Commissioners praise Curry County jail plan

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Courtesy photo/ Paul C. Reed Architects Courtesy photo/ Paul C. Reed Architects An architect’s three-dimensional concept a new addition to the Curry County jail to be funded by a proposed $9.3 million bond issue before voters on April 3. The addition is the portion marked SHU, which is an acronym for Special Housing Unit. By […]

Wind damages area property

Robin Fornoff The National Weather Service says it was just a really strong wind. But that won’t convince Leland Pool what hit his place in Roosevelt County was anything but a tornado. Pool said the storm around 8 p.m. Friday lasted about three minutes. In that time it tore the roof off a neighbor’s barn, […]

Commission OKs property tax rates

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Commissioners on Thursday approved new property tax rates for 2011 that should mean no increases or only slight increases to most property owners, according to County Assessor Tim Lyman. Lyman said the new rates do include an increase to some Melrose property owners of about 4 mils. That increase to […]

Zoning change will allow liquor sales at Colonial Park course

Sharna Johnson Clovis is proposing a zoning change for the golf course at Colonial Park to allow for the sale of liquor at the facility. For 25 years while the club was privately owned, it was operating under a variance granted by the city, allowing it to sell alcohol even through it is within a […]

Wheatfields purchased by Vancouver management group

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File photo The Wheatfields Senior Community has been purchased by a Vancouver retirement community management group, according to documents filed with the Curry County Clerk. Sharna Johnson A Washington company might just be in a position to breathe some new life into the deserted Wheatfields Senior Living Community. The unfinished, foreclosed property situated on North […]

District court prosecutes fewer violent crimes

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Sharna Johnson Of all crimes prosecuted last year by the 9th Judicial District courts, the percentage made up by violent crimes was the lowest among all New Mexico district courts. Data shows that 26 percent of the cases filed in district court were classified as violent crimes, whereas drug and property crimes — at 45 […]

Property codes violation of rights

One man’s blight is another man’s freedom. Liberty is sometimes messy, but it is still preferable to, and the ethical opposite of, “neat and orderly” socialism. A big aspect of socialism is placing the supposed benefit to society above the inalienable rights of the individual. This means that all socialism has the myth of “the […]

Tire troubles overwhelm resident

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Melrose woman said a prior tenant left thousands of tires on her property when he moved, leaving her to deal with state environment violations until Curry County stepped in and obtained a more than $14,000 state grant to have them removed. Sharna Johnson Ruth Ashley of Melrose is just […]

County receives grant for tire cleanup

CNJ staff Curry County has received a grant to help a Melrose resident remove tires from her property, according to a news release. The environmental clean-up project will be funded by a $14,375 grant from the New Mexico Environment Department. The Melrose resident, whose property is north of Melrose along Curry Road 19 and Curry […]

Wheatfields property changes hands

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The Wheatfields Senior Center has been taken by a Dallas bank as part of a bankruptcy. The future of the of the unfinished $20 million project is unclear. Sharna Johnson The future of a Clovis eyesore that was supposed to bring new housing for senior citizens is still unclear but […]

County commissioners back Cannon low-altitude training

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Courtesy illustration The proposed low altitude training area covers about 94,000 acres of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Sharna Johnson Assuring property owners’ rights would not be encumbered and the future of wind energy in the region will not be jeopardized, Curry County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution supporting low altitude training efforts by […]

Portales man convicted in theft

CNJ staff A 63-year-old Portales man was convicted by a jury Friday of receiving property stolen from the city of Clovis. Thomas Campbell faces three years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000 on a charge of receiving or disposing of stolen property valued over $2,500, according to a press release from the district […]

County treasurer hoping to raise property tax awareness

Sharna Johnson The Curry County treasurer is hoping by sending tax bills to residents, home owners will review their property taxes and verify everything is in order. Bernice Baker said her office decided to send property owners a copy of their tax bill this year to help them stay informed about their obligation. Baker said […]

Letters to the editor: City should pursue property liens

I read in Thursday’s paper that we are facing huge tax increases (yes, tax) for trash handling and disposal. City employees have told me there are a number of properties in Clovis that are in arrears on their sewage bill. Claire Burroughes, the city’s community relations director, said they have $391,000 worth of past-due bills […]

Official: Bond money would go to classroom renovation at CCC

Liliana Castillo Clovis Community College is one of six institutions hoping to receive $1 million or less from Education Bond D, one of four bond issues on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Education Bond D sets aside money to help improve infrastructure at colleges and universities statewide. Bond D totals $155.2 million and is […]

Officials: Proposed property tax increase would retire

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Court officials say a proposed courthouse would keep inmates separate from the public and jurors, a security risk they say the existing courthouse does not address. Sharna Johnson A proposed property tax increase to build a courthouse would retire in about 20 years — after the bond is paid off. […]

Property ‘tax lightning’ raises ire

Liliana Castillo The Payne’s property taxes jumped 60 percent the year after they purchased their Curry County home. James and Robbie Payne were victims of what is being called tax lightning. Tax lightning is caused by a 2001 state law that put a 3 percent annual cap on how much assessed value could rise for […]

County commission to make decision on judicial complex

Sharna Johnson County commissioners are expected to decide today if a proposed judicial complex that includes a new jail will be put before voters in the November General Election. The project is expected to cost $33 million split between a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase and a general obligation bond raising property taxes. The […]

Storm leaves widespread damage

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks George Songer, owner of Rembrandt’s Auto Body in Clovis, points out hail damage Monday on a 2009 Honda Civic that occurred during Saturday’s night hail storm. Songer said, “this is one of 165 vehicles assignments that have come in for estimates the past six hours, and this is the most […]

Foreclosure process long, frustrating

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For dozens of Clovis property owners, April 1 didn’t feel like much of a joke. That’s the day the city filed a foreclosure suit on their properties with the city poised to take over titles for liens ranging from $180 to nearly $50,000. There were 128 properties on the […]