited for clarity and grammar. […]

County manager to stay through January

Curry County Manager Dick Smith is citing unspecified personal reasons for his recent decision to step down. Smith, a former hospital administrator, said he is going back to the private sector where “I’m not stalked by the paparazzi,” a reference to scrutiny he’s received as a public official. Smith submitted his letter of resignation to […]

Special events center goes west

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A chapter characterized by contingency and deliberation ended Tuesday when Curry County commissioners voted 4-1 to construct a special events center on the west side of the county fairgrounds. The vote reverses an early June decision, which laid plans for east-side construction. Tuesday’s vote erased the east-side plans. Construction […]

Incumbent Hulder wins in District 2

By Jack King Incumbent County Commissioner Pete Hulder will hold on to his District 2 seat, winning the Republican primary against two opponents with about 59 percent percent of the vote Tuesday. With no Democratic challenger, Tuesday’s vote decided the race. Hulder received 585 votes to challenger Carol Nichols’ 241 and challenger Ray Montoya’s 158. […]

County manager told to cease endorsement

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales has demanded in writing that County Manager Geneva Cooper stop publicly endorsing the re-election of District 2 Commissioner Pete Hulder. Cooper refused Perales’ request, also in writing. Both sides called the other’s letter “threatening.” The exchange of letters was prompted by paid advertisements 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 […]

District 2 candidates talk on the issues

By Jack King District 2 Commissioner Pete Hulder, a Republican, is running for re-election. He has two opponents in the June 1 Republican primary — Carol S. Nichols and Ray Montoya. Since he has no Democratic challengers, the race will be decided in the primary. Last week, the three candidates spoke with the Clovis News […]

Covered rodeo arena may not be cost effective for county

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Increased estimates are causing county officials to question whether they can complete plans to remodel the fairgrounds rodeo arena, proposed as a cheap way to build a county special events center. An estimate for a metal building that would be part of the proposed remodeling has come back at […]

Rodeo arena cover subject of today’s county meeting

By Jack King Curry County commissioners will consider a proposal to cover the rodeo arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds, turning it into a county special events center, at today’s regular meeting. The commission will meet in commission chambers in the Curry County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Commissioners have been considering various plans for a […]

County finds low-cost way to build new events center

By Jack King Curry County commissioners may have found a way to build a special events center at a price the county can afford, Commissioner Pete Hulder said Tuesday. Hulder, a member of the commission’s special events center subcommittee, said he has talked with county maintenance supervisor Lee Delk about remodeling the rodeo arena at […]

County tax issue goes down by more than 500 votes

Jack King Fifty-seven percent of Curry County voters on Tuesday rejected a request by the county commission to raise gross receipts taxes by one-eighths of one percent. The vote was 2,371 against, and 1,807 for. County Commissioner Pete Hulder, who opposed the gross receipts tax increase from the beginning, said the voters have spoken. “I […]

County approves budget

By Jack King Curry County commissioners on Tuesday approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year on a 4-1 vote. They also approved a one-eighth of 1 percent increase in gross receipts taxes that will go before voters in September. Commissioner Pete Hulder voted against the budget, saying he still opposes an additional 1 percent […]

Center construction still pending

By Jack King County commissioners said this week it will be at least early August before they consider an architect’s contract or a builder’s contract for the proposed special events center at the Curry County Fairgrounds. County commissioners approved a design for the events center at their July 2 meeting, but held off discussing a […]

Commission adjusts budget to fund pay increase

By Jack King Curry County commissioners Tuesday approved a line item budget change that will make it possible to fund a 1 percent pay increase for county employees for one year. The vote was 3-2. Commissioners Pete Hulder and Kathrynn Tate voted against the budget cut, following a debate that highlighted an on-going debate about […]

County proposes raising gross receipts tax

By Jack King Curry County commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to ask voters to approve an increase in gross receipts taxes to cover a county budget shortfall estimated at between $200,000 and $400,000. A majority of the commissioners approved creating an ordinance authorizing a one-eighth percent increase in county gross receipts taxes that would be placed […]