Roosevelt detention center administrator leaves for new job

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Detention Center administrator has left to take another job. County Manager Charlene Hardin said former administrator Don Burdine’s last day was Saturday. Assistant Administrator Charles Perez is filling in until the county hires a permanent replacement for Burdine. “I just got an opportunity to join with some Realtors on […]

Lady Buff energized

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Melrose junior post Toni Burdine, above, said she looks to her sister as not only a role model, but also as a driving force to succeed. She has helped Melrose to an 11-8 record this season. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Melrose junior post Toni Burdine spends most of her time organizing her many after-school […]

Jail officials cracking down on contraband

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A inmate uses the phone Wednesday in the annex of the Curry County Adult Detention Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Commonly confiscated contraband in the Curry County Adult Detention Center includes letters between inmates, tobacco, drugs, crude knives, tattooing devices and ink, as well as dried fruit and vegetable […]

County starts search for jail administrator

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County faces a tough task in finding a new jail administrator, according to County Manager Dick Smith. The annual salary for the position is about $50,000 plus benefits, according Smith, which is below the national average for the position and could make finding a candidate slightly harder. “We […]

County detention center administrator resigns

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Curry County Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said he resigned Friday because he felt county officials lacked confidence in his management skills. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office administered an unannounced search of the jail at 7 a.m. Friday at the request of Curry County Manager Dick Smith and County Commissioner […]

County might house Quay juvenile inmates

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Juvenile Detention Center could be housing Quay County juvenile offenders in the near future, officials said Monday. Curry County Manager Dick Smith said even though no official contract has been signed, Curry County has agreed to house Quay’s juveniles. Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine was a […]

‘Prison loaf’ used as deterrent

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Adult detention centers in Maryland, Virginia, and New York — just to name a few — are using prisoner palates to curb bad behavior. Now New Mexico can be added to the list. Following a suggestion from the prison kitchen manager, Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine […]

Detention center budget focus of commission meeting

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The Curry County Adult Detention Center’s continued financial drain on the county budget once again dominated discussions at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. According to Curry County Manager Dick Smith, 65 to 75 percent of the county’s budget is already being poured into the detention system because of continued […]

Inmate numbers dropping

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The jail overcrowding that has taxed the county budget for the past few years may be starting to ebb, according to jail administrator Don Burdine. There are nearly a hundred fewer Curry County inmates today than just two months ago, the jail administrator reported at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. […]

County makes jail smoke free once more

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The Curry County Adult Dentition Center will once again be smoke free. The County Commission unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that will return the county jail to a non-smoking building within 90 days. The jail facility is the only county building that is not smoke free. Curry County officials cited […]