County approves alcohol sales during fair concerts

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Curry County commissioners on Wednesday said OK to the sale of alcohol during two concerts at the Events Center during the county fair. Commissioners unanimously approved the measure. Events Center Manager Kevin Jolley said alcohol will be sold in a roped area during the events — one on a Thursday […]

Commissioners to consider tax increases for judicial complex

The question of whether to pass tax increases to pay for a new $33 million judicial complex will be put to Curry County commissioners Wednesday. A plan to develop the complex calls for a general obligation bond of $16.5 million and a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase to be voted on in the November […]

Commission met under ‘rolling quorum’

CNJ staff Curry County commissioners probably didn’t violate any rules by voting on issues without a majority of commissioners present on Tuesday, officials said. When the meeting began, Frank Blackburn, Robert Sandoval and Caleb Chandler — three of the five county commissioners — were present. But Chandler was soon called away for a family emergency, […]

Judicial complex to cost $33 million

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Courtesy graphic A proposed $33 million judicial complex would occupy three blocks from Seventh to 10th Streets. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A $33 million plan to revamp county offices and the courts got a nod of approval from commissioners Tuesday. The plan — presented by Albuquerque architectural firm Rohde, May, Keller, McNamara — […]

Sheriff relinquishing jail

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sheriff Matt Murray informed Curry County commissioners he is returning command of the jail to them Tuesday, leaving county leaders questioning what to do next. Murray’s decision was announced in a letter sent late Thursday. The sheriff said his decision to relinquish command was the result of the commission’s […]

County to meet over budget changes

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Lance Pyle is expected to present a revised budget plan today that would allow for 10 additional detention officers at the jail, as some commissioners have requested. Commissioners are meeting at 9 a.m. in the Commission Room at the courthouse. During a May 18 meeting in […]

County budget sent back to make room for jail officers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners told County Manager Lance Pyle to reconfigure his proposed preliminary budget Tuesday and come back with the money to hire 10 new detention officers at the jail. Commissioners were expected to vote on both preliminary budget and jail issues at a meeting held at the Grady […]

Nuisance ordinance tabled indefinitely

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners Caleb Chandler and Chairman Bobby Sandoval listen Wednesday as a resident offers opinions on a proposed public health and safety ordinance. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An embattled ordinance aimed at public health and safety appears to have run out of lives. During an informal committee […]

County commissioners hope to look at revised nuisance ordinance

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File photo Curry County Commissioners are meeting at 1 p.m. today in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library to discuss an ordinance aimed at health and safety issues in the county such as dilapidated or dangerous buildings, rubbish and disposal of animal carcasses. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners are holding […]

Former jail administrator suing county manager, commissioners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Detention Center Administrator Lois Bean filed a lawsuit against Curry County commissioners and County Manager Lance Pyle on Thursday, alleging she was misled, treated unfairly and discriminated against because she is a black woman. In a 17-page suit filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, Bean said in […]

Commissioners stand by Prince Street median

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City Commissioners said Thursday they are standing behind a decision by city engineers to add a median blocking left turns onto Texas Street from Prince even though business owners say it is hurting their traffic. The median has turned what was a prime location into a back of the […]

New Mexico American Water manager defends company

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico American Water General Manager Kathy Wright says criticism of her company has reached a level of unfairness. During a Clovis City Commission meeting Thursday night, Wright defended her company and its role in the community to commissioners tasked with deciding if the city should withdraw from a […]

Pet licensing ordinance vote split

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Animal Task Force Chairwoman Linda Cross told city commissioners Thursday that a pet licensing ordinance will help the city get grant money to pay for enforcement. The ordinance was passed on a 5-3 vote. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Despite objections from three commissioners who called it redundant and […]

Commission approves loan for wastewater pretreatment plant

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The city commission approved a $728,661 loan Thursday as an advance on cash Southwest Cheese is expecting from the state to complete a wastewater pretreatment facility. Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry told commissioners the plant was previously granted more than $800,000 through state appropriations. But in […]

County meeting scheduled about need for judicial complex

CNJ staff Curry County Commissioners have scheduled a special public hearing Friday to hear more about a needs analysis for a criminal justice complex. At 10 a.m. in the courthouse commission room, the architectural firm conducting the study, Don May, from Rohde, May Keller McNamara Architecture, PC, is expected to give commissioners a presentation. They […]

Commissioners cut budgets

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Commissioners unanimously passed department budget cuts Tuesday at the advice of County Manager Lance Pyle, who said the money is needed to cover budget shortfalls. Cuts totaling $140,050 are intended to compensate for the loss of state money the county didn’t qualify for this year because of conflicting population […]

Commissioners to consider $140,000 in cuts to county departments

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners are expected to consider cuts totaling more than $140,000 to county departments during today’s meeting. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office would receive the largest cut, losing $36,000, including some intended for a vehicle, new equipment, vehicle repairs and other items. Under the proposal, the maintenance department […]

Commissioners give consent to file foreclosure suit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Commissioners gave the city consent Thursday to file a foreclosure lawsuit against 128 properties in Clovis. The properties are ones for which delinquent, unpaid sewer, garbage, weed cutting or demolition fees exist, City Attorney Dave Richards told commissioners. The city finance office has diligently tried to collect on the […]

Commissioners approve introduction of pet licensing ordinance

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File photo The city commission will consider an ordinance that will require pet owners to license their animals. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Pet owners in the city could soon be required to license their dogs and cats. Commissioners approved the introduction of an animal licensing ordinance, voting 7-1 in favor during Thursday’s City […]

Sheriff proposes sending inmates to other jails

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the 10 days since Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray took over command of the jail, he says deputies have discovered a complete contradiction to what the former interim administrator was telling county commissioners. Speaking Tuesday to commissioners, Murray said he found a jail understaffed, with poorly trained personnel […]