Courthouse citizen committee meeting Thursday

CNJ staff Curry County’s Citizen Courthouse Committee is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the commission room at the courthouse. The meeting is open to the public.

Year in review: Jail bonds overwhelmingly voted down

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File photo Two bond issues aimed at raising taxes to pay for a new jail and courthouse were defeated by voters Nov. 2. CNJ staff Curry County commissioners are working with two citizen panels to develop solutions to problems at the jail and security issues at the courthouse. The panels are a direct result of […]

County seeks names for DWI memorial

CNJ staff Curry County is looking to memorialize those who have lost their lives or were injured due to a DWI crash. As part of an effort to refurbish a DWI memorial on the west lawn of the courthouse, the DWI Task Force is asking to hear from friends and family members who want a […]

County forms citizen committees

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners Tuesday formed two citizen committees to evaluate and make recommendations on issues with the jail and courthouse security. Commissioners ultimately decided to allow all who volunteered to serve on the committees of their choice, resulting in 13 citizens on the courthouse committee and 11 on the jail committee. By unanimous […]

County to discuss committee applications at meeting

Sharna Johnson Curry County has received 15 applications from citizens interested in being on two committees to study and provide guidance on issues at the jail and courthouse. Committee hopefuls include an attorney, retired journalist, doctor, former commissioners and community activists. “We appreciate the interest that we have received from the community and the county […]

Roswell judge to preside over courthouse video case

CNJ staff A Roswell district judge has been assigned as a special judge to preside over the bond issue election video. It’s the latest move in a case filed by two Clovis men alleging Curry County violated election laws by placing the video in the courthouse lobby days before a bond issue election seeking tax […]

Jail/courthouse timeline of events

Video removed from courthouse

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County officials turned off a controversial video in the courthouse lobby Wednesday afternoon and said an informational display about election issues would be dismantled. Sharna Johnson A controversial video related to Tuesday’s election was turned off at the county courthouse on Wednesday afternoon. County Attorney Stephen Doerr said the […]

Letters to the editor: New courthouse part of growth

It is up to voters to decide the question of general obligation bonds for the design and construction of a courthouse addition, as well as whether a 1/4 cent addition should be made to the county’s gross receipts tax, designated for the design and construction of detention center renovations and expansion. As a judge of […]

Petition seeks removal of judicial complex video from courthouse lobby

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CNJ file photo Two Clovis men filed a petition Monday asking the court to force Curry County to remove an informational video that plays continuously in the the courthouse lobby. The petition claims the video violates state law regarding campaign materials near polling places. Two Clovis men filed a petition in district court Monday seeking […]

Legal fair scheduled at courthouse

CNJ staff A legal fair will be held 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Free consultations are available with attorneys and civil legal service providers. Issues covered include divorce, custody and support, wills and estates, unemployment, real estate transactions, family law, criminal law, juvenile law and Social Security. Consultations are […]

Letters to the editor: Time for public officials to listen

We wish to thank the Clovis News Journal for its viewpoint to vote no on the jail and courthouse in last Sunday’s paper. I am so thankful someone has finally stood up to our public officials to the point they might just have to listen. On numerous occasions, small groups of people have met with […]

Letters to the editor: Consultants agree jail outdated

Consultants agree jail outdated It appears the Clovis News Journal and some citizens place most of the blame for the deficiencies at the courthouse and jail on past commissioners and past and current management. I would like to interject this thought into the argument: If we could get the U.S. Justice Department to find the […]

Jail, courthouse issues echo previous debate

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Judge Teddy Hartley talks with visitors in the hallway of what used to be the Curry County jail on the third floor of the courthouse. After a new jail was built in 1993, the area that previously housed 33 inmates was converted to office space for the courts. Sharna […]

Officials: Proposed property tax increase would retire

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Court officials say a proposed courthouse would keep inmates separate from the public and jurors, a security risk they say the existing courthouse does not address. Sharna Johnson A proposed property tax increase to build a courthouse would retire in about 20 years — after the bond is paid off. […]

Not right time for justice complex

Let me see if I get this right: When I came back to Clovis in 1992, the jail was being discussed as unsuitable then. Fast forward 18 years and what have we got? A deficient jail and courthouse. So our “leaders” want to borrow an initial $16 million by issuing bonds that we, the taxpayers, […]

Tax increase for courthouse sent to voters

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Monday to let voters decide if taxes will be raised to pay for a new courthouse and renovations to the existing historic courthouse on Main Street. CNJ staff Voters will be asked to decide in November if Curry County will raise taxes to get a new […]

Courthouse no longer adequate

The Ninth Judicial District Court would like the citizens of Curry County to be appropriately informed as to the needs of the court in properly administering justice and providing equal access to justice for all citizens. Curry County has a statutory duty to provide and maintain safe, adequate, and accessible facilities for the District Court. […]

County commission holding special meeting

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission will hold a special meeting 9 a.m. today in the commission room at the courthouse. The purpose of the meeting is to vote on the 2010-2011 county budget.

Jail administrator says he’s pleased with community involvement

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Keith Norwood discusses his goals for the jail with area residents Thursday at a meet and greet held in the Curry County Commission room. Norwood was hired June 2. Keith Norwood met with the public for the first time Thursday afternoon during a gathering […]