Officials make calls for open government

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Robin Fornoff An otherwise routine Curry County Commission meeting got startled by calls for more open government Tuesday from two top elected officials. It started with Commissioner Dan Stoddard, who accused County Manager Lance Pyle of trying to hide $7,200 in a cash payout for unused vacation time. Later while announcing her retirement effective April […]

Sumner Lake reopening

CNJ staff State park officials have conditionally reopened boating at Sumner Lake State Park, effective 7 a.m. Friday. Watercraft can only enter the lake through the main raft, and will require both a pre-launch inspection and a decontamination process upon removal. Officials estimate most inspections will take 10 minutes or less, and decontaminations 15 minutes. […]

Report shows war on drugs not effective

Defenders of the war on drugs say it’s a matter of simple morality that the United States continue a full range of anti-drug efforts; it’s an expression of opposition to drug use. Drug war defenders fear that use of now-illicit drugs would skyrocket were these drugs declared legal. But, a growing number of people are […]

Military pay increases guaranteed

Military members are guaranteed at least a 1.4 percent pay raise effective Jan. 1, even if a bitterly divided Congress can’t pass a defense authorization bill. What almost certainly will end, however, is an 11-year string of annual military pay increases that exceeded private sector wage growth by at least a half percentage point. The […]

Education digest: School board holding reception

School board holding reception The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education will be holding a reception Tuesday to honor of board member Lora Harlan. Harlan has resigned effective May 28 after 19 years in the District 3 seat. The reception is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the district board room prior to […]

Goats provide effective weed control

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Remember that old song, “Bill Grogan’s Goat?” After the goat ate three red shirts off the clothesline Bill “gave him a whack” and tied him to the railroad track. When the whistle blew and the train drew nigh the goat “gave three groans of awful pain, coughed up those […]

Gadgets not effective against illegal immigration

Freedom New Mexico We do love our toys, especially when we don’t have to pay for them. To their credit, some government officials are finally starting to tire of pouring taxpayers’ money into the $6.7 billion “virtual fence” along the Mexican border. President Obama might cut nearly $200 million from the project. The Bush administration […]

Press release: Seidenwurm tenders resignation effective June 30

Dr. Rhonda Seidenwurm, Superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools, has tendered her resignation to the Board of Education effective June 30, 2010. The Board wishes to recognize the outstanding accomplishments and difficult situations Dr. Seidenwurm has led the district through. She came to Clovis just as the Base Realignment & Closure (BRAC) Commission was attempting to […]

CMS superintendent will resign in June

Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm resigned Wednesday effective June 30. Board of Education President Lora Harlan said this traditionally is the time of year when the superintendent’s contract is up for renewal. Seidenwurm signed a two-year, $138,700-a-year contract in June 2008. Harlan said Seidenwurm had indicated to the board as early as last summer […]

County jail administrator fired

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Bean By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Nine months into her tenure, Lois Bean has been released from duties as the Curry County detention administrator. The change, effective immediately, was announced in a press release sent at the close of business Wednesday. Bean, contacted Wednesday night, said she was “still digesting” her dismissal and there […]

Bingaman to hold hearing on energy and water bill

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday will hold an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on legislation he has introduced with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), which aims to improve the understanding of the relationship between energy and water and how it can be used to write effective policy in the two areas.

Notebook adding new readers

The Editors’ Notebook is expanding to include readers at the Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, effective today.

City Commission OKs service rate hikes

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor As expected, the Clovis City Commission voted Thursday to raise fees for library, inspections, animal control, wastewater and garbage services. Commissioners accepted the hikes recommended by the Revenue Review Committee, except for wastewater fees —they voted to raise them 21.45 percent instead of the recommended 26 percent. Effective April […]

City fee hikes suggested

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis wants to raise fees for city services to recoup costs incurred in providing them, according to city officials. The City Commission will vote Thursday on recommending fee increases for animal control, garbage, inspections, library and wastewater services, according to city documents. Recommended increases made […]

Officials: Four hospital administrators relieved of duties

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The administrative staff at Plains Regional Medical Center was downsized Thursday, according to PRMC officials. Four administrators were relieved of their duties effective next week, PRMC spokesperson Tayloria Grant said Friday in a phone interview. Director of patient care services Joan Martin, director of radiology and assistant administrator Mike […]

Time to reform, improve U.S. intelligence

Freedom Editorial The resignation of CIA director George Tenet, combined with the recent critical report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence and the still-evolving work of the 9/11 commission, may have created what some observers view as a “perfect storm.” It could lead to a serious overhaul of this country’s intelligence agencies. […]

Honors 11/2

Romero Brenda Romero of Lubbock has been promoted to director of Customer Management Group (CMG) Facilities North America effective Oct. 1. She is the daughter of Bobby and Theresa Sandoval of Clovis and she is a 1979 graduate of Clovis High School.