March 19, 1928

Clovis city commissioners had passed new ordinances aimed at curbing drunken driving. New fines ranged from $100 to $200 and included jail sentences from 10 to 60 days. … Mandell Dry Goods was planning its 19th anniversary. … Greathouse Grocery had opened a new story at 210 Main, promising “We deliver. Any amount.” … Local […]

Report urges protecting water rights, conservation

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Nine strategies for conserving water in arid Northeast New Mexico are evaluated in a preliminary water plan recently released by a water resources and environmental consulting firm. Municipal conservation, agricultural conservation, groundwater management, rangeland conservation and watershed management, water rights protection, Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, planning for […]

Writer should be remembered as freedom advocate

Freedom Newspapers Writing about an urban planning experiment proposed in 1898 in England, author Jane Jacobs, who died last week at age 89, declared: “As in all Utopias, the right to have plans of any significance belonged only to the planners in charge.” That quotation, printed in her acclaimed 1961 book, “The Death and Life […]

Chamber hands out awards

CNJ staff The following awards were handed out Friday at the Clovis-Curry County Chamber banquet: • Leadership Awards: Clovis Community College, Director of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission Hanson Scott • Ambassador Spirit Award: Norma Patterson • Ambassador of the Year: Jacque Ochs • Business of the Year: ENMR Plateau • Volunteer of […]

Base planners say protecting state’s bases not limited to BRAC rounds

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Keystone International data analyst Erin Ward talks about the economic impact that Cannon Air Force Base has on the Clovis-Portales area during the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission meeting Friday at CCC. (Freedom Newspapers: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The importance of protecting not just Cannon Air Force Base, but all New […]

New Orleans planning not by ordinary citizens

CNJ Editorial The floodwaters have not receded yet — indeed they have been augmented — but the devastation that is much of New Orleans has attracted a coven of planners, visionaries, utopians, reformers and moral uplifters to dream at the Big Easy’s corpse. They don’t seek to pick the city’s bones clean, but to feast […]

Leaders focused on keeping Cannon open

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Lyn Henderson, of Clovis, was on hand for Saturday’s town hall meeting for Cannon Air Force Base Saturday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Henderson, a widow of a 28 1/2 year veteran, said they chose to retire in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In the face of staggering statistics — […]

Expanding housing market brings developers from Texas, Arizona

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Out-of-town developers are starting to take notice of Clovis’ expanding housing market. Of the four subdivisions currently awaiting review from the Clovis Planning and Zoning Committee, three are being developed by out-of-town companies. “For the most part it has been local developers, but here recently we’ve had developers from […]

Schools consider a chaplain program

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A video camera and a digital camera are available for Clovis’ public school teachers to use in the classroom. A tag dangles from the cameras telling students where they came from: Faith Christian Family Church. Community churches often donate school supplies — backpacks, pencils and crayons — to Clovis’ […]

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 […]

Volunteer of the Day — Gena Hankins

Curry County Volunteer Coalition is selecting a “Volunteer of the Day” throughout April. Today’s honoree: In 2003, Gena Hankins donated many hours with the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). She is an active member of the LEPC Community Awareness committee, assists in the planning and organization of activities to ensure the public is prepared and […]

Readers feel Tucumcari should share

Project: Reader Reaction Clovis Mayor David Lansford says Tucumcari has reserved more water than it needs for the Ute Water Pipeline project and he’s asking that city sell some of its reserves to Portales, which doesn’t have enough. Tucumcari officials have said their actions are good planning in anticipation of future growth. A recent Project: […]

Governor kicks out base planning commissioner

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque businessman Sherman McCorkle has been dismissed from the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. Gov. Bill Richardson’s office told McCorkle by telephone Wednesday that his services were no longer needed. McCorkle helped lead a 1995 effort to save Kirtland Air Force Base from cuts. McCorkle says the governor’s […]

Readers: Camel is not city’s real hump

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis should address issues related to exotic animals in the city. Some responses: “Only if they are going to roam free and eat my flowers. Why not address real problems like why don’t we have enough police officers. Let’s worry about real problems and not make them […]

Emergency management agency to set up exercise

By Darrell Todd Maurina In the event of a major hazardous materials disaster, would local police, fire and medical officials be able to work together? Officials met in a series of three meetings this week, Monday through Wednesday, to set up a tabletop exercise to test this question. Organized as the Curry County Local Emergency […]

City to revisit carports

By Jack King The city Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a second special meeting to discuss prefabricated carports at 6:30 p.m. today in the assembly room of City Hall at 321 Connelly. At the meeting, commission members and city staff will describe proposed changes to city regulations on the carports and will take public […]

Question and answer: Ken de los Santos

Ken de los Santos, 39, serves as the city’s emergency management director. Q: How long have you been in this position with the city of Clovis? A: Nearly two years now. I started in October 2002. Q: What was your background prior to this position? A: I’m retired from the Air Force in 2001. My […]