Committee to present draft of nuisance ordinance

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Land Use Committee decided Thursday to work on a county-wide nuisance ordinance rather than delve into zoning the entrances into the city. The committee will present a draft nuisance ordinance and present it to the county commission. The commission meeting room at the courthouse was packed […]

County passes open flames ban

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer County commissioners unanimously approved an open flames ban Tuesday in a regular meeting. The commission will vote on keeping the countywide ban in place on a monthly basis. “I believe about 18 counties around Amarillo have enacted burn bans,” Commissioner Robert Sandoval said. “And we know fires are not […]

Officials to explore land-use ordinances

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer County officials said they will explore the possibility of creating land-use ordinances aimed at unkempt and unsafe property in residential areas. Chief Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman told fellow Land Use Committee members Thursday that several county residents have called her office with complaints about a neighboring property […]

Officials consider repair of Hull Street bridge

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City officials are looking into a more permanent solution for the Hull Street bridge. Public Works Committee members discussed Wednesday a plan of action to repair the bridge, which was built in the late 1950s. Members also agreed to recommend to the City Commission the extension of Axtell Road […]

Acreage proposed for biogas facility

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The city will give 20 acres of county land it plans to purchase to a New Jersey energy company for its biogas facility under a plan proposed to the City Commission. During a special meeting Tuesday, the Commission approved the introduction of an ordinance to purchase the land for […]

Land OK’d for plant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A heated debate between economic growth and water usage at Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting ended decisively. Jobs won. Commissioners OK’d the contribution of up to 25 acres of land at the Clovis Industrial Park for American Renewable Fuels to construct an $80 million biodiesel plant. The motion passed […]

Cells often sole phone

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Most cell phones give people the ability to take pictures and video, listen to music, access the Internet and annoy theater audiences. They also do one other thing: Eliminate a monthly utility bill. Herman Smith, 38, a retired airman, said he got rid of his land-line phone because he […]

May 25, 1924

Barry Hardware was sponsoring a jackrabbit-killing contest. Prizes included Winchester rifles and cartridges. The competition began May 15 and continued through June 15. … Two Clovis grain elevators were robbed, but police said thieves received only $10 for their efforts. The only clue left behind was half of a cuff link. … Western Land and […]

Train town: Railroad drives growth

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BNSF Railway is Curry County’s eighth largest employer with a workforce of about 500 men and women. About 90 to 100 trains roll through Clovis each day, according to railway officials. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The railroad saved Tom Carter. He may have starved. He may have turned […]

Land officials overstep bounds in property battle

By Freedom Newspapers Let’s say government officials want you to turn over a piece of your property to them for free. Let’s say you refuse, arguing that you have no legal requirement to do so. And let’s say the government officials then embark on a harassment campaign to intimidate you into giving them what they […]

Pesky pigs pose problem

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MCT photo: Rodger Mallsion By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Jimmy Tivis uses his gun to deal with feral pigs. The alfalfa and wheat farmer, who owns 800 acres in Floyd, spots the animals roaming across his land in groups of eight to 10. “I kill them every time I see them,” Tivis said, not […]

City plans year-long centennial celebration

CNJ staff Clovis has hosted big parties before. Schools were dismissed and train whistles filled the prairie when World War I ended in 1918. About 400 guests attended the formal grand opening of Hotel Clovis in 1931. And just six months ago, thousands turned out to celebrate a new mission secured for Cannon Air Force […]

Railway’s ‘brashness’ put Clovis on the map for good

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Don McAlavy Santa Fe Railway mechanical department workers numbering about 120 mass together on a steam locomotive in the Clovis railroad yards on April 8, 1926. Photo courtesy of the High Plains Historical Foundation. The brashness of the railroad in choosing a site on the bald prairie for a new town and division point sent […]

Christmas means taking the opportunity to give

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16 Tis the season for gift-giving, an ancient tradition that originated in a foreign land. But as might be expected, sometimes the meaning and origins are lost over […]

Americans have good reason to give thanks

By Freedom Newspapers Every year in America we are given the opportunity to contemplate all our blessings. For many, this day of thanksgiving turns into a gathering of family and feasting on rich and exotic fare. Let us not forget, however, our most basic of all blessings — that we live in a free country […]

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, […]

Exemptions should be given to all, not some

By Freedom Newspapers A recent New York Times front-page article, “Religion Trumps Regulation As Legal Exemptions Grow,” the first in a series on the topic, raised the following question: Why are religious organizations increasingly exempt from the rules businesses and many other organizations must follow? The Times focused on two Alabama day-care centers. “At any […]

Small idea grows into big business

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The genesis of a big idea can often be something relatively simple. For Stephen Powell, who just steered his multi-activity Patriot Outdoors facility through its first weekend of business, the germ of this venture was one basic thought. “I had the concept of people needing a safe place to shoot […]

Throwing money at agriculture not the solution

Paying farmers not to farm isn’t a new or shocking concept inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture: in fact, today it’s a widely accepted practice, used to keep the price of commodities pumped up, protect “wetlands” and advance other conservation goals, some of which have a dubious public benefit. But how about paying farmers in […]

Air Force officials encourage feedback

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Proposed special ops aircraft and operations for Cannon Air Force Base were outlined at the Clovis Community College on Monday in the first of three meetings scheduled to gather public input for an Environmental Impact Study of the base’s new mission. By law, the study must be completed before […]