Meetings watch: Clovis board of education

The Board of Education of Clovis Municipal Schools will meet 5:30 p.m. today to consider the following agenda items for approval: • Accounts payable check listing/voided check listing/ Bank of America purchasing card charges for October • Activity report for October • Investment report for October • Budget and expenditure report for October • Budget […]

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Haying approval possible New Mexico farmers can gain approval for haying Conservation Reserve Program acres that will be converted from a Lovegrass, Bluestem or Klein grass to a native grass species cover, according to a press release from New Mexico’s Farm Service Agency. Producers have until Sept. 30, 2012, to request approval, which will be […]

ACLU demanding immediate approval of Gay-Straight Alliance

Liliana Castillo The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is demanding Clovis Municipal Schools immediately approve creation of a Gay-Straight Alliance club at Clovis High School before the school year ends. In a letter dated Monday and sent to Superintendent Terry Myers, the ACLU said students have been waiting approximately two months for approval […]

Melrose grant waiting on state approval

Sharna Johnson The next few months will be a waiting game before it’s known if Melrose will get the money needed to update its wastewater treatment plant. With a Dec. 17 deadline met, Curry County’s application for a Community Development Block Grant is in the hands of state officials. The grant, if obtained, would pay […]

City commission gets Hull Street overpass update

Kevin Wilson A short Clovis City Commission meeting had its share of history, spiritual events and music to go with a Hull Street Bridge update. City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval told commissioners and audience members Thursday that cement pouring, which started Tuesday night, is finished on the overpass, which was closed in June 2008 for safety […]

Bond history: Turnouts low, approvals high

Kevin Wilson Turnout generally runs low, and approval generally runs high. At least, that’s been the recent pattern for school bond elections, leading up to today’s bond question. A $16-million bond issue, if approved by voters, will pay for the district’s 20 percent match of a proposed new middle school and a new building for […]

Judicial complex to cost $33 million

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Courtesy graphic A proposed $33 million judicial complex would occupy three blocks from Seventh to 10th Streets. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A $33 million plan to revamp county offices and the courts got a nod of approval from commissioners Tuesday. The plan — presented by Albuquerque architectural firm Rohde, May, Keller, McNamara — […]

Health reform hurts small businesses

Freedom New Mexico Before Congress rushed approval of the massive government overhaul of health care, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously said: “(W)e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” The more we find out about the Obamacare “reform” that put the federal government in control of one-sixth […]

Air Force gets approval for N.M. land gift

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says the Air Force has received a waiver from defense officials to proceed with a land gift associated with the Melrose Bombing Range in eastern New Mexico. The waiver from the Office of the Secretary of Defense follows Richardson’s commitment of $5 million worth of land […]

Radio stations waiting approval for change of ownership

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If it’s approved by the Federal Communications Commission, a pair of Clovis radio stations will change hands, but little else. Zia Broadcasting, owned by Lonnie and Barbara Allsup of Clovis, has agreed in principle to buy a pair of stations from Curry County Broadcasting, Inc., owned by Hewel and […]

Clovis school board approves preliminary budget

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board heard a long-range suggestion to start its Tuesday meeting, and ended it with approval of a more immediate need — an $82.5 million budget for the 2009-10 year. The budget, down from this year’s adjusted budget of $85.1 million but up from the 2008-09 […]

Students earn board approval for global competition

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A pair of student groups, and a few of their parents, are hoping their final destination isn’t just in their imagination. Student teams from the Gifted and Talented programs at Ranchvale and James R. Bickley elementary schools, which won the state Destination ImagiNation state tournament March 14, received approval […]

Senate sets limits on campaign contributions

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Ethics reform advocates say they made progress with the approval by the Senate on Thursday of a campaign contribution limit measure, but still have other reforms on their to-do list this session. “It is a big step forward,” Steve Allen, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico said of […]

Bingaman: Congress approves bull that funds Labs, key New Mexico projects

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the U.S. Senate gave final approval to a spending bill that contains funding for New Mexico’s labs and other key initiatives in the state. The FY 2009 Omnibus Spending Bill would fund the work of most federal agencies through September.

Editorial: Relationships don’t need federal approval

Two consenting adults agree to have sexual relations. Police and prosecutors — and maybe even federal agents — stand ready to pounce. Two consenting adults want to put a stamp of permanence on their relationship. Legislators and lobbyists brace for constitutional rewrites. In the first example, the government acts if money changes hands. Whether the […]

Nov. 8, 1976

The Clovis News-Journal reported the State Board of Educational Finance gave its stamp of approval to the master plan for the Eastern New Mexico University-Clovis campus. … A chicken dinner for four cost $5. … Clovis was named the site of the upcoming New Mexico Association of Natural Resource Conservation Districts annual convention, to be […]

Letters to the Editor: ENMU grateful for Bond B passage

With the passage of Bond B in the General Election, Eastern New Mexico University will move forward with plans to renovate its Music Building. The bond provides $4.5 million for this purpose. The next step will be hiring an architect to design the renovation for a building that was constructed in 1957 for a program […]

Bush turned deaf ear on Iraq opponents

By Leonard Pitts, Jr.: Syndicated columnist I write this in order to say I told you so. Not for me. Well, maybe a little bit for me. But also for some people who would probably never publicly say it for themselves. As a general rule, good soldiers toiling on government payrolls don’t do that sort […]

Floor plans presented for event center

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Jim Lewis of Schlegel Lewis Architects came armed with floor plans Wednesday for the proposed Curry County event center. Event center committee members looked over sketches for the center’s site plan with no major opposition or, apparently, obstacles. After county officials said several projects involving the event center could be […]

City commission may authorize sale of hospital

By Jack King The Clovis City Commission will consider introducing an ordinance authorizing the sale of the Memorial Service Center (Old Hospital) to Matt. 25 Inc. for $1 at its Thursday meeting. The commission will hold its regular meeting at 5:15 p.m. in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library. Final approval of the resolution […]