Records: Former Curry County jail administrator allowed to resign following settlement

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File photo Former Curry County jail administrator Lois Bean in 2009. A Sept. 7, 2010, settlement reached by the county and Bean amended her termination from the jail as a resignation and awarded Bean $69,500 and undisclosed attorney fees. CNJ staff Former Curry County jail Administrator Lois Bean was allowed to resign under a settlement […]

Honors —

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Courtesy photo Dorothy Bean, center, accepting the Governor’s Volunteer Award during a conference April 15 in Albuquerque. Bean Plains Regional Medical Center auxilian Dorothy Bean was awarded the prestigious governor’s volunteer award. Bean was presented the award at the 13th annual Governor’s Spotlight on Volunteers Conference held April 15 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown. She […]

Club notes — Oct. 3

Chaparral Extension Club The Chaparral Extension Club met Sept. 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church with nine members attending. The meeting was called to order by Jeanetta Mesner. Roll call was answered with your most embarrassing moment. June Phillips read the minutes and a thank-you note from the Eastern NM Food Bank. Dorothy Bean gave the […]

Center dishes out cooking tips

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Michelle Jeong talked about each ingredient as she added it to the recipe for salt and pepper shrimp during the demonstration. Liliana Castillo The smell of black bean sauce and five-spice powder filled the room as the Cantonese cooking demonstration began to heat up at the Airman and Family Readiness […]

Senior happenings — Aug. 1

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dance at Friendship Center in Clovis. Please bring a covered dish. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily activities. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily activities; 10:30 a.m. Indoor exercise; 1 p.m. Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily activities; 9:30 Free blood pressure and […]

Former jail administrator suing county manager, commissioners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Detention Center Administrator Lois Bean filed a lawsuit against Curry County commissioners and County Manager Lance Pyle on Thursday, alleging she was misled, treated unfairly and discriminated against because she is a black woman. In a 17-page suit filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, Bean said in […]

Curry ups ante on jail chief search

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County commissioners approved a higher salary range for the jail administrator Tuesday, saying they hoped it would attract high caliber candidates. County Manager Lance Pyle told commissioners jail administrators are hard to come by and in order to compete in national job search, Curry County needs more to […]

County jail administrator fired

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Bean By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Nine months into her tenure, Lois Bean has been released from duties as the Curry County detention administrator. The change, effective immediately, was announced in a press release sent at the close of business Wednesday. Bean, contacted Wednesday night, said she was “still digesting” her dismissal and there […]

Officials: Jail escapee had help

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File photo Curry County inmate Bobby Owen escaped from custody Aug. 8 while being treated at the hospital. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Bobby Owen escaped from custody Aug. 8 after investigators said his sister and girlfriend hid handcuff keys in a hospital bathroom for him. His escape led to the dismissal of the […]

Jail administrator pledges more changes

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two officers are gone and Curry County Jail Administrator Lois Bean is promising more change at the detention center. The firings were disclosed Tuesday during Bean’s detailed report to county commissioners on the heels of the erroneous release of an inmate last week. “One officer has been terminated for […]

Police search for escaped inmate

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Bobby Owen slipped away from a detention officer early Sunday morning after he was taken to the hospital for injuries he received in a fall at the jail. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Curry County jail inmate charged with multiple burglaries slipped out of handcuffs and escaped from a detention officer early Sunday […]

Rains flood county jail

Weekend storms created a stink at the Curry County Detention Center. Administrator Lois Bean said the problems began Friday night and got worse as rains poured and the city’s main sewer line began flooding in the annex of the center. Bean said the inmates simply kept out of the way of the detention center’s maintenance […]

County Commission to hear report on ankle bracelet program

CNJ staff Detention Center Administrator Lois Bean will give Curry County Commissioners a report on the jail’s ankle bracelet program at Wednesday’s meeting, according to an agenda released Tuesday. The report comes after the escape last week of an 18-year-old waiting trial on robbery and battery charges. Jail officials said Fermin Rodriguez removed his ankle […]

County jail administrator set for meet-and-greet

CNJ Staff Curry County will be hosting a meet and greet to give residents a chance to meet the new jail administrator today. From 3 to 5 p.m. residents are invited to the commission room at the courthouse to meet Lois Patricia Jones-Bean. Bean previously served as the chief deputy warden of the Eddy County […]

Carlsbad woman chosen for jail administrator

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County announced Tuesday Lois Patricia Jones-Bean will take over as jail administrator Dec. 15. CNJ staff

Nov. 27, 1972

Two shotguns, ammunition, several hundred dollars and psychiatric drugs were stolen from the sheriff’s office and the mental health office inside the Curry County Courthouse. … Frank Brann, vice president and general manager of the Boyswear division of Levi Strauss and Co., told a Chamber of Commerce Banquet crowd that construction would soon begin on […]

At some point, bean-bag chairs must go

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House was planning some interior decorating. “I saw this trim with fish on it at the store,” she said. “We could trim out the bathroom with it. If we did the bathroom in a fish theme we’d have to take the cat paintings out. And we’d […]

KFC leftovers manna from heaven — for goats

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist TUCUMCARI — Just as the food of the gods is billed as ambrosia — whatever that is — I recently discovered the food of the goats. Contrary to the months of sweet grain, hand-fed and carefully sliced carrots side-dished with fresh corn tortillas, this breakfast had them licking their chops […]

Preschool director receives award

CNJ staff Ten busy hands and 10 little feet surround Sylvia Bean on a daily basis. As director and teacher of Immanuel Lutheran Preschool of Clovis, Bean works with five students ranging in age from 3 to 5. She said the best part of her job as a preschool teacher is watching their eyes light […]