Officials make calls for open government

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Robin Fornoff An otherwise routine Curry County Commission meeting got startled by calls for more open government Tuesday from two top elected officials. It started with Commissioner Dan Stoddard, who accused County Manager Lance Pyle of trying to hide $7,200 in a cash payout for unused vacation time. Later while announcing her retirement effective April […]

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 […]

Firings, suspensions, demotions and pay cuts at the jail

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 […]

Report details mistakes leading to escape

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Curry County Detention Officer Cody Longenecker operates cell doors and monitors cameras Tuesday from within the master control room of the Curry County Detention Center. Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Inmate Narcizo Soto Jr. convinced a Curry County Adult Detention Center officer that a supervisor had OK’d his maintenance work outside of his cell, and […]

Documentary producer, Buddy Holly’s niece performing at festival

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Courtesy photo Larry Cappetto, an award-winning documentary director and producer, is performing with Buddy Holly’s niece, Sherry Holley, 7 p.m. Friday at the Curry County Events Center as part of the Clovis Music Festival. Robin Coffey The annual Clovis Music Festival kicks off today with a variety of activities and includes something a little unusual […]

Southern Curry County wells going dry

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Resident Darlene Upham looks at her grandchildren’s handprints in the sidewalk in front of her home. Upham said she lives in fear everyday that her water well will run dry and she will lose her dream home. Sharna Johnson When Darlene Upham purchased her south Curry County property […]

Memories of punishment still linger

I loved Mrs. Butterfield. I loved her name, her smile, her sweet, caring attitude, the way she made me feel good about myself. I even loved Mrs. Butterfield after she walloped me so severely I remember it 64 years later. It was a daily routine at the one-through-twelve Boardman schoolhouse outside Youngstown. My desk was […]

Teen not at fault for bad publicity

Today is Wednesday. Two days later, it’s “Friday, Friday, Friday.” That’s bothering a lot of people lately. The hoopla started a few weeks ago when YouTube received “Friday,” a music video starring 13-year-old Rebecca Black that’s visually on par for MTV, but left much to be desired lyrically. As of Tuesday, “Friday” is in the […]

Tornado siren set off by accident

CNJ staff Human error led to the sounding of tornado sirens in Clovis just before 1 a.m. Thursday. The alarm that sounded was the one intended to serve as the routine system test that takes place weekly at 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to Deputy Police Chief Mike Ingram. Ingram said when the test time was […]

Frozen Turkey day expected in some parts of state

Staff and wire reports Northern parts of the state saw a few inches of snow Monday, but the real cold will blow in with the Thanksgiving turkey. Temperatures will dive well below normal later in the week, said Ken Wedelski, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, with some areas in New Mexico […]