Cities unified in needs for infrastructure

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Charter buses deliver New Mexico Municipal League attendants to Thursday night’s entertainment at the Clovis Civic Center. The featured act was the LA Party Dolls. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Whether it’s the Hull Street overpass, the Portales wastewater plant or a patch of Tucumcari Boulevard, chances are something […]

People’s water needs should trump plant’s

By Freedom New Mexico Did you ever think a time would come when people in this country’s Southeast would be praying for a few more hurricanes? Unfortunately, the normally soggy Southeast is suffering from a very real two-year rainwater drought that could threaten drinking water supplies for metropolitan Atlanta and other cities, and has stirred […]

Cities should advance citizen freedom

By Steven Greenhut: Guest columnist Most Americans have the naïve notion that their local city officials busy themselves fixing potholes, providing police and fire services, dealing with the occasional code violation and quietly running the parks and recreation service. But those who run city government have their own prerogatives and ideologies. Their priorities aren’t happenstance, […]

Anti-terrorism budget excludes border security

By Freedom Newspapers If lawmakers are worried about border security, they sure aren’t putting their money where their mouths are. Congress recently allocated $747 million to some 50 U.S. cities in its latest round of anti-terrorism funding, and just like previous allocations the money isn’t addressing what many say is their primary concern — keeping […]

City, county developing master plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis and Curry County are in the process of drafting master plans for the future, which will focus on growth and infrastructure, according to officials. Using funds provided through state grants, the city and county hired an Albuquerque firm, Consensus Planning, in May to draft the […]

Writer should be remembered as freedom advocate

Freedom Newspapers Writing about an urban planning experiment proposed in 1898 in England, author Jane Jacobs, who died last week at age 89, declared: “As in all Utopias, the right to have plans of any significance belonged only to the planners in charge.” That quotation, printed in her acclaimed 1961 book, “The Death and Life […]

Clovis/Portales microplex renewed

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis city officials hope the re-designation of the two cities as a microplex will continue to bring in businesses and housing developments, and help spur population growth to the area. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford shook hands Thursday and signed an agreement defining the […]

Digging up dirt on the Bible

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Dr. Steven Collins literally digs the Bible. Collins believes he has found the site of the infamous city of Sodom and plans to share his findings Sunday with the congregation of the First Baptist Church. According to Genesis, Sodom is one of two cities God destroyed because of the […]

Drainage problem floods roundabout

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Unforeseen drainage problems at the new roundabout on Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street will require an extra $18,000 to fix, according to Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang. “There is no outlet for water, and it gets caught in the terrain,” said Wang, who successfully petitioned the City […]

Sewer damage liability disputed

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer MULESHOE — Todd Shipman woke up one November morning not to a sound, but to a smell. He stepped out of bed into a swamp of sewage which reached to his ankles. “It just kept coming,” the Muleshoe resident said, “through the faucets, the toilet, the bathtub and the […]