Counties facing dry season

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales farmer Rick Ledbetter looks over his irrigated wheat field Friday afternoon northwest of Portales. Ledbetter said his dry land wheat is dead and his irrigated wheat is about two feet shorter than it should be due to dry weather. Alisa Boswell One word defines Curry and Roosevelt counties these […]

Municipal league meets on legislative session

Argen Duncan City officials from four counties met for a legislative update Monday in Portales. The New Mexico Municipal League held a district meeting at the Memorial Building. District 4 encompasses municipalities in Roosevelt, Curry, Quay and De Baca counties, and Portales City Manager Tom Howell estimated 50 people attended from all four counties. Portales […]

Press release: County announces National Counties Month

In honor of this year’s National County Government Month, Curry County has many fun and exciting activities planned for students in our area during the entire month of April. Established by the National Association of Counties, National County Government Month is celebrated in counties throughout the United States to promote county government. This year’s theme […]

DA says pleas help victims, save money

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CNJ illustration: Sharna Johnson Almost half, 44 percent, of cases closed in fiscal year 2010 in the 9th Judicial District courts were closed through plea agreements. District Attorney Matt Chandler said that translates to a higher percentage of convictions than any other district in the state. Sharna Johnson The 9th Judicial District Court in Roosevelt […]

Weekly update — Feb. 13

Curry awarded safety grant Curry County has been awarded $20,000 as an incentive for improving workplace safety, according to a press release. The award, from the New Mexico Association of Counties, was given to six counties in recognition of reduced workers compensation claims in fiscal year 2009/2010. Curry County experienced a 46 percent reduction in […]

Counties hosting joint land use meeting

CNJ staff Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a joint meeting of the Joint Land Use Study policy and technical committees 1:30 p.m. March 2 in the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The purpose of the public meeting is to review and discuss changes made since the Dec. 20 public meeting. The study […]

Curry jail seeking accreditation

CNJ staff Curry County is one of two counties seeking jail accreditation. Curry and Chaves counties have entered the Adult Detention Professional Standard Council’s accreditation program, a joint initiative of the New Mexico Association of Counties and the New Mexico Municipal League, according to a press release from the NMAC. Once accepted into the program, […]

Residents raise concerns about Joint Land Use consequences

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Courtesy illustration The Joint Land Use Study area covers nearly a million and a half acres around Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Air Force Range in portions of Roosevelt and Curry counties. Liliana Castillo Some in Curry and Roosevelt counties feel a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is merely a way to begin open […]

Habitat for Humanity meeting canceled

Freedom New Mexico The Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Inc. family support volunteer meeting scheduled for today in Portales has been canceled. The meeting is to be rescheduled for January. Information: 359-1344 or habitatrcc@yahoo.com.

United Way officials say campaign outperforming last year’s

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks United Way campaign associate Sara Newell of Clovis works on the United Way 50-50 campaign Monday. Sharna Johnson Three quarters of the way from deadline, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fundraising campaign is outperforming last year. At $341,014 for Curry and Roosevelt counties, donations are already about $100,000 […]

United Way focusing on outreach

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is in campaign mode. The charitable organization that aids non-profits throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties kicked off its fundraising campaign last month, but in the last week has done 10 presentations to area groups with another five scheduled for Wednesday. “We are in it,” Executive Director […]

Home weatherization programs available

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Greg Fisher of Portales points to weather stripping workers from Star Efficiency contracting company of Roswell added to a door as part of an Xcel Energy program. New Mexico Xcel customers who have refrigerated air conditioning have access to a program that weatherizes their homes for energy efficiency. Argen Duncan […]

Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee to meet on Monday

CNJ staff report A meeting of the Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee is 2 p.m. Monday at Portales City Hall. The committee identifies potential compatibility issues between communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties and Cannon Air Force Base.

Study: Urban prairie dogs at higher risk

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Submitted by Jenny Ramirez Eastern New Mexico University graduate Jenny Ramirez studies wildlife and, as an undergraduate, conducted a unique project on prairie dogs in Roosevelt and Curry counties. Her research indicated that prairie dogs living in urban areas spend more time watching for predators than eating, which could harm their health. Argen Duncan After […]

De Baca, Roosevelt counties receive PILT funds

CNJ staff New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases and […]

Press release: Bingaman announces PILT funding for N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million this year in payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) funds. PILT, which is a program administered through the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property such as military bases and national parks, which cannot be taxed […]

Meetings Watch: Joint Land Use Committee to meet

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a policy committee meeting as part of the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the commission room at the Curry County Courthouse. The Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee will meet to discuss issues regarding land uses […]

Press release: Curry and Roosevelt counties to hold policy committee meeting for joint land use study

June 14, 2010 Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a policy committee meeting as part of the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study on Monday, June 21, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Commission Room at the Curry County Courthouse, located at 700 N. Main St., Clovis, New Mexico. The […]

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Curry, De Baca and Quay counties.

Roosevelt farmers, ranchers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Quay are among six New Mexico counties declared eligible for disaster assistance Thursday due to continuing drought. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced eligibility due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers in Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Otero, Quay, and Roosevelt counties are now […]