Officials: Courthouse expansion inevitable need

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners say it wasn’t the plan that voters rejected, it was the price. Tuesday they authorized the county manager to move forward with the purchase of three properties north of the courthouse because they say expansion is an inevitable need and property costs go up, not down over time. County Manager […]

Families, officials assess damage from fire

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Courtesy photo: Missy Terry Britni Sherwood’s horses run from Sunday’s blaze in south Curry County. While all of Sherwood’s animals survived the fire, she said they are still going to have to sell their cattle because they no longer have anywhere to graze them. Sharna Johnson For about $20,000, five miles of fence line can […]

Officials worry Sunday fire just the beginning

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson High winds kept a large grass fire going nearly all afternoon Sunday, pushing it from Melrose to just west of U.S. 70 in Clovis. Sharna Johnson Fire officials fear the massive fire that ripped through south Curry County on Sunday is only the beginning as dry, hot weather and high […]

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Boy arrested after reported shooting A 13-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after school administrators reported he shot another student in the eye with an air-gun at Marshall Middle School. Police were called to Marshall at 9 a.m. on a report a student had shot another student with an Airsoft pistol. School officials told an officer […]

City officials: Country club negotiations ongoing

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales resident Eldon Merrick said he feels there are enough golfers in the area for the city to have two golf courses, both Clovis Municipal Golf Course, shown here, and the Chaparral Country Club course. Kevin Wilson Clovis city officials confirmed Saturday they are in negotiations to purchase the Chaparral […]

Miranda rights being mugged by law officials

Freedom New Mexico No matter how grave the circumstances or dangerous the suspects, television detectives Joe Friday and Lennie Briscoe always remembered to do one thing as they slammed the perpetrator against the patrol car: Read him his Miranda rights. But, if new FBI guidelines are allowed to remain unchallenged, Americans’ Miranda rights someday could […]

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 […]

Curry Road K closing intermittently

Curry Road K, between Llano Estacado Boulevard and Curry Road 13, will be closed off and on for repairs the next six weeks. County officials anticipate the closing started Wednesday continue through May 1, according to a press release. The closings enable the county, City of Clovis and Qwest communications do construction and complete repairs, […]

Committees, officials discuss jail solutions

Kevin Wilson A lengthy back-and-forth between citizens and county officials made it evident there are no easy solutions to Curry County’s jail issues. Inexpensive solutions seemed just as rare. Members of three citizens committees met for nearly three hours Saturday morning at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, with discussions about the challenges the county faces in […]

Press release: Woman arrested for childrens’ truancy

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Nicole Pitcock, age 34, was arrested today on two (2) counts of Forgery (4th degree felonies) and two (2) counts of Compulsory School Attendance Violations (petty misdemeanors). In November of 2010, Pitcock was notified by officials at a Clovis elementary school that both […]

County officials agree not to display campaign material

Sharna Johnson Curry County has agreed not to display campaign material in the courthouse during early elections, according to a court settlement reached with two county citizens. Under the agreement, the county agreed to abide by election laws. Specifically, the county agreed it would “not allow or place video, brochures, posters or allow its employees […]

Bombing range deal under scrutiny

Sharna Johnson Recently elected state officials are taking a new look at the expansion of Melrose Bombing Range and it’s making some involved in the project a little nervous. For four years, state, local and Air Force officials have been working on a deal to use $5 million capital outlay to purchase approximately 30,000 acres […]

Local officials asked to implement policy recommendations

Argen Duncan The Joint Land Use Study committee stopped short when it came to tall buildings Wednesday, opting instead to ask local officials to consider implementing a series of policy recommendations. The committee’s decision sends recommendations to the Roosevelt and Curry County commissions. Commissioners can then implement those recommendations if and when they choose. On […]

Letters to the editor: Blame lies with elected officials

Blame lies with elected officials I just watched the news and I have a few questions for you folks who are smarter than myself. Why is it that an illegal alien needs a valid drivers license? Answer: To get the free benefits that America has to offer. Why was this law that allows the illegal […]

Another baseball league interested in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Weeks after the Pecos League severed ties with Clovis, another league is trying to put professional baseball in the city this summer. Officials with the independent Southwestern States League are working on an agreement to lease Bell Park for 40 games, half of the 80-game schedule for the Clovis […]

Water utility officials hoping for leftover federal money

Argen Duncan The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives hope to get federal money left over from other projects at the end of the year since the Ute pipeline project wasn’t included in the president’s proposed budget. The utility authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. Regarding federal money, pipeline project manager Scott […]

Officials: Beautification ordinance not priority

Sharna Johnson Curry County’s commissioners say creating an ordinance to address dilapidated or unkempt properties just isn’t a priority for the county right now. Critics say that is evidenced in the way the community looks. That’s not to say the county hasn’t tried. After more than two years of contention and revisions, an embattled ordinance […]

Officials: Income tax rebate hearing formality

Kevin Wilson A public hearing on establishing a low-income tax rebate scheduled for a Tuesday Curry County Commission meeting is nothing more than a formality, according to county officials. Treasurer Bernice Baker said the only thing the rebate would change is the county would be required to reimburse the state for rebates already available to […]

Fire Station No. 6 reopens

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lt. Chris Elam and Eric Blair get their equipment for a call Monday afternoon at Station 6 of the Clovis Fire Department. The department last used the building as a station in 1997, before it was replaced by a new second station on Llano Estacado Boulevard. Kevin Wilson When it […]

Public officials here to serve us

Would you feel comfortable if you had a few hired hands — and maybe a maid, a butler and a gardener — who insisted you had no right to know what they were doing while they worked for you, maybe even locked the doors behind them while around your valuables? Me neither. Then why do […]