Bieker named Clovis airport manager

Gene Bieker, retired executive director of operations for Clovis schools, is the new manager at Clovis Municipal Airport, city officials announced Wednesday. “Mr. Bieker will be a great addition to the city team,” City Manager Joe Thomas said in a press release. “He brings with him a thorough knowledge of airport management and we look […]

Airport hosting restored aircraft

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Airport will host a pair of restored World War II bombers Monday through Wednesday. The aircraft, a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-25 Mitchell, will be on display at Blue Sky Aviation at the airport, with a noon Monday arrival. The B-17 and B-25 are nicknamed “Sentimental Journey” and “Maid […]

City landmarks set to change

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File photo The Hotel Clovis, opened in 1931, was once the tallest building between Albuquerque and Dallas. It will be converted into an apartment complex, with a ceremonial groundbreaking set for 11 a.m. Friday. Kevin Wilson A shovel will hit the ground Friday morning, and a gate will be locked Friday evening. The Hotel Clovis […]

Clovis city commissioner receives certification

Clovis City Commissioner Fidel Madrid was recognized Thursday for his graduation as a certified municipal official from the New Mexico Municipal League’s leadership institute. The institute is a voluntary three-tiered program that encourages continuing education, excellence in local governance and recognition of elected officials who take advantage of training opportunities. Madrid, elected in 2010, represents […]

Meetings watch: Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building, 1009 Main. Agenda items include: • A discussion of the name, mascot and school colors for the district’s new middle school. Suggested names include Liberty, Bataan, W.D. Gattis, Llano Estacado, Robert H. McDougal, Clovis, and Jim McDaniel. Suggested mascots […]

Education column: New operations director takes helm

The Clovis Municipal Schools’ operations department has a new face. Jody Balch, the new director of operations, replaces Gene Bieker, who retired at the end of July. Balch phrased it differently: “Gene is someone you don’t replace; you just hope you can come in and continue the quality of work he’s done.” Modest words coming […]

Education column: Schools painted, trimmed and cleaned

As our Clovis Municipal School’s operations department continues with summer projects, below is an update on maintenance activities at the remaining elementary schools. At Lincoln-Jackson Family Center, the eaves have been painted, and the basketball court redone. The court area had settled considerably over the years, leaving a depression that collected water and had become […]

Education column: Maintaining school property more work than seems

Next in the installments describing the activities of Clovis Municipal Schools’ Operations Department during the summer months, here are some other things you might notice as you drive in and around town. As schools’ window and frame trims are being repainted, a complementary, two-color scheme, relatively neutral (with the shade chosen by the schools), has […]

Our people: Gene Bieker oversees maintenance at Clovis Municipal Schools

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Municipal Schools Executive Director of Operations Gene Bieker said he enjoys ensuring that Clovis students learn in safe and clean buildings. Clovis resident Gene Bieker has worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools for 13 years and is headed for retirement this summer. Bieker retired from a career in the […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Summer schedules and rodeo finals in Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Summer schedule Portales Municipal Schools offices are observing an abbreviated summer schedule through July