Project pipeline cost increased

By Jack King The board of directors of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to raise the official cost of the Ute Pipeline Project by $52 million. A peer review of the conceptual design of the project estimated that its total capital cost should be estimated at $296 million, instead of the […]

Court Dispositions 12/7

Here are recent dispositions recorded in Curry County District and Magistrate Courts: David D. Patrick, 27, entered Alford plea (admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict while maintaining innocence) to possession of psilocybin with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, and trafficking cocaine. Sentenced to four concurrent terms totaling […]

Court Dispositons 11/23

Here are recent dispositions recorded in Curry County District Court: ° Raymond A. Gabbert pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary including battery. Sentenced to nine years in state prison, all but three suspended, with credit for 333 days served, and subject to two years parole release supervision. Placed on five years supervised probation with special conditions […]

Medical drugs: Many complaints, few answers

Thomas Sowell Reader responses to the discussion of government-controlled medical care in this column raised questions that need answering. The most frequently raised question was why American pharmaceutical drugs sell for less in other countries. Some readers considered this proof that the sellers of these drugs were making excessive profits. They argued that, since the […]

Court Dispositons 11/2

Here are recent dispositions recorded in Curry County District Court: Tabitha Wilson, 28, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. Sentencing deferred 18 months and placed on supervised probation for same period with $15 monthly probation costs special conditions of substance abuse counseling and $100 DNA testing. Granted credit for 10 days served and […]

Court Dispositions 10/26

Here are recent dispositions recorded in Curry County District Court: Elsi Hill, 41, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property over $250, possession of a controlled substance, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Determined to be a habitual offender and sentenced to consecutive terms totaling 2 1/2 […]

Sex ring suspects’ previous charges include traffic violations and drug possession.

CNJ STAFF New Mexico’s computerized criminal case records date to 1997, with some records before that. Here are recorded histories involving those named in connection with Clovis’ child sex ring: Jeanette Martin, 44, charged with child abuse: n No criminal history. Billy Martin, 49, charged with child abuse and criminal sexual contact with a minor […]

Clovis has ideas to counter rising jail costs

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question focused on voters having said no to Curry County’s proposed gross receipts tax increase and asked, “So what should the county do to offset rising jail costs?” Some responses: “Our government should attempt to operate like any other business. When we don’t have the money, we […]

Court Dispositions 8/31

Here are dispositions recorded from July 15 to Aug. 13 in Curry County District Court: • Michael R. Pace, 49, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute a non-narcotic controlled substance, a third-degree felony. Sentenced to concurrent terms totaling 5 1/2 years in state prison with two years parole upon release […]

Court Dispositions 8/24

Here are recent dispositions recorded from June 30 to July 1 in Curry County District Court: — Kenneth R. Kirven, 38, pleaded no contest to receiving and concealing stolen property, a misdemeanor. Sentenced to 364 days in state prison, all suspended, and placed on unsupervised probation for the same period. Granted credit for one day […]

Deja vu disaster in Medicare drug benefit awaits

Senior citizens who eagerly await a Medicare prescription drug benefit might want to be careful what they wish for, if history is any guide. The political positioning over a Medicare drug entitlement has reminded longtime Capitol Hill watchers of a similar scenario from June 1988 when Washington enacted the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act that turned […]

Court Dispositions 8/10

Here are recent dispositions dated June 21 to 27 recorded in Curry County Magistrate Court: — David Coehlo, 46, pleaded guilty to possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Sentenced to 364 days in county jail and allowed to serve 8 added days in jail in lieu of $326 fine, court costs and fees. […]

Court Dispositions 8/3

Here are recent dispositions dated July 2 recorded in 9th District Court: –Roy Lee Daniels, 22, pleaded guilty to battery on a household member and criminal damage to property under $1,000. Sentenced to two consecutive terms totaling 544 days in Curry County jail with credit for one day served. All but 60 days suspended and […]

Court dispositions 7/27

Recent dispositions recorded in 9th District Court: –Carl Haskins found guilty by jury trial of false imprisonment, robbery, battery on a household member and assault on a household member. Determined to be a habitual offender and sentenced to concurrent terms totaling seven years in state prison with credit for 306 days served and $100 DNA […]

Court dispositions 7/20

The following dispositions have been filed recently in Curry County courts: District Court –Johnny Stonelake pleaded guilty to battery, a petty misdemeanor. Sentenced to 181 days imprisonment with credit for 181 days served. Kathy Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, a misdemeanor. Sentenced to 364 days imprisonment with credit for one day served, all but […]

Court dispositions 6/29

Here are recent dispositions recorded in 9th Judicial District Court: — Albert Joseph Armijo, 21, pleaded guilty June 11 to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), both fourth-degree felonies. Sentencing deferred 18 months and placed on three years supervised probation with special conditions of six months inpatient […]

Court dispositions 6/22

Here are recent dispositions recorded in 9th Judicial District Court: — Bryan H. Chavez, 22, pleaded guilty June 6 to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a third degree felony. Sentence deferred for two years and placed on two years supervised probation with special conditions of drug rehabilitation, $275 restitution and costs, […]

Pipeline funding questioned

By Jack King Federal and state officials raised questions Wednesday about some eastern New Mexico communities’ ability to pay for their share of the renewable water delivery system proposed by the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. The authority has been created to develop a pipeline project to distribute water from Ute Reservoir to communities […]