County manager resigning

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer After 15 years as Curry County manager, Geneva Cooper took a deep breath and read aloud her resignation to the commission Tuesday. Cooper has worked for the county 18 years. She announced her resignation effective Dec. 17. “I think it is just time I retire and pursue some other […]

State fire marshal’s office cautions against tent city

Ryan Lengerich A state fire official told Curry County commissioners on Tuesday the state won’t sign off on proposed tent housing for jail inmates. In early August, Commissioner Tim Ashley pitched the idea of housing nonviolent offenders in military surplus tents to alleviate jail overcrowding. Similar facilities have been used in Farmington where county officials […]

Inmate labor program proposed

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Inmates at the Roosevelt County Detention Center can work off jail time by cleaning and pulling weeds on state and county roads. Freedom Newspapers file photo By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Curry County commissioner is pitching an idea to clean up county roads and deter criminal behavior. Commissioner Tim Ashley told the board […]

Tents purposed as solution to jail overcrowding

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Curry County could cut its jail overcrowding problem by housing nonviolent offenders in military surplus tents with air conditioning and portable toilets, according to County Commissioner Tim Ashley. That’s assuming the state fire marshal approves. Ashley told commissioners about his experience visiting the jail in Farmington, where he […]

Gonzales, Billy Joe

Billy Joe Gonzales Services: Have been held. Mr. Billy Joe Gonzales, 64, of Portales, died Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Feb. 23, 1940, in Agudo, to Frank and Molly Valdez Gonzales. He was a resident of Melrose where he owned and operated the Phillips 66 station […]

District 5 candidates unopposed in primary

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer District 5 County Commissioner Tim Ashley, a Republican, has no opponent in the June 1 primary. Democrat Paul D. Barnes, who is challenging Ashley this fall, also is unopposed in the primary. Both candidates recently talked with the Clovis News Journal on issues surrounding county government. If elected in […]

Curry County: No gay marriages here

By Jack King, CNJ STAFF WRITER Resolution is third among counties in state banning issuance of same-sex licenses. The Curry County Commission unanimously approved a resolution banning the issuance of same sex marriage licenses Tuesday, making it one of at least three commissions statewide to take the step. The Roosevelt County Commission passed a similar […]

Issuance of $1.3 million bond approved by county

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer County Commissioners approved issuing a $1.3 million gross receipts tax revenue bond Monday to fund building an annex for the county’s adult detention center. But, County Manager Geneva Cooper said, in order to afford the bond payments — while avoiding a deficit — the commission also must pass two […]

Public Record 2/20

Compiled from court records from Feb. 5 through Feb. 18 Marriage Licenses Uel Eugene Fleming, 73, of Albuquerque and Shirley Faye Burrows, 68, of Van Buren, Mo. Casey Lee Ray, 26, of Roswell and Stacey Marie Sutton, 28, of Melrose. Johnnie Lee Gibson Jr., 32, and Marea Lanae Guthrie, 32, both of Clovis. Tyler Allen […]

Official votes self off of committee

By Jack King The Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to remove Commissioner Tim Ashley from the county special events subcommittee — an action initiated by the Ashley himself, who even seconded the motion. Ashley said Tuesday he had been the subject of controversy last year, when a group of country residents asked District Attorney Brett […]

Honor rolls

National Honor Roll The following local high school students have been inducted into the Spring 2003 National Honor Roll: Bovina High School: DiAnna Mendoza. Clovis High School: Latara Fells, Blanca Flores, Natasha Hawkins, Christen Kos, Matthew Loewen, Christopher Maher, Carli McCasland, Whitney Shaw, Breanne Smith, Randy Stapp, William Stephenson, Adrianna Torres and Zachary Watters. Clovis […]

Honor Roll 1/29

Editor’s note: Honor-roll lists are provided by Clovis school officials. Names may have been withheld by the school because of privacy concerns related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Sandia Elementary School A Honor Roll Third grade: Heather Purdy, Lyndsi LeClear Fourth grade: Hazel Cunningham, Skyler Fogle, Kyleigh Knight, Breann Morrison, Shatia […]

County officials consider jail option

By Mike Linn Area county officials are entertaining the idea of funding a 2,000-bed jail that would house criminals from Logan to Lingo. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley is spearheading the idea, which he describes as a four-county cooperative to house criminals from Roosevelt, Curry, Quay and De Baca counties at a central location […]

County tax issue goes down by more than 500 votes

Jack King Fifty-seven percent of Curry County voters on Tuesday rejected a request by the county commission to raise gross receipts taxes by one-eighths of one percent. The vote was 2,371 against, and 1,807 for. County Commissioner Pete Hulder, who opposed the gross receipts tax increase from the beginning, said the voters have spoken. “I […]

Officers say city dangerous due to a police shortage

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Clovis Police officer Lyndell Stansell, Jr., right, checks out a taser gun during a meeting for the swing shift Thursday at the Clovis Police Department along with officers Steve Wright, left, and David Lester, center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police officials, contending officers are underpaid and that’s a key reason […]

County to discuss events center

Jack King While Curry County commissioners prepare to discuss hiring management for the proposed multi-purpose events center on the county fairgrounds, other members of the community are still attempting to challenge the design choice for the building. On the agenda for today’s meeting of the commission is a request for proposals for a “management consultant” […]

DA to probe county’s events center bid award

By Jack King District Attorney Brett Carter said Tuesday his office has assigned an investigator to look into allegations of wrongdoing in connection with the design and architect’s contract for a proposed special events center in Curry County. Carter said he is responding to complaints from county residents who visited his office last week. In […]

County pays $120,000 to settle jail death suit

By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s insurance carrier paid $120,000 to settle a lawsuit with the family of a woman who died in the county jail last year, insurance officials said on Wednesday. The attorney for the estate of Joyce Acy said settlements have also been reached with other parties in the lawsuit, but he […]

Center construction still pending

By Jack King County commissioners said this week it will be at least early August before they consider an architect’s contract or a builder’s contract for the proposed special events center at the Curry County Fairgrounds. County commissioners approved a design for the events center at their July 2 meeting, but held off discussing a […]

County expects standing room only

By Jack King Curry County commissioners are expecting a large turnout for today’s discussion of plans for a county special events center — so large, they’ve moved part of the meeting from the commission chamber to the courtroom of District Judge Teddy L. Hartley on the second floor of the Curry County Courthouse. The commission […]