Americans who abused Iraqis must be made to pay

The photographs of American soldiers abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners of war at the Abu Ghraib prison — a site synonymous with Saddam Hussein’s regimen of torture — cannot be dismissed as the result of insufficient training, as some of the perpetrators of these acts have described it. One doesn’t force naked prisoners onto a […]

Curry County: No gay marriages here

By Jack King, CNJ STAFF WRITER Resolution is third among counties in state banning issuance of same-sex licenses. The Curry County Commission unanimously approved a resolution banning the issuance of same sex marriage licenses Tuesday, making it one of at least three commissions statewide to take the step. The Roosevelt County Commission passed a similar […]

Curry County officials approve bids for work on annex to house 70 extra inmates

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Overcrowding at the Curry County Adult Detention Center has caused the county to move inmates to jails in the panhandle of Texas. By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Faced with soaring numbers of jail inmates and plunging financial reserves, Curry County commissioners voted Wednesday to consider issuing $1.3 million worth of gross receipts tax revenue […]

Detention center prisoners get to be a handful over weekend

By Jack King Two altercations involving prisoners at the Curry County Adult Detention Center over the weekend have resulted in at least $4,000 worth of damage to the jail and an injury to a guard, Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said today. One incident forced guards to call in Clovis police officers for backup, who […]

Adult detention center overcrowding makes hole in Curry County funds

By Jack King Curry County is facing a $1.3 million shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year, due mostly to the cost of housing county prisoners out of state, officials said. County Manager Geneva Cooper told commissioners on Tuesday that preliminary figures for the 2004-2005 budget show the county with total revenues of $5.7 million, but […]

County joins jail-expense lawsuit

By Jack King Officials: Housing state prisoners is ruining budget. Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to join a lawsuit aimed at forcing state officials to pay the costs of housing state prisoners in county jails. It asks the court for a declaratory judgment that the defendants are liable for the cost of housing prisoners charged […]

Governor’s veto slows jail annex

By Jack King Curry County Officials have been working for at least a year and a half to turn a former fitness center into a jail annex that could help relieve crowding at the Adult Detention Center. Now a veto by Gov. Bill Richardson and high bids from local contractors have put the center’s completion […]

Commissioners funnel $500,000 in to jail funds

By Jack King The Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to transfer $500,000 to the county’s financially burdened Adult Detention Center. The money comes from the county’s special events center fund. But commissioners emphasized it does not come from bond money approved by voters in 2001 for the construction of a proposed events center. Instead, it […]

Overcrowded jail still a drain on county resources

By Jack King Budget problems and the financial demands of the adult detention center continue to raise concerns at a Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday. The commission turned down a request by Plains Regional Medical Center to increase the county’s contribution to the sole community provider program, citing budget concerns and a deficit in the […]

Just a prayer away: Make God No. 1 in ‘04

Judy Brandon Christmas is now over and naturally our thoughts turn to the new year. With only a week left in 2003, I think back over this year and know that there were times that I disregarded God in my life. I think that I must not be alone. Two or three years ago an […]