Tax hike going into effect Friday

CNJ staff Today is the last day to purchase goods and services in the county before a gross receipts tax hike goes into effect Friday. The tax increase — passed by the County Commission on Jan. 4 — was challenged by local residents in March when they petitioned to put the tax issue to a […]

New Melrose police chief hopes to continue work of mentor

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer With the Melrose police chief leaving his post at the end of the month, only one man remains in the community’s police department: Patrolman Mike Trammell. The four-year veteran of the department will take over from his mentor, Clarence Pyle, at the first of the year. “Just like any […]

County proposing tax hike

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission is poised to increase gross receipts taxes for next fiscal year. The Commission on Tuesday passed a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance that would raise gross receipts tax by .125 percent. The increase falls under a “negative referendum,” meaning the Commission does not […]

Melrose police chief retiring at end of month

By David Irvin A long-time area law enforcement official has announced his retirement as Melrose’s police chief, effective Dec. 31. Clarence “Gomer” Pyle, 61, who has been with the Melrose department for five years, dedicated 28 years of community service to the area. During his career, he worked with Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey and […]

County manager leaving early

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Geneva Cooper has decided to make Monday her last day as Curry County manager, which will leave the county without a manager for just over a month. Dick Smith won’t start in the county manager’s position until Jan. 3. Ironically, it’s because Smith is not available to begin in December […]

No more ‘Cooper County’

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Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper talks with Lance Pyle, executive assistant and indigent specialist, Friday in the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Top-level officials like Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper are becoming a statistical rarity. She got married when she was a junior at Portales High School. […]

Melrose City Council searches for member to fill vacant position

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Melrose City Council members will decide at 6 p.m. Thursday whether to fill a vacant position with a local business owner or a man who serves in Curry County administration. Mike Jacobs, 41, owner of a well and electrical business in Melrose, and Lance Pyle, 23, executive assistant […]

Neumann, Regina “Gina”

Regina “Gina” Hedwig Neumann, 75, of Clovis died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Jan. 20, 1928, in Clovis to Kalil and Hedwig Scholz Saykally. She married Calvin Neumann on April 30, 1955, in Clovis. She was a retired business person. She owned Clovis Hobby House, […]

Democrats elect new officers

Democrats elect new officers The Curry County Democratic Party has elected new officers for the upcoming year. The officers are: Sandra Martin, chair; Darrel Bostwick, vice-chair; Lance A. Pyle, secretary and treasurer; Ray Hester and Cleo McFall, central committee members. The officers will serve for one year, Pyle said.

Melrose loses power in brief outage

By Darrell Todd Maurina The city of Melrose lost electric power for about an hour Wednesday night, knocking out the lights at most homes and businesses in the city of 800. Police Administrator C.C. Pyle said a few buildings retained power due to generators, but most went dark. “It went off at 7:45 and came […]