Jail administrator says he’s saved by bringing inmates back in county

Robin Fornoff New jail Administrator Gerry Billy said Tuesday he’s already achieved “substantial savings” for the county by reducing the number of inmates being housed outside the county. Billy’s announcement was part of his first report to commissioners since assuming leadership at the jail three weeks ago. Billy said bringing inmates back to the Curry […]

New administrator talks jail priorities

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Gerry Billy Robin Fornoff Retired Ohio sheriff Gerry Billy doesn’t officially take over as administrator until Feb. 1, but he met with Curry County jail staff for about an hour Wednesday morning to get one thing straight. “I just wanted to reassure them it’s going to be OK,” Billy said afterward. “I worry most about […]

Retired Ohio sheriff hired to head jail

Robin Fornoff Retired Ohio sheriff Gerry Billy was hired Tuesday as the new Curry County jail administrator among rave reviews from all five commissioners. Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, however, questioned how a new arrangement that has Billy reporting directly to commissioners instead of County Manager Lance Pyle was going to work. “I am very impressed with […]

Jail administrator selection made

CNJ staff Curry County has reached a tentative agreement to bring Gerry Billy of Ohio as its next adult detention center administrator. A request to approve an employment contract for Billy is on Tuesday’s county commission meeting agenda. Former administrator Keith Norwood resigned in September, and Tori Sandoval has been acting as interim administrator since. […]

Engagements — June 12

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Odegaard-Owen Roger and Paula Odegaard of Clovis announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Amber Odegaard, to Trevor Owen, son of Billy and Ruth Owen of Muleshoe. [image #1, align= left, size= medium] The couple will exchange vows July 16, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Texico. The bride-elect is a 2010 graduate […]

a view from under the pew: billy bob bee in a box

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. billy bob bee in a box the other day boss i sawthe strangest […]

Kid’s pardon better left by wayside

Karl Terry Some want to see Billy the Kid exonerated of his crimes and riding the trail as a hero. Some, like Billy the Governor Richardson, might want to steal a little of his fame not unlike the Kid used to rustle cattle on the High Plains. I’ve kept silent for the last few months […]

N.M. governor considers pardon for Billy the Kid

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The showdown between Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid has fascinated the American public for nearly 130 years with its classic, Old West storyline of the frontier lawman hunting down the notorious gunslinger. As it turns out, the feud isn’t completely over. New Mexico Gov. Bill […]

Billy Idol not welcome camping

“You? Camping?” My coworker couldn’t believe I was making plans for July. I can’t blame her; I barely believe it myself. I haven’t camped since sixth grade, when my friend Doug and I took the bus route with our friend Kirk. We ventured out to the wilderness, relying on our survival skills to keep us […]

Portales jury: Watson not guilty in Chunn slaying

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File photo A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to murder Causey rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to murder […]

E-file: Billy Walker got start in Clovis

Even those well-versed in the rich music history of Clovis are sometimes unaware of a country singer named Billy Walker and his connection to the city. Walker had 37 Top 40 country chart hits between 1954 and 1975,

8/31 Weddings

McFarden-Young Andrea L. McFarden and Matthew C. Young, both of Clovis, were joined in marriage Aug. 1, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Texico. Pastor Rob Hollis performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Cary and Alisa McFarden of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of the late Grover and Johanne Poole […]

Indictment in Causey homicide

Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today Billy Joe Watson, age 44, was indicted by a Roosevelt County Grand Jury this afternoon.

Billy the Kid’s legend lives on long after his death

By Don McAlvy: Columnist In the fall of 1987 Maryln and Joe Bowlin, owners of the Billy the Kid Museum near Billy’s grave and what was left of the old Fort where Billy was killed, returned from Hico, Texas, mad as wet hens. They had seen Bob Hefner’s Billy the Kid Museum at the little […]

Mexican weddings loaded with tradition

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers There’s nothing like a wedding dance to remind your family what a bad dancer you are. But when I was with familia at my sister Becky’s recent wedding, I was like, “What the heck?” I just had to dance “La Marcha,” which no Mexican wedding would be complete without. Then […]

Anniversaries

Whitfield Billy N. and Billie R. Whitfield of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 3, 2006, at the First United Methodist Church. The celebration was hosted by their children. The couple were married on Aug. 31, 1956, in Portales. They have five children and six granchildren. He is the owner and operator of […]

Day Trip: Ruidoso Downs Race Track

“And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more gambling fun […]

Fort Sumner to celebrate ‘The Kid’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Two dozen eggs, eight cake mixes and six pounds of powdered sugar will go into the cake Parilee Moore is baking. It is a cake to feed 200 people. It’s not for a birthday or a wedding; it’s to commemorate a death. And people everywhere are invited to the […]

Grand Ole Opry legend dies

By Don McAlvay: CNJ Columnist A Grand Ole Opry legend dies; graduated from CHS in 1947 Billy Walker died May 21 in a wreck on an Alabama interstate. He was 77. His wife, Bettie, and two of his band members also died when a van they were riding in ran off Interstate 65 south of […]

May 25, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Finding “Billy” facts an honorable taskWhat an honor for two of New Mexico’s finest citizens to be invited to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France for the showing of their documentary earlier this month. Tom Sullivan, retired sheriff of Lincoln County, and his deputy, Steve Sederwall, participated in the making of a western documentary […]