Four candidates interviewed for public works director

CNJ staff The city of Clovis expects to name its new public works director next week. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said the city is looking at four candidates for the position, which became available when longtime director Harry Wang left for a similar job in Las Vegas, Nev. The four candidates interviewed are: • […]

MLK Blvd. railway crossing closing temporarily

CNJ staff The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard railroad crossing will be closed until early this evening while BNSF Railway crews perform maintenance on the crossing, according to Interim Public Works Director Clint Bunch. He said BNSF is fixing the crossing because of the expected increase in traffic after city officials indefinitely closed the Hull […]

AARP works to educate senior drivers

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico The numbers are alarming when it comes to senior drivers: • 6,512 seniors (65 years old and older) were killed in traffic accidents in 2005 — 15 percent of all traffic fatalities. Experts predict that number will swell to 23,000 annually by 2030. • 79 percent of fatal accidents […]

Public works director finishes final day

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Harry Wang said goodbye to a job, and a place he considers his hometown. Wang, the outgoing public works director, finished out his final day on the job after 15 years with the city, and was recognized for his service during an otherwise light Clovis City Commission meeting. Wang […]

Four-day week works for Sloan

Portales’ Wendel Sloan, who works for Eastern New Mexico University, responding to a question about four-day work weeks for those employed by public entities:

City public works director resigning

CNJ staff Clovis Public Works director Harry Wang is taking a job with the city of North Las Vegas, Nev., according to a news release. His last day with Clovis is July 3. The city of Clovis will begin accepting applications for the public works director position today, the release said. The last day to […]

Meetings Watch: Clovis Public Works Committee

The city of Clovis Public Works Committee met Wednesday. Here is a report on the meeting: • The committee will send the City Commission a request for $200,000 to supplement a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant to rehabilitate residential roads between Grand and Seventh streets and Mitchell and Thornton streets. The city qualified for the […]

Online literary journal provides creative outlet

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gina Hochhalter, English instructor at CCC, began Palabras in 2002. She currently designs Palabras at home and relies on six volunteers to help her edit and post the publication. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A literary journal designed to give undergraduates a chance to publish their work is blossoming, […]

March 6 – Frosty work

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Leonard Freitas works the crosswalk in front of Zia Elementary during the winter storm that hit Clovis Thursday morning. Freitas has been a crosswalk guard for seven years.

Volunteer Opportunity – Public Works Committee

City of Clovis Public Works Committee currently has a vacancy for a District 4 representative. The committee advises the city commission on public works activities such as drainage, landfill and streets. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Claire Burroughes, 763-9653.

Recycling gives Christmas trees new life

CNJ staff Ornament and tinsel-free Christmas trees left by Dumpsters will be picked up by Clovis’ team of refuse collectors. Trees also can be taken to the landfill on East Brady Street. Either way, the trees will be ground up to make free mulch at the landfill. “People will use the mulch and it’s better […]

It’s Their Business: Plant Works

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Plant Works started as a plant store 16 years ago, but now also sells gourmet foods and gifts, among other items. (CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson) Name: Plant Works Garden & Gift Shop Location: 1100 N. Prince St. What they do: Sell candles, gifts, jewelry, plants, gourmet foods, and bath and body care, and make […]

On the cold front

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Robert Osborn uses his 4-wheeler to pull his sons Blaze, 9, left, and Camron, 7, down the street. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A prolonged cold spell pushed the average temperature in January in eastern New Mexico well below normal. According to AccuWeather.com, the average daily temperature last month was […]

Letters to the Editor: Warden deserves credit for jail successes

I think it is time the public has another viewpoint involving Curry County Detention Center. I have attended a majority of the County Commission meetings the past three years and, therefore, have been able to tour the Detention Center four times, the latest being Jan. 5. The vast changes that have occurred since Warden Leslie […]

Local Roundup: Trees will be picked up after first of year

By CNJ Staff Now that Christmas has come and gone and this holiday season is almost over, it’s time to think about untrimming the tree and boxing up the decorations for another year. The Clovis Public Works Department is asking residents who used live Christmas trees to dispose of them properly. Clovis Public Works Administrator […]

Author remembered as friend

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers While Portales people knew him as “Jack,” the Eastern New Mexico University professor and all-around nice guy, Jack Williamson, cast a large shadow in the science fiction community. Terms and even ideas adopted by science or Hollywood often had their roots in science fiction. Williamson coined or made popular a […]

April showers signal advent of spring workouts

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers April usually means flowers and showers — except, of course, in New Mexico — but the month also has another important classification attached to it. It’s time to prepare for bikini season. True, the High Plains don’t really have a lot of surf where one can loll around in the […]

Residents seek alternatives to ‘pits or holes’ in developed areas

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Clovis city commissioners view ideas for storm-water management during a presentation Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioner Cathy Haynes says storm-water retention ponds in the city are unhealthy, unsightly and dangerous. Several area residents shared her views on […]

Legislators, lobbyists and Leno: Yikes

By Ned Cantwell: State coulumnist This is a wonderful time of year for civics students. They get to see how the system works here in New Mexico. Here’s how it works. We pay tax when we fill the tank, earn a paycheck, or eat a meal at a restaurant. For the test at the end […]

God plays big part in modern medicine

By Judy Brandon My sister Susie lives in Rochester, Minn., where she has made friends with a wonderful lady. While caroling two Christmases ago at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester with some other volunteers, Susie got coupled with Sister Dora, a 78-year-old Catholic nun who is also a nurse. The two soon became great friends […]