Regulation, not population, should be feared

By Freedom Newspapers America hit a milestone this week: 300 million residents. So many of the discussions about this growth make the assumption that a rapidly growing population is necessarily a bad thing. Regional discussions of growth tend to focus on increasing congestion, crowding and other problems. There is another side of this debate. Granted, […]

Task force framework sketched

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Framework for a volunteer organization and its oversight group was sketched Wednesday at a Local Growth Management Committee meeting. The yet-to-be-formed volunteer organization will advise the Local Growth Management Committee regarding growth development and the availability of federal funding for the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. The […]

Letters to the Editor: Preservation of rights deserves thanks

On Constitution Day, which is Sunday, we are reminded that the supreme duty of every American citizen is to defend the Constitution and that we do this by having the courage to speak up whenever we see our rights being trampled upon. Therefore, I give thanks for the following organizations, which defended the Constitution this […]

Officials says Cannon transition should have minimal economic impact

By marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An impending personnel dip at Cannon Air Force Base carries little economic threat, according to officials. Drawdown of assets and personnel at Cannon will coincide with the establishment of the base’s new mission, buffering the effects of the dip, according to Air Force officials. The Air Force 16th Special […]

Feds outline assistance available for base growth

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Federal officials outlined the type of assistance they can provide to eastern New Mexico during a meeting of the Local Growth Management Committee held Wednesday at the Clovis City Hall. Representatives from the Office of Economic Adjustment said they can provide technical expertise and financial assistance to the region […]

Meetings Watch: Economic development meeting

CNJ Staff What: Federal officials from the Office of Economic Development will meet with local officials. When: 9 a.m. today in the Clovis City Hall, 321 N. Connelly St. Why: The meeting is being held to discuss potential growth issues with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, officials said. “Fundamentally, this is the […]

Area leaders to discuss base growth

By CNJ Staff Who: Representatives of the Office of Economic Adjustment, a federal agency designed to help BRAC-affected communities, and Cannon Air Force Base Local Growth Management Committee, an association of government leaders from Portales, Clovis, and Curry and Roosevelt counties. What: Meeting to discuss formation of a volunteer group to consider growth challenges that […]

Cannon team forming

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Volunteer committee will examine growth issues attached to new base mission. The framework will soon be laid for a volunteer group that will consider growth challenges that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to officials. As Cannon transitions into the home of the […]

Portales ranks high in quality of life

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers A quality-of-life study conducted by an Internet subsidiary of American City Business Journals has ranked Portales 15th in the nation among micropolitan areas. “Isn’t that something? I’m surprised we’re even on the list,” Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Manager Sharon King said. “How interesting. I think it’s absolutely wonderful and […]

June 8, 2006 Local Briefs

Area leaders plan to meet regarding growth challenges Eastern New Mexico leaders will meet with a federal agency next month to discuss growth challenges that may emerge with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a joint press release from the cities of Clovis and Portales and the counties of Roosevelt and […]

Census Bureau projects growth slowdown

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — New Mexico faces a potential shock if the Census Bureau’s crystal ball proves accurate about population growth over the next three decades. The federal agency projects a dramatic slowdown in the rate of growth in New Mexico’s population between 2000 and 2030. According to projections released last week, […]

Letters to the Editor: Rapid, unplanned growth dangerous

Carol Singletary makes a good point in her commentary published Tuesday. Rapid, unplanned growth is not beneficial. The city of Clovis needs to join the 21st century. Growth is going to continue; new developments are going to be planned and constructed, and it is going to cost money to build underground storm-water runoff pipes just […]

Economy booming in Clovis

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Updated photo of construction on the cheese plant in November of this year. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Property values in Clovis are on the rise, a surge in the residential home market has begun, gross receipts taxes made big gains, new businesses and restaurants moved into the area and one of the largest […]

Business feature: Residential revival

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James Truelove, 27, a worker with Insulating Enterprise of Portales, sprays foam insulation Monday inside a house being built at 3913 Springwood in Clovis. (Staff photo: Ryan Lengerich) By David irvin: CNJ staff writer The number of new housing permits in Clovis has more than tripled since 2001, a trend likely due to enhanced economic […]

Clovis praised for economic growth

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis is one of five communities awarded the certified community distinction under the State’s Certified Community Initiative this year, a press release from the Economic Development Department shows. Economic development secretary Rick Homans was scheduled to make the announcement at a Tuesday morning breakfast in Clovis, but inclement weather […]

Defining ‘success’ can be difficult

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist I once saw a sign that said: SAMUEL P. BOSWELL VETERINARIAN/TAXIDERMIST EITHER WAY YOU GET YOUR DOG BACK Guaranteed success, right? But how do you know what “success” is? Most of us are pursuing it in one way or another, and I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit […]

Growth comes from smaller governments

Freedom Editorial There is little question that former President Clinton offered an effective speech at the Democratic convention, filled with charm, humor and a superficially plausible list of reasons for voters to prefer a Democratic administration to the current model. On closer examination, however, his contentions, especially on taxes, spending and other domestic policy, don’t […]

Tax increase takes effect

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Reporter Most people in a man-on-the-street poll Wednesday said they support the city of Clovis’ 1/4 of 1 percent gross receipts tax increase, which goes into effect today. The tax increase, approved by voters March 2, will fund infrastructure improvements and capital outlay purchases like fire and police equipment, city […]

Reagan gave the world hope

Few men in modern times have changed American politics as significantly as did President Ronald Reagan, who died Saturday after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In some ways his death at age 93 was a relief. There was something inordinately sad about seeing a man with such a sharp wit, and with such glorious […]

Rezoning request, variance voted down by commissioners

By Jack King Zoning issues and a discussion of growth in Clovis dominated much of Thursday’s City Commission meeting. The commissioners unanimously voted down a request by Joseph Riccardi of Portales to rezone property at 600 W. 14th St. in Clovis from a single family to a multi-family residential designation. Planning Administrator Louis Gordon said […]