City officials plan road improvements

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed City Engineer Justin Howalt, left, and Danton Bean, senior structural engineer for HDR Engineering Inc., right, look over portions of Mabry Drive up for repair in 2012. Mabry will be repaired between South Prince and Norris street Improvements will include stripping the old pavement and repaving the road and installing […]

New Ute water project program manager in place

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Former Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project Manager Scott Verhines, left, applies a ceremonial water project pin to new Project Manager Paul van Gulick during the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Tuesday in Melrose. Van Gulick will serve until at least June 30 to fill the place […]

Two airmen killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff The Department of Defense announced Friday the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The airmen died May 26 in the Shorabak district of the Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Hamski, 28, of Ottumwa, […]

Anniversaries — April 24

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Bails Robert and Pattie Bails of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 7, 2011, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Faith Christian Family Church. [image #3, align=right, size=medium] The celebration will be hosted by their son Tony Bails and their daughter Cindy Carthel. The couple was married April 28, 1961, in Alva, […]

State engineer: Ute water pipeline critical

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Mayor Sharon King, left, and Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield listen to a speaker at the Ute Pipeline news conference Thursday at the Yam theater. They, Congressional aides and water experts talked about the urgent need for federal money for the pipeline. Argen Duncan The proposed $500 million Ute Pipeline […]

Press release: State engineer says there’s no evidence of imminent water shortages in Clovis

(CLOVIS, New Mexico) — State Engineer John D’Antonio, accompanied by representatives of his office, attended a public meeting at the City of Clovis Chamber of Commerce on Friday, April 9, 2010, to openly discuss the basis and the rationale behind the emergency authorization approval. The State Engineer also wanted to clearly state that approval of […]

Water talks reach boiling point

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Northern Curry County farmer Hoyt Pattison addressed State Engineer John D’Antonio during a meeting Friday morning to discuss an emergency authorization for New Mexico American Water to combine its water rights. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer State Engineer John D’Antonio says a temporary emergency permit granted to New Mexico […]

State engineer OKs authorization for Clovis wells

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City engineer presents priority road projects

CNJ staff The city’s public works committee met Wednesday and City Engineer Justin Howalt presented a list of roadway projects he felt were necessary. “When there are funding opportunities,” Howalt said, “I can (reference the list and) say, ‘This is the road project I want to go after.’” Howalt’s list included 14 suggestions, and he […]

State engineer blocks agricultural well applications

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Citing limited groundwater supply in the area, the Office of the State Engineer has issued an order to close the Ogallala Aquifer to new applications for agricultural wells. The issue drew discussion during a Clovis City Commission meeting Thursday lasting just 15 minutes, with all action items unanimously approved […]

Press release: State Engineer closes Curry-Portales basins to new groundwater appropriations

The State Engineer has issued an order closing the High Plains aquifer in Curry-Portales Underground Water Basins (CPUWBs) to the filing of applications for new appropriations of ground water.

City seeking Hull Street bids

By CNJ Staff The city began soliciting bids Sunday for construction of the Hull Street Overpass. The overpass was closed in July 2008 after an engineer’s report cited structural safety issues. The New Mexico State Transportation Improvement Program granted the city a $6.5 million allowance this month to help complete construction. City Manager Joe Thomas […]

Class of ’48 recalls memories of Petty during reunion

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Vera Mathwich, left, and Carl Lott, right, take a break during a tour of the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum as part of their 60th class reunion. Mathwich said Petty helped her overcome her fears of the microphone when they worked at Gabriel Monte Vera Mathwich remembers Norman Petty as a brilliant […]

City hires engineer to head Public Works

CNJ staff The city of Clovis has hired a Jacksonville, Fla., man to fill the newly created city engineer position that oversees the Public Works Department.Justin Howalt will begin work Jan. 5, according to a Friday news release.The city commission approved a restructuring of the Public Works Department during Thursday’s regular commission meeting, creating the […]

MLK Blvd. railway crossing closing temporarily

CNJ staff The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard railroad crossing will be closed until early this evening while BNSF Railway crews perform maintenance on the crossing, according to Interim Public Works Director Clint Bunch. He said BNSF is fixing the crossing because of the expected increase in traffic after city officials indefinitely closed the Hull […]

Second Clovis soldier killed

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J.R. Segura helped Clovis win a rare district cross country title in 2000. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. approached running and military service in much the same manner — with an unbending work ethic and dedication to his friends and teammates. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, died […]

Underground water supplies protected

CNJ staff Curry County’s underground water basin boundary has been extended. That means more paperwork for those who want to drill water or build a well, said director of the New Mexico Water Resource Allocation Program John Romero. State Engineer John D’Antonio declared administration rights over six new underground water basins and extended the boundaries […]

In Tribute: Railroad engineer loved to make others laugh

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer He was a railroad engineer, a private man who couldn’t turn down a game of poker or resist a good joke, and a man who deeply cared about his family. Maurice McGill of Clovis died at the Retirement Ranch Dec. 1. He was 72. Born in 1932, McGill joined […]

Curry draining aquifer too fast, state engineer says

By Jack King Ogallala Aquifer water under Curry County is being used up at a rate almost five times faster than it can be recharged, the director of the State Engineer’s water rights division said here Wednesday. Paul Saavedra, who addressed a meeting of Clovis’ water policy advisory board at city hall, said an estimated […]

Cannon engineers capture award

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Members of Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Fighter Wing civil engineer squadron install an electrical circuit box while deployed in Kuwait last year. Courtesy Photo By Darrell Todd Maurina Civil engineers from Cannon Air Force Base racked up a long list of combat achievements during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Last month, they picked up a prestigious […]