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 […]

Sixth ‘Potter’ movie conjures fans

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo North Plains Cinema 7 was “pretty busy” Wednesday for the opening day of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, according to assitant manager Manuel Romero. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer North Plains Cinema 7 assistant manager Manuel Romero will not tell any secrets about the sixth Harry Potter movie, […]

Former county manager staying on with Leadership New Mexico board

CNJ staff Former Curry County Manager Dick Smith, owner of RLS Consulting in Clovis will continue his position with the Leadership New Mexico 2009-2010 Board of Directors. Established in 1995, Leadership New Mexico’s goals are to

Water Board seeks members

Freedom New Mexico The city has openings on the Water Policy Advisory Committee for citizens residing within city limits and one resident from Curry County. The committee makes recommendations to the city commission in areas including water conservation and reuse. It meets 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Anyone interested in serving should […]

Review shows area government officials’ spending

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A Freedom New Mexico review of six area government leaders showed their taxpayer-funded expenses total about $19,000 from June 1, 2008, to the first week of May. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Lance Pyle has spent more than $1,700 dining at local restaurants, while Portales City […]

Col. Lenfant recognized

Courtesy photo Col. Babette Lenfant, 27th Special Operations Mission Support commander, second from left, receives an endorsement from Curry and Roosevelt County leadership for the National Public Service Award on May 1 in Portales. From left, Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr., Portales City Manager Debi Lee, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield, Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas […]

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 […]

Ruidoso targets Portales’ city manager

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Portales’ city manager is negotiating a contract to become the Ruidoso village manager. Ruidoso Mayor Ray Nunley said his village council agreed at their meeting Wednesday night to let their attorney work out the contract with Debi Lee. If Lee accepts the position, Nunley said her start date is […]

Mayor on political e-mail: ‘I won’t do that again’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gayla Brumfield said it never occurred to her that asking city officials to forward an e-mail invitation to a political candidate’s fundraising dinner was inappropriate. “I didn’t know that I couldn’t do that. I guess it’s in the personnel policy,” Clovis’ mayor said Tuesday afternoon. “I sent it out. […]

April 17 Commander's Action Line

Can base theaters have an age restriction R-rated for movies, even if children have parental approval? Thank you for your comment and concern. According to the Cannon AAFES manager

Commission renews county manager’s contract for two years

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to renew the county manager’s contract through 2011, adding a year to his existing contract. Manager Lance Pyle’s contract renewal does not include a pay raise. The vote came following an executive session at the end of the scheduled meeting. “We thought Lance […]

Tight donations stalls civic center statue

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A proposed life-sized bronze statue of a horse for the Clovis Civic Center is on hold because money has been tight. City Manager Joe Thomas said Monday that Tatum artist Curtis Fort wanted to donate the statue for the city’s civic center. Thomas said the statue would cost between […]

Work day canceled

The Habitat for Humanity work day Saturday is canceled because the construction manager is unable to attend. However, Habitat needs volunteers to man a table 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Ag Expo Feb 24-25. To volunteer: 359-1344

Jan. 27 Business Digest

Clovis Civic Center has new general manager The Clovis Civic Center has a new general manger, according to a Global Spectrum news release. On Jan. 20, Brock Neely took over general manager duties from Neil McMullin, who will serve as assistant general manager of the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, according to the release. […]

Civic center hires new manager

The Clovis Civic Center has a new general manager. Global Spectrum, operators of the center, named Brock Neely as the new general manager succeeding Neil McMullin. McMullin is transferring to another Global Spectrum-managed convention center in Ohio. Neely, who joined Global Spectrum as Operations Manager at the Clovis Civic Center in march of 2006, will […]

Tucumcari’s city manager fired

Freedom New Mexico: Chelle Delaney TUCUMCARI — City Manager John Sutherland was fired in a 3-2 vote Thursday night at the City Commission meeting. Sutherland was escorted from his office out the back door of city hall by a Tucumcari police officer. “John, this is only because it is SOP (standard operating procedure),” Commissioner Jim […]

County Manager Pyle discusses jail assessment

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle answered questions regarding the future of the jail and possible options for correcting deficiencies identified through an assessment dated Sept. 1. The assessment was conducted by a detention expert with the New Mexico Association of Counties. The interview was conducted via e-mail. It has been edited for clarity and grammar. […]

11/13 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 a.m. Nov. 3 an officer responded to a business in the 1200 block of 21st Street for a report of shoplifting. A manager said a male customer was seen placing a bag of charcoal in his child’s stroller. She said […]

Nov. 9, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 p.m. Oct. 28 an officer responded to a shoplifting call at a business in the 1900 block of Prince Street.A manager said two male suspects ran from the store with bulges under their coats. One of the suspects got on […]

County to revisit alcohol sales at Special Events Center

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said he will recommend