EPCOG fires executive director

Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Eastern Plains Council of Governments has dismissed Executive Director Nick Brady. Executive Board member Isidro Garcia confirmed Brady was dismissed Wednesday. “This is a personnel matter and we really can’t elaborate on it,” he said. “With personnel matters, we’ve got to be very careful.” Garcia said the position will be […]

Growth committee proposing executive director hire

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An office for an executive director/planner for the Local Growth Management Committee will be in Portales if the committee is awarded a federal grant. The decision was made during a committee meeting Tuesday at Clovis City Hall. The committee is comprised of representatives from Clovis and Portales. The position, […]

Clovis school board to hold retreat at ENMU

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal School Board is holding a retreat and work study session at Eastern New Mexico University today. The board will go into executive session from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., then begin a public meeting beginning at 1 p.m. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said the executive session will consist of her quarterly […]

Hatcher hearing postponed

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico An executive session to discuss an independent investigation of a recent Taser shooting involving Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher was postponed Thursday by the city commission. The executive session was removed from the agenda by City Manager Bobbye Rose. “It was a decision I made to remove the executive […]

CEO of Freedom Communications to head Playboy

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Scott Flanders became chief executive officer of Freedom in January 2006. By Mary Ann Milbourn Scott Flanders, chief executive of Clovis News Journal’s parent company, Freedom Communications Inc., confirmed Monday he is leaving the company to head Playboy Enterprises Inc. Flanders, 52, said he will quit his Freedom post June 30 and become CEO at […]

Clovis MainStreet hosting downtown makeover event

Freedom New Mexico Clovis MainStreet is continuing its revitalization efforts by creating a Facade Squad, to help repaint buildings in the downtown district on Saturday. Robyne Beaubien, executive director of the Clovis MainStreet program, said she’s hoping the event will be the first of many. Beaubien said Clovis MainStreet received a grant of $1,500 from […]

Bingaman cosponsors bill to limit executive bonuses

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today offered his support for legislation that discourages excessive bonus compensation by companies that have received significant taxpayer funds from the Troubled Assets Relief program (TARP).

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Udall statement on president’s executive order on stem cell research

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today issued the following statement on President Obama’s Executive Order reversing the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research: “By signing the executive order lifting the ban on federal funding for existing embryonic stem cell research today, President Obama has reaffirmed our country’s commitment to life saving scientific […]

March, 3 2009 Business digest

Workshop to avoid fines set for March 11 A workshop educating manufacturing businesses to identify possible penalties will be held March 11 at the Business Enterprise Center in the Chamber of Commerce Building, according to a New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership news release. Information from the workshop includes issues with employment eligibility and complying with […]

Array of events on tap for Ag Expo

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Clay Bailey of Edgewood rides Abrams, the longhorn steer, at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds on Monday. He and Fred Balmer of Folsom plan to ride longhorn steers during the Ag Expo today and Wednesday, and have two younger steers for petting. Cowboys riding … longhorn steers? You gotta be kidding. […]

AJ Swope named executive director of Class 4 Winds

Former KVII News Anchor AJ Swope has joined Class 4 Winds, Inc. as the first executive director for the wind-energy advocacy group that was formed last year. Class 4 Winds is a non-profit organization housed on the campus of West Texas A&M University. The group is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and information to promote […]

School board evaluates superintendent in executive session

The Clovis Board of Education evaluated the district superintendent Tuesday during a special meeting for an executive session. Board President Lola Bryant declined to comment on the annual evaluation. But she said no actions were taken as a result of the session. Executive sessions are not open to the public. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda […]

Jan. 6 Business Digest

Clovis Realtor joins state association executive committee Clovis Realtor Sharon Hicks joins the 2009 executive committee of the Realtors Association of New Mexico, according to an association press release. A Realtor with Re/Max, Hicks is the Southeast District vice president of the association, according to the release. Also according to the release, Bonnie Wright of […]

Tight credit market changes focus for local business

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer The economic development arm of the city is pumping its brakes on recruiting businesses because of the tight lending market and focusing efforts on supporting existing ones. Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry said the meltdown on Wall Street has made it hard to secure financing to […]

Abengoa shuts down temporarily

Freedom New Mexico Abengoa Bioenergy in Portales is shutting down temporarily, according to Chris Standlee, executive vice president of the ethanol production plant. Standlee said Wednesday that the plant is “laying off some staff” because of the “general economy in the industry.” “We’re operating plants the best we can under market conditions,” he said. Some […]

Area paramedics aid in Ike recovery

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Courtesy photo Apple Wood, an EMT-Intermediate for Causey, left,; Wiley Teal, an EMT-Intermediate for the Milnesand Fire Dept., center,; and Rhonda Gorrell, an EMT-Basic for Dora, stock an ambulance prior to deployment to assist in hurricane recovery efforts. CNJ staff Nearly three dozen paramedics from a dozen New Mexico counties are helping with recovery efforts […]

City receives grant for rail spur

CNJ Staff The city will receive a $1 million federal grant today to construct a rail spur for the industrial park, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry. U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M. will deliver the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration grant during a ceremony. Rail access for the city’s […]

Commissioners approve pay increase for county manager

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Commissioners and Curry County administrators toured the Special Events Center Tuesday morning after the county commission meeting. Work on the center is about 85 percent complete according to project supervisor Randy Kamradt. By CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners decided to award County Manager Lance Pyle a $14,500 […]

Agency looking into small wind energy projects

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Large wind farms that supply electricity to major power grids are still a long way from coming to the immediate Clovis area, according to Eastern Plains Council of Government Executive Director Lee Tillman. However, he said the wind in eastern New Mexico could be used by individual companies as […]