Forums to be conducted on jail bond issue

Curry County jail Administrator Gerry Billy will conduct four public forums on a $9.3 million bond issue referendum scheduled for April 3. The public forums are: • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clovis Carver Public Library’s north annex. • 11:30 a.m. March 15 at the Melrose Senior Center, 427 Main St., Melrose; • 6 p.m. […]

Shakedown conducted at jail

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Department conducted a shakedown Monday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. The search of inmates, cells and the facility started early in the morning and continued throughout the day, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. He said Monday night he was waiting for reports from investigators and details […]

Legislators need to rethink laws

Freedom New Mexico The results of a poll conducted on the Portales News-Tribune website concerning the individuals charged with the “crime” of gambling at the Portales Country Club gives me hope. It showed that a substantial percentage of those who took the poll recognize that laws can be wrong. A third of the respondents took […]

Force Support Squadron responds to customer comments

27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron The 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron recently conducted a survey to determine customer satisfaction with its hours of operation. More than 400 responded, and we appreciate those who took the time to complete the survey. In addition to information about our hours, we also received a few Comments […]

Judicial complex: What they’re saying

Staff writer Sharna Johnson conducted brief exit interviews with Curry County voters on Tuesday. Here’s what they said about the proposed judicial complex:

Health care audio conference set

CNJ staff An interactive audio conference is being held to acquaint businesses on what healthcare reform means to them. Sponsored by the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce, the 90-minute conference will be conducted by the Kiplinger Washington Editors. It is being held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Business Enterprise Center. Cost […]

Contradicting population counts could cost county

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Contradicting population counts could cost Curry County as much as $250,000. County Manager Lance Pyle said a count conducted by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research put the county’s population at 48,005, while a U.S. Census estimate puts the population at 43,755. As a […]

County jail administrator fired

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Bean By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Nine months into her tenure, Lois Bean has been released from duties as the Curry County detention administrator. The change, effective immediately, was announced in a press release sent at the close of business Wednesday. Bean, contacted Wednesday night, said she was “still digesting” her dismissal and there […]

Hunter education classes start Friday

The first of two hunter education classes starts Friday in Clovis. The classes are conducted by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department and are held at Patriot Outdoors, 1250 County Road 16. Each class consists of three-day sessions and completion is required for anyone under 18 who wants to purchase a state hunting license. […]

Enacting global mandates hurts U.S. economy

Freedom New Mexico A new poll found that people rank global warming dead last, 20th out of 20, among their top concerns. The economy was No. 1, while other economic-related issues unsurprisingly gravitated to the top. The survey conducted Jan. 7-11 asked 1,503 adults on cell phones and landlines to rank 20 issues by importance, […]

Pyle responds to jail report findings

The Clovis News Journal asked County Manager Lance Pyle to address the security risk assessment at the Curry County jail. The assessment was conducted in August by Manuel D. Romero of the New Mexico Association of Counties. Here are Pyle’s responses to the report: Overview on the assessment I am concerned with (Clovis News Journal’s) […]

County Manager Pyle discusses jail assessment

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle answered questions regarding the future of the jail and possible options for correcting deficiencies identified through an assessment dated Sept. 1. The assessment was conducted by a detention expert with the New Mexico Association of Counties. The interview was conducted via e-mail. It has been edited for clarity and grammar. […]

Commissioner Hulder discusses jail assessment

Curry County Commissioner Pete Hulder answered questions regarding the future of the jail and possible options for correcting deficiencies identified through an assessment dated Sept. 1. The assessment was conducted by a detention expert with the New Mexico Association of Counties. The interview was conducted via e-mail. It has been edited for clarity and grammar. […]

Arrest, charges pending for men in child solicitation cases

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An Albuquerque man is in jail and a Texas man is facing child solicitation charges in connection with Internet investigations conducted by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Brian Michael Gray, 33, of Albuquerque is charged with three felonies for soliciting a child by electronic device and is being held […]

Batik, drumming start ethnic festival

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Joel Wolfberg of Vienna, Va., left, who’s in Clovis visiting a friend and Akeem Ayanniyi, of Nigeria, the batik and dye instructor apply wax to material at the Main Arteri on Thursday. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Akeem Ayanniyi spread melted wax in arcs starting from one corner of the rectangular cotton fabric. A […]

New Mexico First hosting nursing forum

CNJ staff New Mexico First will hold a forum to brainstorm for ideas on how to build a stronger nursing workforce from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 18 at the Clovis Civic Center The forum will address the nursing shortage in New Mexico, and ways to implement the recommendations made by the New Mexico […]

EPCOG director cleared in investigation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The head of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments has been cleared in an internal investigation and recently returned to his duties, according to organization officials. EPCOG Executive Director Lee Tillman was placed on unpaid leave about two weeks ago while the investigation was conducted, EPCOG Executive Board Chairman […]

Roosevelt sheriff releases name in child’s death

Freedom Newspapers The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the 9-month-old girl whose death Wednesday is being investigated. Kyler Willis was discovered about 1 p.m. Wednesday at 109 E. Sixth St. in Portales when paramedics from the Portales Fire Department were dispatched to attend to an unresponsive child. Officials will not say […]

Police briefing from Dec. 19

Additional interviews were conducted this weekend by the Major Crime Unit and additional evidence was also collected. The items collected will be delivered to the DPS Crime Lab in Santa Fe for forensic testing. Currently there has not been any arrests made. Additional information will be available when appropriate.

Reporter’s notebook: Music education top 100 lists Clovis

Clovis Municipal Schools is listed in “Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America,” an annual nationwide survey conducted jointly by the country’s top organizations devoted to music and learning. “I am so very proud of our total music program,” said Wayne Anderson, coordinator of music with Clovis Municipal Schools. “We have consistently set the […]