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 […]