Pyle responds to jail report findings

The Clovis News Journal asked County Manager Lance Pyle to address the security risk assessment at the Curry County jail. The assessment was conducted in August by Manuel D. Romero of the New Mexico Association of Counties. Here are Pyle’s responses to the report: Overview on the assessment I am concerned with (Clovis News Journal’s) […]

County Manager Pyle discusses jail assessment

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle answered questions regarding the future of the jail and possible options for correcting deficiencies identified through an assessment dated Sept. 1. The assessment was conducted by a detention expert with the New Mexico Association of Counties. The interview was conducted via e-mail. It has been edited for clarity and grammar. […]

County to revisit alcohol sales at Special Events Center

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said he will recommend

County manager reviewing detention center administrator applicants

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CNJ file photo County Manager Lance Pyle said he is in the process of reviewing applications for the position of detention center administrator and will begin checking references soon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The county has received more than a dozen applications for the position of detention center administrator from around the country. […]

Commissioners decline to pursue rehabilitation program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Following Tuesday’s meeting, officials toured the Special Events Center. Construction on the Special Events Center is about 98 percent complete with more than $31,000 left in contingency, Construction Project Supervisor Randy Kamradt said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners agreed Tuesday not to pursue a contract with […]

Jail administrator position open for applicants

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County Manager Lance Pyle said the position of Curry County Adult Detention Center administrator would be opened for applicants Wednesday. Pyle said he has also appointed Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Bessette as interim assistant administrator. Pyle said he decided to post the position because, “it’s in the best […]

Curry detention center administrator retiring

CNJ staff Warden Leslie Johnson, administrator of the Curry County Adult Detention Center will retire Aug. 16, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. Johnson has managed the facility since March 2006, when she relocated from Eddy County, where she managed its detention center for eight years. Deputy Warden Audrey Barriga, who has more than 11 […]

Commissioners approve pay increase for county manager

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Commissioners and Curry County administrators toured the Special Events Center Tuesday morning after the county commission meeting. Work on the center is about 85 percent complete according to project supervisor Randy Kamradt. By CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners decided to award County Manager Lance Pyle a $14,500 […]

Committee will discuss proposed nuisance ordinance

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said the county needs a nuisance ordinance addressing health and safety. The Curry County Land Use Committee will discuss and possibly consider a countywide nuisance ordinance Friday addressing health and safety issues regarding properties in the county. According to the proposed ordinance, nuisances include […]

June 22, 2008 Engagements

Pyle/Field C.C. and Patty Pyle of Melrose announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Lacey Pyle of Clovis, to Michael J. Field of Clovis. He is the son of Cheryl Field of Williamstown, N.J., and Joseph Field of Keyser, W.Va. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. June 28, 2008, at the […]

Road superintendent resigns

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County Road Department Superintendent Danny Davis resigned from his position Friday, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. Davis, 45, has worked for the county for 14 years, Pyle said. Davis said it was time for a change. “I’m ready to be Danny Davis, not the road superintendent all […]

Detention officers get shift change

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Plagued with staffing issues, the Curry County Adult Detention Center is switching to longer but less frequent works shifts at the request of detention center officers. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said he recently approved a petition request by detention officers to switch from 10 eight-hour shifts in a […]

Strays problem in small towns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said stray animals are becoming a major problem. Though the village has created a part-time position for an animal control officer, Pyle said there have been no viable prospects for the job. “We’re a small community and the residents are going to have to help […]

Mayor: Melrose police chief changed mind

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer After publicly announcing his intention to run for De Baca County sheriff, Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson was not among the four candidates who filed for the position Tuesday. Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said Wednesday that Ferguson is still the village’s police chief. He said Ferguson approached him during […]

Job-seeking Melrose police chief has decision to make

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson has a decision to make — give up his candidacy for De Baca County sheriff, take a leave of absence without pay, or resign, according to village policy. And he’s decided he won’t give up his run for sheriff. “I’m still running for sheriff, […]

Commissioner: Events center usage far off

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CNJ file photo County officials are hopeful for $850,000 in capital outlay money from the state Legislature to help with construction of the Curry County Events Center. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Even when construction is finished on Curry County’s Special Events Center, it could be several months before it’s available for use, a […]

County plans to enact nuisance policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When Clovis native Margaret Dindinger decided to write a letter to the county about unsightly trash, weeds and dilapidated buildings at the entrances to Clovis, she had no idea she would get so much support. Dindinger’s letter-turned-petition was presented Thursday to the Curry County Land Use Committee, along with […]

More county fair funds may be missing

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File photo The Curry County Fair is held in August. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer More revenue from the 2007 county fair appears to be unaccounted for and a state auditor has been recruited to assist Curry County in the investigation, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle said he discovered a discrepancy of […]

Report: County funds may be missing

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Court documents show Curry County may be missing $7,200 in funds from the 2007 Curry County Fair. State police executed a search warrant at the county courthouse on Monday, County Manager Lance Pyle confirmed. The search warrant allowed police to examine documents, electronic data, information and correspondence related to […]

County manager raises concerns about events center operating funds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The special events center is scheduled to be completed in August, even though freezing temperatures and high winds in December have affected the work, according to construction manager for DavTek Randy Kamradt. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Lance Pyle is concerned the county does not have […]