$40 million allotted for Ute project

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Senate Conservation Committee passed a $255 million bill Tuesday that includes $40 million for the Ute Water Project, according to Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis. The bill, which calls for non-reocurring dollars to fund seven projects around the state, is heading to the Senate Finance Committee for review. “Any […]

Senator says state funding process flawed

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Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis will snag roughly the same amount of capital outlay money in the upcoming legislative session as it did in the last one, according to a local legislator. Even the amount of money appropriated to Clovis but vetoed by the governor should […]

ENMU regents discuss construction

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers For Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and administration, the fall semester ended Friday. For construction contractors, the holiday break is time to get busy. Construction was a focal topic during Friday’s ENMU Board of Regents meeting. In addition to updates on current and upcoming renovation projects, many of which […]

ENMU regents make capital choices

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers With a power grid that they fear could blow and leave the university in the dark at any time, along with other projects on their minds, Eastern New Mexico University administration officials discussed capital infrastructure needs with regents Friday during their regular meeting. ENMU President Steven Gamble and Vice President […]

Education bond benefits outweigh pain of tax hike

We seldom recommend voting for a tax initiative. We prefer our government servants to achieve goals by cutting waste and looking to private enterprise, which often is more efficient and effective. That said, a proposal on Tuesday’s New Mexico ballot is worth supporting. It is Bond B, the semiannual General Obligation Bond for Education, which […]

Governor backs Ute Water project

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson’s 2007 legislative agenda for the “Year of Water” includes $5 million for the Ute Water Project that will serve communities throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties. The governor included the investment in a $103.5 million spending plan he outlined Wednesday for projects and programs he says would move the […]

City manager says streets, growth top priority

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City Manager Joe Thomas served 21 years on the Clovis Police force. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ News editor Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas, 55, celebrated his 34th anniversary with the city of Clovis on Aug. 7. In 1972, the Tucumcari native joined the Clovis Police Department as an officer, and served […]

City to hold public hearing

CNJ Staff The city of Clovis will hold an Infrastructure and Capital Improvement Plan public hearing at 9 a.m. Friday at City Hall, 321 Connelly St. Agencies wishing to be considered for placement on the plan should contact the city manager’s office by noon Wednesday at 769-7828, according to a news release from city officials. […]

Almost 370 to graduate from ENMU today

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents members were glad to see that almost 370 will be graduating from ENMU today and are expecting many construction projects on campus over the next couple of years. They talked about both of these topics during a regents’ meeting Friday morning. “This […]

Book exposes federal spending on pork projects

Freedom Newspapers Get ready for some squealing. The “Congressional Pig Book,” an annual exposé of some of the worst pork barrel projects conceived by Congress, is due out this week. The report’s release is never a happy occasion inside the Beltway, but this year it’s even less so, given the spotlight that lobbying scandals have […]

Education feature: Clovis sophomore hoping to study aeronautical engineering

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Clovis High sophomore Jay Burns will compete in the state science fair April 7-8 in Socorro. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A thin strand of stainless steel wire, for Jay Burns, is utterly essential. So is aluminum foil, lightweight balsa wood and a high-voltage power supply. These are the components […]

Municipal candidates get priorities straight

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer They’ve knocked on doors and talked to voters, and now with the election two days away, City Commission candidates say they understand the people’s priorities. They said voters care about issues such as water, roads, drainage, crime and youth. Len Vohs and Gloria Wicker are running for the District […]

Reporter’s notebook: Students researching New Mexico

Two elementary students, one from Nebraska and one from Illinois, have adopted the state of New Mexico for research projects. Wanting display materials for their projects, both students have written letters to the Clovis News Journal asking local residents to send them postcards, letters, brochures, maps and other information regarding the state. Norma Swanson, teacher […]

Capital outlay give and take process

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Construction crews with LCI 2 Inc. dig the new lagoon Tuesday at the city’s wastewater treatment plant in Clovis. The state Legislature allocated $1.4 million in capital outlay funds for the project. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Year after year, local officials approach state legislators with palms outstretched, in aspiration […]

CCC, ENMU projects supported by Senate

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Senate unanimously approved a measure on Monday to finance nearly $144 million worth of capital improvements for universities, colleges, senior citizen centers and libraries. Projects for Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College are included in the measure. Senate Bill 301 authorizes general obligation bond financing, if […]

Lawmakers brace for busy 30 days

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson called on the Legislature Tuesday to phase in an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $7.50 an hour and repeal a tax on nursing home beds. In a state of the state speech on the opening day of the Legislature’s 30-day session, […]

CCC targeted for state funds

CNJ staff Brick and mortar projects at Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University got a big boost Wednesday from Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson carved out $8 million in his capital outlay budget for building projects at the institutions, according to a press release from his office. “With a strong financial outlook, now is […]

City pursuing overpass funds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners chose a railroad overpass project over three other less extensive projects to submit for a Community Development Block Grant at Thursday night’s regular commission meeting. According to commissioners, they opted for the overpass construction project because it benefits the most people in the community and has […]

Court ruling threatens private ownerships

CNJ Editorial Members of the U.S. Senate got to put a face with a name last week when Susette Kelo came asking for their help. She is the Kelo in Kelo v. City of New London, Conn., a recent Supreme Court decision that freed municipalities to use the power of eminent domain to take property […]

County fair attracts competitors in categories such as livestock, fine art

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Penny Bryant will enter her “Carousel with Horses” in the Counted Cross-stitch category and “Garden Fairy” in the Adults Crafts category in the Curry County Fair, which starts Monday and runs through Aug. 20. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Thousands of tiny, colorful stitches combine to create the image of […]