Local primary races shaping up

Robin Fornoff Candidates for Curry County offices have from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file for three seat commission seats and the offices of treasurer and county clerk in the June 5 primary election. Up for grabs on the commission are the District 2 position held by Dan Stoddard, the District 4 seat […]

McDaniel announces candidacy for county commission

CMI staff Clovis businessman Ben McDaniel said Friday that he will be a candidate for Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard’s seat. It is McDaniel’s first bid for county office. Stoddard has already said he will be filing for re-election. Both are Republicans. All candidates for county and state office must file Tuesday at the Curry […]

Martinez picks Chandler for Canadian River Commission

CMI staff Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday appointed Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler to the Canadian River Compact Commission, according to a news release from the office of the governor. Chandler was one of 14 individuals to be appointed to a state office Friday.

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 […]

Commission incumbents retain seats; Taylor-Sawyer wins District 2

Kevin Wilson Though Clovis voters changed their mayor in the Tuesday municipal elections, the city commission will be mostly unaltered. Randy Crowder, Bobby Sandoval and Chris Bryant retained their seats in Districts 1, 3 and 4, respectively, while Sandra Taylor-Sawyer was elected to the open seat in District 2. Crowder, who will serve his third […]

Commission approves zoo upgrade priority list

Kevin Wilson City Commissioner Randy Crowder wanted other commissioners to stop and take a breath at the costs of park improvements due to cost overruns in golf course renovations. The commission opted to play through. By a 6-1 vote, commissioners approved an improvements priority list for the city’s zoo at Hillcrest Park. The list of […]

Commission candidates share views

Kevin Wilson Clovis City Commission candidates spoke at the Q101.5 forum Tuesday night about quality of life, water and roads, and exactly how to pay for all of those things. The forum included both candidates from the District 4 race — incumbent Chris Bryant and challenger R.L. “Rube” Render — and one candidate each from […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A dedication, sharing history and seaweed ice cream

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Dedication set Ready for the unveiling? The Clovis Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, in partnership with the Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce will unveil a Coretta Scott King Memorial Bronze Plaque 11 a.m. Friday at Potter Park,. It’s open to the public. Sharing Brenda Crocker […]

Letters to the editor: Commissioner cares about district

Commissioner cares about district This is not a negative, hateful or venomous letter, but a positive note on behalf of my former student, Chris Bryant, candidate for re-election to the Clovis City Commission. I would like to urge constituents of his district to support and vote for him in the coming election. He has been […]

Candidates debate personal politics, dual commission service

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson KTQM candidate forum moderator Grant McGee, right, goes over ground rules Monday evening at the KTQM studio south of Clovis. McGee has moderated the forums, held for city, county and state elections, since 2000. Kevin Wilson Debate from the Monday night KTQM candidate forum ranged on roles — the role […]

Letter to the editor: City needs conservative leadership

In the final days leading to the mayoral and City Commission election, I’d like to take a moment to remind the citizens of Clovis about an important vote they cast last year to defeat the insidious Affordable Housing Plan the mayor and her minions on the City Commi-ssion tried to shove down their throats. When […]

City candidates find common ground

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Moderator Derek Cockrell explains the rules of the candidate forum Tuesday night at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The forum was sponsored by the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation and the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Kevin Wilson Clovis City Commission and mayoral candidates found common ground on most issues — including […]

Official: Forty-year plan would help secure city’s water future

Kevin Wilson A 40-year water plan set to come before the Clovis City Commission next week changes no city policy, but includes recommendations on how the city can make the best use of its current water rights. But just by filing it, Commissioner Randy Crowder said, the plan secures some of the city’s water future. […]

Graffiti concerns local officials

Kevin Wilson Members of the Clovis City Commission said they’re getting plenty of constituent phone calls about graffiti in the city, and are imploring citizens to say something if they see something. Public Works Director Clint Bunch addressed the city commission during its regular meeting Thursday, noting his staff of about 100 public works employees […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission will meet 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • Introduction of an ordinance that would combine the Parks and Recreation Board, the Keep Clovis Beautiful Committee and the Ned Houk Park Board. Members of each board have expressed frustration at an inability […]

Legislators expected to debate PRC reform

Trip Jennings Two years from now, will the state Public Regulation Commission look the same? New Mexico’s 112 state lawmakers will likely answer that question in this year’s 30-day legislative session, which starts Tuesday. While an extensive makeover of the commission is not a sure bet, it is a distinct possibility as legislators grapple with […]

Janice Elliott running for commission seat

CNJ staff Janice “Jan” Elliott of Clovis has announced she intends to run for the District 1 seat on the Clovis City Commission. Elliott, 49, is the executive director of Eastern New Mexico Emergency Medical Services Corp., which gives technical assistance with public safety agencies in 12 New Mexico counties. She said her reasons for […]

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer announces candidacy

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer of Clovis has announced she intends to run for the open District 2 seat on the Clovis City Commission. Taylor-Sawyer, 50, is the director of the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College and is an independent associate for Legal Shield. “I have really been blessed by the community; there are a […]

Render running for commission seat

CNJ staff R.L. “Rube” Render has announced that he will run for the District 4 Clovis City Commission race. Render, 69, is a retired project manager with Lockheed Martin and a retired gunnery sergeant with the United States Marine Corps. “I feel we need to put Clovis back on the track of giving government back […]

Comments open on CCC accreditation

CNJ staff Clovis Community College will undergo a March evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission as part of its process to renew the college’s general accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A team of evaluators will visit the college March 5-7 to review CCC’s operations and form recommendations for improvement, as […]