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 […]