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: Zoning rule may be needed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A nuisance ordinance would be hard to enforce efficiently without a zoning ordinance county officials said. Curry County Attorney Stephen Doerr presented a rough draft of a nuisance ordinance Thursday during a Land Use Committee meeting. Committee chairman and County Commissioner Tim Ashley said nuisance complaints from county residents […]

County plans to enact nuisance policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When Clovis native Margaret Dindinger decided to write a letter to the county about unsightly trash, weeds and dilapidated buildings at the entrances to Clovis, she had no idea she would get so much support. Dindinger’s letter-turned-petition was presented Thursday to the Curry County Land Use Committee, along with […]

Jonquil Park homeowner seeks residential vehicle restrictions

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer One man’s vehicles are another man’s nuisance — at least according to Don Maggio, who is asking the city to pass an ordinance restricting the number, age and condition of vehicles parked in residential areas. Maggio, who lives in the Jonquil Park area of Clovis, presented his concerns Wednesday […]

Commission considers smoking code

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission is considering limiting outdoor smoking at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The proposal would limit outdoor smoking to 25 feet or more outside the fairgrounds gates. The ordinance will also designate a distance of 25 feet for smoking areas at all county building entrances and ban […]

June 10, 1938

Clovis’ newest ordinance prohibited dancing in any place where alcoholic beverages or food were sold. The headline in the Clovis News-Journal proclaimed “Commission abolishes night clubs.” … Another new ordinance limited city residents to one horse per lot. … The Santa Fe Railway announced “improved passenger train service” to Kansas City, Chicago and Los Angeles. […]

Letters to the Editor: Passing trash ordinance waste of time

As Ronald Reagan would say, “There you go again.” Our City Commission just imposed another senseless and unenforceable ordinance down the throats of the citizenry of Clovis (“Trash measure passes despite opposition,” April 20 CNJ). I suppose my disagreement with the mayor will be trivialized as just another whiner. As Mayor David Lansford stated, “I […]

Trash measure passes despite opposition

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Clovis residents must bag their garbage before disposing of it for city collection in Polycarts and Dumpsters as a result of an ordinance passed Thursday by the Clovis City Commission. Commissioner Fred Van Soelen opposed the measure because he said the issue is with the city’s collection system and […]

Trash ordinance closer to being in the bag

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis residents get ready to bag trash. City commissioners approved the introduction of an ordinance requiring residents and businesses place garbage in “a securely tied plastic bag” before discarding in Polycarts and dumpsters. The ordinance also prohibits “tampering with plastic bags and garbage” in those receptacles. Enactment of the […]

Committee won’t bag proposed trash ordinance

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis committee dedicated to beautifying the city is not giving up on an ordinance that would require residents and businesses to bag trash before throwing it in dumpsters. City commissioners last week rejected a trash-bagging ordinance crafted by Clovis Pride amid concerns it would be too difficult to […]

Cops and Courts: Murder charges dropped in case of elderly woman’s death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said he dropped the first-degree murder charges last week against a 40-year-old Clovis man in connection with the 2004 beating death of an elderly woman for reasons relating to another trial. The district attorney’s office made the decision to drop its murder case […]

Treatment of homeless is sign of times

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist Are we separating ourselves from the social reality of our country? Are we ignoring the facts that we are a nation with an aging population and that some cannot make a decent living? I was shocked last week to read that the city of Las Vegas, Nev., has passed an […]

Portales looking to solve dumpster dilemma

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales residents are leaving appliances, sheet rock materials, scattered garbage and furniture items next to dumpsters, and it’s causing a problem, say Portales city officials. Portales city officials said it’s increasing work for the limited solid waste crew and want the items placed in the Portales Convenience Center instead of […]

Surgeon general’s report strengthens no smoking argument

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Howard Loflin of Clovis smokes a cigarette Monday at Kripple Creek Restaurant. Loflin has smoked on and off for 25 years and enjoys smoking while eating out. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When Carla Casaus dines out with her 5-month-old daughter, smokers — like the man who lit a cigarette […]

County Commission restricts fireworks

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Chairman Tim Ashley jokingly referred to himself as the “Grinch who stole the Fourth of July” at Thursday’s special meeting of the Curry County Commission. The reference to the famous Dr. Seuss holiday-stealing character came after the commissioners adopted an ordinance restricting fireworks. The ordinance bans the sale and […]

City adopts downtown renewal strategy

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Downtown Clovis is one step closer to renewal. City Commissioners on Thursday night adopted a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan for the downtown area that enables the city to acquire, own, lease, improve and dispose of properties in order to attract economic activity. Bob McCabe and Phyllis Taylor with Sites […]

Commissioner proposes manditory energy-effecient water heaters ordinance

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Randall Crowder posed a question to attendees at Thursday night’s City Commission meeting: Do you turn your shower on and wait minutes for hot water? Crowder said his research shows this common practice wastes approximately 25 gallons of water a day per household. “I would like to […]

City adopts new standards for metal buildings

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The idea is to improve the appearance of Clovis. The means is upsetting to at least one city official. In a Nov. 3 meeting, city commissioners approved the adoption of an ordinance that will mandate the minimum design standards and guidelines for metal buildings. The vote was 7-1. City […]

City approves meth law

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer After three hours of debate, the City Commission passed a methamphetamine ordinance with a 6-2 vote at Thursday’s meeting. The ordinance was previously approved by the Portales City Commission, Roosevelt County Commission and Curry County Commission. Commissioners Randy Crowder and Isidro Garcia voted against the ordinance, which will restrict […]

County Commission passes meth law

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission unanimously passed a meth ordinance Wednesday which will restrict the display and sale of cold and sinus medicine used in the production of methamphetamine. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler and a key member of the Region Five Drug Task Force told the commission meth […]