Sheriff relinquishing jail

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sheriff Matt Murray informed Curry County commissioners he is returning command of the jail to them Tuesday, leaving county leaders questioning what to do next. Murray’s decision was announced in a letter sent late Thursday. The sheriff said his decision to relinquish command was the result of the commission’s […]

City leaders concerned Portales street lights safety risk

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Vehicles traveling through the intersection of South Avenue C and West First Street Wednesday in Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis and Portales leaders are concerned traffic lights in Portales may present a safety risk to workers — an issue they plan to take up with the state, […]

Community leaders tour Cannon

USAF photo: Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez Curry and Roosevelt counties’ civic leaders look at an AC-130H Spectre Gunship during a tour at Cannon Air Force Base. The event included a briefing from the wing commander, Col. Stephen Clark, a tour of key base buildings, lunch at the Pecos Trail dining facility, static aircraft displays, and […]

Blight battle: Codes born from citizen concerns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city leaders can’t remember a time when there wasn’t some kind of ordinance on the books controlling the condition of private property. “You can go back to the ’40s and ’50s and find ordinances that require some kind of property (standards),” said City Manager Joe Thomas. Curry County […]

Local leaders discuss upcoming challenges

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Col. Stephen Clark, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, talks about base housing during Monday’s city/county luncheon at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Not too long into Monday’s city/county luncheon, County Commissioner Bobby Sandoval spoke of what kind of […]

Education feature: Changes help CHS band excel

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CNJ staff phtoto: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School junior Jeremy Urban said band directors pushed the students to new success this year. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis High School Band recently closed its marching season achieving new levels of excellence and winning numerous awards. The band was named New Mexico Grand Champion […]

Intelligence better weapon in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico As he continues to stretch out the timetable on a decision about whether to escalate the U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has asked for a province-by-province assessment of the tribal and other local leaders in that mountainous country. The ostensible reason is to try to figure out which […]

Local leaders make case for effluent water project

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local leaders who traveled to Santa Fe Tuesday believe they have successfully saved Clovis’ $16 million wastewater recycling project. Though it won’t be official until the end of the Legislature’s special session, Mayor Gayla Brumfield said she believes the last minute trip to talk with lawmakers paid off. Brumfield […]

Area leaders fear project cuts

CNJ staff Area leaders are concerned Clovis’ effluent water reuse project may face cuts as the Legislature tries to find money across the state to make up a $400 million deficit. Tuesday, Curry County Commissioner Bobby Sandoval and Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes were among a group that traveled to Santa Fe to try […]

Local leaders: Session shouldn’t impact current budget

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local leaders aren’t expecting next week’s special legislative session to impact current budgets but aren’t sure what it will mean for the future or tax revenue communities depend on each year. Clovis’ Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said the city is not anticipating any issues with existing state allocations. […]

Meetings will address possible state budget cuts

CNJ staff The prospect of looming budget cuts by the Legislature has prompted Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm to schedule a series of meetings with local and state officials. Penny Bailey, communication specialist for the school district, said Seidenwurm will be meeting with government officials, business leaders and members of the ministerial alliance beginning Monday […]

Lobby group encourages political involvement among local business owners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Association of Commerce and Industry President Beverlee McClure told area political and business leaders Thursday it’s time they get involved in the political process to protect their interests. Environmental legislation, taxes, health care, regulatory and legal reform and other legislative moves, she said, are continually impacting business. “We are […]

Press release: Gov. Richardson visiting area

SANTA FE — Governor Bill Richardson will visit 14 communities this week as he continues his statewide listening tour. The Governor will travel to Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Ft. Sumner, Clovis, Portales, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Roswell, Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Moriarty, Mora and Mosquero. The Governor will meet with invited local leaders, county officials, community leaders […]

Take time to let mom know she is appreciated

Freedom New Mexico Moms are the greatest producers of wealth among us. They are greater and more important than glamour stars, politicians, business leaders and all the people our culture worships with a misguided understanding of value and wealth. A Jewish proverb says: “God could not be everywhere, and so he made mothers.” Abolitionist preacher […]

Education feature: FCCLA molds business leaders

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Yucca Middle School seventh-grader Taya Leeder made a quilt out of recycled T-shirts as a Recycle and Redesign project for FCCLA. Leeder won a gold medal at state for her project. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When Guy Leeder died in April 2007, his family couldn’t part with the […]

Education Secretary and health officials discuss swine flu with state superintendents and charter school leaders

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Obama has hidden auto agenda

The Wall Street Journal the other day had an article about the leaders of President Obama’s Auto Task Force, none of whom have any experience in the auto industry. If I were trying to overhaul the medical industry I think I’d hire a few doctors. Obama’s deep concern for the future of GM and Chrysler […]

Editorial: Adding troops in Afghanistan not necessary

President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Thursday that the “era of the blank check is over” in Afghanistan. But the plan he laid out Friday looks very much like a blank check for an increased military and civilian presence in Afghanistan that is unlikely to be successful or to end any time soon. The Afghan […]

Community leaders to spend a day in another man’s wheelchair

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A group of Clovis community leaders will take a new set of wheels for a spin Friday when they take part in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Roll-On. The participants will spend a morning going to work, running errands and doing everything they would normally do — from a […]

Legislators talk with business leaders

By Bob Quick: The Santa Fe New Mexican With a budget deficit of more than half a billion dollars looming over the state, there’s a need to “keep an eye on what’s happening” in Santa Fe during this legislative session, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish told a Tuesday morning gathering of business leaders from around New […]