Two county capital projects vetoed

Staff and wire reports Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed $105,000 in projects from Curry County’s capital outlay request totaling $960,000. The biggest cut by Martinez on Wednesday was $100,000 requested to help pay for county road improvements. She also vetoed a $5,000 request for a sign at the Lincoln-Jackson Family Center in Clovis. Projects in […]

Renovated dormitories readied for airmen

USAF: Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley After undergoing renovations, dorms 1156 and 1159 are available to house airmen at Cannon Air Force Base. In addition to individual room upgrades, common spaces such as kitchens and day rooms received new furnishings, appliances, tile and paint. By Emily Crowe: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron The rapid […]

Cannon construction

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley Pergola at the Drop Zone By 27th SOW Public Affairs As Cannon Air Force Base, continues to grow, various construction projects have been implemented to accommodate the base’s rapidly growing demands. The 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided the information and […]

Official: Upcoming projects may eliminate energy farm stumbling blocks

Thomas Garcia The chairman of a local renewable energy landowner association said projects are under way that would eliminate the stumbling block for wind energy farms in eastern New Mexico — transferring the electricity to national markets. Representatives for these projects spoke at the third annual Coalition of Renewable Energy Landowner Associations meeting Saturday in […]

Gifts cheap, words cheaper

Wendel Sloan While recently cruising Dallas projects for Christmas presents, I saw a handwritten Goodwill sign: “1/2 Off Sale!” Although Salvation Army stores are more within my budget, I figured that the sale might allow me to splurge. After entering past burglar bars, I fought my way through Texas politicians’ worst nightmares grabbing mariachi cassettes, […]

Education column: Construction projects beginning

“Nothing without joy!” exclaimed Shelly Norris, principal at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista, reiterating the school’s motto during an opening speech at the groundbreaking ceremony held this week. Construction is about to begin on Bella Vista’s new additions, including the multi-purpose/performing arts center building, a highly anticipated new addition. With all of the arts-infused […]

Some Cannon construction projects nearing end

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Construction on this aircraft maintenance hangar began in 2010 and should be completed the second quarter of 2012. It was the first project for the southeast development on Cannon Air Force Base and measures 38,000 square feet to house two C-130 aircraft. Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been under […]

Dimensional canvases featured on show

Information on making dimensional canvases and using stabilizers in sewing projects will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Theresa Cifali, mixed media artist and owner of The Altered Canvas, will show how to make dimensional canvases using a gel medium and heavy bodied acrylic paint. By adding […]

Airmen active in community

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell From left, Jeff Waldrop, Donnell Clark and Gabriel Alaniz all take a lunch break Sept. 3 after working half a day on building a home in Clovis for Habitat for Humanity. The three airmen all volunteer for various local organizations and events. Waldrop said he volunteered back home before joining the […]

Education column: Music teacher organizes art gallery

A sense of anticipation is being felt throughout the district, meaning that school is about start. Our operations department is wrapping up summer projects or reorganizing ongoing projects. Our administrative and support staff have returned, and teachers will return full-force next week to finish preparations for this fall’s students, arriving Aug. 22. We’ll continue reporting […]

Bill contains money for Cannon projects

CNJ staff A spending bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday contains millions in funding for military construction projects at Cannon Air Force base and other installations around New Mexico, according to a news release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. The bill invests $215 million in construction at bases around the state, each project being identified […]

Letters to the editor: New course betters life in Clovis

New course betters life in Clovis Regarding negative comments about the new city golf course: What I understood is the money was already there to be spent on just parks and recreation projects. So I’m not sure where it would be wasted unless we didn’t use it to improve our way of life in Clovis. […]

Major school construction projects on schedule

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The new special education building at Marshall Middle School will be state-of-the art, said Clovis Municipal Schools Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley, and will be surrounded by an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant courtyard. Liliana Castillo Each summer is busy for the operations side of Clovis Municipal Schools. But […]

Education column: Maintenance, custodial staff in high gear during summer

You might think that since summer has arrived, everything grinds to a halt, and that nothing much is going on throughout our school district. Not true. In fact, it is during the summer months that our operations department shines. Our maintenance and custodial staff begin their considerable list of projects, many of which can only […]

Area communities receive block grants

By Kevin Wilson and Sharna Johnson This week five communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties got the more than $2 million boost they need to complete important projects. State community development block grants were awarded Tuesday during an allocation council meeting. Of 11 communities in Eastern New Mexico that applied, Curry and Roosevelt counties were […]

Reader-submitted content: United Way’s Day of Caring teams helped three organizations

Sara Newell On April 16 United Way of Eastern New Mexico held their annual Day of Caring. Each year the Day of Caring challenges our community to come together for a day of service to help enhance the cities we live in. In previous years, United Way has taken on projects like rebuilding the Portales […]

Plans for dormitory put on hold

Liliana Castillo Building projects at 21 bases across the country have been put on hold due to the budget stalemate in Congress. The list includes Cannon Air Force Base’s 96-room dormitory project. The Air Force Times reported that the stalemate has locked the Air Force into last year’s spending amounts and prevented the start of […]

Report: Stalled projects costing jobs, revenue

Staff and wire reports A canceled Clovis ethanol plant is among five stalled New Mexico energy projects cited as costing the state jobs and revenue in a national report released Thursday. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says a handful of stalled energy projects are costing New Mexico billions of dollars of investment and thousands of […]

Greek cooking featured on show

Information on Greek cooking, craft projects and cooking onions will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Aris Kefalogiannis is the CEO of Gaea Products in Athens, Greece. He’s going to show the Greek style of serving baked potatoes. The secret ingredients are sea salt, Greek yogurt, Gaea […]

Big give: Cannon community competes against each other with community service projects

USAF file photo The “Log Dogs” from Cannon earned $3,000 for their work during the Big Give program on base last year. They were one of nine teams of 134 volunteers who worked to make the community better with numerous community service projects. Cannon Connections staff Cannon Air Force Base’s community center is gearing up […]