Jail employees reprimanded after hearings

Freedom New Mexico It appears more than one Curry County jail employee has been fired and others have been either demoted, suspended or hit with salary reductions. The information was part of a brief press release issued Friday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle declined to identify employees affected, citing personnel policy. He also declined […]

Fifth jail employee facing termination

CNJ staff Another Curry County jail employee was notified Monday they are facing termination, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. The employee is the fifth to face being fired since the Nov. 13 escape of inmate Narcizo Soto Jr., 35. A sergeant was fired two days later. Three others were served Friday with notice of […]

Charter review commission to hold public hearings

Kevin Wilson With several unknowns — the amount of public input they’ll get, the number of changes they’ll recommend and the chances the Clovis City Commission will or the voters will approve those changes — the city charter commission took care of the items that were in its control Tuesday night. The first meeting of […]

Block grant meetings scheduled

CNJ staff Curry County Commissioners have scheduled a series of public hearings that start Tuesday in Clovis, trying to get ideas from the public on how to spend as much as $500,000 in grant money. The first hearing is 5 p.m. at the Clovis-Carver Library North Annex. Other hearings are set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. […]

County voting districts to be realigned

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Courtesy illustration Curry County Commission districts must be adjusted to compensate for growth shown in the 2010 census. The commission was given four possible plans during a Monday special meeting. Sharna Johnson Monday began the first of three hearings to determine redistricting of Curry County — an issue to be decided by the commission Sept. […]

County holding grant meetings

CNJ staff Curry County will hold a trio of public hearings to discuss possible uses of Community Development Block Grant planning funds. The meetings will be 5:30 p.m. June 30 at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, 6 p.m. July 5 at the Melrose Senior Center and 5:30 p.m. July 14 at the […]

Thursday morning briefing: Hearings, back to school and a new sports site

Good morning and welcome to Thursday’s Freedom New Mexico morning briefing.

Press Release: Medicaid public hearings set across the state

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department has scheduled six public meetings and one tribal consultation to discuss the proposed Medicaid Coverage Concept developed to improve the current Medicaid program and create new options for more uninsured New Mexicans.

Nuisance ordinance, magistrate judge redistricting highlight county agenda

Public hearings involving a nuisance ordinance and the redistricting of magistrate judge positions are on the agenda for Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Also, a district judge is expected to present demands for security changes at the courthouse. The commission is set to meet at 9 a.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public […]

Little at stake in Sotomayor court hearings

Freedom New Mexico There are potentially consequential questions to which answers may or may not be forthcoming in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice. But the hearings, while sometimes pointed, have been generally civil in large part because so little […]

Nov. 11 Letters to the Editor

Feds after our hard-earned funds The Democratically controlled House of Representatives in Washington is attempting to nationalize our privately held retirement accounts. Hearings are being held on taking over our 401k plans. This is a terrible idea. The Politicians see a huge pool of assets

Bills slated for first 100 hours of House better left undone

By Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the worst aspect of new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s promise to pass a passel of poll-tested bills during the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress is that the exercise will not be over after 100 hours as ordinary mortals count them. The countdown doesn’t begin, as Democrats calculate matters, until […]

Immigration bill hesitation good idea

Freedom Newspapers House Speaker Dennis Hastert last week announced at least seven House committees or subcommittees will hold hearings on the immigration bill the Senate passed, in Washington and in other parts of the country, most likely the South and Southwest. Most observers think this move will assure that Congress will not pass immigration legislation […]

Shooting trial set for Monday

CNJ staff The first-degree murder trial of a man accused of shooting and killing a 20-year-old Clovis man is set to begin Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court. The trial of William Riley, originally scheduled for October 2005, was delayed when he failed to appear for court hearings. Local authorities found him in a […]

Detention hearings scheduled Monday for seven arrested

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Seven defendants arrested Thursday morning on charges of trafficking methamphetamine in Clovis will have detention hearings Monday, according to the federal prosecutor handling the case. The hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in federal court in Albuquerque, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Kimball. The state will argue the individuals […]

Judicial candidate unlikely to shake Supreme Court

Freedom Newspapers Appointing Supreme Court justices these days is like taking your life’s savings to Las Vegas and putting it all on one spin of the roulette wheel. That’s the first thing to keep in mind with President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court, which already has received some serious criticism […]

Senate hearing becomes ego pulpit theatrics

CNJ Editorial A las, even the in-house newsletter of the capital establishment, The Washington Post, seems to recognize the absurd, circus-like aspect of last week’s nomination hearings for Judge John Roberts. The Post wisely assigned writer Dana Milbank to serve as its eyes and ears inside the hearing room and his unflinchingly honest pieces made […]

DA opts for closed grand jury hearings in child-sex cases

By Darrell Todd Maurina Three people accused of involvement with a group that engaged in sex with preteen girls won’t face preliminary hearings this week. Instead, the district attorney’s office has opted to conduct closed grand jury hearings in their cases. Under New Mexico law, district attorneys have several methods to present evidence showing probable […]