Wind energy company chooses Clovis for plant

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Vert-I-Go Wind Energy has chosen Clovis for its foray into wind farm operation and turbine manufacturing, and expects to bring in 60 jobs by 2013. A subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Abundant Energy, Vert-I-Go has reached a preliminary agreement with the city to purchase 6 acres of land south of […]

Blight battle: Codes born from citizen concerns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city leaders can’t remember a time when there wasn’t some kind of ordinance on the books controlling the condition of private property. “You can go back to the ’40s and ’50s and find ordinances that require some kind of property (standards),” said City Manager Joe Thomas. Curry County […]

Blight battle: Proposed ordinances met strong resistance

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson County Commissioner Frank Blackburn said a proposed county ordinance will focus on health and safety. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Margaret Dindinger was embarrassed by property infested with weeds, junk cars and falling-down buildings. So in February 2008, the Clovis native gathered 70 signatures on a petition asking Curry […]

Blight battle: Clovis not alone in fight

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A business wants to locate in your city. Like most businesses, it wants land cheap. In most cases that means land outside the core city. The business buys, the city expands and all parties are happy. Unless, of course, the older parts of the city get ignored in the […]

Blight battle: No simple solution

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Duane Castleberry, a magistrate judge in Clovis, said construction of the Prince Street overpass made his lot at the corner of Mabry and Prince streets ‘ once home to KC Mufflers

Blight battle: Some ‘used to’ blight

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Paula and Jesse Baca said a lot has changed since they moved to the 200 block of Cameo Street a half-century ago. “We had a nice neighborhood at one time,” Paula Baca said. “Everything started falling apart when our neighbors left.” By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer U.S. 60/84 connects […]

Blight battle: Committee taking beautification steps

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Keep Clovis Beautiful committee installed welcome signs at all four main entryways to Clovis. Freedom New Mexico Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield wants the city to make a good first impression on travelers. That is why the condition of the city’s entryways comes up frequently when the “Keep Clovis Beautiful” […]

Wind turbine manufacturing facility, wind farm coming to Clovis

Clovis, New Mexico. – Clovis Industrial Development Corporation President Lee Malloy and Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield announced today that Vert-I-Go Wind Energy, L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Abundant Energy, L.L.C., of Plano, Texas, plans to establish a wind turbine manufacturing facility and a five megawatt wind farm in the Clovis area utilizing its proprietary […]

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Muleshoe’s Riley named offensive coordinator at East Carolina

The Associated Press GEENVILLE, N.C. – Muleshoe’s Lincoln Riley has been named offensive coordinator at East Carolina University, according to an announcement Friday from head football coach Ruffin McNeill. Ruffin, who served as Texas Tech’s defensive coordinator for the last two seasons, was named the Pirates head coach Thursday. Riley, 26, and McNeill worked together […]

Training, education keys to disaster response

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firefighters Cody Bell, left, and Weldon Kube inspect a new emergency tool Friday provided by an emergency management grant according to Chief Ray Westerman. The device works much like the Jaws of Life, which can cut through steel. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico While local counties don’t have to […]

1-23 ENMU-Midwestern State basketball capsules

CNJ staff MenMidwestern State (15-1, 1-1 Lone Star Conference South) at ENMU (7-10, 2-1), 8 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena.Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9.Last outing: The Greyhounds lost at Tarleton State 76-36 on Wednesday, while the Mustangs routed West Texas A&M 90-69 at Wichita Falls, Texas.Notes: Tarleton’s defensive effort Wednesday marked the first time the Texans have […]

Lawmakers proposing tax hikes

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Despite the fact that Gov. Bill Richardson and conservative Democrats who control the state Senate are opposed increasing taxes, a band of lawmakers Thursday are proposing various tax hikes. And one senator in the newly formed group called the Working Families Caucus, told reporters there are 22 […]

Friday morning briefing: Keeping resolutions

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing.

County commission schedules meeting to discuss investment concerns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County commissioners have questions about a $2.3 million investment made by Curry County Treasurer Bernice Baker and have scheduled a special meeting Wednesday to examine the fund’s performance. A report compiled in December shows the investment with fund manager Macquarie Allegiance Capital lost money in its first three months […]

Man accuses state of covering up bribery, kickbacks

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A man who is at the center of an ongoing whistle-blower lawsuit involving millions of dollars in lost state investments told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that the state is spending millions of dollars to cover up what he called “bribery and kickbacks.” Frank Foy, a former […]

Press release: Udall hosts first weekly radio press call of 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about the future of health reform and his recent travels in New Mexico. He also expressed sympathy for the people of Haiti in the wake of last week’s devastating earthquake and answered questions on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision […]

Hard to top invention of saddle

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Can you guess what simple invention is considered one of the basic pieces of equipment involved in creating and spreading modern civilization? I couldn’t. It involves the horse…of course… and the saddle. Like most country kids, I learned to ride bareback. I still believe that’s how novice riders should begin […]

Guilt shouldn’t be factor in helping

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It is a running joke, of course, concerning some mothers that they relentlessly try to instill guilt in their children along lines of, “You owe me since I brought you up.” Never mind now that bringing up children is something parents usually sign up for freely and it […]

School board meetings must be accessible

Freedom New Mexico Our newspaper is having a disagreement with Clovis Municipal Schools officials. The school board met in executive session Tuesday night to discuss replacing Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, who is retiring in June. We agree that New Mexico law allows the board to meet in secret for this purpose. Where we disagree — at […]