Citizens vote to ban dual commission service

CNJ staff Clovis citizens overwhelmingly approved a ban on dual commission service, rejecting the process by more than a 4-to-1 margin. In all, 3,742 voted for adding Section 2-6 to the Clovis City Charter, with 784 voting against changing the charter. The section will read, “No elected officer of the City shall be an elected […]

Voter amendment would eliminate dual commissioners

There are five races in the March 6 municipal election, with only one race featuring an unopposed candidate. But all future candidates, including one standing commissioner, could be affected by a proposed amendment to the Clovis city charter that weighs conflict of interest against a district’s choices for candidates. If approved by the voters, Section […]

Charter commission ecommends eliminating commissioner dual service

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Charter Commission plans to make one recommendation to the Clovis City Commission, but otherwise feels the best thing it can do is leave the city’s governing document untouched. The advisory commission, by an 8-2 vote, will recommend to the city commission during its Dec. 1 meeting that the charter be […]

Letter to the editor: Referendums give citizens voice

In an Oct. 25 CNJ article on the city charter commission, the CNJ quoted Commissioner Fred Van Soelen as saying that negative referendums cost the taxpayers too much money so it should be harder to have one. However, that is just plain wrong. If you will remember, the referendum this past summer, initiated by the […]

Charter commission discusses potential changes

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Charter Commission held a public hearing to a limited public, but had vast discussion over the future of the city’s governing document. Charter commission members and Rube Render, the only citizen to attend the meeting at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, discussed for 90 minutes potential recommendations […]

Charter review commission to hold public hearings

Kevin Wilson With several unknowns — the amount of public input they’ll get, the number of changes they’ll recommend and the chances the Clovis City Commission will or the voters will approve those changes — the city charter commission took care of the items that were in its control Tuesday night. The first meeting of […]

Meetings watch: Charter Review Commission

The Clovis city charter review commission will hold its first meeting 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at Clovis City Hall, 321 Connelly. Agenda items include a welcome from City Manager Joe Thomas, an explanation of the city charter and the review process from City Attorney David Richards, general discussion and election of a chair and vice chair […]

Education, not politics, should be schools’ priority

Priorities. I am trying to teach my grandson Jason about priorities, and even Mikayla my granddaughter, to whatever extent that concept can be grasped by a 6-year-old. One of my favorite classroom observations comes from my friend John, a middle school Spanish teacher in Florida, who reinforces with each group of students that “My primary […]

Charter schools may help ease Texas’ budget

Freedom New Mexico Texas’ next legislative session is nearly eight months away, but already analysts are predicting a revenue shortfall as high as $15 billion. More than half of our neighboring state’s general revenue funds are spent on education. Some state lawmakers have begun looking for ways to trim the education budget, and class size […]

Education Secretary and health officials discuss swine flu with state superintendents and charter school leaders

Secretary of Education Veronica C. Garc