Press release: One killed in crash near Texico

On Friday, February 10, 2012, at approximately 5:35 AM, Curry County Sheriff’s deputies responded to and investigated a motor vehicle crash, involving a fatality, at the intersection of NM 108 and Curry Road 14, north of Texico, New Mexico.

Feral swine running wild in eastern New Mexico

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Courtesy photo: Alan May, State Director USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services. The Department of Game and Fish does not regulate or manage the hunting of feral swine, therefore no permit is required and hogs may be hunted year round. Tonjia Rolan Prolific feral swine populations are ravaging eastern New Mexico range and farmland and creating an ecological nightmare, […]

Lansford resigns county position

CNJ staff Curry County Finance Director Mark Lansford has confirmed he resigned his position on Monday. County Manager Lance Pyle said he received a copy of Lansford’s letter of resignation on Tuesday. Pyle said Lansford leaves the county in good shape financially and Pyle wished him the best in his future endeavors. Lansford filed a […]

Four arrested on drug charges

CNJ staff Four Clovis females are being charged with drug crimes after the Region 5 Drug Task Force served a search warrant Friday at a residence on the 400 block of Dawn Loop, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. According to Waller and staff at the Curry County Adult Detention Center: • Charlotte Pace, […]

D.A. hopes to transfer Torres to state prison

CNJ staff Captured fugitive Noe Torres will be sent to Curry County’s troubled jail once he is on U.S. soil but District Attorney Matt Chandler doesn’t anticipate he will be there long. Chandler said Thursday that accused child-killer Torres will be booked into the jail but he plans to immediately file a motion in court […]

Education digest —

Curry County spelling bee winners Ariel Kokoricha, fourth-grade student at Clovis Christian School, was declared champion of the Curry County spelling bee Friday. Kokoricha won the competition in the eighth round with the word epilepsy. Runner-up was Alyssa Benway, 13, an eighth-grade student at Yucca Middle School. Kokoricha will participate in the statewide spelling bee […]

Press release: Missing-Endangered-Caution Person Advisory (picture attached)

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Courtesy: Curry County Sheriff’s Office Robert J. Gutierrez Curry County – On behalf of the Curry County Sheriff’s Department please note that the following person is considered a Missing-Endangered-Caution Person. Robert J. Gutierrez was last seen in Clovis on 01-27-12. Gutierrez is a 45 year old hispanic male with brown hair and brown eyes. Gutierrez […]

Ten to participate in county spelling bee

Benna Sayyed Friday’s Curry County spelling bee will showcase some of the county’s best spellers and aims to improve students’ spelling and vocabulary skills. “I hope it will improve the students’ ability to be in front of crowds and their ability to speak,” said Deanne Richardson, a third-grade teacher at Texico Elementary who will act […]

Monday morning briefing: Homecoming, free music and fun with plastic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Homecoming week Elida Municipal Schools celebrate Homecoming next week with Spirit Week and the coronation. Monday is Pajama Day; Tuesday is Fashion Disaster; Wednesday is Tossed Salad Day; and Thursday is Duct Tape Day and Way Out Games. Star in town County bass player […]

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 […]

Pleadings expected today in Quay County slayings

By Scott SandlinAlbuquerque Journal, N.M.(MCT)Jan. 20—Casslyn Mae Welch and Tracy Allen Province are scheduled to enter guilty pleas today in connection with the Aug. 4, 2010, kidnapping and murder of a vacationing Oklahoma couple who had stopped at an Interstate 40 rest stop in Quay County.A change of plea hearing is scheduled in U.S. District […]

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 […]

Letters to the editor: Contractors not responsible for jail

Contractors not responsible for jail I find new Curry County jail administrator Gerry Billy’s comment (in Wednesday’s article), “Obviously the person who built the jail had never built a jail before,” offensive. “The person who built the jail” is obviously a contractor. A contractor places a “bid” for a specific job, which is laid out […]

Clovis chamber honors residents

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Freedom New Mexico: Benna Sayyed Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield, right, makes a brief acceptance speech after receiving the 2011 Citizen of the Year award at the Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet on Friday. Benna Sayyed The Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet on Friday brought some of the […]

Chamber banquet to be ‘grand celebration’

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Morgan Earles, Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce office coordinator, left, Mimi Garza, chamber volunteer, middle, and Rhonda Bargman, 2012 banquet committee chairperson, prepare decorations for Friday’s chamber banquet at the Clovis Civic Center. This year’s banquet will have a fiesta theme. Benna Sayyed About 300 people are expected to […]

Tempers flare over question of raise for county manager

Robin Fornoff Confusion over whether County Manager Lance Pyle was included in a recent 2 percent cost of living raise granted all county employees had tempers flaring Tuesday among Curry County commissioners. The question was raised by Commissioner Dan Stoddard regarding a Dec. 20 vote to grant the raise to all employees. Stoddard said it […]

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 […]

Clovis scores below state average in A-F grading system trial

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Alisa Boswell Curry and Roosevelt County school districts did not fare well with the trial test results for the New Mexico Department of Education’s new A-F Grading System, which is set to replace the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) grading system. The Clovis school district received As for only two schools out of their 18, averaging […]

County calls for jail bond election (updated)

Robin Fornoff Curry County commissioners started the new year Tuesday electing Wendell Bostwick as their new chairman and approving a special election for a $9.3 million bond issue to expand and improve the troubled jail. Bostwick replaces former chairman Caleb Chandler. The April 3 election was approved on a unanimous vote, despite Bostwick’s misgivings over […]

Governor to issue election proclamation

CNJ staff The Curry County Clerk’s office has sent a release regarding eligibility for the 2012 elections. The release notes that Gov. Susana Martinez will issue a Jan. 30 public proclamation calling for a primary election to be held in every county and precinct in New Mexico. That proclamation will also require that as of […]