Commissioners tout new jail plan

Robin Fornoff The $9.3 million Curry County Commissioners say they need to expand and renovate the jail covers only the cost of the building, not furnishings or additional staff that may be needed. Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick acknowledged as much Tuesday during a sparsely attended public forum designed to answer questions about the project. Bostwick, […]

Commission votes to look into automated security

Argen Duncan The Curry County Commission has voted 4-1 to request proposals for an automated security system at the county courthouse. At their meeting Tuesday, Commissioner Frank Blackburn voted against the measure, and commissioners Daniel Stoddard, Caleb Chandler, Wendell Bostwick and Robert Sandoval voted for it. The vote came after a presentation by David Barnes […]

Chandler, Stoddard, Bostwick win commission seats

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Caleb Chandler is returning to government, and Daniel Stoddard and Wendell Bostwick are projected to join him on the Curry County Commission. With all but about 85 absentee ballots counted, the former Clovis police chief and state senator took 61.2 percent of the vote in District 5, winning 2,726 […]

Chandler, Stoddard, Bostwick take county seats

CNJ staff Caleb Chandler is returning to county government, and Daniel Stoddard and Wendell Bostwick will join him on the Curry County Commission. With 37 of 37 precincts reporting, the former county sheriff and state senator took 60.2 percent of the vote in District 5, winning 2,340 to 1,549 over former county commissioner Paul Barnes. […]

Software glitch found, election results released

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Curry County Commission candidate Lisa Dunagan, right, and her campaign manager Brenda Miller monitor election results on their phones Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Dunagan ran against Seth Martin for the Republican seat in District 4. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer After a ballot-counting mistake that pushed into […]

County Commission District 4 Profile: Wendell Bostwick

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Courtesty photo Wendell Bostwick is a District 4 County Commission candidate Editor’s note: The CNJ sent out a questionnaire to candidates running for county positions up for election. Candidates had a 300 word-limit for each question and their responses are published as submitted. Wendell E. Bostwick Party affiliation: Democrat Age: 62 Occupation: Semi-retired farmer/rancher/consultant

Officials:Sorghum harvests plentiful

By Casey Peacock: Freedom New Mexico Grain sorghum farmers are reporting an above average year with yields double and even triple the average, according to area producers and officials. “It is probably one of the better crops we’ve had in the past five years,” said Toby Bostwick, Curry County farmer and president-elect for the National […]

Bigler, Lenard

Lenard Bigler Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mr. Lenard Lee “Buck” Bigler, 72, of Portales, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Dec. 13, 1932, in Bell County, Texas, to Ollie and Ed Bigler. He grew up in Anton, Texas. In […]

Melrose man agrees to illegal dumping charge

By David Irvin: CNJ news editor An investigation involving several state agencies including the attorney general’s office led to charges against a Melrose man accused of illegally dumping a contaminated byproduct from ethanol production into a roadside ditch in 2002. Wendell Bostwick, 58, agreed to plead guilty on Thursday to disposing of a solid waste […]

Board to seek fed money

By Jack King The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will prepare an authorization request for Congress seeking federal money for the project by Aug. 13, even though a financial study showing how its members will pay for the project has not been completed. The board of the water authority, which is planning a Ute […]

Ethanol plant escapes fines for dumping

By Mike Linn Scientific test results show an ethanol byproduct spill in Melrose in mid-September contaminated the area’s soil, forcing a local ethanol manufacturing company to clean up the mess. High Plains Ethanol officials dug up the soil and disposed of it at a licensed landfill and received no fines for the mishap, said Christina […]