Developers discuss Cannon housing details

Kevin Wilson An Atlanta-based developer met with about 80 developers Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center to discuss details on a private housing plan at Cannon Air Force Base. Schedule to start July 1, the housing privatization project will add 677 new homes to the base. The work at Cannon is part of a $470 […]

Business digest —

Outreach conference scheduled A small business outreach conference has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. March 13 at the Clovis Civic Center for subcontractors and suppliers to work on a privatized housing project at Cannon Air Force Base. Balfour Beatty Construction is seeking qualified applicants to work on a project of approximately 677 new housing […]

Officials: Hotel Clovis work on schedule

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks City officials said all indications point to the Hotel Clovis renovation being on schedule. Tierra Realty, the company converting the historic hotel into part of an apartment complex, has a deadline of Dec. 31 to finish the project to qualify for tax credits. CNJ staff Work on the renovation of […]

Complacency has no place in police work

Grrr … Sunday’s Clovis News Journal story about the life and times of police informant Zach Stephenson shined light in a lot of dark and scary places. Among the most troubling details uncovered were those about how some Clovis law officers had become so nonchalant about carrying around semi-automatic rifles that two of them forgot […]

McGee: Calling police safest way to check out strangers

OK, so if you come to work before the sun comes up and there’s a car you’ve never seen before sitting away from the building, not in the parking lot, parked in the grass, engine running and its lights are on…you’d call the cops, wouldn’t you? That’s what I did. I mean it could’ve been […]

Religion feature: Pastor awarded for work with youth

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Pastor Clyde Davis surveys an area in his office at the First Presbyterian Church in Clovis to hang the Celtic Cross award plaque he received Sunday. The award symbolizes Davis’ service to youth in the community. Benna Sayyed Throughout his career as a teacher and pastor Clyde Davis has used […]

McGee: Listening skills could use work

The Lady of the House says I don’t listen. I disagree. I hear every word she says. Just like the other day we were driving through Portales on our way to Roswell and I noticed the “Welcome to Portales” sign was gone. You know, the one that reads “WELCOME TO PORTALES…HOME OF 17,000 FRIENDLY FOLKS […]

Retired Ohio sheriff hired to head jail

Robin Fornoff Retired Ohio sheriff Gerry Billy was hired Tuesday as the new Curry County jail administrator among rave reviews from all five commissioners. Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, however, questioned how a new arrangement that has Billy reporting directly to commissioners instead of County Manager Lance Pyle was going to work. “I am very impressed with […]

Company beginning water main project

CNJ staff New Mexico American Water has started a $250,000 project to replace what it calls undersized water mains at numerous locations across Clovis. Spokesman Evan Jacobs said work began Wednesday and will continue for several weeks. Jacobs also said the work could cause temporary service interruptions and some minor traffic and parking issues. The […]

Officials work toward Ute Lake compromise

Thomas Garcia A conservation steering committee said Thursday they would like to work together to establish policies that ensure Ute Lake water levels protecting recreation while providing water to Curry and Roosevelt counties. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said hers and other communities should be willing to work out a compromise that benefits everyone. “We do […]

Education column: ‘Prize Patrol’ rewards effort, hard work

A Clovis Municipal Schools school bus filled with a somewhat boisterous group of individuals was seen traveling the streets of Clovis one day last week. A closer look revealed that this lively group was traveling with a giant banner, noisemakers, giant placards, and cameras. Nope … not students. Turns out this group was made up […]

Report: Commissioner may have created hostile work environment

Robin Fornoff A private consultant has concluded Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard may have created a hostile work environment for county employees in his treatment of County Manager Lance Pyle. The consultant’s report, obtained Monday by the CNJ through a state Open Records request, notes that while Stoddard’s behavior probably doesn’t rise to the level […]

Weekly update: Nov. 20

Inmate was allowed to work

Jail input sought from public

By Lance Pyle: Guest columnist I would like to openly address public concerns about the recent incident at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Interim Detention Administrator Tori Sandoval and Assistant County Manager Connie Harrison have completed the investigation into the escape that occurred early last Sunday morning. The results of that investigation concern me […]

How to help —

Turner Steve Turner, a Clovis resident, was in a work-related accident on Nov. 9, resulting in the amputation of his lower right leg. Steve will be unable to work while he is recovering and the family is in need of financial help. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, an account has been […]

Clovis police hosting fundraisers for children

The Clovis Police Department is hosting several fundraising events to help the less fortunate children in the community. Officers will be in front of Daylight Doughnuts at 2201 N. Prince from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. Dec. 2 to accept donations. Officers will also work with the wait staff at Leal’s Restaurant and Applebee’s and accept tips […]

Society has much for which to be grateful

W here to begin with the gratitude, followup on last week’s column? I lost a good friend this week, one whom I had not seen much recently, one who had been sick for a long time and dealt bravely and amazingly with it. That is not the gratitude; the gratitude is the experience of knowing […]

Smart cars could still use work

Apple’s new iPhone 4S has Siri, a virtual assistant that can tell you the weather, set alarms and reminders, and even look up the Dow Jones Industrial Average — all at the prompt of your voice. A few months ago, IBM’s Watson wiped the floor with former Jeopardy! champs, no small feat for a computer. […]

Demolition clearing way for hotel renovation

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Demolition work is under way at Hotel Clovis, which is being converted into apartments and business space. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2012. Benna Sayyed On the eve of the 80th anniversary of the opening of Hotel Clovis, a work crew was busy Wednesday knocking down walls […]

Government has no place to rule on marriage

The unemployment rate in Cleveland County, N.C., hovers just under 12 percent. In North Carolina, the rate is at 10.4 percent. When a major problem affects thousands in North Carolina and Cleveland County, legislators are expected to work for solutions. Instead, ours went looking for another problem. With the state’s economy in peril, legislators decided […]