Depth drives Texico

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Texico junior Braden Vaughan finished fifth in the shot put. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White TEXICO — Texico dominated the field events and relays, Melrose the sprints, and House’s Haily Lee anything she entered. Scoring in all but two events, the Texico girls remained undefeated in four meets this season with a […]

Competitive field set for Wildcat Relays

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Clovis senior Ben Teconchuk reaches back for the baton from sophomore John Tranchida as the two practice their sprint relay handoffs Thursday at the high school. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Darrel Ray thinks his Clovis High girls track team is one athlete short of contending for the team championship in today’s Wildcat […]

Lodger’s tax used to promote tourism

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Lodger’s Tax is an income source that, in effect, hopes to pull itself up by its bootstraps. Lodgers are taxed when they stay at the local hotels and motels. The money is then used to promote Clovis as a place to visit, which presumably helps increase the number […]

Conversation gives insight into ressurection

By Judy Brandon: Religion Columnist Jesus had risen and the news had scattered rapidly. If the crucifixion had happened in our time, all major networks would have had special correspondents on the scene to go back over the steps where it all began on the Thursday night of that week. Some media journalist would be […]

Readers: Covered arena not part of deal

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Curry County’s latest plan to build a special events center by refurbishing the rodeo arena at the county fairgrounds. Some responses: “It’s the same old story — politicians promise one thing and deliver something else. At this point, I would just like to see […]

Jacobs’ sentence sends lax law message

Letters to the editor After reading the March 12 article, “Jacobs gets probation,” I was once again outraged by the judicial system in Clovis. Here is yet another instance of a slap-on-the-wrist punishment for a crime. John Jacobs was accused of five rapes. He was acquitted of one charge in Portales, but reached a plea […]

Challenges arise in local commission contests; other incumbents run unopposed

By Jack King Curry County’s incumbent county clerk will run unopposed in the June primary and in the November election, while three county commissioners face challenges and the county treasurer’s job has three contenders. No opponent from any political party filed to challenge County Clerk Mario Trujillo, Tuesday. In the commission races, former commissioner and […]

Unanimous vote puts arena cover in motion

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to request bids for a plan to erect a building over the rodeo arena at the fairgrounds as an economical way of building a county special events center. Several county residents at the meeting raised questions about the proposal, but commissioners said — if the bids […]

Rodeo arena cover subject of today’s county meeting

By Jack King Curry County commissioners will consider a proposal to cover the rodeo arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds, turning it into a county special events center, at today’s regular meeting. The commission will meet in commission chambers in the Curry County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Commissioners have been considering various plans for a […]

Tax proposal response mixed from readers

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the proposed quarter-percent increase in the gross-receipts tax, which is on Tuesday’s election ballot. Some responses: “I wholeheartedly support this tax increase. As explained by the city government, it will once and for all quell the need for pay raises for our city employees […]

Commissioners funnel $500,000 in to jail funds

By Jack King The Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to transfer $500,000 to the county’s financially burdened Adult Detention Center. The money comes from the county’s special events center fund. But commissioners emphasized it does not come from bond money approved by voters in 2001 for the construction of a proposed events center. Instead, it […]

Official votes self off of committee

By Jack King The Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to remove Commissioner Tim Ashley from the county special events subcommittee — an action initiated by the Ashley himself, who even seconded the motion. Ashley said Tuesday he had been the subject of controversy last year, when a group of country residents asked District Attorney Brett […]

Lawmaker seeks $400,000 for center

David Arkin Curry County’s highly controversial proposed convention center could receive $400,000 if a Clovis lawmakers’ request holds up. Rep. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, submitted several capital outlay requests this week, one of which included thousands of dollars for the proposed special events center. Harden asked for $400,000 to “plan, design and construct a special events […]

New marketing director ‘proud to be on board’

CNJ STAFF REPORT Holly Glenn has been named coordinator of marketing and events for Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Glenn will be in charge of coordinating public events for all FNNM enterprises and for developing key marketing strategies for all news departments and for Freedom Printing, said Ray Sullivan, senior publisher for the Clovis News […]

Overcrowded jail still a drain on county resources

By Jack King Budget problems and the financial demands of the adult detention center continue to raise concerns at a Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday. The commission turned down a request by Plains Regional Medical Center to increase the county’s contribution to the sole community provider program, citing budget concerns and a deficit in the […]

Comin’ home to CCC

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The movie “The Hulk” plays during Movie Day as part of the Clovis Community College 2003 Homecoming activities Tuesday at the Commons. At left, working the table, are students Carisima Garcia, Gina Martinez, and Tara Winslow. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis Community College has no athletic team. That won’t prevent homecoming […]

DA’s office: No wrongdoing found in awarding events center

By Jack King The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office found no wrongdoing in connection with a design contract awarded for the county’s proposed special events center, District Attorney Brett Carter said Monday. Area residents asked Carter in July to investigate the contract and the manner in which it was awarded after the commission gave the […]

County commissioners ‘discouraged’ by costs

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners visited Lea County Special Event Center near Hobbs on Nov. 7. During Monday’s commissioners meeting, they expressed concerns about what they learned concerning the costs of running that facility. Commissioner Kathrynn Tate said they learned it cost “a lot” to build and run a special events center. Commissioner Albin […]

County votes down Nevada trip for Fair Board, spouses

By Jack King County Commissioners turned down a request Tuesday by the Curry County Fair Board to send three board members and their wives on an all-expenses-paid trip to the International Association of Fairs and Events convention in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 1-4. Commissioners Kathrynn Tate and Albin Smith voted to approve the request, […]

County to discuss events center

Jack King While Curry County commissioners prepare to discuss hiring management for the proposed multi-purpose events center on the county fairgrounds, other members of the community are still attempting to challenge the design choice for the building. On the agenda for today’s meeting of the commission is a request for proposals for a “management consultant” […]