Forums to be conducted on jail bond issue

Curry County jail Administrator Gerry Billy will conduct four public forums on a $9.3 million bond issue referendum scheduled for April 3. The public forums are: • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clovis Carver Public Library’s north annex. • 11:30 a.m. March 15 at the Melrose Senior Center, 427 Main St., Melrose; • 6 p.m. […]

Absentee, early voting begins on bond issue

CNJ staff Absentee and early voting started Tuesday for a special $9.3 bond issue referendum on April 3, according to Curry County Clerk Connie Jo Lyman. Ballots can be obtained at the clerk’s office. The clerk’s office is the only location to cast early and absentee ballots, Lyman said. Office hours are 8 a.m. until […]

Governor to issue election proclamation

CNJ staff The Curry County Clerk’s office has sent a release regarding eligibility for the 2012 elections. The release notes that Gov. Susana Martinez will issue a Jan. 30 public proclamation calling for a primary election to be held in every county and precinct in New Mexico. That proclamation will also require that as of […]

Commissioners tackle jail issues

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Robin Fornoff A sometimes frustrating nine-hour marathon meeting of Curry County commissioners ended with what seemed like more questions than answers for fixing problems at the troubled jail. County Manager Lance Pyle presented commissioners with a lengthy report of problems needing immediate attention at the jail, most of them costly. He also suggested several ways […]

Job creation still most pressing issue for 2012

Freedom New Mexico The volatile U.S. housing market finally is going to experience a little growth, predicts Chapman University’s 34th annual economic forecast. Nationally, housing starts crashed from 1.8 million in 2006, the height of the real estate boom, to under 600,000 starts annually in 2009-11. The forecast expects a rise to 602,000 units in […]

Camouflage makes issue clear

From high school on, whenever somebody would pull out some kind of school or office supply decorated in camouflage, there would always be some kind of joke. “Wow, John … how is that pencil eraser just floating in the air? It’s magical. Oh, oh, sorry … I didn’t see the pencil because it was camouflage.” […]

Economy more pressing issue at hand

Freedom New Mexico Leave it to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is known to have an old-fashioned hankering to stamp out illicit drugs, to keep pushing for a solution to yet another problem that’s already well on the road to solving itself. The problem: illegal immigration. Gov. Scott told The Associated Press he hopes the […]

N.M. can’t afford Rail Runner costs

The Rail Runner has percolated below the surface as a political issue since it went into service in 2006. Originally marketed at a price of $122 million and as possibly being “high-speed,” the RailRunner shuttles (mostly) tourists and government employees from downtown Albuquerque to Santa Fe and from Albuquerque south to the bedroom community of […]

Combat call center online

CNJ staff A Vet Center Combat Call Center is now available to help veterans readjust to civilian life, according to a news release. 1-877-WAR VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in […]

Officials: Money holding up courthouse security

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File photo Curry County Commissioners are concerned that resolutions have not been followed to restrict access to the Curry County Courthouse. based on security concerns. Sharna Johnson Money is the holdup on a nearly two-year-old resolution to secure courthouse entrances, according to Curry County officials. The issue was discussed openly by Curry County commissioners —for […]

Letters to the editor: Social issues have important place

Social issues have important place So, Freedom Newspapers think the issue of Shariah

Status check not immigration issue

Liberals have come up with a new joke: “How do you say ‘Jan Brewer’ in Spanish?” Answer: “Susana Martinez.” Frankly, I don’t see the resemblance. Brewer, the Republican governor of Arizona, is someone despised by Latinos for polluting the immigration debate with untruths and signing an immigration law that all but mandates racial profiling because […]

School board to sell $8 million in bonds

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education took what Chief Financial Office Jose Cano called a critical step forward for several construction projects Tuesday. The board adopted a resolution announcing the sale of $8 million worth of municipal bonds. Money generated from the bond sale will be used for construction and technology acquisition […]

Tuesday morning briefing: School stuff, flat bacon and kissing the bricks

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Going to market Tops on the agenda for the Clovis school board today is a resolution approving the bond issue to fund a new middle school and renovations at existing buildings. It’s the final paperwork before heading to market with this multi-million dollar bond […]

Mullen ready to repeal gay policy

The long-awaited study on gays in the military serving openly not only takes the pulse of the force on the issue — concluding change can occur with little risk to readiness — but also details how it will work in practice. Will service members with same-sex partners qualify for the higher “with dependents” housing allowance […]

Roswell judge to preside over courthouse video case

CNJ staff A Roswell district judge has been assigned as a special judge to preside over the bond issue election video. It’s the latest move in a case filed by two Clovis men alleging Curry County violated election laws by placing the video in the courthouse lobby days before a bond issue election seeking tax […]

Residents oppose county road closure

Sharna Johnson The potential closure of Curry Road R has some residents riled up and planning to attend a Monday policy committee meeting of the Joint Land Use Study to make their voices heard. A topic of discussion for more than two years, the issue arose again recently when a study commissioned by local governments […]

Letter to the editor: New judicial complex necessity

New judicial complex necessity A special bond issue will be on November’s ballot. As one part of that issue, Curry County citizens shall decide whether the gross receipts tax will be increased to fortify the existing detention center and increase bed space, including additional beds for maximum-security detainees. Curry County Adult Detention Center was built […]

Officials: Area needs more rentals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder talks about gross receipts taxes and energy regulations adding costs to construction projects. Crowder spoke Thursday at a Regional Growth Planning Office housing forum. Liliana Castillo After 3 1/2 hours of information sharing and discussion at the Regional Growth Planning Committee regional housing forum, officials […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Middle school at issue and a Beatles killer

Good morning. It’s the Freedom new Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Contest winner Jennette Lovett is the latest winner of the $50 Ace Hardware gift card in the Cnjonline.com drawing each week for our newsletter subscribers.School site selection The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is expected to choose a site for a third middle school […]