Aug. 2, 2006 Meetings Watch

The following is a summary of Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting.
• Curry County Assessor Randy Williams reported his office has been receiving a high volume of calls with queries related to Curry County tax rates and overall property value. Williams said many calls are from military families associated with the 16th Special Operations Wing.

• Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher reported 15 suspects have been arrested or issued warrants in connection with 17 local burglaries. Hatcher said the arrests were made following a tip from a confidential informant to Undersheriff Doug Bowman.

• Curry County Detention Center Administrator Leslie Johnson reported 315 adult and 12 juvenile inmates being held. Johnson also reported two new officers have been hired to work in the adult detention center, and one new officer has begun working in the juvenile unit.

• Curry County Manager Dick Smith reported an improvement in the drought conditions that prompted the commissioners to discontinue the burn ban until Aug. 15 when they will review it at their next regular meeting.

Smith also reported several applicants will be interviewed for the Curry County fair manager position.

- Tonya Fennell