Ten charged with gambling at Portales Country Club

Sharna Johnson A Portales city councilor and former Roosevelt County manager have been charged with illegal gambling in connection with a Dec. 30 undercover investigation at the Portales Country Club. Councilman Oscar Robinson and former County Manager Michael Miller were among a group of 10 charged with petty misdemeanor gambling, according to records obtained Tuesday [...]

Clovis baseball team seeking new manager

Kevin Wilson John Harris found the Sox fit him better, and the Clovis Pioneers are looking for a new manager four months before their professional baseball debut. Harris, a 1973 graduate of Clovis High School, was named Wednesday as the manager of the Amarillo Sox, who will play in the American Association this season. The [...]

Family: Hosting player like having another kid at home

Kevin Wilson With just a home field and a manager, and no logo or roster to speak of, the Clovis Pioneers are by and large still a mystery five months before the first pitch is scheduled at Bell Park. So too, were the Las Cruces Vaqueros when the White family caught a tryout. “We stopped [...]

Commissioners approve three-year contract for county manager

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners approved a three-year contract with County Manager Lance Pyle Wednesday that includes a six-month severance clause. The 3-2 vote to approve came following a more than hour-long executive session held after a special meeting at the courthouse. Commissioners Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard opposed the contract, both saying their votes [...]

Baseball league seeking host homes for players

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Andrew Dunn, commissioner of the Pecos League, answers questions during a Wednesday meeting at the Clovis Parks and Recreation Department. The Clovis Pioneers will start play in May as part of the Pecos League. Kevin Wilson A few dozen Pioneers are going to need a home. That was the message [...]

Comments sought on land use plan

CNJ staff Local residents have until Nov. 30 to comment on a draft plan of a Joint Land Use Study. Comments will be accepted either by mail or e-mail, according to a press release from the Curry County assistant manager. The study is designed to assist local communities in working with the Air Force by [...]

County manager: Judicial complex operating costs hinge on tax increase

Sharna Johnson It will cost Curry County an estimated $1.2 million more a year to staff and operate a proposed judicial complex. And meeting those operating costs hinges on voters passing an increase in gross receipts tax, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. Voters will decide Nov. 2 if the county will raise taxes to [...]

County eligible to apply for development grant

Thursday, Curry County hosted the first of three meetings for public input on Community Development Block Grant money. County Manager Lance Pyle said the county is eligible to apply for up to $500,000 from the state. The hearing was attended by 19 residents and three projects — a paved road from Cannon Air Force Base [...]

Stream commission to discuss extending water rights

Thomas Garcia Extending water rights reservation fees for Ute Lake among 12 local entities is on the agenda today at a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. Village of Logan Manager Larry Wallin said expects no action will be taken during Friday’s meeting in Albuquerque. Wallin also said the contract has been extended twice before, [...]

General manager: Fair attendance up

CNJ staff More than 3,000 people attended the Curry County Fair this year than last, according to Curry County Events Center and Fairgrounds General Manager Kevin Jolley. Jolley said 23,469 people purchased daily passes at the gate; up from 20,015 last year. Jolley said the number doesn’t include weekly passes and those who attended the [...]