Official votes self off of committee

By Jack King The Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to remove Commissioner Tim Ashley from the county special events subcommittee — an action initiated by the Ashley himself, who even seconded the motion. Ashley said Tuesday he had been the subject of controversy last year, when a group of country residents asked District Attorney Brett […]

Some reactions to pay raise based on untruths

Letters to the editor Editor’s note: Clovis city commissioners on Jan. 8 voted 5-3 to raise salaries for commissioners and the mayor by $2,000 each. I normally don’t respond to letters to the editor, but after reading those from Denver Jones and Ben Moralez (Jan. 8 CNJ), I feel I have to respond. I respect […]

Pay raise only fair for city commissioners

Gordon Smith In response to Friday’s letters to the editor from Denver Jones and Ben Moralez: First thank you for noticing what goes on in your city. The vast majority of the population doesn’t notice. Both letters question the reasoning behind the recent pay increase for city commissioners, and I would relish the opportunity to […]

Overcrowded jail still a drain on county resources

By Jack King Budget problems and the financial demands of the adult detention center continue to raise concerns at a Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday. The commission turned down a request by Plains Regional Medical Center to increase the county’s contribution to the sole community provider program, citing budget concerns and a deficit in the […]

Deadline for election bids today

By Jack King Registration for candidates who want to run in the city’s March 2 election begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. today. So far, seven people — including three city commissoners and the mayor — have said they plan to run for office. One seat from each of the city’s four […]

Clovis shows new resolve

By Jack King At the beginning of a new year it is always popular to make a resolution — something you intend to do during the next 365 days to improve your life or that of those around you. In a quiz of local officials about their New Year’s resolutions Wednesday, most said 2003 was […]

County residents vexed by ETZ law

By Jack King About 30 people attended a City Commission meeting Thursday night to ask the city to rescind its extraterritorial zoning ordinance. Commissioners voted 5 to1, with one abstention, not to approve the request. Commissioner Gloria Wicker voted “no” and Commissioner Robert Sandoval abstained, explaining that he had not been on the commission when […]

Exotic animal ordinance pastured

By Jack King City Planning and Zoning Commissioners indefinitely tabled a proposed ordinance governing the keeping of exotic animals Wednesday after hearing from several Clovis residents who opposed the ordinance. However, they said the ordinance is not dead and can be resurrected later. The commissioners said they will recommend camels and llamas be added to […]

County commissioners ‘discouraged’ by costs

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners visited Lea County Special Event Center near Hobbs on Nov. 7. During Monday’s commissioners meeting, they expressed concerns about what they learned concerning the costs of running that facility. Commissioner Kathrynn Tate said they learned it cost “a lot” to build and run a special events center. Commissioner Albin […]

City approves ‘inducement’ for cheese plant

By Jack King Clovis’ city commission on Thursday approved issuing $250 million in industrial development bonds as incentive for bringing Southwest Cheese Co. to Curry County. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, told the commission the bonds are “an inducement, not a commitment.” They put the property on which the cheese […]

City travel expenses down from last year

By Jack King Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal conducts periodic checks of financial records of various public entities. Here’s a look at city of Clovis travel expenses from January to date. City spending for travel and related expenses is down this year, though Clovis city commissioners’ travel expenses are up from a year ago, […]

Commissioners have full agenda tonight

By Jack King Several items that have been subject to public discussion are on the city commission’s consent agenda for its regular meeting tonight. The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the North Annex of the Curry-Carver Public Library. Items are placed on the consent agenda so the commission may vote to pass them […]

Street dedicated to R.L. Moreno

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A new street sign for the late District 3 City Commissioner R.L. Moreno sits atop the newly named road for him at the corner of Grand Avenue after Thursday’s dedication ceremony. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jack King Approximately 50 people attended a dedication ceremony Thursday as the city of Clovis renamed Bonita Street […]

Clovis road to be named after former commissioner

Jack King The city of Clovis announced this week it will rename a road bordering Veterans’ Park after longtime City Commissioner Robert Moreno. Moreno, who died following a heart attack Feb. 8, was instrumental in creating the park in west Clovis and, at one point, the city commission considered naming the park after him. Now, […]

Commissioner urges gross receipts tax hike

By Jack King Saying the money is needed for unfinished business, City Commissioner Kevin Duncan called for the city to place a one-quarter of one percent gross receipts tax increase on a March ballot. Referring to a city strategic plan the commission approved in 2002, Duncan said, “There are issues this commission has had in […]

Petition calls for ‘drastic’ action

Clovis Police officer Lyndell Stansell, Jr., right, checks out a taser gun during a briefing for the swing shift Thursday at the Clovis Police Department along with officers Steve Wright, left, and David Lester, center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Jack King and Darrell Todd Maurina A petition on behalf of city police officers — […]

City ponders changes to investment committee

By Jack King The city of Clovis may get a new budgeting process if the City Commission acts on a motion by Commissioner Catherine Haynes. At the Commission’s Thursday night meeting, Haynes moved that the city’s Investments Committee, which officially oversees the city’s investment strategy, be changed to an Investment and Budget Committee, with input […]

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 […]

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 […]

State oversees water issues

By Claire Bushey In New Mexico, water is such a precious resource it naturally follows that many people and organizations devote their efforts to researching and managing it. The two major state organizations that control water-related matters are the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and the Interstate Stream Commission. Separate government agencies, they […]