McDaniel announces candidacy for county commission

CMI staff Clovis businessman Ben McDaniel said Friday that he will be a candidate for Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard’s seat. It is McDaniel’s first bid for county office. Stoddard has already said he will be filing for re-election. Both are Republicans. All candidates for county and state office must file Tuesday at the Curry […]

Tempers flare over question of raise for county manager

Robin Fornoff Confusion over whether County Manager Lance Pyle was included in a recent 2 percent cost of living raise granted all county employees had tempers flaring Tuesday among Curry County commissioners. The question was raised by Commissioner Dan Stoddard regarding a Dec. 20 vote to grant the raise to all employees. Stoddard said it […]

Weekly update — Dec. 25

Commissioner: Investigation wasted county money Commissioner Dan Stoddard wants it known that he thinks Curry County wasted $4,800 spent on an internal investigation last month over allegations he created a hostile work environment. Stoddard says he paid a Dallas law firm out of his own pocket to look at conclusions reached by a county consultant. […]

Report: Commissioner may have created hostile work environment

Robin Fornoff A private consultant has concluded Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard may have created a hostile work environment for county employees in his treatment of County Manager Lance Pyle. The consultant’s report, obtained Monday by the CNJ through a state Open Records request, notes that while Stoddard’s behavior probably doesn’t rise to the level […]

City commissioner selected as committee chair

CNJ staff City of Clovis and Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard has been selected to serve as chairman of Leadership New Mexico’s Local Government Leadership Program Committee. Founded in 1995, Leadership New Mexico is a nonprofit that has provided a nonpartisan perspective on statewide topics of concern and opportunities for improvement, according to a press […]

County manager’s emails rankle commissioner

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard said he is frustrated with County Manager Lance Pyle after Stoddard’s request for jail figures sparked a series of emails among county officials questioning his loyalties. Pyle said he was only trying to ensure the release of accurate information. In February, the commission voted to give Pyle the […]

Business digest: Locals graduate from program

Locals graduate from program Curry County Treasurer Bernice Baker and Clovis City Commissioner Dan Stoddard are among the 23 statewide professionals who recently graduated from Leadership New Mexico’s Local Government Leadership Program, according to a release from Leadership New Mexico. The program is a partnership between the New Mexico Association of Counties, the New Mexico […]

Garza, Madrid, Stoddard win commission seats

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks From left to right, Claire Burroughes, Clovis community director, Joanne King, election deputy clerk, Joe Thomas, city manager, watch as city clerk Leighann Melancon tallies ballots Tuesday night at city hall. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Voters returned two incumbents, and added another Curry County commissioner to the ranks […]

County commissioner to run for city post

CNJ staff Dan Stoddard is hoping he can be the second Clovis resident to be a part of both the city and county commissions. Stoddard, an assisted living facility owner, intends to file Tuesday for the open seat in the Clovis City’s Commission’s fourth district. “This community’s been very good to me,” said Stoddard, who […]

Curry County centennial celebration events start Saturday

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Members of the Curry County Centennial Committee met Monday at the Curry County Events Center to make final plans and to get an update on the April 18th activities. CNJ staff Curry County is set to kick off its commemoration of 100 years of history later this week, a start […]

Chandler, Stoddard, Bostwick win commission seats

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Caleb Chandler is returning to government, and Daniel Stoddard and Wendell Bostwick are projected to join him on the Curry County Commission. With all but about 85 absentee ballots counted, the former Clovis police chief and state senator took 61.2 percent of the vote in District 5, winning 2,726 […]

Chandler, Stoddard, Bostwick take county seats

CNJ staff Caleb Chandler is returning to county government, and Daniel Stoddard and Wendell Bostwick will join him on the Curry County Commission. With 37 of 37 precincts reporting, the former county sheriff and state senator took 60.2 percent of the vote in District 5, winning 2,340 to 1,549 over former county commissioner Paul Barnes. […]

District 2 candidate profile: Daniel Stoddard

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Courtesty photo Daniel Stoddard is a District 2 County Commission candidate. Daniel J. Stoddard Party Affiliation: Republican Age: 48 Occupation: Owner of Fairhaven Assisted Living Facility Previous elected offices: None What is your long-term vision for the county? And how will you plan for that? My long term vision for the county is to help […]

Man comes for music, stays for Clovis

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksDavid Acaster of Hornsea in East Yorkshire, England, left, and Daniel Stoddard of Clovis have a laugh in front of the Petty recording studio. The two met at last week’s Clovis Music Festival. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A 10-day vacation stretched to 25 days for an England native who […]

Taylor, Dixie

Dixie Irene Taylor, 61, of San Antonio, Texas, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, in San Antonio. She worked in the banking industry for 29 years. She was also employed as a certified nursing aide and worked in the printing industry for the last decade. Family members said she was a loving wife and grandmother. Survivors […]

Youth minister acquitted of charges

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Erwin Estoque, who was found innocent of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old female, feels his life will never be the same. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Erwin Estoque’s life as a youth music minister and college student changed dramatically after his arrest. He was accused of having sexual contact […]

The answer for a weak chin

By Curtis K. Shelburne A gentleman by the name of Maynard Good Stoddard wrote an article recently for The Saturday Evening Post which my brother, for some reason, sent my way. It is entitled, “To Beard or Not To Beard.” Mr. Stoddard says that one day he finally figured out why he had been pushed […]