Committees, officials discuss jail solutions

Kevin Wilson A lengthy back-and-forth between citizens and county officials made it evident there are no easy solutions to Curry County’s jail issues. Inexpensive solutions seemed just as rare. Members of three citizens committees met for nearly three hours Saturday morning at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, with discussions about the challenges the county faces in […]

County officials agree not to display campaign material

Sharna Johnson Curry County has agreed not to display campaign material in the courthouse during early elections, according to a court settlement reached with two county citizens. Under the agreement, the county agreed to abide by election laws. Specifically, the county agreed it would “not allow or place video, brochures, posters or allow its employees […]

Committees hear plan for temporary jail

CNJ staff Members of Curry County citizens’ committees studying jail and courthouse issues saw a presentation Thursday for a stop-gap measure to address overpopulation at the jail. The presentation was given by Proteus, an Atlanta company that manufactures temporary detention facilities, while entities try to fund and build permanent facilities. If approved by Curry County […]

Resigned members form independent committee

Sharna Johnson Though they resigned from serving on citizens’ committees created by Curry County, several former members say they remain vested in solving issues surrounding the jail and courthouse. Wayland Thomas, who resigned from the jail committee Jan. 15, said Tuesday he intends to continue studying the issues along with others who walked from the […]

Citizens’ police academy to be offered

CNJ staff Community members are being invited to participate in a 12-week citizens’ police academy. The academy is designed to acquaint citizens with the diversity in a police officer’s career, and it highlights areas such as criminal law, investigations, traffic and crash investigations, drug enforcement and domestic violence, according to a press release. Participants will […]

Press release: Citizens’ police academy starting

The Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, and New Mexico State Police, is conducting the 15th Session of the Citizens Police Academy. Classes will be held on Tuesday’s, beginning February 22, 2011 for twelve (12) weeks, ending May 10, 2011.

Six members leave citizens committee meeting after closure retained

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Curry County Manager Lance Pyle discusses the Open Meetings Act resolution the county commission signs during a citizen’s courthouse committee meeting Thursday at the county courthouse. Pyle said the resolution does not require committee meetings to be open to the public. Kevin Wilson The Curry County Citizens Courthouse Committee decided […]

Citizens’ committee opens meetings to public

Sharna Johnson A citizens’ committee has appointed its own chairman and voted to open meetings to the public, overriding two directives from Curry County commissioners as its first order of business. Attorney Richard Rowley II said during the group’s first meeting Tuesday, he was selected to serve as chairman and spokesman for the courthouse committee. […]

County to discuss committee applications at meeting

Sharna Johnson Curry County has received 15 applications from citizens interested in being on two committees to study and provide guidance on issues at the jail and courthouse. Committee hopefuls include an attorney, retired journalist, doctor, former commissioners and community activists. “We appreciate the interest that we have received from the community and the county […]

County commissioners agree to form citizens’ committees

Sharna Johnson Curry County plans to form citizens’ committees to study and provide input on jail and courthouse issues. During a special meeting Wednesday, commissioners voted unanimously to form the two groups at a Dec. 7 meeting. In the meantime, they intend to put out an open invitation to residents who are interested in serving […]

Citizens Bank of Clovis celebrating anniversary

CNJ staff Citizens Bank of Clovis is celebrating its 70th anniversary as a member of the Independent Community Bankers of America. “Community banks such as the Citizens Bank of Clovis are passionately committed to serving their local customers and communities,” said Camden Fine, ICBA president and chief executive officer, in a press release. Citizens Bank […]

Birthdays — Aug. 29

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Skarda Lynell Griffith Skarda of Clovis celebrated his 95th birthday Saturday at his home. The celebration was hosted by The Citizens Bank of Clovis and the Skarda family. Lynell is one of the founders and the chairman of the board for The Citizens Bank of Clovis. He is the father of Jeffrey Skarda of Houston, […]

Land use committee approves conflict reduction list

Argen Duncan The Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee on Monday approved presentation of a proposed study-area map and a list of possible actions to reduce conflicts in land and airspace use between Cannon Air Force Base and other communities. The map and suggested actions will be presented to the public in a 6 p.m. […]

Courthouse no longer adequate

The Ninth Judicial District Court would like the citizens of Curry County to be appropriately informed as to the needs of the court in properly administering justice and providing equal access to justice for all citizens. Curry County has a statutory duty to provide and maintain safe, adequate, and accessible facilities for the District Court. […]

Air Commandos welcome newest citizens

USAF photo: Greg Allen From left, Bernadett Wheeldon, Johanna Eighinger, Airman 1st Class Joel Sipin, 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron, and Airman Nimol Mao, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, prepare to take the citizenship oath during naturalization ceremonies. The airmen and family members were sworn in by Immigration Service Officer Peter Rechkemmer from Albuquerque […]

Bookmobile making rounds

CNJ staff The Rural Bookmobile East has released its schedule for the months of July, August and September. The Bookmobile will be at the Melrose Senior Citizens Center from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. July 6, Aug. 3 and Sept. 7; Grady Senior Citizens Center from 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m.; Grady School from 9:40 a.m.-11 a.m.; and Grady […]

Media turned away from citizens group meeting

CNJ staff Media were turned away Thursday from what was billed as a public meeting hosted by the Concerned Citizens of Curry County. CCCC President David Briseno said the meeting was intended to inform federal investigators of “injustices” occurring in the Clovis Municipal Schools and to serve as an initial step for a possible civil […]

Citizens’ school concerns valid

When I first heard about Concerned Citizens of Curry County, I made the comment to my wife that David Briseno should appoint one or two members to represent the group’s concerns. Since Briseno had worked for Rhonda Seidenwurm, I was sure someone would say the motivation was revenge or a vendetta. Also, regarding Friday’s letter […]

Reunion to be held in Grady

Freedom New Mexico The Wheatland School Reunion is 8 a.m. May 29 in the Grady Senior Citizens Building. For lunch, participants are asked to bring a covered dish. Donations are to be taken to cover the rental of the building. Information: 806-333-4524.

Citizens group meets with Seidenwurm

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Leaders of Clovis Municipal Schools and three spokesmen from the Concerned Citizens of Curry County met in private talks Friday that Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said helped clear up misconceptions. Seidenwurm and Interim Superintendent G.C. Ross met with CCCC President David Briseno, Johnny Chavez and local NAACP President Selmus Price, […]