Clovis homes retain value in midst of struggling market

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Homes have retained their value in Clovis and new home construction continues despite dropping values around the nation, according to local lenders and officials. Sharna Johnson While the rest of the nation continues to struggle with home values at record lows, homes in Clovis appear to be retaining their value. […]

Clovis High School graduation rate jumps 9.2 percent

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File photo Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers congratulates Brandon Boydstun at Clovis High Schools commencement in May. CHS’s graduation rate for the 2009-2010 school year was 82.9 percent. Liliana Castillo Clovis High School’s graduation rate for the 2009-2010 school year jumped to 82.9 percent, more than 15 percent higher than the state graduation average. […]

School board passes budget with $11 million increase

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education approved a budget with an increase of more than $11 million Tuesday, despite budget cuts to education across New Mexico. The 2011-2012 budget was approved at $115,633,295. The 2010-2011 budget totaled $104,492,504. CMS Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano said the increase is due largely to the […]

Farmer: Cotton good planting option

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Chet Chenault, left, and Colin Chandler check the depth of cotton seeds planted by machine last week in Chandler’s field northwest of Portales. Chandler said cotton seeds must be planted about three-fourths of an inch deep. Argen Duncan Despite the drought and wind, a cotton farmer says the crop is […]

Audits displease area superintendents

Liliana Castillo Area superintendents were not pleased with the way the state Public Education Department handled an audit process last month. The PED audited 34 districts across the state to identify reporting issues. What sparked the audit: Over the last year, the number of new students in New Mexico increased by about 1 percent and […]

Official: Schools finding ways to do more with less

Liliana Castillo With an overall budget cut and a cut to the per student funding, educators in Curry County are trying to find ways to do more with less. Per student funding will decrease by $126 under the new state budget. General budget funding will be cut 2.2 percent. Combined, that’s a 3.4 percent hit. […]

Developers: Regulations, price of land add to cost of building

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Houses on Carmel Lane near the Clovis Civic Center are in various stages, from empty lots to homes in progress to moved-in residences. Developer John Bourne said it’s hard to find a balance between building a home that’s affordable to residents and making enough money on a project to justify […]

Letter to the editor: Citizens right to be leery of tax

Citizens right to be leery of tax Clovis citizens are very cognizant of the fact that water is the lifeblood of our community. At a March 6, 2003, commission meeting, Mayor David Lansford proposed a gross receipts tax increase that would designate 50 percent of the proceeds to the Ute Water Project and 50 percent […]

Census: Clovis population up 15.6 percent

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CNJ staff photo: Dianna Hernandez Clovis’ population increased 15.6 percent — a counted population of 37,775, up from the 2000 census total of 32,667. Kevin Wilson Local leaders expressed optimism Tuesday, as U.S. Census numbers showed double-digit percentage growth over the last decade throughout eastern New Mexico. Clovis saw the biggest increase with 15.6 percent […]

Warrants for unpaid fines up by more than 50 percent

Sharna Johnson The number of warrants for unpaid fines issued by Curry County Magistrate Court has increased by more than 50 percent over last year. As of Friday, there were 948 outstanding warrants for cases where fines have not been paid to the courts, according to a list of warrants provided by the courts. Totaling […]

DA says pleas help victims, save money

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CNJ illustration: Sharna Johnson Almost half, 44 percent, of cases closed in fiscal year 2010 in the 9th Judicial District courts were closed through plea agreements. District Attorney Matt Chandler said that translates to a higher percentage of convictions than any other district in the state. Sharna Johnson The 9th Judicial District Court in Roosevelt […]

Weekly update — Feb. 13

Curry awarded safety grant Curry County has been awarded $20,000 as an incentive for improving workplace safety, according to a press release. The award, from the New Mexico Association of Counties, was given to six counties in recognition of reduced workers compensation claims in fiscal year 2009/2010. Curry County experienced a 46 percent reduction in […]

Unknowns surround gay policy

Department of Defense actuaries can tell you that half of all service members are married. They know that 14 percent of enlisted are women and 11.6 percent are Hispanic. They even know that 20.2 percent of members are Roman Catholic and less than 1 percent are Jewish. But, they will caution, 19.5 percent claim no […]

Clovis home sales down

Sharna Johnson Home sales in Clovis dropped about 28 percent in 2010 but home values remained steady, even inching up a little — both indicators the area is faring better than other communities nationwide, local real estate agents say. Clovis mayor and Realtor Gayla Brumfield said despite the decrease, the real estate community is pleased […]

GRT increase needed for future

In 1964, the Interstate Stream Commission created the Ute Reservoir to provide a future sustainable water supply for the residents of eastern New Mexico. Like other municipalities and counties in the area, the city of Clovis has a reservation for water from Ute Reservoir and, as the Ogallala Aquifer beneath Clovis continues to diminish, has […]

Gross receipts tax revenues up slightly

Kevin Wilson More money is always welcome when it comes to paying the bills at the city and county levels. But the upcoming state legislative session still looms. Revenues from gross receipts taxes (GRT) increased 2.6 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to totals released from the city. That follows a 1.99 percent drop from […]

Military pay increases guaranteed

Military members are guaranteed at least a 1.4 percent pay raise effective Jan. 1, even if a bitterly divided Congress can’t pass a defense authorization bill. What almost certainly will end, however, is an 11-year string of annual military pay increases that exceeded private sector wage growth by at least a half percentage point. The […]

Aggies shoot 61 percent to roll past Hounds

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — Junior forward Troy Gillenwater led five New Mexico State players in double figures with 18 points Monday night as the Aggies raced past Eastern New Mexico University 98-72 in the Greyhounds’ final preseason exhibition game. Junior guard Hernst Laroche went 8-for-10 from the field and finished with 17 points for […]

Voters have let county know who’s in charge

By a stunning 73-27 percent margin, Curry

Three bond issues approved

CNJ staff Voters approved three of the four bonds created by the 2010 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act Tuesday. Bonds A, B and C passed and Bond D was failed. Bond C will devote more than $5 million in bonds to the improvement of public school facilities. More specifically, the money will be used […]