Construction to begin on 21st Street

CNJ staff The city of Clovis will begin construction on 21st Street between Prince Street and Norris Street today. The project is estimated to take eight to 12 weeks, according to City Engineer Justin Howalt. There will be lane closures during the period and drivers are being cautioned to seek alternate routes. The project will […]

Events center construction slowed by drainage issues

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Randy Kamradt, project construction supervisor, said construction of the building and adjacent sidewalks will be completed by Aug. 31, about 10 to 12 days later than he projected previously. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Lack of drainage will likely delay the completion of the construction portion of the Special […]

Round and round they go

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Motorists make their way at dusk around the roundabout at the intersection of Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street. (CNJ file photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer City officials and residents said the roundabout at Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street has proved a success since it opened to traffic one year ago this […]

Street smoothing complete

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleConstruction crews worked in the night on North Prince Street as part of a two-month project to refurbish the heavily traveled thoroughfare. Crews are expected to start a painting project Tuesday. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Betty Johnson may be 73 years old, but she considers herself completely self-sufficient. The […]

City manager says streets, growth top priority

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City Manager Joe Thomas served 21 years on the Clovis Police force. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ News editor Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas, 55, celebrated his 34th anniversary with the city of Clovis on Aug. 7. In 1972, the Tucumcari native joined the Clovis Police Department as an officer, and served […]

Land battle brewing over eminent domain

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The city intends to construct a 30-foot open drainage channel across 1.3 acres of Daniel and Pauline Griego’s 15-acre farm at Rodeo and Humphrey roads. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A three-year-old land dispute between a Clovis property owner and the city grew more tangled last month when the owner […]

Prince Street construction starts

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleThe intersection of North Prince and 21st streets fills with water after heavy showers on Saturday afternoon. An underground drainage system is being extended from 21st Street north more than 800 feet. What: North Prince Street construction project Why: Storm sewer improvement When: Monday to Aug. 31 depending on weather delays […]

City weighs in on water issues

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Water was at the top of the Clovis City Commission agenda at Thursday’s meeting, as commissioners took action on three water-related issues: • Private landowners were offered $13,560 and a “compromise” to construct a drainage channel on their property. • A motion was approved to file an intervention opposing […]

Private drainage options explored

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Clovis City Commission has given a private land owner another 30-day reprieve on a decision to build a drainage ditch on his property that may require eminent domain. Commissioners voted at their meeting Thursday to table action after they heard from a licensed civil engineer who spoke on […]

Officials approve sewer project

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Clovis City Commission approved a stormsewer project Tuesday designed to keep a busy section of Prince Street from resembling a lake when it rains. The estimated cost of the project that would pipe the rain runoff underground along Prince north of 21st Street in the area of Triangle […]

5/2 Letters to the editor

Dumping dead pet as litter crosses line My family and I live on the edge of Clovis, just far enough in the country that people think it is acceptable to dump their unwanted trash onto our land. For years, we have picked up branches, boxes and other articles without any complaint. However, while picking up […]

Drainage problem floods roundabout

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Unforeseen drainage problems at the new roundabout on Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street will require an extra $18,000 to fix, according to Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang. “There is no outlet for water, and it gets caught in the terrain,” said Wang, who successfully petitioned the City […]

Municipal candidates get priorities straight

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer They’ve knocked on doors and talked to voters, and now with the election two days away, City Commission candidates say they understand the people’s priorities. They said voters care about issues such as water, roads, drainage, crime and youth. Len Vohs and Gloria Wicker are running for the District […]

Eminent domain issue tabled

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission on Thursday tabled a vote to purchase land from a private landowner that would have allowed the city to build a drainage ditch. Commissioners will wait 90 days before they decide whether to purchase 1.13 acres of Griego’s property and replace a fence for $22,750, […]

City considering eminent domain purchase

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer City of Clovis officials want to build a drainage ditch on Daniel Griego’s property. But the life-long Clovis resident said he doesn’t want to sell. Today the City Commission will discuss purchasing the property anyway under the power of eminent domain. The city proposes a 30-foot drainage ditch be […]

County looking at traffic

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer In response to a spike in subdivision growth, the Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to give its newly formed Land Use Committee the task of assessing the development of roadways and access to subdivisions. County Manager Dick Smith stressed the importance of careful planning at Tuesday’s meeting. He […]

Increase in development puts strain on city’s drainage system

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Mark Autrey, with the Curry County Road Department, digs out a path on Friday for the water drainage line between Sugarbeet and Humphrey Road. ( CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Budget cuts, developments sprouting like mushrooms, and a year of heavy rain have exacerbated drainage problems in Clovis. Tack […]

City accepts storm-water deal

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Chad Lydick, with Lydick engineers, explains the four different solution possibilities to the Clovis City Commission Thursday for storm water drainage retention for Copper Manor #2 in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The Clovis City Commission on Thursday accepted a fee to manage storm-water drainage for an area […]

City commission approves 5-year plan

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis officials have more than $63 million on their wish list for capital improvement projects over the next five years, according to a plan approved July 1 by the Clovis City Commission. The city’s Local Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Plan for 2004-2009 isn’t a budget but rather a list of desired projects […]

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, […]