Base will be adding one aircraft per month, official says

Col. David Piech of Cannon Air Force Base gave Roosevelt County commissioners an update on Cannon activity at the Tuesday county commission meeting. The following is what he reported: • The base will be changing its vice wing commander and flight medicine commander later this year. • One new aircraft a month will continue arriving […]

Commissioner salaries smaller than in similar-size counties

Robin Fornoff Curry County commissioners make less money than counterparts in at least two similar-size New Mexico counties. But they make far more than commissioners in Roosevelt County and the city of Clovis. And when it comes to benefits, they enjoy the same health and retirement packages as every city and county official under plans […]

Mayor’s views of president point of contention in city meeting

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The audience at Thursday’s city commission meeting listens as one of the numerous speakers takes the podium at the city commission meeting. Kevin Wilson In the first Clovis City Commission meeting following the March 6 municipal election, Clovis citizens and commissioners debated new Mayor David Lansford’s views on President Obama, […]

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, […]

Commissioners should be more forthcoming

Clovis Media Inc. There’s something seriously wrong with a system that allows Curry County to secretly pay a jail inmate $450,000. But it happened in December 2010, and we warn everyone it can happen again today if commissioners won’t change their policy not to specify what the topics are of their secret meetings. The settlement […]

Commissioners praise Curry County jail plan

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Courtesy photo/ Paul C. Reed Architects Courtesy photo/ Paul C. Reed Architects An architect’s three-dimensional concept a new addition to the Curry County jail to be funded by a proposed $9.3 million bond issue before voters on April 3. The addition is the portion marked SHU, which is an acronym for Special Housing Unit. By […]

Commission approves zoo upgrade priority list

Kevin Wilson City Commissioner Randy Crowder wanted other commissioners to stop and take a breath at the costs of park improvements due to cost overruns in golf course renovations. The commission opted to play through. By a 6-1 vote, commissioners approved an improvements priority list for the city’s zoo at Hillcrest Park. The list of […]

Commission approves burn ban

CNJ staff Curry County residents face severe restrictions on open fires under a Fire Danger Emergency resolution approved Tuesday by county commissioners. The resolution — a burn ban — was approved on a unanimous vote after commissioners were told the 90-day weather forecast for calls for less than average precipitation, continuing a severe drought. The […]

Voter amendment would eliminate dual commissioners

There are five races in the March 6 municipal election, with only one race featuring an unopposed candidate. But all future candidates, including one standing commissioner, could be affected by a proposed amendment to the Clovis city charter that weighs conflict of interest against a district’s choices for candidates. If approved by the voters, Section […]

Capital outlay wish list cut

Robin Fornoff It was back to the drawing board Saturday for Curry County Commissioners, who said they were told by state legislators to trim their wish list or face possibly getting no money from the state. Commissioners had submitted a $21 million capital outlay request to the state in September. The request was trimmed to […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County Commissioners have scheduled a special meeting 9 a.m. Saturday at the courthouse, 700 N. Main. Agenda items include: • An executive session for discussion of the purchase, acquisition or disposal of real property. • A request to approve a memorandum of understanding with the State of New Mexico. • A request to approve […]

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 […]

Commissioners tackle jail issues

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Robin Fornoff A sometimes frustrating nine-hour marathon meeting of Curry County commissioners ended with what seemed like more questions than answers for fixing problems at the troubled jail. County Manager Lance Pyle presented commissioners with a lengthy report of problems needing immediate attention at the jail, most of them costly. He also suggested several ways […]

Citizens request splash pad delay

Kevin Wilson A group of citizens requested city commissioners hold off on a plan to convert the long-unused Hillcrest Park Pool into a splash pad. But commissioners were adamant they’d already dove in headfirst. More than an hour of conversation took place regarding the pool’s recreation as a splash pad, one part of the city’s […]

Commissioners to consider 400-stall horse barn

Robin Fornoff Among items coming up Tuesday at a meeting of the Curry County commissioners: An ambitious plan for a 400-stall horse barn to be built adjacent the Events Center at an estimated cost of $5 million. The commission meets at 9 a.m. at Melrose City Hall. The horse barn is a concept being offered […]

County approves Plan A

Robin Fornof Curry County Commission districts will remain about the same for the next decade. Commissioners on Tuesday adopted Plan A before a near-capacity crowd of nearly 50 onlookers on a unanimous 5-0 vote. The plan that only slightly alters two district borders was one of seven alternative options up for consideration. An earlier motion […]

Meetings watch: Charter Review Commission

The Clovis city charter review commission will hold its first meeting 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at Clovis City Hall, 321 Connelly. Agenda items include a welcome from City Manager Joe Thomas, an explanation of the city charter and the review process from City Attorney David Richards, general discussion and election of a chair and vice chair […]

Officials meeting to take stock of park

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission is going on a field trip. Commissioners, and any member of the public who wishes to join them, will meet at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course pro shop 10 a.m. Monday and spend the next two hours looking over what will be absorbed into Hillcrest Park. The outdoor meeting […]

Commissioners hold last study session on districts

Kevin Wilson With six weeks of minimal feedback, and an empty meeting room Thursday evening, Clovis city commissioners reached a conclusion that residents would be fine with whatever they did regarding redrawing city commission districts for the next decade. Six weeks after Research and Polling of Albuquerque presented the commission with four plans for new […]

Curry County plans special meeting

Freedom New Mexico Curry County commissioners have scheduled an executive session for 5 p.m. Monday at the county courthouse. The meeting was announced late Friday. The only item on the agenda is a closed session to discuss limited personnel matters. Commissioners will reconvene in open session immediately after the closed meeting.