Clovis native selected as San Angelo interim city manager

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Michael Dane was named Tuesday as interim city manager of San Angelo, Texas. Dane became San Angelo’s director of finance in August 1998. Located southeast of Lubbock, San Angelo had a population of 93,200, according to the 2010 Census. According to city press release: • He served the city of […]

Education column: Technology transforming classrooms

Dropping by Lockwood Elementary the other day, I saw the most amazing teachers using the most interesting classroom tools. Invited by Lab Manager Eulonda Jackson who provided an overview of some of the technologies in place at Lockwood, I was met by Margaret Brise

Lansford resigns county position

CNJ staff Curry County Finance Director Mark Lansford has confirmed he resigned his position on Monday. County Manager Lance Pyle said he received a copy of Lansford’s letter of resignation on Tuesday. Pyle said Lansford leaves the county in good shape financially and Pyle wished him the best in his future endeavors. Lansford filed a […]

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 […]

New Ute water project program manager in place

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Former Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project Manager Scott Verhines, left, applies a ceremonial water project pin to new Project Manager Paul van Gulick during the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Tuesday in Melrose. Van Gulick will serve until at least June 30 to fill the place […]

Bieker named Clovis airport manager

Gene Bieker, retired executive director of operations for Clovis schools, is the new manager at Clovis Municipal Airport, city officials announced Wednesday. “Mr. Bieker will be a great addition to the city team,” City Manager Joe Thomas said in a press release. “He brings with him a thorough knowledge of airport management and we look […]

Jail input sought from public

By Lance Pyle: Guest columnist I would like to openly address public concerns about the recent incident at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Interim Detention Administrator Tori Sandoval and Assistant County Manager Connie Harrison have completed the investigation into the escape that occurred early last Sunday morning. The results of that investigation concern me […]

Verhines suggests Ute project manager

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Less than four weeks from now, the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority could have a new project manager, paving the way for its current one to officially take over as the state’s new engineer. It was business as usual for the authority during its regular meeting Thursday morning at the […]

Weekly update — Oct. 23

County manager not subject of investigation About the only thing Curry County officials are saying is: There is an investigation and County Manager Lance Pyle isn’t the subject. Pyle was excluded from most of an executive session Tuesday that followed the county commission meeting at Melrose City Hall, then asked to attend for a few […]

Tucumcari city manager fired

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday morning fired City Manager Bobbye Rose, according to City Clerk Christine Dougherty. Community Development Director Doug Powers has been named interim manager, Dougherty said. Rose was terminated on a 3-2 vote, Mayor Jim Witcher said. Witcher, Antonio Apodaca and Jimmy Sandoval voted yes, while Amiel Curnutt and […]

Tucumcari city manager applies for Lincoln County position

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose on Friday confirmed she has applied for the Lincoln County Manager position. “This is in no way a resignation on my part,” Rose said. “I am merely keeping my options open.” Rose is one of 19 applicants for the position, said Billie-Jo Guevara with Lincoln County Human […]

Business digest — July 12

New operations manager at Western Dairy Transport Marty Lewis is the new operations manager in New Mexico for Western Dairy Transport LLC, according to a news release from WDT. Lewis, who has worked for the company for 17 years, came from the position of assistant terminal manager after holding several other supervisory roles with WDT. […]

Commission advised events center needs horse stalls

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CNJ file photo Curry commissioners instructed the county manager to develop a plan to build horse stalls at the events center in response to rising interest in the facility from the equestrian world. Sharna Johnson A horse sale manager told commissioners Tuesday that Curry County, because of its event center, could be the equestrian center […]

June 7 — Business digest

Farm Credit of New Mexico names new manager Brett Valentine has been named the new branch manager for Clovis’ Farm Credit of New Mexico office. Wednesday was his first day in the position. Valentine, who has been with the company since 1997, was serving as assistant branch manager and as vice president, a title he […]

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Bee Hive Homes announces new manager Bee Hive Homes of Clovis and Portales has announced Sarah Stricklin as its new manager at both facilities. Stricklin, a registered nurse and former caregiver at Bee Hive Home, has also worked in a Denver hospice and a neuroscience critical care unit in Casper, Wyo. She succeeds Pam Norberg, […]

Commissioners to give county manager budget guidance

Sharna Johnson In a break from tradition, Curry County Commissioners will host a budget workshop during a special meeting Thursday to hear the needs and wishes of department heads and elected officials for the coming fiscal year. After hearing the requests, commissioners are expected to give the county manager guidance on which items will be […]

Melrose student selected as County Manager for day

CNJ staff A Melrose high school senior will be following the Curry County Manager to work today. Richard R. Rush was selected to shadow Lance Pyle as part of the County Manager for the Day program the second year it has been done. The program is part of National County Government Month. Rush lives on […]

County manager granted authority to purchase properties near courthouse

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners granted County Manager Lance Pyle authority to purchase three properties near the courthouse for a total of for $209,000 following an almost one-hour executive session Tuesday. The properties — located at 810 Main Street for $56,000, 905 and 913 Mitchell Street for $85,000 and $68,000 — are three of five […]

County manager’s emails rankle commissioner

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard said he is frustrated with County Manager Lance Pyle after Stoddard’s request for jail figures sparked a series of emails among county officials questioning his loyalties. Pyle said he was only trying to ensure the release of accurate information. In February, the commission voted to give Pyle the […]

High Plains Patriots turn in petition with about 1,000 signatures

Kevin Wilson Signatures were turned in Monday in favor of a special election on a pending gross receipts tax increase passed by the Clovis City Commission last month. City Manager Joe Thomas said if more than 456 signatures are verified on petitions submitted by the High Plains Patriots citizens group, a special election will likely […]