Lea County considers courthouse annex for Hobbs

Staff Report
The Associated Press

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A judge has asked Lea County commissioners to form a committee to study the feasibility of a state District Court annex in Hobbs.

During last night's commission meeting, state District Judge Gary Clingman said such a proposal "just makes sense" because of an increasing number of cases from Hobbs, Eunice and Jal.

The courthouse is in Lovington.

Several residents of Lovington spoke against the idea, including City Manager Pat Wise and former state lawmaker Earlene Roberts. Commissioner David Trujillo says the court is vital to Lovington's economic health.

Commission vice chairman Randy McCormick took no action on Clingman's request.