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

Education Secretary Garc

Education Secretary Veronica C. Garc

Q&A: Education commission chair backs charter schools

Editor’s note: The following interview was conducted by the Clovis News Journal with Dennis Roch, chairman of New Mexico’s Public Education Commission. Roch’s district encompasses five counties in eastern New Mexico, including Curry and Roosevelt. Q: What is the commission doing while the Legislature is in session? A: Right now, we are advocating for the […]

Dec. 14, 2006 Education Digest

New charter school guidelines passed New guidelines for establishing charter schools in New Mexico were passed with Senate Bill 600, according to a New Mexico Public Education Department press release. Effective July 1, 2007, charter schools may elect to be authorized by the school district in which they are to be located or the Public […]

Echols, Mary

Mary Echols Services: Have been held. Mary McLaughlin Echols, 94, of Clovis, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at her home. She was born on Aug. 2, 1910, in Clovis, to Frederick Christopher and Betha Guy McLaughlin. She married Coy Preston Echols on June 3, 1934, in Clovis. She was a bookkeeper for the Clovis News […]

CITY ELECTION TOTALS

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Fred Van Soelen looks at Tuesday’s final election results as they are projected on the screen at City Hall. Van Soelen defeated Gloria Wicker and Len Vohs to win the district 2 city commissioner race. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Mayor: • (I) David Lansford — 2,474 votes. Raymond Atchley — 366 votes. Steve Muscato […]

Voters to decide city leaders, tax issue

By Jack King Clovis voters will select a mayor and four city commissioners and decide on a proposed quarter-percent gross-receipts tax increase on Tuesday. City officials have said funds generated by the tax increase would be used for acquisition, construction or improvement of water, wastewater or solid waste systems or facilities; acquisition, rehabilitation or improvement […]

Charter amendments may correct language

By Michelle Seeber Two items on the March 2 election ballot have received almost no media attention and city officials have put little effort into promoting them. That’s because the charter amendment proposals are intended only to clean up incorrect language in the city charter, officials said. Charter Amendment Proposal No. 1, an amendment to […]

City commission hearing charter suggestions

By Jack King City commissioners today will consider accepting the recommendations of the city’s Charter Review Committee, which has finished a regular review of the Charter. The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library. Under a provision of the Charter, a Charter Review Committee is appointed every 10 […]

Tattoos no, abortions OK for teens?

By Ned Cantwell Time to follow up on a few topics previously addressed, and for your humble correspondent to eat a slice of humble pie, although, trust me, he will not stuff himself. How shallow was I to poke fun at our state Legislature for turning its attention to naming an Official State Butterfly, a […]