Commissioners tout new jail plan

Robin Fornoff The $9.3 million Curry County Commissioners say they need to expand and renovate the jail covers only the cost of the building, not furnishings or additional staff that may be needed. Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick acknowledged as much Tuesday during a sparsely attended public forum designed to answer questions about the project. Bostwick, […]

Club notes —

Clovis BPO Does Clovis BPO Does held a regular meeting on Jan. 26 with President Sandie Kitchens presiding. Entertainment Chairman Kandi Hall announced there would be an Elks/Does Valentine’s Dinner and Dance on Feb. 11. The cost is $15 per person for advance sales and $20 at the door. Membership Chairman Sammye May read a […]

State auditor calls for Patrick Lyons resignation at PRC (updated)

Robin Fornoff Two key state officials spent most of Thursday accusing each other of incompetence over an audit that charges the scandal-ridden Public Regulation Commission is corrupt from top to bottom. State Auditor Hector Balderas, a Democrat, set it off in the morning, calling on PRC chairman and Clovis native Patrick Lyons, a Republican, to […]

Lyons to remain PRC chairman

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Patrick Lyons will remain chairman of the New Mexico’s scandal-tainted Public Regulation Commission (PRC). The PRC voted unanimously Tuesday to re-elect Lyons and Vice Chairman Theresa Becenti-Aguilar. “We’re looking forward to cleaning up the PRC and making it a better agency for the consumer,” Lyons said. “We want to be […]

Guard chief’s promotion criticized

Congress is about to elevate the position of chief of the National Guard Bureau to full membership on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joining the JCS chairman, vice chairman and four service branch chiefs as top military advisers to the president and his national security team. It’s a controversial bump in power and prestige that […]

Official: Upcoming projects may eliminate energy farm stumbling blocks

Thomas Garcia The chairman of a local renewable energy landowner association said projects are under way that would eliminate the stumbling block for wind energy farms in eastern New Mexico — transferring the electricity to national markets. Representatives for these projects spoke at the third annual Coalition of Renewable Energy Landowner Associations meeting Saturday in […]

County chair to serve in civic leader program

CNJ staff Curry County Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler has been selected to serve in the Air Force Chief of Staff’s civic leader program. Chandler was invited to join the program in a Nov. 22 letter from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. “I was honored to receive the letter,” Chandler said. “I think […]

Senators support fee increase

Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and John McCain of Arizona, its ranking Republican, endorse President Obama’s call to establish next year a $200 enrollment fee on TRICARE for Life, the prized supplement to Medicare for 2.1 million elderly military retirees, their spouses and survivors. These influential senators made their […]

Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]

Weekly update —

Scout troop conducting food drive A Clovis Boy Scouts troop is conducting a food drive to benefit the Hartley House. The troop informed the city commission during its regular meeting Thursday evening. The drive will take place Jan. 29-30, with a focus on neighborhoods from Norris Street east to Humphrey Road, between Seventh and 21st […]