Tempers flare over question of raise for county manager

Robin Fornoff Confusion over whether County Manager Lance Pyle was included in a recent 2 percent cost of living raise granted all county employees had tempers flaring Tuesday among Curry County commissioners. The question was raised by Commissioner Dan Stoddard regarding a Dec. 20 vote to grant the raise to all employees. Stoddard said it […]

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 […]

Pyle elected to third term on insurance board

CNJ staff Curry County Manager Lance Pyle was elected Wednesday to serve a third term on the New Mexico Insurance Authority Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors. The board is comprised of eight members representing 31 of the state’s 33 counties. On the board since 2007, Pyle represents Curry, Eddy, Grant, San Miguel and Valencia Counties, […]

Settlement reached in Melrose discrimination case

CNJ staff The Village of Melrose Tuesday confirmed a settlement has been reached in a discrimination charge filed by its former police chief. Village Clerk Cathy Christesson provided a statement confirming settlement, however said she has received no further information regarding the settlement or its terms. Officials with the state Department of Workforce Solutions confirmed […]

Dairy fire under investigation

Freedom New Mexico A fire destroyed about 500 tons of hay and damaged a barn Sunday at Westra Dairy in Portales. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said Portales and Arch firefighters battled the blaze from just after 11 a.m. until 5:50 p.m. He said they provided protection for dairy workers to use fork […]

Ground broken on Melrose clinic

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Courtesy photo: Emily Crowe Ground was broken Wednesday for a new healthcare clinic in Melrose. Completion of the building is expected by January. CNJ staff The Village of Melrose broke ground Wednesday on its new health clinic. County Manager Lance Pyle said more than 80 people attended the long anticipated event, including Melrose Elementary students, […]

County manager says money found to expand to jail staff

Sharna Johnson Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said Tuesday he has found the money to add seven personnel to the jail’s staff. Pyle told commissioners he would include the positions in the budget, which will be voted on at a special July 28 meeting. Pyle said the jail jobs are possible because: • County departments […]

Curry County hires new jail administrator

Keith Norwood of Belen is the new administrator of the Curry County jail. Norwood’s appointment was announced late Wednesday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Norwood has 25 years experience with the New Mexico Department of Corrections. He retired in December as the deputy bureau chief of internal audits, standards and compliance, according to his resume. […]

County rejects revised budget, approves original preliminary plan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 3-2 majority had the Curry County Commission doing an about face Tuesday, rejecting a proposal to add 10 new detention officers at the jail and voting to approve County Manager Lance Pyle’s original preliminary $11 million budget with additional cuts. The vote came during a special meeting set […]

Melrose elects new mayor

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Melrose elected a new mayor Tuesday and raised gross receipts taxes. Tuck Monk with 97 votes was elected mayor by a 19-vote margin over his opponent Donald Harrell. Monk succeeds Lance Pyle, who elected not to seek re-election. “I don’t see any changes when I take office,” Monk said. […]

Pyle won’t seek re-election

CNJ staff Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle announced Saturday he will not seek a second term. Pyle said in a press release he is getting married in February and wants to devote more time to his new wife. “I love public service and have truly enjoyed serving the residents of Melrose as their mayor. The Village […]

Curry to host county conference

CNJ staff Curry County will host the 2013 New Mexico Association of Counties annual conference. The county was selected Friday, according to Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. The conference will be held June 19-21, 2013, and about 700 attendees from the state’s 33 counties are expected to attend. “We are excited about this opportunity to […]

County officials working to secure sole courthouse entrance

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In about a month, Curry County officials are hoping to have all but one entrance to the courthouse closed in the interest of improving security. County Manager Lance Pyle said the target date for the change is Sept. 21. August 18 the county commission voted to reduce courthouse traffic […]

More parking available at fair

CNJ staff Fair-goers are being encouraged to use additional parking at the Special Events Center. County Manager Lance Pyle said Friday there is parking available on the east side of the fairgrounds, as well as at the events center, with ticket booths and entrances at both sides of the fairgrounds. People attending concerts at the […]

Melrose water temporarily shut off

CNJ staff Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said the city water system will temporarily be shut down as a crew works on line problems. Pyle said around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, there was a call of a water break at the corner of Missouri and Third streets. In the process of repairing the line, Pyle said, another […]

Judge rules against former Melrose police chief

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Drew Tatum has granted a request by the Village of Melrose for summary judgment in a complaint filed by former Police Chief Michael Trammell against the village and Mayor Lance Pyle. In effect, Trammell’s complaint of wrongful termination was tossed out by Tatum, at least in respect to Melrose. The […]

County to revisit alcohol sales at Special Events Center

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said he will recommend

Commissioners decline to pursue rehabilitation program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Following Tuesday’s meeting, officials toured the Special Events Center. Construction on the Special Events Center is about 98 percent complete with more than $31,000 left in contingency, Construction Project Supervisor Randy Kamradt said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners agreed Tuesday not to pursue a contract with […]

Challenges can be rewarding

By Clyde Davis 1. Lance Mackey 2. Jeff King 3. Ramey Smyth 4. Ken Anderson 5. Martin Buser

Feb. 13 – Lance in tow

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Dan Clay, 76, zooms around Clovis Wednesday in a motorized wheelchair almost every day with his pet poodle Lance in tow. The cart, intended to be hitched onto a bicycle, was modified by Clay for his pets to take a ride with him.