Curry County Cats pull out win

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CMI staff CLOVIS — It was hard work, but the Curry County Cats got it done on Saturday. Quarterback John Props threw his second touchdown pass of the contest, a 17-yarder to J.J. Gross with about 3 1/2 minutes to play, and the Cats edged past the Las Cruces Kings 14-13 in their New Mexico […]

Martinez picks Chandler for Canadian River Commission

CMI staff Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday appointed Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler to the Canadian River Compact Commission, according to a news release from the office of the governor. Chandler, who is the chairman of the Curry County Commission, was one of 14 individuals to be appointed to a state office Friday.

Records: Former Curry County jail administrator allowed to resign following settlement

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CNJ staff Former Curry County jail Administrator Lois Bean was allowed to resign under a settlement reached almost a year after she was fired, according to court records obtained last week by the Clovis New Journal. Bean was also awarded $69,500 and undisclosed attorney fees. Her employment records at the county will also contain what […]

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Commissioners praise Curry County jail plan

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By Robin Fornoff: CMI content editor Curry County commissioners kicked off a campaign to sell a special $9.3 million bond issue Friday by unveiling plans for the jail expansion and renovation the cash would be used to complete. The plan includes a two-story, 60-bed addition to the north side of the existing jail on property […]

Curry inmate receives $450,000 in settlement

Robin Fornof Curry County, or at least the board of directors of its insurance provider, agreed in December 2010 to pay a Clovis man $450,000 for his alleged mistreatment while housed at the juvenile detention facility. On Thursday, Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick confirmed the settlement with Orlando Salas, 22, after details were made public in […]

Seven arrested in drug busts

CMI Staff CMI staff Seven Clovis people face felony charges after Region V Drug Task Force agents made arrests, seized cash, drugs, a motorcycle and a firearm throughout the last three days in Clovis, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. According to Waller: • Michael Dickson, 31, and Betty Garza, 36, were arrested Tuesday […]

Farmers tout CRP benefits

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Christina Calloway Farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties participating in the Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve program in 2011 received a combined $9.95 million in rental payments. A voluntary program introduced in 1986, the CRP pays agricultural producers to turn environmentally sensitive crop land into conservation areas by planting native grasses. This year’s four-week CRP […]

State land commissioner visits eastern New Mexico

Tonjia Rolan State Land Commissioner Ray Powell hopes to partner with local officials to make better use of state trust land in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Curry County has 45,640 acres of state trust land, and Roosevelt county has 181,691 acres, according to Land office District Manager Erik Nelson. Cannon Air Force Base leased 11,000 […]

Friday morning briefing: Certified, all about trains and the day the music died

Good morning a welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Certified Curry County’s Chief Deputy Clerk Beni Dampier has earned her certificate as a New Mexico Certified Public Supervisor. Dampier says the program is a lengthy series of classes and study to help her be a better public servant as well as improve her […]

Clovis chamber honors residents

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Benna Sayyed The Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet on Friday brought some of the city’s movers and shakers together to celebrate the city’s accomplishments in 2011. The highlight of the evening was the 2011 chamber awards. The following individuals and businesses received awards from the chamber for their service to Clovis: […]

Local schools score on low end under new grading system

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Alisa Boswell Curry and Roosevelt County school districts did not fare well with the trial test results for the New Mexico Department of Education’s new A-F Grading System, which is set to replace the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) grading system. The Clovis school district received only As for two schools out of their 18, averaging […]

Officials work toward Ute Lake compromise

Thomas Garcia A conservation steering committee said Thursday they would like to work together to establish policies that ensure Ute Lake water levels protecting recreation while providing water to Curry and Roosevelt counties. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said hers and other communities should be willing to work out a compromise that benefits everyone. “We do […]

Roosevelt, Curry chambers of commerce to host legislative receptions

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County and Clovis Curry chambers of commerce are giving businesses a chance to lobby during their annual Legislative Days activities prior to the start of the state legislative session. The two chambers will kick off their events by hosting a reception 4 p.m. Jan. 23 at the governor’s mansion in […]

Curry County commissioner selected for civic leadership program

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler has been selected to serve in the Air Force Chief of Staff’s civic leader program. Chandler was invited to join the program in a Nov. 22 letter from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. “I was honored to receive the letter,” Chandler said. “I […]

Curry County jail administrator search narrowed to four

Freedom New Mexico Four finalists including Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval were named Friday for the position of jail administrator, according to Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle identified the other three candidates as Gerry D. Billy of Newark, Ohio; Michael D. William of Selah, Wash., and Joe Sprunk of Albuquerque. Pyle also announced a committee […]

Four to 8 inches of snow predicted

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The heaviest band of snow in the approaching winter storm system will set up west of Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Jennifer Palucki of NWS said snow accumulation will not be as high in the southern portions of eastern New Mexico. Overall, […]

Shoutouts — Nov. 13

Curry County volunteers honored A dinner was held on Nov. 4 to recognize all the volunteers in Curry County for their service and to award the volunteer who contributed the most time. Approximately 150 people attended, representing the volunteer stations and Senior Centers where they volunteer to help improve out community and five elementary schools […]

Clovis men facing felony charge for wire thefts

Curry County Sheriff’s deputies on Friday said the arrests of two Clovis men ends a string of thefts from local farmers that began in June. Dustin Martin, 35, and Lyle Gant, 57, are each charged with three third-degree felony counts of larceny, two fourth-degree felony counts of larceny, and one misdemeanor count of larceny. They […]

Authorities seek vandals

Freedom New Mexico Authorities are searching for whoever drove through two New Mexico pumpkin patches and caused $4,500 in damages just weeks before Halloween. Curry County deputies say someone drove through a fence Tuesday night in Curry County and damaged the pumpkin patch and corn maze at Davis Farms. Two nights later, someone did the […]