Bingaman: New Mexico counties eligible for drought disaster aid

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that six New Mexico counties been declared eligible for disaster assistance due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas due to continuing drought. As a result of the declaration, farmers and ranchers in Do

Joint land use on tap for Monday meeting

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a policy committee meeting 3 p.m. Monday at the Curry County Courthose commission room. The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on existing conditions regarding land uses in the counties and Cannon Air Force Base. The purpose of the joint land use study […]

EPCOG sharing grant money

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Government is one of seven New Mexico groups that will share in more than $2 million in economic development grant money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. EPCOG is a consortium of seven counties in eastern New Mexico and helps local governments with infrastructure […]

County manager discusses jail administration

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Photo illustration of Curry County Manager Lance Pyle The Clovis News Journal on Tuesday obtained a report related to the Feb. 21 attempted escape of four inmates at the Curry County jail. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle is in Washington, D.C., at the National Association of Counties conference, and could not immediately be reached for […]

County manager appointed to serve on jail standards council

CNJ staff Curry County Manager Lance Pyle has been appointed to serve on the professional standards council of a newly developed detention center accreditation program for the state. Pyle will serve alongside four detention center commanders, according to a press release from the New Mexico Association of Counties. Other council members include jail administrators: David […]

Curry, Roosevelt among healthiest counties in state

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Curry counties are ranked among the 10 healthiest in the state. The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the results of their nationwide study of counties’ health Wednesday. The study included factors such as individual behavior, quality of and access […]

NWS issues winter storm warning

Freedom New Mexico The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow in Quay, Curry and De Baca counties in effect until noon Thursday. Expect total snow accumulations of 3 to 8 inches. The heaviest snowfall will occur across the northeast plains of New Mexico…particularly Harding and Union counties. […]

Girl Scout cookie presales hit ground running

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MCT photo The Girl Scouts will be selling favorites such as Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils and Samoas. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico The middle of January means one thing to most cookie lovers. It is time to get their hands on some Girl Scout Cookies. The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails have […]

Training, education keys to disaster response

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firefighters Cody Bell, left, and Weldon Kube inspect a new emergency tool Friday provided by an emergency management grant according to Chief Ray Westerman. The device works much like the Jaws of Life, which can cut through steel. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico While local counties don’t have to […]

Business feature: Realtors say home sales turnaround may be on horizon

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For reasons that extend to Cannon Air Force Base and beyond, a turnaround seems on the horizon for local home sales. Over the last two months, Clovis Realtor Kathy Corn said, deals on 96 properties in Curry and Roosevelt counties have been finalized, with an average price of $138,143. […]