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 […]

Portales attorney Eric Dixon charged with felony

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Dixon Robin Fornoff Portales attorney Eric Dixon is accused of attempting to run down District Judge Ted L. Hartley with a vehicle in April outside the Curry County Courthouse. Dixon was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony, according to 3rd Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando of Las Cruces. Dixon […]

Curry County plans special meeting

Freedom New Mexico Curry County commissioners have scheduled an executive session for 5 p.m. Monday at the county courthouse. The meeting was announced late Friday. The only item on the agenda is a closed session to discuss limited personnel matters. Commissioners will reconvene in open session immediately after the closed meeting.

Promoting or informing? Elections spotlight fine line

Sharna Johnson In November, Curry County officials continually played a video in the courthouse lobby that critics said promoted passage of a jail bond election. Late last month, someone hung a banner from the city-owned Hotel Clovis that read “SAVE ME VOTE YES,” urging voters approve an affordable housing ordinance. In both cases, government officials […]

Roosevelt County assessor resigns

Argen Duncan The new Roosevelt County assessor has resigned, and her deputy is taking her position. At a special meeting Wednesday morning in the county courthouse, the Roosevelt County Commission voted to accept Evelyn Ledbetter’s resignation and appoint Kenner Carrasco to finish the term. The county assessor’s staff determines property values and the amount of […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt County Commission

At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, commissioners: • Approved awarding janitorial services for the Roosevelt County Public Health Office. • Approved the acceptance of a water storage tank for the Arch Fire Department. • Decided not to appoint road viewers for the closure of South Roosevelt Road 2 1/2 as […]

Citizens’ committees given three-month extension

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Thursday to seek an architectural study to remodel the postal building and gave jail and courthouse citizens’ committees a three-month extension. The unanimous votes came during a special meeting held in the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Proposing both, Commissioner Bobby Sandoval said he believes the county […]

Officials: Courthouse expansion inevitable need

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners say it wasn’t the plan that voters rejected, it was the price. Tuesday they authorized the county manager to move forward with the purchase of three properties north of the courthouse because they say expansion is an inevitable need and property costs go up, not down over time. County Manager […]

County manager granted authority to purchase properties near courthouse

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners granted County Manager Lance Pyle authority to purchase three properties near the courthouse for a total of for $209,000 following an almost one-hour executive session Tuesday. The properties — located at 810 Main Street for $56,000, 905 and 913 Mitchell Street for $85,000 and $68,000 — are three of five […]

Commissioners hear jail, courthouse proposal

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners Caleb Chandler, left, and Wendell Bostwick listen Tuesday as County Maintenance Supervisor Lee Delk gives a presentation on options for the courthouse. Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners Tuesday heard a new and far less expensive plan to address jail and courthouse issues using existing county facilities. Under […]

Financing options presented to citizens’ committees

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Seated next to County Manager Lance Pyle, right, Financial Advisor Kevin Powers spoke to members of the Curry County courthouse and jail citizens’ committees about financing options for solutions to over crowding and security at the facilities. Sharna Johnson There are essentially three ways of raising money to fund courthouse […]

Judge declares mistrial in shooting trial

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Judge Stephen Quinn declared a mistrial Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Lonzell Wiggins after potential jurors saw Wiggins in handcuffs and shackles. Sharna Johnson A mistrial was declared Tuesday before a jury could be selected in the first-degree murder case of Lonzell Wiggins after potential jurors saw […]

Officials: Money holding up courthouse security

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File photo Curry County Commissioners are concerned that resolutions have not been followed to restrict access to the Curry County Courthouse. based on security concerns. Sharna Johnson Money is the holdup on a nearly two-year-old resolution to secure courthouse entrances, according to Curry County officials. The issue was discussed openly by Curry County commissioners —for […]

DA questions lack of action on closing courthouse entrances

Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler is questioning why an almost 2-year-old resolution to close Curry County courthouse entrances for security reasons hasn’t been implemented. Through a public record request, the Clovis News Journal obtained a series of emails exchanged recently between Chandler and County Manager Lance Pyle. In the emails, Chandler asks why the […]

Weekly update — March 20

Damage assistance deadline extended The application deadline has been extended to April 1 for uninsured homeowners needing assistance repairing damages from cold weather. To be eligible, applicants must be homeowners without insurance who fall within established low to moderate income levels and must occupy the damaged home. The grants are provided through the Small Cities […]

Jail, courthouse committees holding public meeting

CNJ staff Curry County’s Citizens’ Courthouse and Jail Committees will hold a public meeting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. An architect and detention experts will speak on issues of detention liability and an assessment that was done of the existing jail in 2008 following the escape of eight […]

Settlement reached in election lawsuit

CNJ staff A settlement has been reached in a case levied against Curry County by two residents upset over the placement of a video at the courthouse prior to the Nov. 2 general election. Terms of the settlement have not been filed in district court and the judge could not be reached for comment. On […]

Architects: New courthouse best option

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson During a Tuesday citizens committee meeting, architects from Rohde, May, Keller, McNamara Architecture of Albuquerque presented their groups plan for a Curry County judicial complex, addressing the Nov. 2 failure of two bonds designed to pay for the project. Sharna Johnson If Curry County has to choose between a new […]

Jail, courthouse committee member list

Sharna Johnson The Curry County Commission on Dec. 7, created two committees charged with studying issues facing the jail and courthouse and presenting recommendations to the commission by March 15. As of mid-January, eight members of the committees have resigned, primarily complaining about a lack of transparency and steering by the commission after the committees […]

Letter to the editor: Transparency needed

Transparency needed The letter came to me in December. The Board of Curry County Commissioners has appointed you to serve on the detention center and courthouse committees. The purpose of these committees is to assist the county commission in solving the infrastructure and financial needs of the detention center and courthouse. The letter did not […]