Former jail administrator suing county manager, commissioners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Detention Center Administrator Lois Bean filed a lawsuit against Curry County commissioners and County Manager Lance Pyle on Thursday, alleging she was misled, treated unfairly and discriminated against because she is a black woman. In a 17-page suit filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, Bean said in […]

Judge files courthouse security complaint

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Judge Teddy Hartley has filed a complaint with the New Mexico Attorney General about security at the Curry County Courthouse, County Manager Lance Pyle said Tuesday. Pyle told county commissioners he learned of the complaint in a letter from the attorney general “basically telling us that we need […]

New Mexico American Water manager defends company

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico American Water General Manager Kathy Wright says criticism of her company has reached a level of unfairness. During a Clovis City Commission meeting Thursday night, Wright defended her company and its role in the community to commissioners tasked with deciding if the city should withdraw from a […]

Students selected for county manager of the day

CNJ staff Curry County will hold its first county manager of the day program, starting Friday, in celebration of National County Government Month. Selected participants are Texico senior Miguel Vega (Friday), Melrose senior Mitchum Rush (April 23) and Clovis junior Debra Thompson (April 30). The students will attend an elected officials meeting, take part in […]

Alltech appoints Clovis office manager

CNJ staff Alltech has appointed Joelle Gensert as an office manager for its Clovis operations. She will be responsible for providing administrative support to regional managers and marketing coordinators. The animal health and nutrition company has a 240-acre site in Clovis, which includes a new sales office, warehouse, laboratory and production facility. The facility produces […]

Students to get peek into county manager’s duties

CNJ staff Curry County will be hosting a program called County Manager for the Day as part of National County Government Month. Chosen students will follow County Manager Lance Pyle during a normal business day, according to a press release. The students will also accompany a sheriff’s deputy on a call and drive county roads […]

Commissioners cut budgets

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Commissioners unanimously passed department budget cuts Tuesday at the advice of County Manager Lance Pyle, who said the money is needed to cover budget shortfalls. Cuts totaling $140,050 are intended to compensate for the loss of state money the county didn’t qualify for this year because of conflicting population […]

County manager discusses jail administration

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Photo illustration of Curry County Manager Lance Pyle The Clovis News Journal on Tuesday obtained a report related to the Feb. 21 attempted escape of four inmates at the Curry County jail. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle is in Washington, D.C., at the National Association of Counties conference, and could not immediately be reached for […]

County manager appointed to serve on jail standards council

CNJ staff Curry County Manager Lance Pyle has been appointed to serve on the professional standards council of a newly developed detention center accreditation program for the state. Pyle will serve alongside four detention center commanders, according to a press release from the New Mexico Association of Counties. Other council members include jail administrators: David […]

Civil aviation board seats open

The city of Clovis has two positions on the Civil Aviation Board which are open for election/re-election. The Civil Aviation Board monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. If you are interested in serving on this board or would like further information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 575-769-7828.

Hamilton Big Country closes Tucumcari dealership

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Residents driving along south and north First Street looked as they passed by an empty car lot at Hamilton Big Country Ford on Friday. The business closed 12 years in Tucumcari. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Hamilton Big Country Ford in Tucumcari closed its doors Friday morning after 12 […]

Radio purchase complete

CNJ staff Zia Broadcasting Inc. has completed the purchase of the KTQM and KWKA radio stations from Curry County Broadcasting Inc. Rick Keefer, general manager of Zia Broadcasting, said Bob Coker has been appointed as station manager for KTQM/KWKA. He was formerly the general manager for Curry County Broadcasting. Zia Broadcasting also owns KCLV 99.1 […]

Contradicting population counts could cost county

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Contradicting population counts could cost Curry County as much as $250,000. County Manager Lance Pyle said a count conducted by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research put the county’s population at 48,005, while a U.S. Census estimate puts the population at 43,755. As a […]

Tucumcari fires police chief

Freedom New Mexico The City of Tucumcari has fired Police Chief Roger Hatcher, according to a press release. Hatcher said Friday he received a letter from City Manager Bobbye Rose on Monday informing him of the decision. Hatcher was on paid administrative since Jan. 15. Hatcher would only discuss one of the reasons for termination […]

New parks director expected to focus on quality of life projects

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The next director of the Clovis Parks and Recreation Department will be expected to shift the emphasis to quality of life projects, city officials said. City Manager Joe Thomas estimated receiving about 35 to 40 applications for the position being vacated by Rob Carter, who is leaving the city […]

De Baca County manager dismissed

CNJ staff De Baca County commissioners voted to dismiss County Manager John Nuttall during Tuesday’s County Commission meeting, according to Committee Chair Joe Steele. Steele would not state the cause behind the dismissal, saying that he “doesn’t feel comfortable putting personnel matters out there.” Commissioner Tommy Roybal said Nuttall was an at-will employee. “We could […]

Events center manager selected for leadership program

CNJ staff Curry County Events Center Events Manager Ashlee Stallings has been selected for the 2009-2010 Connect New Mexico program “The Next Generation of Leadership.” The class of 26 professionals from across the state recently held its first meeting in Los Alamos, according to a news release from Leadership New Mexico. The program is open […]

Ag feature: Chile niche crop in area

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Roosevelt County farmer Rick Ledbetter walks through his chile crop on Thursday. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Chile is a hot commodity this time of year, but little grows in Roosevelt and Curry counties. Tim Russell, manager of Russell’s Supersave grocery in Portales, said his fresh green chile sales run from late August to […]

Officials working to secure funds to close county road

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County officials say they are working diligently to get enough money to re-situate a road causing problems for Cannon Air Force Base. Manager Lance Pyle said his office is pursuing grant money to cover the expense of closing Curry Road R and paving a neighboring road to serve as […]

County manager: Fair revenues expected to surpass last year’s

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Colton Trimmier, center left, and friend Michael Arce, both from Canyon, Texas, said they enjoy watching the professional motocross riders practice because “it’s not so serious.” Arce races in the 4-7-year-olds mini quad class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The first five days of gate receipts at the Curry […]