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Officials recognize rodeoer


November 6, 2019

CLOVIS — At a meeting that was short as Curry County Commission meetings go, weighing in at just over an hour, commissioners took plenty of time paying respect and wishing good luck to one of the area’s top rodeoers.

Clovis’ Shad Mayfield was recognized Tuesday by the commission, which designated Nov. 17 in his honor. Mayfield is getting set to compete in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The rodeo requires being in the top 15 on the season money list in an event. Mayfield competes in tie-down roping.

Commission Chairman Chet Spear said he was excited to honor Mayfield and wished him well at the finals.

“I got on YouTube and watched (your performances),” Spear said. “You are impressive. We need to be proud of this young man.”

Mayfield, who attended the meeting, said little beyond expressing his gratitude to the commission for the honors.

Commissioner Seth Martin said it was nice to have part of the county’s heritage represented so well by Mayfield and his family.

The Clovis city commission is also slated to honor Mayfield on Nov. 17 in its Thursday meeting.

In other business at the Tuesday county meeting:

• Curry County Adult Detention Administrator Mark Gallegos came to report on the jail’s housing of mentally ill patients, as required by House Bill 364. He said over the first quarter of 2019-20, no inmate fit the description required for reporting.

• The commission approved a road viewing committee for the potential closure of Curry Road 38 between Curry Roads E and F. Rancher Pat Woods owns the land surrounding the road and would like to fence it off. A request to close 38 between F and G was withdrawn, with Woods noting he’d made a mistake in the submission.

• The county approved an ordinance requiring any tower structures be registered with the county for purposes of tax assessment and emergency services information. The county would not otherwise regulate the construction or operation of the equipment.

County Attorney Stephen Doerr said an example of the ordinance being useful would be if somebody fell off a wind turbine in the county and an ambulance had to find the tower.

• The county approved an ordinance requiring notification when manufactured homes originating in Curry County are moved, and for any property taxes to be paid prior to a move.

• Road Superintendent Walon Jones told commissioners work on Curry Road G between Curry Roads 16 and 17 should be complete next week, and upcoming projects would be on Curry Road 13 and Curry Road 17.

Jones noted pothole repairs were starting to pick up with the temperatures falling, and that areas near the intersection of Curry Roads M and 6 had the most potholes due to heavy traffic affiliated with the Southwest Cheese plant.

• The commission canceled its Jan. 21 meeting, moved its Dec. 17 meeting to Dec. 19 and its Jan. 7 meeting to Jan. 14. The rescheduled meetings will still be 9 a.m. at the county administrative complex.

The next meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, called primarily to canvass results from the Tuesday election.


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