Revitalization committee exec named region shelter director

By Gary Mitchell A former American Red Cross worker whose travels have taken her to war-torn regions around the world, has been named the new executive director for eastern New Mexico’s Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. Catharine Johnson, currently the executive director of the Clovis Downtown Revitalization Committee, was offered the $40,000 position on […]

Governor names 100-person education task force

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two state senators representing eastern New Mexico and a Portales school teacher are among 100 people on a committee appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to recommend changes in the state’s education system and the agency that runs it. Richardson said he is reaching out to rural residents who rebuffed his school […]

Freedom board begins to decide fate of company

Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — The board of Freedom Communications Inc. met all day Wednesday to discuss bids from potential buyers but did not decide what to recommend to the shareholders for a vote, the company said in a statement. Irvine, California-based Freedom, parent of the Clovis News Journal, said the board told its […]

Committee votes pay raise for city dispatchers

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Public Safety Committee voted Tuesday morning to recommend the city raise pay for dispatchers, but took no action on a petition signed by about 800 residents asking for several steps to help retain police officers, including increased pay. Several on the committee rebuked police for organizing the petition. “I […]

Committee establishes water conservation guidelines

Jack King There is a growing recognition in the region that water is a limited resource, said Randy Crowder, chairman of the city’s Water Policy Advisory Committee. In response to that realization, the committee — established in December — is developing long- and short-range recommendations on water policy, Crowder said. Along with recommendations on community-wide […]

Clovis man named to Republicans’ 2003 Honor Roll

By Gary Mitchell When the National Republican Congressional Committee notified Homer Tankersley he would be the recipient of a special award, the Clovis businessman was taken aback. “I don’t have any idea how they selected me,” he said. “It was a total surprise. I had no idea what was going on.” Tankersley, 76, received notice […]

City to study building code issue

By Jack King The city of Clovis moved closer Thursday to taking a position on a statewide debate over building codes with the City Commission appointing an International Building Codes Task Force to study the implementing one of two rival sets of codes. The commission approved the move 7-0. Mayor David Lansford and Commissioner Kevin […]

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 […]

Commission to discuss investment committee

By Jack King The Clovis City Commission will consider a request by City Manager Ray Mondragon to make adjustments to the city’s investment committee and a request by a resident to extend a chain link fence into city right of way at its regular meeting at 5:15 p.m. tonight in the Clovis-Carter Library North Annex. […]

Volunteers keep rodeo on t rack

By Jack King One night this week Karen McDaniel stayed at the rodeo arena well past midnight getting a veterinarian for a contestant whose horse was coming down with colic. One night last year she and her husband, Cory, stayed until 3:30 a.m., digging up and repairing a broken water line. But, McDaniel said, that’s […]

Brack makes cut in nomination

Freedom Newspapers Clovis native Robert Brack received unanimous approval Thursday from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to move from New Mexico’s 9th District Court to the U.S. District Court for New Mexico. Brack previously testified before the judiciary committee on June 25 and the committee vote clears the way for his confirmation by the full […]

City civic center plan continues

By Jack King The Clovis civic center steering committee will report its progress in developing plans for a civic center July 17 to the City Commission. Mayor David Lansford, a committee member, said the group will ask the commission to approve building the civic center on a 27-acre site on the corner of Schepps Boulevard […]

City manager contract extended for a year

By Eric Butler Clovis City Commissioners seemed to take great pleasure delaying the approval of the second year of Raymond Mondragon’s two-year contract as city manager. At least three commissioners paused with “uh…” before saying yes — part of a unanimous vote on the matter. “You guys are terrible,” Mondragon said after the tally was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Civil rights leader honored

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Area residents look at and take pictures of a monument honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday in Potter Park after the dedication ceremony. By Jack King Speakers at the dedication of a monument honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Clovis’ Potter Park on Saturday said the civil rights leader didn’t belong to […]

Clovis judge goes to U.S. Senate confirmation hearing

A longtime Clovis attorney and state district court judge will appear before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday afternoon for hearings to confirm his appointment to the federal district court bench in New Mexico. If approved by the Judiciary Committee and confirmed by the full Senate, Judge Robert Brack will become one of five federal […]

Take politics out of VA health care

By Tom Philpott Moving fast on a key recommendation from a presidential task force, the House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman has introduced a bill to require “full funding’’ of VA health budgets to ensure timely care to almost all enrolled veterans, including many with no service-connected ailments. The Veterans’ Health Care Full Funding Act “would […]

Democrats elect new officers

Democrats elect new officers The Curry County Democratic Party has elected new officers for the upcoming year. The officers are: Sandra Martin, chair; Darrel Bostwick, vice-chair; Lance A. Pyle, secretary and treasurer; Ray Hester and Cleo McFall, central committee members. The officers will serve for one year, Pyle said.

Police in the market for officers

By Darrell Todd Maurina Police staffing has reached a crisis and will soon become worse, according to Capt. Dan Blair of the Clovis Police Department. “If things happen the way we think they are going to happen, by the end of the summer we will have an emergency,” Blair said at Tuesday’s meeting of the […]