Local Roundup: Thomas’ status to be discussed

CNJ staff

Clovis city commissioners will go into an executive session in today’s meeting to discuss personnel matters regarding City Manager Joe Thomas, Mayor David Lansford said.
The meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library.
Lansford said the Commission will discuss Thomas’ status as city manager, but he did not know exactly what would be discussed.
Thomas pleaded guilty Sept. 27 to an open container violation, court records show. Prosecutors dropped a more serious charge of driving under the influence, records show.
Thomas was arrested Aug. 3 after failing a field sobriety test at a state police sobriety checkpoint between Logan and San Jon in Quay County.
Police detected alcohol on his person and found an open beer container in his vehicle, state police said. A blood test showed Thomas’ blood-alcohol level at .04, half the legal limit in New Mexico.
Toxicology results also showed he was not under the influence of illicit drugs at the time of his arrest.
Executive sessions are not open to the public, but no action can be taken behind closed doors.

Grady woman wins pioneer award
The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women will honor Maxine Wallace of Grady with its annual Pioneer Award later this month, according to a news release.
“Mrs. Wallace is almost 80 and she would try to change your tire for you on a hot summer day just so you wouldn’t have to do it,” said Larry Perkins, vice chairman of the Canadian River Soil and Water Conservation District, which nominated Wallace for the award. “She is a major asset to our community and to the district.”
Wallace, 79, is a longtime member of the Wheatland Extension Association, served as District Cultural Arts chairperson, and is active in the Canadian River Soil and Water District Annual Tree Sale, the 4-H concession stand and the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute Museum .
The award presentation will be at noon on Oct. 26 at the Memorial Building at Seventh and Abilene streets in Portales.

Workforce center grand opening set
The Eastern Area Workforce Development Board is holding a grand opening Tuesday for the New Mexico Workforce Connection at 111 Main St.
There will be an open house from 8-9 a.m. at the Rural Model One-Stop and a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication at 9 a.m.
The following agencies will be located in the center:
Clovis Community College Workforce Training Center
Department of Workforce Solutions
Youth Opportunity Center
Department of Aging & Long Term Services
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
The center was funded by $250,000 in State General funds and $225,000 from the Statewide Workforce Investment Act, according to a Workforce Development Board press release.