County goes with the dome

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Leland Gray of LPDJ Architects of Bountiful, Utah, explains his concrete thin shell proposal to the Curry County Commission on Tuesday during a meeting for a proposed special events center. By Jack King After years of controversy and discussion, Curry County commissioners Tuesday approved a design for a Curry County special events center. They tabled […]

Commission adjusts budget to fund pay increase

By Jack King Curry County commissioners Tuesday approved a line item budget change that will make it possible to fund a 1 percent pay increase for county employees for one year. The vote was 3-2. Commissioners Pete Hulder and Kathrynn Tate voted against the budget cut, following a debate that highlighted an on-going debate about […]

City commission hearing charter suggestions

By Jack King City commissioners today will consider accepting the recommendations of the city’s Charter Review Committee, which has finished a regular review of the Charter. The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library. Under a provision of the Charter, a Charter Review Committee is appointed every 10 […]

County expects standing room only

By Jack King Curry County commissioners are expecting a large turnout for today’s discussion of plans for a county special events center — so large, they’ve moved part of the meeting from the commission chamber to the courtroom of District Judge Teddy L. Hartley on the second floor of the Curry County Courthouse. The commission […]

European Union is not growing old gracefully

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, a certain sort of proud U.S. triumphalism was in vogue in intellectual circles. Our victory in the Cold War was seen as proof that after a long struggle between competing worldviews, American values had emerged supreme, and we were on our way to a planet in which liberal […]

Public meetings

City Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program, at Wells Fargo Bank. Tuesday, noon, Distinguished Employee Award Program. Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Cultural/Ethnic Affairs Committee Tuesday, 5:15 p.m. City Commission Meeting. Wednesday, 9 a.m. Water Policy Advisory Committee, Bert Cabiness City Government Building, assembly room. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Civil Aviation Board. Thursday, 7 a.m., Chamber of […]

City accepts gift of Levine Building

By Jack King The City Commission voted Thursday to accept the Levine Building on Main Street as a donation from its current owners. The city of Clovis will accept the building on the basis that current federal and county tax liens on the building will be waived, the commission said. According Susan Freed, a Santa […]

Clovis approves preliminary budget

By Jack King The Clovis City Commission on Wednesday approved a preliminary budget of $27 million for the upcoming fiscal year. The amount is approximately $3.3 million less than last year’s final budget, but city officials said they probably will add more spending before the final budget is submitted to the state’s Department of Finance […]

City Commission will discuss budget

CNJ Staff The Clovis City Commission will hold a study session to discuss the city’s 2003-2004 preliminary budget from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the assembly room of the Bert Cabiness City Government Center at 321 Connelly Street. During the session the commissioners will discuss the budget’s contents with city staff. Following the […]

CCC Board of Trustees swears in Gayla Brumfield as new member

By Jack King Gayla Brumfield, owner of Colonial Real Estate in Clovis, was sworn in as the new District 1 trustee for Clovis Community College at CCC’s regular board meeting Wednesday. Brumfield replaces Ted Hartley, who has been appointed a judge in the 9th Judicial District. “I’m really excited,” Brumfield said, “I’ve always been very […]

Wheaton crossing closing

By Jack King Curry County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to close the Wheaton Street railroad crossing, approving an agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad the Clovis City Commission approved Monday. The vote means BNSF can begin work on an extension of its Clovis railroad yard, adding three new tracks on each end of the […]

County will discuss possible tax hike

By Jack_King@link.freedom.com Curry County is facing a projected budget shortfall that could reach as high as $400,000, County Manager Geneva Cooper said Monday. The amount of the shortfall between spending and revenue in the county’s 2003-04 budget has varied between $200,000 and $400,000 during the budget development process, Cooper said. The county commission is expected […]

Abusers sit on human rights commission

By Mona Charen Think back to March 2003. The United States and Great Britain were feverishly maneuvering to secure a United Nations resolution authorizing war with Iraq. The French were just as busily working to undermine any such resolution. Kofi Annan, secretary general of the U.N., opined that any hostilities undertaken without U.N. sanction would […]

City, railroad reach agreement

By Jack King Curry County is facing a projected budget shortfall that could reach as high as $400,000, County Manager Geneva Cooper said Monday. The amount of the shortfall between spending and revenue in the county’s 2003-04 budget has varied between $200,000 and $400,000 during the budget development process, Cooper said. The county commission is […]

City hopes to trade cash for services

Jack King By Jack King CNJ STAFF WRITER jack_king@link.freedom.com The City Commission directed the city Thursday to offer the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority with between $100,000 and $150,000 worth of services. City Commissioner Catherine Haynes said the services will be used as a partial match for $200,000 in federal funds that will fund […]

Traffic concerns, character lead P&Z to deny zone change

By Jack King Twenty-eight residents of an east-Clovis neighborhood appeared at the city’s planning and zoning commission meeting on Wednesday to oppose a request to build four duplexes in the 2400 block of Fred Daugherty Drive. Commissioners present at the meeting — Chairman Jim Wilkerson, Bill Bollinger, Juan Garza, Tom Martin, Richard Vela — voted […]

City to consider costs of water authority

By Jack King At its regular meeting tonight, Clovis’ city commission will consider whether or not the city will provide some services in lieu of cash payments to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Library. According to commission documents, the services […]

Pipe dream no longer

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Ute Lake was built 40 years ago when state officials dammed the Canadian River near Logan. By Dave Gragg All the experts agree: Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. But there is a solution: It’s more than 87 miles long and will cost more than $200 million to build. If the Ute pipeline […]

County tables railroad contract

By Jack King The Curry County Commission tabled discussion on a proposed contract with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad at its meeting Tuesday, saying more negotiations with the railroad are needed before it can approve the contract. Commissioners voted April 15 to close a railroad crossing at Wheaton Street, which would allow BNSF to build […]

Commission considers closing Wheaton Street

By Jack King Residents from the Wheaton Street area argued heatedly Thursday the City Commission should postpone considering an ordinance that would close a portion of street to make way for a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad expansion. Charging the expansion will put BNSF’s new tracks near their backyards and Curry County needs more time […]