Jail administrator search continues

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff The disappointment was evident in County Manager Dick Smith’s voice Friday afternoon when he reported county officials were unable to find a suitable person to fill the administrator position at Curry County Adult Detention Center. The position has been open since Don Burdine resigned in September. Smith said the seven […]

Clovis seeking next AD

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer Clovis’ search for a new athletic director is in full swing and Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm says it is going well. “We have about six to eight applications and we are expecting more before the deadline,” Seidenwurm said. The deadline for applications is Nov. 15. Current athletic director Dale Fullerton […]

Ross likely choice as interim superintendent

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Longtime Clovis school administrator G.C. Ross was the only candidate through Monday to apply for the school district’s interim superintendent position, the first phase of replacing Neil Nuttall. Ross, who said he was contacted by board members about the position, retired three years ago from the school district. For […]

Write-in candidate elected Parmer County attorney

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor For the first time in roughly 40 years, a write-in candidate won an election in Parmer County. And this time it wasn’t because an incumbent candidate forgot to file. Write-in candidate Kathryn Gurley of Friona defeated Farwell Republican Jeff W. Actkinson 2,014 votes to 1,606 on Tuesday night. Bonnie […]

Clovis native in cookie lawsuit

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer A Clovis native who now serves on a California city council is embroiled in a lawsuit that has already cost her city more than $538,000 in lawyer’s fees. According to Julie Ruiz Raber, the case revolves around her decision to hand out cinnamon snickerdoodle cookies to poll workers […]

Clerk called year’s best

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Like a grown man who never let go of his favorite pair of Chuck Taylors, so Vicki Kelley doesn’t want to let go of her 22 years working at Clovis Municipal Court. The municipal court administrator describes herself as the “old shoe that never wears out” — and she’d […]

Bookout wins treasurer nomination

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Curry County Republicans decided Tuesday by a two-to-one margin that Rhonda Bookout will be their candidate to face chief deputy treasurer Rachel Toney in November’s race for county treasurer. According to election tallies, Bookout received 1,953 votes compared to 970 votes for her Republican primary opponent, Beni A. […]

County manager told to cease endorsement

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales has demanded in writing that County Manager Geneva Cooper stop publicly endorsing the re-election of District 2 Commissioner Pete Hulder. Cooper refused Perales’ request, also in writing. Both sides called the other’s letter “threatening.” The exchange of letters was prompted by paid advertisements in […]

Area judges defend right of wives to show support for candidates

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A disclaimer sits next to a campaign sign in the yard at the Clovis home of Jennifer and Judge Richard Hollis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Both Curry County magistrate judges and a retired district judge have campaign signs in their yards supporting 9th Judicial District Attorney candidate […]

Campaign signs missing from area

CNJ STAFF Melrose police say about 20 campaign signs were stolen last week in the city. In Clovis, district attorney campaign signs have also been swiped, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said. He said people stealing campaign signs is no trend — it happens every election. Gloria Wicker, challenger to District 4 Commissioner Albin Smith, […]