Ute Lake concerns resurface

Robin Fornoff Tucumcari and Quay County’s worries about the future of Ute Lake bubbled to the surface again Thursday at an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting. Tucumcari City Commissioner Robert Lumpkin said he thought during a committee meeting in January, the authority had agreed it would maintain a minimum of 3,765 feet of [...]

‘Hollow force’ concerns surfacing

The Congressional Research Service has a message for those who suggest planned defense budget cuts and military compensation curbs will return America to the “hollow force” era of the 1970s. Such references, in light of current force quality and the amount of money used to modernize weapons, infrastructure and benefit programs over the past decade, [...]

Graffiti concerns local officials

Kevin Wilson Members of the Clovis City Commission said they’re getting plenty of constituent phone calls about graffiti in the city, and are imploring citizens to say something if they see something. Public Works Director Clint Bunch addressed the city commission during its regular meeting Thursday, noting his staff of about 100 public works employees [...]

Hotel Clovis sign raises concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sign hung from Hotel Clovis seeking support of an Aug. 2 election to decide an affordable housing plan for the city has drawn concern from opponents. Sharna Johnson Just one week from election day, we have a sign. It reads: “SAVE ME VOTE YES AUGUST 2nd” in large red [...]

Commissioners approve preliminary budget

Sharna Johnson In a unanimous vote Tuesday, commissioners approved a $12.1 million preliminary budget for Curry County despite concerns over the jail’s out-of-county housing costs, commissioner expense budgets and oversight of capital outlay purchases. The final budget has to be approved and submitted to the state by the end of July. During a presentation of [...]

Teen homicide involvement raises concerns

Argen Duncan and Thomas Garcia With a 13-year-old convicted of second-degree murder and a 16-year-old and 17-year-old charged in Sunday’s homicide, there is disagreement as to whether such young people committing violent crimes is an anomaly or a trend. Friday, a Roosevelt County jury convicted 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of shooting and killing 21-year-old Angel Vale [...]

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Clovis Municipal Schools, Clovis Christian and Clovis Community College will close Wednesday due to weather concerns. Tuesday, CCC will close its campus at 4 p.m., canceling evening classes. The decision was made to close school because of concerns about extreme temperatures, according to Clovis Municipal Schools’ Jelayne Curtis. “We want to ensure that our kids [...]

Language in land use study raises concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Group Commander Col. Steven Kimball talks about the need for two-way communication as a component of the Joint Land Use Study during Monday’s meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Kevin Wilson Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land [...]

Educators seek budget solutions

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rep. Dennis Roch talked about the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee and its plans for education at the meeting Saturday. Liliana Castillo State budget concerns had eastern New Mexico educators huddled in Portales on Saturday to try and come up with a game plan to avoid job cuts and [...]

Residents express concerns over wind turbines

Jared Tucker Talk early, talk often. That was the message during Tuesday’s public meeting in Melrose to discuss the findings and recommendations of a joint land use study. The $140,000 federally funded study is geared at preventing incompatible land uses between entities, such as Curry County and Cannon Air Force Base, according to Rudy Bauer, [...]