Ten charged with gambling at Portales Country Club

Sharna Johnson A Portales city councilor and former Roosevelt County manager have been charged with illegal gambling in connection with a Dec. 30 undercover investigation at the Portales Country Club. Councilman Oscar Robinson and former County Manager Michael Miller were among a group of 10 charged with petty misdemeanor gambling, according to records obtained Tuesday […]

Clovis baseball team seeking new manager

Kevin Wilson John Harris found the Sox fit him better, and the Clovis Pioneers are looking for a new manager four months before their professional baseball debut. Harris, a 1973 graduate of Clovis High School, was named Wednesday as the manager of the Amarillo Sox, who will play in the American Association this season. The […]

Family: Hosting player like having another kid at home

Kevin Wilson With just a home field and a manager, and no logo or roster to speak of, the Clovis Pioneers are by and large still a mystery five months before the first pitch is scheduled at Bell Park. So too, were the Las Cruces Vaqueros when the White family caught a tryout. “We stopped […]

Commissioners approve three-year contract for county manager

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners approved a three-year contract with County Manager Lance Pyle Wednesday that includes a six-month severance clause. The 3-2 vote to approve came following a more than hour-long executive session held after a special meeting at the courthouse. Commissioners Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard opposed the contract, both saying their votes […]

Baseball league seeking host homes for players

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Andrew Dunn, commissioner of the Pecos League, answers questions during a Wednesday meeting at the Clovis Parks and Recreation Department. The Clovis Pioneers will start play in May as part of the Pecos League. Kevin Wilson A few dozen Pioneers are going to need a home. That was the message […]

Comments sought on land use plan

CNJ staff Local residents have until Nov. 30 to comment on a draft plan of a Joint Land Use Study. Comments will be accepted either by mail or e-mail, according to a press release from the Curry County assistant manager. The study is designed to assist local communities in working with the Air Force by […]

County manager: Judicial complex operating costs hinge on tax increase

Sharna Johnson It will cost Curry County an estimated $1.2 million more a year to staff and operate a proposed judicial complex. And meeting those operating costs hinges on voters passing an increase in gross receipts tax, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. Voters will decide Nov. 2 if the county will raise taxes to […]

County eligible to apply for development grant

Thursday, Curry County hosted the first of three meetings for public input on Community Development Block Grant money. County Manager Lance Pyle said the county is eligible to apply for up to $500,000 from the state. The hearing was attended by 19 residents and three projects — a paved road from Cannon Air Force Base […]

Stream commission to discuss extending water rights

Thomas Garcia Extending water rights reservation fees for Ute Lake among 12 local entities is on the agenda today at a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. Village of Logan Manager Larry Wallin said expects no action will be taken during Friday’s meeting in Albuquerque. Wallin also said the contract has been extended twice before, […]

General manager: Fair attendance up

CNJ staff More than 3,000 people attended the Curry County Fair this year than last, according to Curry County Events Center and Fairgrounds General Manager Kevin Jolley. Jolley said 23,469 people purchased daily passes at the gate; up from 20,015 last year. Jolley said the number doesn’t include weekly passes and those who attended the […]

Business digest: Restaurant manager recognized

Restaurant manager recognized Clovis’ Red Lobster’s general manager has been recognized for his service to Darden Restaurants. Jason Cooper of Clovis recently received the Diamond Club Award, a top honor for the national company, according to a company press release. Cooper was recognized for “living Red Lobster’s core values of respect, integrity, genuine caring, hospitality […]

Detention officer fired last week, county manager says

Sharna Johnson A Curry County detention officer has been fired for taking two inmates outside the jail to eat last week. Tuesday, County Manager Lance Pyle confirmed the detention officer was fired Friday by jail Administrator Keith Norwood. The detention officer has not been identified. Norwood said the two inmates were taken outside the jail […]

Company manager: Overpass on schedule for November completion

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Hull Street Overpass is scheduled for completion in the first week of November. It has been closed since June 2008 for safety reasons. CNJ staff A manager for the company rebuilding the Hull Street Overpass said a November completion date is on the agenda. “The process is going well,” […]

County manager says money found to expand to jail staff

Sharna Johnson Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said Tuesday he has found the money to add seven personnel to the jail’s staff. Pyle told commissioners he would include the positions in the budget, which will be voted on at a special July 28 meeting. Pyle said the jail jobs are possible because: • County departments […]

Weekly update — July 11

Events center roof springs leak The Curry County Events Center roof is leaking. Event Center Manager Kevin Jolley said the small leaks around the edge of the roof can be easily fixed with some caulk. The repair will not cost the county anything because it is a warranty issue, he said. Jolley said the problem […]

Press release: County hires detention administrator

Curry County Manager Lance A. Pyle announced the appointment of Mr. Keith Norwood of Belen, New Mexico as Curry County’s Detention Center Administrator. Mr. Norwood has over twenty-five (25) years of experience with the New Mexico Corrections Department. Mr. Norwood retired from the Santa Fe Department in the position of Deputy Bureau Chief of Internal […]

County manager says he hopes to name jail administrator by middle of week

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County Manager Lance Pyle said he hopes to name a detention administrator by the middle of this week, to be selected from three finalists. The candidates — the current interim jail administrator, a retired warden and a penitentiary program coordinator — have completed interviews with a panel that included […]

Clovis census numbers slightly down

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When it comes to the census, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said there’s never a feeling you can declare victory. “I’ve been in city government a long time, and this is my third census,” said Howell, promoted in from the public works department last fall. “You’re never happy with […]

Parks manager approves swimming lessons

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Bill Bizzell didn’t take long to dive in to his tenure with the city Thursday night. Only working as the city’s new parks and recreation director since Monday, Bizzell met little opposition in approving summer swimming lessons a few minutes after his introduction by City Manager Joe Thomas. “We […]

County budget sent back to make room for jail officers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners told County Manager Lance Pyle to reconfigure his proposed preliminary budget Tuesday and come back with the money to hire 10 new detention officers at the jail. Commissioners were expected to vote on both preliminary budget and jail issues at a meeting held at the Grady […]