County approves budget

By Jack King Curry County commissioners on Tuesday approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year on a 4-1 vote. They also approved a one-eighth of 1 percent increase in gross receipts taxes that will go before voters in September. Commissioner Pete Hulder voted against the budget, saying he still opposes an additional 1 percent […]

City plans drainage projects on First Street

By Jack King City and county commissioners received an update on some recent and upcoming local government projects at a joint luncheon Tuesday. Among the projects discussed: • City Airport Director Steve Summers said his personnel have just finished upgrading and replacing runway edge lights, regulators and runway end identification lights at the airport. The […]

Fired up for the Fourth

By Gary Mitchell Three-time Grammy Award nominee Holly Dunn will perform in concert during this year’s Smoke on the Water Fourth of July Celebration in Greene Acres Park. “Holly Dunn will be singing at 8 p.m., followed by the fireworks display,” said Liz Eisenbraun, events coordinator for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. “If people […]

Police blotter 6/29

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: Police took a 44-year-old Clovis man into protective custody Wednesday morning after they found him attempting to damage property at the 1000 block of Reid. The man’s sister reported he has a history of mental problems but has not been taking […]

City comes to grips on gangs

By Darrell Todd Maurina Many members of the Clovis Public Safety Committee knew the city had a gang problem. Few, however, knew that Clovis now has documented 438 gang members — nearly a fivefold increase over the 88 documented gang members in December 2001. According to Sgt. Chris Kinley of the Clovis Police Department’s gang […]

Local businesses cited in tobacco sting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Salespeople in eight local businesses — four in Clovis, three in Portales, and one in Elida — face misdemeanor charges and up to a $1,000 fine for selling tobacco last week to a 17-year-old minor working as part of a tobacco sting operation. The businesses face additional administrative penalties from the […]

State may see bills for prisoners

By Jack King A Curry County commissioner has called on counties statewide to start billing the state Department of Corrections for the counties’ expenses in housing state prisoners. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley proposed billing the state department during a meeting of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week in Gallup. The NMAC’s […]

Paranoia seems justified in Texas lawmakers case

Many critics dismissed those worried about the federal government’s massive power grab after the Sept. 11 attacks — all in the name of “national security” — as paranoid radicals or rabid government-haters. Those in favor of the expanded surveillance powers that Congress granted federal agencies said those capabilities would be used to track down terrorists […]

Homans to focus on job creation

By Gary Mitchell State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said he will focus on job creation opportunities. Q: How long have you served as secretary of the state Economic Development Department? A: Since Jan. 1. When Gov. Bill Richardson got elected, I was his first cabinet appointment. Q: Prior to this position, what was your […]

Trailer washing outfit fined by EPA

Jack King The New Mexico Environment Department has charged a Clovis cattle trailer washout facility with violating the state Water Quality Act and charged it a $483,994 fine. NMED Communications Director Jon Goldstein said Bigger and Better Septic Tanks of Clovis dumped wastewater and contaminated water from its trailer washout facility into unlined lagoons. Darin […]