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 […]