Early voter turnout for Portales alcohol election low

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Vines Italian Restaurant server Idette Spears cleans wine glasses Tuesday afternoon. Owner Mark Vigil said the restaurant will begin staying open on Sundays, whether the Dec. 13 special election passes or not. The election is to decide if Portales restaurants will be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. Alisa Boswell Early […]

Train moving with combination of public, private money

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File photo The retired locomotive at Hillcrest Park is scheduled for a move to the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum, likely this week. The cost is estimated around $21,500. Of the total, $8,000 comes from the city. Kevin Wilson The locomotive sitting in Hillcrest Park is moving to a new home, with moving expenses in […]

City tree brings holiday spirit to courthouse lawn

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Lee Delk, facilities operations director for Curry County, left, and Steve Henson, maintenance worker for Curry County, construct the community Christmas tree on the Curry County Courthouse lawn. The tree will be illuminated Saturday during the Christmas Light Parade at 6 p.m. and remain on until the second week of […]

Financier invested wealth in education

Freedom New Mexico Education reforms come and go, usually with little impact. But one person who made a difference for the better was Ted Forstmann, who died Nov. 20 in New York City at age 71. Forstmann made a fortune through investment firms and other businesses. He also criticized junk bonds as too risky. And […]

Clovis has plenty to appreciate

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Gayla Brumfield Over the past few weeks I have been holding office hours at the library and it has been great to be visited by members of the public and having the opportunity to discuss all the exciting projects going on in our community. Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect and focus on […]

Bieker named Clovis airport manager

Gene Bieker, retired executive director of operations for Clovis schools, is the new manager at Clovis Municipal Airport, city officials announced Wednesday. “Mr. Bieker will be a great addition to the city team,” City Manager Joe Thomas said in a press release. “He brings with him a thorough knowledge of airport management and we look […]

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 […]

CIDC: Hundreds of jobs headed to Clovis (updated)

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Courtesy photo: Nick Mondragon Lee Malloy, president of Clovis Industrial Development Corp., spoke at Wedneday’s press conference about a beauty supply manufacturing facility being buiit in Clovis Benna Sayyed The Clovis Industrial Development Corporation on Wednesday recommended city commissioners approve a $3 million interest-free forgivable loan to a beauty supply manufacturing company that could create […]

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 […]

Tax board to discuss loan for manufacturing facility

CNJ staff The construction of a manufacturing facility in Clovis could bring more than 300 jobs to the area if project funding is approved, according to the city of Clovis officials. In a meeting scheduled for 7 a.m. today, Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry will ask the city’s Economic Development Tax Advisory […]

Closing city golf course mistake

It seems to me the city is making a mistake by closing the municipal golf course. It is still the best course in Clovis. It was in very good condition right up to the closing on Aug. 30, thanks to the maintenance personnel. Many senior citizens, ladies and children enjoyed the course, but it seems […]

Strong mayor system offers checks, balances

Some on the Colorado Springs, Colo., City Council are openly confused about their roles under the executive-mayor form of government. The issue arose several times two weeks ago as councilors marked up Mayor Steve Bach’s proposed budget. Tensions had arisen weeks earlier, after Bach unilaterally fired Police Chief Richard Myers and then eliminated red-light ticketing […]

Business licenses — Nov. 8

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in October: • Nathan’s Hom3 Child Car3Type: Child Care/BabysittingOwner: Charles Nathaniel BrownLocation: 1720 Sheldon • JL Board ShopType: Sporting GoodsOwner: David LeonLocation: 120 Main • Horizon Mechanical Inc.Type: MechanicalOwner: William PittsLocation: 1811 Copper Loop • Jessi’s Housekeeping Type: CleaningOwner: Jessica GarciaLocation: 1205 Connelly • […]

Crockett looking for breakout season

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Texas Tech media relations Clovis’ Jaye Crockett averaged five points a game for Texas Tech last season as a freshman. By Nick Kosmider: Lubbock Avalance-Journal KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jaye Crockett has to hear the excruciating reminders every day. The sophomore forward, one of Texas Tech’s three returning players, is the second all-time leading scorer […]

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 […]

City conducting siren maintenance (updated)

Benna Sayyed Don’t panic. It’s just a test. The Clovis/Curry County Office of Emergency Management will activate the city’s tornado warning sirens today to test a new siren at one of the city’s fire stations. The test is part of the installation process at Clovis’ fire station three at the corner of Cesar Chavez Drive […]

Monday morning briefing: Trick or treat, game of the week and The Reformation

Good morning and happy Halloween. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Trick or treat Pack up the kids and head for North Plains Mall. Trick or treating around the mall is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Treats from merchants and the Clovis High School Student Council will be doing face paintings. […]

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 […]

Charity, cleanup events fill weekend

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Javan McCord, 2, of Clovis picks out a pumpkin Saturday at the Altrusa pumpkin patch on the east side of North Plains Mall. Everyone who brought in three nonperishable items were allowed to pick out a pumpkin. Food items benefited Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. According to Javan’s parents, […]