Roosevelt County farmer appointed to State Fair Commission

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Roosevelt County farmer Matthew Rush to the State Fair Commission. Rush is the executive vice president of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, overseeing day-to-day operations of a 16,000-member farm and livestock organization. He also owns and operates Rush Cattle Company, a family business that specializes […]

New jail administrator to report to commission

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File photo Curry County Detention Officer Cody Longenecker operates cell doors Tuesday and monitors cameras at the Curry County Detention Center from within the master control room. Robin Fornoff Whoever is picked as Curry County’s new jail administrator will report directly to county commissioners, not County Manager Lance Pyle, according to commission Chairman Caleb Chandler. […]

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 […]

County should reveal details of investigation

The mysterious investigation conducted at the request of Curry County Attorney Stephen Doerr has concluded, Doerr and Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler confirmed on Wednesday. Now it’s time officials tell us what they were investigating and what they found out. Doerr announced following an executive session with county commissioners on Tuesday that his office was asked […]

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 […]

Commission votes down contract negotiations with security firm

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A divided Curry County Commission voted Tuesday against entering into contract negotiations with a security consulting firm for security improvements at the Curry County Courthouse. The 3-2 vote during the meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library covered a recommendation from the county’s courthouse security citizens committee to negotiate with […]

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 […]

Golfers express concerns at parks plan tour

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield points out a potential new area for a “Par 3” course at Clovis Municipal Golf Course Monday morning. Commissioners spoke of the need to retain the “Par 3” and make it an agenda item for a future commission meeting, but many leaned toward moving the “Par […]

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 […]

Food provider to be contracted for golf course

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission approved a stopgap measure Thursday to avoid hitting into rough territory with the Colonial Park Golf Course. By a 6-0 vote, the commission allowed golf pro Charlie Maciel to contract a food provider for the 18-hole course purchased until the course is taken over May 1, 2012, by a […]

Officials hope to expand Melrose range

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File photo The state, working with the Department of Defense, has set aside $5 million towards the expansion of the approximate 66,000-acre Melrose Air Force Range in northwestern Roosevelt County. Kevin Wilson Representatives from the State Land Office and the state military base planning commission held a pair of informational meetings Thursday on what they […]

Commissioners hold last study session on districts

Kevin Wilson With six weeks of minimal feedback, and an empty meeting room Thursday evening, Clovis city commissioners reached a conclusion that residents would be fine with whatever they did regarding redrawing city commission districts for the next decade. Six weeks after Research and Polling of Albuquerque presented the commission with four plans for new […]

Residents concerned district plan would weaken community

Kevin Wilson Ahead of an upcoming redistricting vote by the Curry County Commission, residents of District 1 spoke out Thursday morning about a redistricting plan they felt would weaken their community and voice in electoral matters. The commission handled numerous tasks during a three-hour special meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, but a majority of […]

Room for two golf courses in Clovis

As of next week, the Clovis Municipal Golf Course will be no more thanks to a recent vote by the Clovis City Commission. Clovis officials are always comparing our city to other area cities of comparable size. I would like to share some comparisons. Carlsbad has two 18-hole courses. Ruidoso has six 18-hole courses. Why […]

Meetings watch: Clovis and Curry County Commission meetings

The Curry County and Clovis city commissions will hold meetings today with redistricting on their agendas. The county will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. The City Commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. Both meetings are in the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The county will discuss redistricting following a five-item consent […]

Crowder appointed to commission

CNJ staff Gov. Susan Martinez has appointed Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder to the Interstate Stream Commission. Crowder’s was one of nine appointments to state boards and commissions announced Tuesday by Martinez. Crowder is also chairman of the Water Policy Advisory Committee for Clovis as well as vice chairman of the Ute Reservoir Water Commission. […]

Nothing fair about Fairness Doctrine

Freedom New Mexico The fairness doctrine in broadcasting sounds like it would be so, well, fair. Why is it we believe that the end of the dormant policy, killed Aug. 22 by the Federal Communications Commission, is a good development? The truth is, there never was anything “fair” about it. The fairness doctrine was imposed […]

Commission discusses Hotel Clovis, parks plan

Kevin Wilson A special Clovis City Commission meeting scheduled generally to deal with Hotel Clovis renovation matters ended up putting just as much attention on upcoming parks and recreation additions. The commission quickly tackled a six-item agenda Tuesday afternoon, approving all items on unanimous votes inside of 20 minutes. The special meeting was mainly called […]