Reporter’s Notebook: Resident closely follows city happenings

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor

JOHN WIDMARK’S FACE is a familiar one at Clovis City Commission and Curry County Commission meetings.

Since the 71-year-old retiree moved to Clovis from the Seattle area in November 2001, he has had a front-row seat to the local political process.

He attends the meetings of both governing bodies “as often as I can get there,” he said.

AFTER WORKING FOR BOEING nearly 37 years, Widmark retired in 1992 and moved to Ocean Shores, Wash. He started to attend council meetings “just to see what the city was doing.”

He kept up practice when he relocated to Clovis.

“The only reason I come to these meetings is to see what’s going on in the city,” Widmark said. “I learn a lot.”

The father of five and his wife, Phyllis, moved to Clovis after visiting their son when he was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. The senior master sergeant has since moved to Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, but the Widmarks have stayed in Clovis.
“WE LIKE THE WEATHER,” Widmark said.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ News Editor Jean Verlich. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is:
rwhite@cnjonline.com