Attorney looking into fair funds

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Attorney Stephen Doerr has taken the lead in the investigation into possible missing county funds, County Manager Lance Pyle said Friday. Pyle said he would not comment on any other aspect of the investigation, including whether or not there is money missing. He referred all inquiries to Doerr, who did […]

Pyle promoted to county manager

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners stayed in-house and hired Lance Pyle as the county manager Tuesday during an executive session. Pyle has served as the interim county manager since Dick Smith resigned in October. Pyle, 27, will earn about $87,500 a year, according to county officials. “We decided rather than go […]

Local Roundup: County to discuss manager position

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission should start discussions on the search for a new county manager during its next meeting, according to Commission Chairman Albin Smith. The Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday. The Commission terminated Dick Smith’s contract as county manger during its Oct. 10 meeting. In the same meeting, commissioners unanimously appointed […]

Rodeo agreement up for vote

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer An agreement is in place that would allow the Curry County Mounted Patrol use of the county fairgrounds arena for the Pioneer Days Rodeo. The Curry County Commission will vote today on a proposal in which a scoreboard the Mounted Patrol purchased three years ago for about $10,000 will […]

Commissioners impressed by Events Center progress

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Interim County Manager Lance Pyle, left, and County Attorney Stephen Doerr, center, take a tour Tuesday of the Special Events Center construction site led by DavTek Vice President Randy Kamradt. The county contracted DavTek to oversee the construction. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bulldozers and earth-moving machines worked around […]

Melrose health clinic in works

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Village of Melrose has been without a primary health care giver for more than 10 years, according to Mayor Lance Pyle. The last source for primary health care in the village was a doctor that made weekly visits and provided medical service out of the Melrose city hall, […]

Help wanted: Job vacancies abound in area

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Employers in the area are having difficulty filling vacant positions. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There may be different theories on why good help is hard to find. However, there is one thing experts seem to agree on — low unemployment in the region makes it harder. As of […]

County seeks better premium

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Fifteen minutes a week could save the county on insurance, officials say. Curry County Commission approved a resolution at its meeting Tuesday to adopt a risk awareness training program for county employees. Assistant County Manager Lance Pyle said the 15-minute weekly training classes could bring down the premium the county […]

Business Digest: Real estate office buys ‘room to grow’

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate is expanding its offices at 4201 N. Prince St. “After purchasing Kenneth Realty, we did not have enough room for all of our agents, so the expansion will consist of offices for our agents as well as room to grow,” said marketing director Holly […]

Former Melrose chief intends to file lawsuits

CNJ Staff The former police chief of the village of Melrose intends to sue the village and its mayor. According to a Jan. 19 letter from the Harmon Law Office in Clovis to Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, Michael J. Trammell has asserted a tort claim in reference to the village terminating his employment. Trammell was […]

Melrose officer involved in auto accident

By Marlena Harftz: CNJ staff writer The only police officer in the village of Melrose was involved in a car accident while on duty Thursday night, according to a spokesperson with the state police. No serious injuries were sustained in the collision, according to officials. Melrose Police Marshal Lee Ferguson failed to yield at an […]

Embattled police chief resigns

CNJ Staff Facing charges of seven counts of cruelty to animals, Melrose’s police chief resigned Friday, according to the village mayor. Mike Trammell, 36, had been on administrative leave since his Oct. 11 arrest on the charges. Trammell’s wife, Marna Pyle-Trammell, declined comment Friday. Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said Trammell was not asked to resign. […]

Cops and courts: Woman spies flying car in her back yard

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis woman called police Saturday when she saw a vehicle in the air above her backyard fence, according to police reports. Victoria Byrd said she looked through the window when she heard a crash in the alley behind her home, and saw the nose of a white car […]

Melrose police chief charged with animal cruelty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose’s chief of police was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, according to state police. Mike Trammell, 36, is accused of shooting and killing seven dogs between May 2005 and August, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Curry County Magistrate […]

Dog shooting investigation to wrap up

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An investigation by New Mexico State Police into whether Melrose’s police chief was justified in shooting a dog will be forwarded to the district attorney for a determination on whether or not charges will be filed, according to the state police. New Mexico State Police Capt. Daniel Lopez said […]

Dog-shooting investigation handed over to state police

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An investigation into whether Melrose’s police chief was justified in shooting and killing a dog has been turned over to state police, according to the mayor of the village. Mayor Lance Pyle said he involved state police in the interest of having an unrelated third party conduct the investigation. […]

Melrose mayor orders dog-shooting investigation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The mayor of Melrose has launched an investigation into the whether the town’s chief of police was justified in shooting a wandering dog. Mayor Lance Pyle said he ordered the investigation after receiving a complaint from a Wisconsin family visiting the area whose dog was shot and killed Sunday […]

Vandalism has Melrose considering curfew

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleVandals struck several targets in Melrose on July 18. A Melrose Police Department truck was one of the vehicles vandalized. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Melrose is considering imposing a juvenile curfew in response to an overnight vandalism spree that targeted the vehicle of the town’s high school principal and […]

Curry County employees get salary hike

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Several Curry County employees will be smiling all the way to the bank next month because of pay raises. The salary hikes will bring county salaries in line with others for similar positions across the state. A Curry County salary survey found 33 employees’ salaries were at the bottom […]

Detention center could gain new purpose

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The founder of a drug and alcohol rehab program is hoping to turn an old Albuquerque detention center into a secure, residential treatment facility for New Mexico addicts in the near future. Renovations of the old jail have yet to begin, according to Second Chances founder Rick Kenery. At […]