Former jail administrator suing county manager, commissioners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Detention Center Administrator Lois Bean filed a lawsuit against Curry County commissioners and County Manager Lance Pyle on Thursday, alleging she was misled, treated unfairly and discriminated against because she is a black woman. In a 17-page suit filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, Bean said in […]

Judge files courthouse security complaint

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Judge Teddy Hartley has filed a complaint with the New Mexico Attorney General about security at the Curry County Courthouse, County Manager Lance Pyle said Tuesday. Pyle told county commissioners he learned of the complaint in a letter from the attorney general “basically telling us that we need […]

Melrose council fills vacant slot

Freedom New Mexico The city of Melrose selected C.C. Pyle Thursday night to fill its vacant village council position. Pyle, a retired Clovis police captain and the father of former Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, was chosen by Mayor Tuck Monk from a field of four applicants. Monk said Pyle’s dedication to the village over the […]

County replacing 3,000 chairs at cost of $140,000

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County is replacing 3,000 chairs at a price of more than $140,000 to replace seating bought less than a year ago. Officials say the replacements are necessary because the original chairs are falling apart. Wednesday, County Manager Lance Pyle acknowledged the new purchase, adding “The county has experienced […]

Curry County buys downtown post office building

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File photo Curry County commissioners approved a decision to buy the post office on Gidding Street. Postal service officials proposed in April to close the building as a cost cutting measure. By Sharna Johnson CNJ staff writer Curry County is buying the post office building in downtown Clovis. Commissioners approved the decision Tuesday following an […]

Jail administrator search narrowed to seven applicants

CNJ staff The search for a new Curry County jail administrator is down to seven applicants. County Manager Lance Pyle said he is verifying references and will begin scheduling panel interviews with the top five candidates soon. Pyle said he is hoping to have the position filled by April. The position was posted Oct. 5 […]

Melrose hoping for change, growth

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Village of Melrose is trying to plan ahead and entice growth. With a changed mission at Cannon Air Force Base, a new medical center underway and local energy projects on the horizon, the community of about 700 is looking to prepare for change. And villagers want growth, Mayor […]

Pyle won’t seek re-election

CNJ staff Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle announced Saturday he will not seek a second term. Pyle said in a press release he is getting married in February and wants to devote more time to his new wife. “I love public service and have truly enjoyed serving the residents of Melrose as their mayor. The Village […]

Curry ups ante on jail chief search

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County commissioners approved a higher salary range for the jail administrator Tuesday, saying they hoped it would attract high caliber candidates. County Manager Lance Pyle told commissioners jail administrators are hard to come by and in order to compete in national job search, Curry County needs more to […]

Curry to host county conference

CNJ staff Curry County will host the 2013 New Mexico Association of Counties annual conference. The county was selected Friday, according to Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. The conference will be held June 19-21, 2013, and about 700 attendees from the state’s 33 counties are expected to attend. “We are excited about this opportunity to […]

Juvenile detention center to expand capacity

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Juvenile Detention Center has increase its capacity by adding Dayroom East, which can hold six additional juveniles. For the first time since capacity was slashed by the state almost two years ago, the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center will be able to house more inmates. County Manager Lance […]

County jail administrator fired

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Bean By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Nine months into her tenure, Lois Bean has been released from duties as the Curry County detention administrator. The change, effective immediately, was announced in a press release sent at the close of business Wednesday. Bean, contacted Wednesday night, said she was “still digesting” her dismissal and there […]

County officials working to secure sole courthouse entrance

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In about a month, Curry County officials are hoping to have all but one entrance to the courthouse closed in the interest of improving security. County Manager Lance Pyle said the target date for the change is Sept. 21. August 18 the county commission voted to reduce courthouse traffic […]

County manager: Fair revenues expected to surpass last year’s

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Colton Trimmier, center left, and friend Michael Arce, both from Canyon, Texas, said they enjoy watching the professional motocross riders practice because “it’s not so serious.” Arce races in the 4-7-year-olds mini quad class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The first five days of gate receipts at the Curry […]

Jail employees placed on administrative leave

CNJ Staff Two jail employees are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the mistaken release of an inmate Saturday. County Manager Lance Pyle said the two were placed on leave Monday while the jail conducts an administrative investigation. John “ToyToy” Garcia, 33, was released by mistake Saturday when jail staff […]

Melrose water temporarily shut off

CNJ staff Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said the city water system will temporarily be shut down as a crew works on line problems. Pyle said around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, there was a call of a water break at the corner of Missouri and Third streets. In the process of repairing the line, Pyle said, another […]

County commissioners approve $22 million budget

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission passed a near $22 million budget Tuesday amid concerns about the potential of tough financial times in the future. The budget is based on a projected revenue of $20 million for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, with shortfalls to be transferred from county reserves. More than […]

Judge rules against former Melrose police chief

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Drew Tatum has granted a request by the Village of Melrose for summary judgment in a complaint filed by former Police Chief Michael Trammell against the village and Mayor Lance Pyle. In effect, Trammell’s complaint of wrongful termination was tossed out by Tatum, at least in respect to Melrose. The […]

County manager hires assistant

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle has appointed an assistant. Connie Harrison, who has been administrative services coordinator and worked at the county more than two years, will assume the position of assistant county manager Monday. Pyle said in a news release the growth of Curry County and expansion at Cannon Air Force Base has created […]

Melrose Police Chief in ‘minor accident’

Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling was involved in a minor vehicle crash while conducting a traffic stop Wednesday, according to village Mayor Lance Pyle. Pyle said the crash occurred midday in Melrose. There were no injuries, he said, and Dreiling’s vehicle sustained minor damage. Pyle declined to release further details of the crash. State police […]