Officials warn time running out on Ute project

By Darrel Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Local officials told an interim committee of the State Legislature on Wednesday morning that any further delays in building the Ute Water pipeline will hike costs by about $3 million per year. Total capital and enhancement costs for the proposed Ute Water system are now at $310.2 million, […]

Sex scandal debated

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Dr. Ali Ghaffari, owner of Buena Vista, testifies Saturday during a hearing at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Decisions by state regulators to take over and then shut down Buena Vista Nursing Home had nothing to do with the actions of a state-appointed volunteer who […]

Melrose may face $500,000 in sewage repair

By Darrell Todd Maurina MELROSE — The village of Melrose faces a possible $500,000 cost for emergency repairs on its sewage lagoon due to environmental hazards, but an engineering consultant told the village council Thursday night that the community may be able to obtain a grant to pay for the expense. “I don’t believe they […]

Clovis High dropout rates on decline

By Mike Linn Stephen Page didn’t like Clovis High School. The classes were too big and he felt he wasn’t getting the attention he needed as a student. But instead of dropping out, Page spent his senior year at Choices, an alternative high school for students who don’t fit into the typical school setting. “If […]

Officials: Water conservation working

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Clovis residents have been conservative with their water use since mid-June, when city officials set voluntary guidelines for “non-essential use.” Kathy Wright, vice president and manager of New Mexico American Water, said residents being frugal with their water and a recent surge of timely rainfall are keeping area water […]

Beautiful explosions cover Clovis skies

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By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent A brief rainstorm threatened the annual Fourth of July celebration at Greene Acres Park on Sunday. But the sky cleared in time, the winds calmed and the Big Dipper was visible in the northern sky when the Smoke on the Water fireworks show blasted off about 9:15 p.m. A local […]

Buena Vista patients moving

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor State officials plan to relocate residents of a Clovis nursing home within 30 days, claiming the health care facility poses health concerns for its occupants. Wednesday’s decision to move all 19 residents of Buena Vista Nursing Home came after a recent barrage of heavy rainfall compounded existing problems with […]

Toxic rocket fuel component at center of water-safety debate

David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent An environmental group reported last week that a new study suggests young children and pregnant women who drink milk from California cows may be exposed to unsafe levels of a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel. The study by the Environmental Working Group comes as California and federal regulators consider setting […]

DOD: Survivor Benefit Plan is costly

By Philpott: Military Update Defense officials, in a late-hour attempt to persuade senators not to join the House in voting to raise military survivor benefits, said the case for doing so has been built on a series of “mistaken assertions.” They also cautioned senators about the cost of enhancing the Survivor Benefit Plan’s $5 billion […]

Drug testing for lawmakers proposed

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Most elected officials in eastern New Mexico say they want to learn more, but they support proposed legislation that calls for voluntary drug testing for all elected officials in the state. Sen. Steve Komadina, R-Corrales, introduced the legislation on Wednesday and said results from the voluntary drug tests would be […]

County turns to legal jargon for defense

Clovis’ public schools, the city of Clovis and Clovis Community College have all taken action in recent weeks that shows they’re beginning to understand the importance of open government. We wish we could say the same for Curry County where County Manager Geneva Cooper, attorney Steve Doerr and county commissioners are still fighting hard to […]

City asking residents to conserve water

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A scorching summer heat and lack of precipitation prompted city officials and New Mexico American Water personnel on Tuesday to ask Clovis residents to be frugal with their water. Kathy Wright, vice president and manager of New Mexico American Water, said water wells that feed kitchen sinks, shower heads […]

County officials ask for dismissal of CNJ lawsuit

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER Curry County officials have filed two motions asking the court to dismiss the Clovis News Journal’s lawsuit against the county. The motions claim procedural errors were made when the newspaper asked for information about county employees’ wages and benefits. News Journal attorney Max Best said the issues covered in […]

Tucumcari hoping for race track, casino

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Tucumcari may soon be gambling on its location as a way to boost tourism. Ben Kendrick, director of the Tucumcari Economic Development Corp., said officials are in the early planning stages of landing a racetrack and casino in the area. Few details are available about the specifics of the plan. […]

Company denies problem with voting program

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER Elections officials in two other New Mexico counties and a computer specialist with the state Bureau of Elections reported problems Wednesday with Insight voting machines similar to the problems Curry County officials encountered Tuesday night. A new state law requires county officials to report vote totals by precinct and […]

Law officials try to calm De Baca County fight with sheriff

Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — Seeking to stave off a court fight between the sheriff and county commission, representatives of a state law enforcement association outlined a mediation plan at Tuesday’s De Baca County Commission meeting. “We are not an advocate for the sheriff or for the commission,” said Jim Burleson, […]

Nursing home owner tells his side of story

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer When Dr. Ali Ghaffari and his wife moved to Clovis in 1985, starting a facility to help older people was among their goals. “I like helping people,” Ghaffari said. “Me and my wife are both in the medical field; she is a pharmacist, I am a physician. This […]

Holding back information can lead to rumors

School officials in Odessa, Texas, learned a lesson recently — the absence of factual information tends to lead to misinformation. We hope it’s a lesson from which school officials in eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle might also benefit. The incident occurred at Ector Junior High School. During a quarrel, one student apparently told […]

Mayor promotes youth council

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer A mayor’s youth council and a city youth center are among the goals set by city officials Wednesday in a strategic planning session for city government. Other goals are continued work on efforts to get a sustainable water supply, completion of a salary and benefits package for city employees […]

Physician recruitment effort showing results

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Dr. Arnel Anthony S. Bobadilla, a physician in Pulmonary and Critical Care, laughs with co-workers after writing progress notes on a chart Thursday on the medical floor at Plains Regional Medical Center. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jack King, CNJ Staff Writer Clovis hospital attracts seven new doctors during 15-month period. Plains Regional Medical […]