Ringing in the New Year

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks BJ Bernet of Clovis and her daughter Tessa toast with punch during the Mayor’s New Year’s Gala on Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center. Bernet brought her daughter to the event since her husband is deployed and isn’t due back until later this The first Mayor’s New Year’s Gala was […]

Year in review: Clovis selects first female mayor

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo After being elected mayor in March, Gayla Brumfield said she was “excited and speechless, which is unusual for her.” By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The biggest indication that 2008 would be a year of change for Clovis was an event that happened with plenty left on 2007’s calendar year. […]

Mayor’s New Year’s Eve ball coming up

By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ Staff Writer This New Year’s Eve is a black tie affair for Clovis at the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Ball.

Mayor hosting New Year’s Eve gala

CNJ staff Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield is hosting a New Year’s Eve Ball at the Clovis Civic Center. Advanced tickets are $85 and available at the Clovis Chamber of Commerce and Clovis MainStreet. Dress is black tie optional. Proceeds from the event will benefit downtown revitalization through the Clovis MainStreet program. Information: Robyne Beaubien at […]

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Commission nixes water runoff penalties

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem Randy Crowder feels the city needs to prove it’s serious about conserving water by imposing fines for fugitive water. He believes the measure would also improve the city’s chances for acquiring federal funding for the Ute Water Pipeline project. However, not enough of his […]

Voters deserve chance to set terms

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist In the last 12 months, mayors of Clovis and Portales have said it was time to go, even though no term limits existed. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was time to stay, even though term limits do exist. Bloomberg is seeking a third term as mayor, despite the […]

Mayor: Governor receptive to Hull overpass situation

CNJ Staff Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said a delegation of Clovis city officials and business owners secured support from Gov. Bill Richardson to reopen the Hull Street railroad overpass. The delegation, including the mayor, met with Richardson Friday to discuss the issue with the overpass. “(Richardson) was very supportive and knew that it needed to […]

Portales mayor now league vice president

CNJ Staff Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. was elected vice president of the New Mexico Municipal League on Thursday during the organization’s annual conference in Clovis, according to a NMML press release. He previously served as treasurer. Las Cruces Councilor Dolores Conner was elected president and Barb Wiard, mayor pro tem of Village of Taos […]

Melrose fire chief says firefighters quit in protest

By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Melrose Fire Department is in upheaval after the village mayor and police chief publicly criticized the department’s handling of criminal allegations against a volunteer firefighter. Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said three volunteer firefighters have quit and more said they are considering quitting. Jacobs said they’re upset about comments by […]

Former Melrose chief files suit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Melrose Police Chief Mike Trammell has filed a district court lawsuit against the village, its mayor and state police for damages he claims are related to the loss of his position. According to a 14-page complaint filed Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court, Trammell alleges he was […]

Assistant city manager hot topic

Does Clovis need an assistant city manager? Mayor Gayla Brumfield talks about the issue with Clovis News Journal videographer Tony Bullocks.

Committee addresses water conservation

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Water Policy Advisory Committee member Marcus Brice says fugitive water — water that runs off into the street during lawn watering — is a “humongous problem all over Clovis.” By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer The water policy advisory committee will form a subcommittee tasked with developing an ordinance addressing […]

Portales mayor testifies in favor of water project

By Kevin Wilson Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to prove that. “I […]

Brumfield signs first documents as mayor

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Gayla Brumfield signed her first documents as Clovis mayor during Monday’s swearing-in ceremony, including a statement of qualification and her oath of office.

City candidates swearing in

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City Manager Joe Thomas introduces the newly elected city commissioners and mayor during a swearing-in ceremony Monday at the Bert Cabiness Government Center. “This is a group of people I am truly looking forward to working with,” Thomas told the more than 75 people who attended the ceremony.

No votes lost

Editors asked for readers’ response to Tuesday’s municipal elections in which Gayla Brumfield became Clovis’ first female mayor and voters approved Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. Here’s what Mac McDonald had to say: • “It sure is nice to finally not lose a vote in an election. I think the entire crew (mayor and city […]

New mayor kinda snooty?

Editors asked for readers’ response to Tuesday’s municipal elections in which Gayla Brumfield became Clovis’ first female mayor and voters approved Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. Here’s what Anna Baucom had to say: • “The election (results are) fine with me but I do know some people that will be unhappy with Gayla’s win. They […]

And now for some good news

Doug McGregor passes along good news about his granddaughter, Jezika Freeman, who was seriously injured in a recent automobile accident that killed her husband. “Friday she told the therapist that the therapy was ‘hard’ so they told her she would get to rest on Sunday as there wouldn’t be any therapy on Sunday,” McGregor wrote […]

How much can you eat?

Humor columnist Argus Hamilton is making fun of a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball promotion in today’s column: To access the column, click on “More features” below or follow the link: Argus Hamilton • • • U.S. Rep Tom Udall, D-N.M., wants to bestow Bataan Death March veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal. The Veterans of Foreign […]