Mayor’s views of president point of contention in city meeting

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The audience at Thursday’s city commission meeting listens as one of the numerous speakers takes the podium at the city commission meeting. Kevin Wilson In the first Clovis City Commission meeting following the March 6 municipal election, Clovis citizens and commissioners debated new Mayor David Lansford’s views on President Obama, […]

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 […]

Press release: Clovis Police launch text messaging tip service

For the first time, citizens across Clovis now have the ability to provide anonymous crime fighting tips through the power of anonymous text messaging and WebTips. Clovis Police and CrimeReports, the industry leader in law enforcement tip management software and web applications, have joined together to provide this service which allows citizens to send anonymous […]

Tax aid offered to low income, senior citizens

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Silvia Macias, left, of Clovis has her taxes prepared Thursday by volunteer Ann Sweat of AARP tax aide at Roy Walker Recreation Center. This was Macias’ first time using the free service and Sweat has been a volunteer tax preparer for four years. Tonjia Rolan Low income and senior citizens […]

Court comes close but no cigar

Kevin Wilson When the Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision on Citizens United, changing the rules for how corporations can get involved in political campaigns, Justice Anthony Kennedy said a divided decision means that clearly, “Somebody made a mistake.” So why do I feel the same way about a unanimous decision I agree with? And […]

Non-citizen recruits last longer

Tom Philpot

The armed forces have enlisted nearly 70,000 non-citizens since the attacks of 9/11 and, as a group, their washout rate is much lower than that of American citizens who enlist, according CNA, a think tank that studied attrition data gathered by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Within three months of entering active service, 8.2 percent […]

Citizens’ group challenges city parks plan

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Kevin Wilson For the third consecutive meeting, a group of citizens frustrated with plans to repurpose the long-unused Hillcrest Park Pool asked the Clovis City Commission to stop action. The commission offered a compromise to vote on the matter, but noted their concerns with such an action and the benefits a park restructuring is already […]

Organizations plan week of remembrance for vets

Benna Sayyed Veterans organizations in Clovis and Portales are hosting several events beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday to honor local veterans who have served the nation. According to Ricardo Hidalgo, commander of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis, Veterans Week honors Clovis veterans who served the country by giving their life for freedom and […]

Citizens request splash pad delay

Kevin Wilson A group of citizens requested city commissioners hold off on a plan to convert the long-unused Hillcrest Park Pool into a splash pad. But commissioners were adamant they’d already dove in headfirst. More than an hour of conversation took place regarding the pool’s recreation as a splash pad, one part of the city’s […]

Letters to the editor: Housing plan beneficial to more

Housing plan beneficial to more The Clovis city commissioners found a developer willing to renovate the Hotel Clovis and the surrounding neighborhood. This would require the city to loan the developer up to $1.4 million. Among other things, the renovation would provide affordable housing for workers while dramatically improving the physical appearance of that portion […]

High Plains Patriots have counter effect

Freedom New Mexico When citizens rise up to fight city hall we usually applaud the effort. Not this time, however. It smells like sour grapes. And it hints at a never-ending war between elected city leaders and a few hundred disgruntled citizens who, every time they dislike a vote, could try to disrupt community business […]

Group files petition on affordable housing plan

Liliana Castillo A Clovis citizens group is seeking to put another ordinance to Clovis voters. The High Plains Patriots on Tuesday filed a petition regarding the commission’s passage of an affordable housing plan last week. City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said the petition was submitted and certified Tuesday morning. According to the city charter, a referendum […]

Federal Reserve should undergo thorough audit

Freedom New Mexico Free government is open government. Citizens need to know what’s going on in their government to make informed decisions on Election Day. But there is one major, nondefense sector of the federal government that never has been completely audited: the Federal Reserve System, which prints and controls the dollar and sets associated […]

Citizens’ committees given three-month extension

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Thursday to seek an architectural study to remodel the postal building and gave jail and courthouse citizens’ committees a three-month extension. The unanimous votes came during a special meeting held in the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Proposing both, Commissioner Bobby Sandoval said he believes the county […]

Area residents to teach youth about U.S. Constitution

Liliana Castillo A group of Curry County citizens will be teaching young people about the U.S. Constitution through a pilot program this summer in Clovis. The group, consisting of Clovis Christian School Superintendent Ladona Clayton, Clovis resident Bill Henry, Curry County Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler, Clovis resident David Petty, Texico Municipal Schools Superintendent R.L. Richards, […]

Citizens’ committees to ask for extension

Sharna Johnson The primary recommendation jail and courthouse citizens’ committees will most likely make Tuesday is that they be given more time — but they also have a backup plan of general recommendations. Tuesday is the deadline the Curry County Commission gave to two citizen committees tasked with coming up with solutions to address crowding […]

Business digest —

Police, Docview partnering The Clovis Police Department is partnering with Docview for online processing of crash reports. Insurance companies and law firms representing citizens involved in the accidents can now purchase the crash reports at docview.us.com by paying a convenience fee. Citizens who do not wish to pay the convenience fee can still pick up […]

Letter to the editor: Citizens right to be leery of tax

Citizens right to be leery of tax Clovis citizens are very cognizant of the fact that water is the lifeblood of our community. At a March 6, 2003, commission meeting, Mayor David Lansford proposed a gross receipts tax increase that would designate 50 percent of the proceeds to the Ute Water Project and 50 percent […]

Weekly update — April 2

Citizens’ committees to hear presentation Curry County citizens’ committees are expected to hear a presentation on Monday on financing options to solve jail and courthouse issues. The meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. Kevin Powers, a financial advisor with RBC Capital Markets LLC, in Albuquerque, is expected […]

Police chief says he’s pleased with citizen involvement in preventing crime

Sharna Johnson Clovis citizens get an “atta boy” from Police Chief Steve Sanders, who said a reduction in violent crimes for the second year in a row shows proactive citizen involvement is helping keep Clovis safe. In 2010 violent felony crimes —murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — dropped by 9 percent in Clovis and […]