County projects surplus

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commission-ers approved an $8 million budget Monday during a special meeting at the courthouse. More than 50 percent of budget revenues are raised through property taxes, 40 percent through gross receipts taxes, and the remaining 10 percent through motor vehicle taxes and miscellaneous fees, according to County […]

Clovis native takes job at West Texas

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer At 26, Clovis native and 1997 Grady High graduate Justin Ashley has already worked under some successful college basketball coaches. He hopes to continue his progression at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Ashley has been hired to replace Russell Vanlandingham as an assistant to Buffaloes head coach Rick […]

All District 4-5A

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Clovis junior post Brittany Blackmon was named District 4-5A player of the year after averaging 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds a game. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ Staff Prep All-district teams 4-5A Boys First team Cibola — Roman Andrade, Kasey Cunningham Clovis — Tigg Bunton. Hobbs — B.J. Meredyth. Sandia — Nate Kanyinda. Second team Sandia — David […]

Clovis schools celebrate music

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Members of the Clovis High School Jazz band talk to local junior high school students about what it means to be part of a high schol band Friday at Marshall Junior High School. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley said music has a special place […]

Melrose chamber honors businesses

CNJ staff The Melrose Chamber of Commerce banquet held Monday night in Melrose was accompanied by 1940s-era music and a hearty helping of roast beef and potatoes. And some in attendance walked away with annual awards: Business of the year went to Antiques Etc., owned and operated by Melrose resident Norma Ashley. She opened her […]

Conflicts of interest

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher spent six to eight weeks in the fall managing a construction project about two miles outside the Curry County line. His employer was Tim Ashley, one of five county commissioners responsible for setting the sheriff’s annual budget. Was the arrangement between the two elected […]

12/19 Anniversary, Birth and Honors

Anniversary Bell Jerry and Marcia Bell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 26, 2004. The couple was married in Farwell on Dec. 26, 1954. Jerry is a farmer and Marcia is a homemaker. They have three children, Jady Bell (Shelley), Jack Bell (Kim), and Jill Denton (Jace). They have six grandchildren, Eric, Ashley, […]

County tax hike tops agenda

CNJ staff Commissioner Tim Ashley will propose an intent to adopt an ordinance to increase the county gross receipts tax at today’s meeting. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the county courthouse on Main Street. Ashley said state Legislature authorizes Curry County commissioners to pass a 1/8 percent increase that would take effect in […]

County commission incumbents prevail

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J. Albin Smith, left, and his wife Sandra watch the election results Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Republican incumbents Albin Smith and Tim Ashley will remain on the Curry County Commission. Ashley held 57 percent of the votes (2,287) in defeating Democrat Paul D. […]

Violence in public schools needs remedy

by Walter Williams I’m wondering just when parents, especially poor minorities, will refuse to tolerate day-to-day school conditions that most parents wouldn’t dream of tolerating. Lisa Snell, director of the Education and Child Welfare Program at the Los Angles-based Reason Foundation, has a recent article about school violence titled “No Way Out,” in the October […]