Change to county grievance procedure tabled

Robin Fornoff Curry County commissioners were poised Friday to delete a grievance procedure from their employee personnel policy. Then, four department chiefs objected and the measure failed in a flurry of confusing motions and procedures. “This is ridiculous,” said Commissioner Frank Blackburn, who minutes earlier had aligned himself with Commissioner Robert Sandoval to leave the […]

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 […]

Policy changes in place at jail

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File photo Curry County officials are hoping a laundry list of policy changes coupled with surprise inspections by the county manager and others will eliminate escapes at the problem-plagued jail. Robin Fornoff Curry County officials are hoping a laundry list of policy changes coupled with surprise inspections by the county manager and others will eliminate […]

Jail input sought from public

By Lance Pyle: Guest columnist I would like to openly address public concerns about the recent incident at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Interim Detention Administrator Tori Sandoval and Assistant County Manager Connie Harrison have completed the investigation into the escape that occurred early last Sunday morning. The results of that investigation concern me […]

No near-term changes to DOD tuition assistance policy

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Although no changes to the tuition assistance policy will be made in the near term, defense officials stated the tuition assistance program will be considered as part of the holistic review of the military compensation package. Current policy provides eligible service members up to $4,500 in tuition assistance. The […]

Honesty maybe not best policy

They say that honesty is the best policy, but I’m not sure. Obviously, none of us want or need to be brutally honest about others’ physical appearance, grammar mistakes, station in life or other insecurities. When others ask how I’m doing, I doubt that they really want to hear a monologue about whether I’m satisfied […]

Records show jail policy violated in inmate’s death

Freedom New Mexico Curry County jail officials violated jail policy when they left an inmate who hanged himself alone for more than an hour on Sept. 26, records show. Aaron Quinones was left alone in a private cell for one hour and 18 minutes, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said last week. Jail policy, obtained […]

DoD establishes school attendance policy

By Elaine Sanchez: American Forces Press Servic WASHINGTON — A new Defense Department school policy underscores the importance of student attendance, while also considering military families’ unique needs, the acting director of the Department of Defense Education Activity said. The policy, which went into effect Sept. 1, requires students attending DoD schools to be in […]

Police department looking at shelter policy

Kevin Wilson The Clovis Police Department is still in the process of looking at policy following news rescue groups had taken a small percentage of animals from the Clovis shelter and signed them in as stray pets at shelters in Albuquerque. Police Chief Steve Sanders said any policy change is solely at his discretion, but […]

City working out landfill policy kinks

Kevin Wilson The City of Clovis is still working out kinks in its week-old landfill payment policies. Effective May 1, landfill customers must pay every time they use the landfill. The old policy allowed for monthly billing. “We had a lot of overdue accounts,” Public Works Director Clint Bunch said. “We had people who pretty […]

Board restricts club meetings

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education decided Tuesday to allow only curriculum-based student clubs to meet during the school day at Clovis High School, a policy called a closed forum. The decision came after a month of review on the board’s previous policy allowing all student clubs that meet a list of […]

ACLU backs formation of Gay-Straight Alliance club

Kevin Wilson With the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education set to meet today to review its student group policy, the state’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has weighed in. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the administration building to review board policy that sets parameters for student clubs. Discussion on the […]

School policy may complicate formation of Gay Straight Alliance

Liliana Castillo One club that could be affected by the change in policy is a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance. Clovis High School senior Steven De Los Santos spearheaded the attempt to create a GSA chapter. The group was originally approved in the first week of March by high school Principal Wayne Marshall. […]

School administration to review student group policy

Liliana Castillo Clovis schools administration has halted all student organization meetings at the high school while they review two board policies that govern student groups. One policy dictates who can approve the creation of a club and one which chooses between allowing curricular and non-curricular clubs or only curricular clubs. For example, French Club is […]

Cannon pet policy enacted

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Air Force Guidance Memorandum (AFGM2) has set the following mandatory pet policy: • Residents may not board dogs of any breed (including a mixed breed) that are deemed “aggressive or potentially aggressive.” These dogs are defined as a pit bull (American staffordshire bull terrier or English staffordshire bull terrier), rottweiler, […]

Local officials asked to implement policy recommendations

Argen Duncan The Joint Land Use Study committee stopped short when it came to tall buildings Wednesday, opting instead to ask local officials to consider implementing a series of policy recommendations. The committee’s decision sends recommendations to the Roosevelt and Curry County commissions. Commissioners can then implement those recommendations if and when they choose. On […]

Water board meeting cancelled

CNJ staff The Water Policy Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been cancelled. The next scheduled meeting will be March 8.

Policy shift on punishment good first step

Freedom New Mexico We’re not sure whether it constitutes, as Pat Nolan, vice president of Prison Fellowship, put it, “a seismic shift in the political landscape with conservatives departing from the ‘lock ‘em up and throw away the key’ philosophy,” but it is potentially a significant move. A group of prominent conservatives, along with conservative […]

Mullen ready to repeal gay policy

The long-awaited study on gays in the military serving openly not only takes the pulse of the force on the issue — concluding change can occur with little risk to readiness — but also details how it will work in practice. Will service members with same-sex partners qualify for the higher “with dependents” housing allowance […]