Monday morning briefing: Game of the week, filling the void and a gusher

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week. The latest recommendation from our own Jenna Zamie. Game: ilomilo Genre: Puzzle System: Xbox Live Arcade, phone What is it? Charming aesthetics and devious puzzles create an engaging experience. ESRB Rating: Everyone Web site: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/i/ilomilomobile/default.htm Question of the day […]

City may raise gross receipts tax next month

Kevin Wilson The first time the Clovis City Commission meets in February, it can vote on an ordinance to increase the city’s gross receipts tax rate. That’s because the first time the commission met in January, it approved the introduction of that ordinance. A .25 percent increase could be voted on as soon as Feb. […]

Our people: Community provider

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Courtesy photo Mario Chavez died in an accident in 1989. He was 23 and a father of four. Clovis resident Johnny Chavez was born and raised in Clovis. He has spent time on several community committees including city commission for eight years. Even as a college student attending Eastern New Mexico University, Chavez enjoyed working […]

Positions available on Planning and Zoning Commission

CNJ staff The City of Clovis has three positions on its Planning and Zoning Commission available for election/re-election. The commission meets 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month and makes recommendations to the Clovis Commission regarding planning and zoning matters. Applications are available at City Hall or cityofclovis.org. Completed applications must be given to […]

Internet better off without FCC’s proposal

Freedom New Mexico Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has announced that the commission will take up a new strategy for regulating the Internet at its Dec. 21 meeting. Proposed in the spirit of what has popularly become known as net neutrality, the new rules would forbid Internet service providers from blocking any […]

Grant Mcgee: Insurance job was ‘divine’ calling

Grant McGee The Lord wanted me to have a job one time. Let me explain. Years ago I needed more money for my growing family. So I moseyed on down to the state employment commission to find a job that would bring in wheelbarrows full of cash. “The Lord said you were coming. He has […]

County accepting letters of interest for committee participation

CNJ staff Curry County is accepting letters of interest from citizens who would like to participate in two planned committees to examine jail issues and courthouse security. The committees will provide input and recommendations to the county commission on how to address the problems faced by the county as a result of “the aging infrastructure, […]

EPCOG approves interim director

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Governments board unanimously appointed Sandy Chancey as interim director during a Wednesday meeting, Chancey, currently serving as executive assistant, will assume the role Dec. 1. She will replace Interim Director Richard Arguello, who recommended her for the position. Arguello, a Union County commissioner, will complete his commission term […]

City commission holding special meeting Friday

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission is holding a special meeting 8 a.m. Friday at city hall. The city is asking for approval of a memorandum of agreement among the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Officer, the City of Clovis and Hotel Clovis Housing regarding the Hotel Clovis Lofts […]

Commission approves loan commitment letter

Sharna Johnson Clovis’ city commission approved a $1.4 million loan commitment letter to develop Hotel Clovis into a residential property, but not without concerns. The approved letter shows the city is committed to extending a loan to Tierra Realty Trust LLC for development of the downtown building. Approved 6-2, commissioners Juan Garza and Randy Crowder […]

Patrick Lyons secures Public Regulation Commission position

Kevin Wilson Patrick Lyons has secured another four years in state government. The former state senator and current land commissioner handily won his race for District 2 of the Public Regulation Commission, defeating Democrat Stephanie L. DuBois of Tularosa. As of 10:22 p.m., Lyons had garnered 54,351 votes against 25,360 for DuBois. Lyons, a Republican […]

Commissioners amend Hotel Clovis lease agreement

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission quickly approved its only agenda item Wednesday, an amendment to the Hotel Clovis lease agreement with Tierra Realty of Taos. The company is seeking Housing and Urban Development HOME funds, and needed to alter the lease agreements to include HUD environmental assessment requirements. The company is trying to renovate […]

Judicial complex concerns addressed at forum

Kevin Wilson The Curry County Commission held its second public forum on upcoming ballot questions for the first phase of the county criminal justice complex. There was more attendance and more complex support than in last week’s meeting, but opposition still ran high at the Clovis-Carver Public Library to the tax increases that would fund […]

City commission to meet on lease agreement

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis City Commission will meet 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in special session at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The commission will vote on an amendment to a lease agreement with Tierra Realty of Taos, which is renovating the Hotel Clovis into senior housing. The realty company intends to apply […]

Candidate profiles: Public Regulation Commission

Kevin Wilson An open race for the state’s Public Regulation Commission is on November’s general election ballot. The race is between Patrick Lyons, a former state senator and the current state land commissioner, and longtime business owner Stephanie L. Dubois of Tularosa. The PRC regulates utilities, telecommunications, motor carriers and insurance industries to ensure fair […]

Commission approves budget transfer for giraffe

Kevin Wilson Make room, Jael. You’re about to have some company. The Clovis City Commission approved a $15,500 budget transfer Thursday, allowing Hillcrest Park Zoo staff to pay for the acquisition and delivery of a male giraffe currently owned by The Disney Company. Jael, the zoo’s female giraffe, is in her window for gestation and […]

Voters to decide judicial complex needs

Lance Pyle The Curry County Commission voted Aug. 9 to put two critical issues on the November ballot, both related to the safety of Curry County residents. First, voters will decide whether to issue up to $16.5 million in general obligation bonds for the design and construction of a courthouse addition. The second question will […]

City commission gets Hull Street overpass update

Kevin Wilson A short Clovis City Commission meeting had its share of history, spiritual events and music to go with a Hull Street Bridge update. City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval told commissioners and audience members Thursday that cement pouring, which started Tuesday night, is finished on the overpass, which was closed in June 2008 for safety […]

Meetings watch: Biodiesel plant, street closure up for discussion at commission meeting

The Clovis City Commission meets 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • Proclamations celebrating the Clovis Music Festival and the upcoming Constitution Week and 19th annual Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair. • A resolution to authorize redemption of $112,000 in industrial revenue bonds issued three years ago […]

County commission to meet Wednesday

During its Wednesday meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library, the Curry County Commission is expected to: • Hear a presentation from Rudy Bauer on the Joint Land Use Study and consider a draft proposal of the study of Cannon Air Force Base and surrounding communities and finding ways […]