Commissioners praise Curry County jail plan

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Courtesy photo/ Paul C. Reed Architects Courtesy photo/ Paul C. Reed Architects An architect’s three-dimensional concept a new addition to the Curry County jail to be funded by a proposed $9.3 million bond issue before voters on April 3. The addition is the portion marked SHU, which is an acronym for Special Housing Unit. By [...]

Wind damages area property

Robin Fornoff The National Weather Service says it was just a really strong wind. But that won’t convince Leland Pool what hit his place in Roosevelt County was anything but a tornado. Pool said the storm around 8 p.m. Friday lasted about three minutes. In that time it tore the roof off a neighbor’s barn, [...]

Commission OKs property tax rates

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Commissioners on Thursday approved new property tax rates for 2011 that should mean no increases or only slight increases to most property owners, according to County Assessor Tim Lyman. Lyman said the new rates do include an increase to some Melrose property owners of about 4 mils. That increase to [...]

Zoning change will allow liquor sales at Colonial Park course

Sharna Johnson Clovis is proposing a zoning change for the golf course at Colonial Park to allow for the sale of liquor at the facility. For 25 years while the club was privately owned, it was operating under a variance granted by the city, allowing it to sell alcohol even through it is within a [...]

Wheatfields purchased by Vancouver management group

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File photo The Wheatfields Senior Community has been purchased by a Vancouver retirement community management group, according to documents filed with the Curry County Clerk. Sharna Johnson A Washington company might just be in a position to breathe some new life into the deserted Wheatfields Senior Living Community. The unfinished, foreclosed property situated on North [...]

District court prosecutes fewer violent crimes

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Sharna Johnson Of all crimes prosecuted last year by the 9th Judicial District courts, the percentage made up by violent crimes was the lowest among all New Mexico district courts. Data shows that 26 percent of the cases filed in district court were classified as violent crimes, whereas drug and property crimes — at 45 [...]

Property codes violation of rights

One man’s blight is another man’s freedom. Liberty is sometimes messy, but it is still preferable to, and the ethical opposite of, “neat and orderly” socialism. A big aspect of socialism is placing the supposed benefit to society above the inalienable rights of the individual. This means that all socialism has the myth of “the [...]

Tire troubles overwhelm resident

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Melrose woman said a prior tenant left thousands of tires on her property when he moved, leaving her to deal with state environment violations until Curry County stepped in and obtained a more than $14,000 state grant to have them removed. Sharna Johnson Ruth Ashley of Melrose is just [...]

County receives grant for tire cleanup

CNJ staff Curry County has received a grant to help a Melrose resident remove tires from her property, according to a news release. The environmental clean-up project will be funded by a $14,375 grant from the New Mexico Environment Department. The Melrose resident, whose property is north of Melrose along Curry Road 19 and Curry [...]

Wheatfields property changes hands

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The Wheatfields Senior Center has been taken by a Dallas bank as part of a bankruptcy. The future of the of the unfinished $20 million project is unclear. Sharna Johnson The future of a Clovis eyesore that was supposed to bring new housing for senior citizens is still unclear but [...]