Judge files courthouse security complaint

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Judge Teddy Hartley has filed a complaint with the New Mexico Attorney General about security at the Curry County Courthouse, County Manager Lance Pyle said Tuesday. Pyle told county commissioners he learned of the complaint in a letter from the attorney general “basically telling us that we need […]

Blood drive to be held in courthouse

CNJ staff The City of Clovis and Curry County are hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Thursday in the County Commission meeting room of the Curry County Courthouse. To schedule an appointment, which would take about an hour, contact Andrea at 763-6016, ext. 165. Blood types O-positive, O-negative and A-negative are […]

Press Release: Chandler to announce for attorney general

Republican Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler will be making a campaign announcement for New Mexico Attorney General today at the Metropolitan Courthouse in Albuquerque. WHEN: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 1:15 PM WHERE: Metropolitan Courthouse 401 Lomas Boulevard Northwest Albuquerque, NM 87102

Analysis of courthouse to be recommended to commissioners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Space and security issues abound in the more than 70-year-old county courthouse — a concern that has prompted an analysis to determine how to fix the problem. County Manager Lance Pyle said a proposal to study whether there is need for a judicial complex is expected to be recommended […]

MainStreet seeking light parade judges

CNJ staff The Clovis MainStreet organization is looking for judges for the annual Christmas Light Parade, according to executive director Robyne Beaubien. Beaubien said the organization is looking for three judges. The organization prefers judges not affiliated with anyone in the parade to ensure no bias. Judges need to be at the judging station on […]

Judge Hartley pulls support from courthouse security plan

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District Judge Ted Hartley By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A battle over courthouse security hit an impasse Tuesday when District Judge Teddy Hartley withdrew his offer to contribute to the cost of additional security officers. Hartley’s change of heart came after the commission voted to move ahead with its security plan, having spent nearly […]

Additional courthouse security officers sought

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer At today’s Curry County Commission meeting, County Manager Lance Pyle is expected to ask commissioners to hire two new security officers for the courthouse. If granted, the added officers would cost almost $95,000 and bring the number of courthouse security personnel up to three. The meeting is scheduled for […]

County officials working to secure sole courthouse entrance

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In about a month, Curry County officials are hoping to have all but one entrance to the courthouse closed in the interest of improving security. County Manager Lance Pyle said the target date for the change is Sept. 21. August 18 the county commission voted to reduce courthouse traffic […]

Security concerns prompt changes to courthouse access

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to close the front doors of the courthouse and channel traffic through the south entrance for security reasons. The move was made in the interest of improving security by screening courthouse visitors before they gain access to the upper floors where the courts […]

District judge demands more courthouse security

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Chief District Judge Teddy Hartley is threatening to withhold security equipment from the county unless his demand is met for more deputies on courthouse duty. The judge is taking his case to the Curry County Commission Tuesday. The commission is expected to consider closing all but the south entrance […]

District attorney asks for improved courthouse security

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Attorney Matt Chandler says members of the judicial system, courthouse personnel and the public are in danger without tighter security at the courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An impassioned presentation from the district attorney over safety at the county courthouse was not enough to spur immediate action […]

April 24 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 10 a.m. April 9 an officer responded to a public building in the 700 block of Main Street for a bomb threat. Dispatch said a female reported her boyfriend put a bomb in the courthouse. Officers checked the building but found […]

Incumbents run unopposed for board seats

Two incumbent members of the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees are running unopposed in an election Tuesday. The polling location is at the Curry County Courthouse.

Depression-era art program exhibit worth look

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist The old cell block in the Portales courthouse is being transformed — temporarily, at least — into a celebration of the arts. Not just any art, but the unique and time specific work of the WPA. The Works Progress Administration was created May 6, 1935, to help provide economic relief […]

Power restored, courthouse temporarily emptied

Freedom New Mexico Power was out for 36 minutes across Portales on Friday morning, the outage caused by a piece of equipment that regulates voltage, an Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. The power was out from 9:10 to 9:46 a.m. The power outage is believed to have triggered the temporary closing of the Roosevelt […]

Smoke clears Portales courthouse

PNT Staff The Roosevelt County Courthouse has been closed after smoke was seen coming out the top of the building. Lance Hill, a battalion chief with the Portales Fire Department, said officials believe a burned motor in the air conditioning unit caused the smoke.Hill said the courthouse will reopen later today, once the smoke is […]

Local Roundup: Man convicted of selling cocaine to officers

CNJ staff A 45-year-old Clovis man was convicted Tuesday of selling cocaine to undercover narcotics officers, according to the District Attorney’s office. Glen Mayfield will serve seven years imprisonment, according to a press release. Mayfield admitted in court, after hearing the evidence against him, he sold cocaine to law enforcement officers four times during an […]

Report: County funds may be missing

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Court documents show Curry County may be missing $7,200 in funds from the 2007 Curry County Fair. State police executed a search warrant at the county courthouse on Monday, County Manager Lance Pyle confirmed. The search warrant allowed police to examine documents, electronic data, information and correspondence related to […]

First temporary courthouse in Clovis caught fire 1910

By Don McAlavy: Columnist Not many people today know that the old yellow brick courthouse built in 1911 in the middle of the courthouse block is not the first courthouse in Clovis. The first courthouse was in the tallest building in Clovis, built in 1909, at 118 West Grand Ave. It was on the north […]

Sheriff searching for more office space

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Discussion over future use of the courthouse dominated much of the regular session of the Curry County Commission Tuesday. Sheriff Matt Murray and District Judge Ted Hartley stumped for their respective departments on how to utilize a recent $300,000 grant from the state Legislature. When the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s […]