Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

This is a supplement report to Tuesday's Curry County Commission meeting in whch commissioners took the following action: Approved a $20.9 million annual budget for fiscal year 2012-2013. Renewed a countywide burn ban. The ban basically forbids all open fires with the exception of certain approved burns for agricultural purposes. Approved a resolution opposing a […]

EPCOG audits repeat findings from 2005 report

Audit reports from 2006 through 2008 at the Eastern Plains Council of Government repeat findings from a 2005 report — poor accounting practices that either contributed to misuse of government-provided monies, or at least provided such opportunities. Just like an auditor's report and financial statement of 2005 done by Woodard, Cowen and Co., the three […]

Police blotter – July 25

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday 2:41 a.m.: Caller advised a teen male vomiting and bleeding from his nose, possibly intoxicated, 900 block of Edwards Street. 9:06 a.m.: Caller reported smoke coming out of the ducts at an apartment complex, 1200 block of North Cameo Street. 10:51 a.m.: Caller […]

Press release: Udall talks campaign finance reform testimony

WASHINGTON – On his weekly radio call today, U.S. SEN. TOM UDALL discussed his testimony on campaign finance reform before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the need to extend middle-class tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans before they expire in December. Click here to listen to the full audio online. Click here to download […]

Pledge threat to defense budget

Worried by the "sequestration" blade set to fall on defense budgets in January, Republicans are sounding alarms with special hearings, a flurry of press releases and bills that offer at least interim solutions. But will Republicans also reconsider their "anti-tax hike" pledge to the powerful lobbyist Grover Norquist? A rising chorus of critics, including some […]

Editorial: Bushs’ efforts put spotlight on AIDS issue

Before the moment passes, we join others in extending our appreciation for former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura's ongoing support for efforts to break the deadly AIDS epidemic threatening Africa. Thank you, President and Mrs. Bush. The former first couple spent a week earlier this month in Zambia helping to build a […]

Zia Juniors stay alive at state

CARLSBAD — The Clovis Zia All-Stars stayed alive Monday night in the state Junior Division Little League tournament with an 11-1 win over Santa Fe. Zia, which lost to Roswell Noon Optimists 11-4 in a second-round winners game on Sunday, is one of four teams left in the eight-team, double-elimination event, and will face Albuquerque […]

Editorial: County pay raise deserves discussion

Curry County commissioners have a lot of work to do today. Their meeting agenda includes nearly 100 items, ranging from consideration of closing County Road R near Cannon Air Force Base for security reasons, to renewal of a burn ban, to yet another discussion on building a new jail. Oh, and they're planning to give […]

Report: Traffic citations down 17 percent

The Clovis Police department issued 17 percent fewer traffic citations in 2011 than it did the year before, according to the department's annual report. Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said there isn't a particular cause for the decrease in the number of citations. The police department issued 13,927 citations last year — an average of […]

Local college nursing programs expanding

Local college nursing programs are expanding more every semester because of a strong job market, according to nursing program directors. CMI staff photo: Alisa Boswell Sylvia Velasquez, left, and LaKeishia Monroe, certified nurse's aides at Roosevelt General Hospital, change sheets on a bed at the hospital. RGH Nursing Director Maxine Montano said the need for […]

Proposed grant changes raise concerns

Count the Eastern Plains Council of Governments as one of numerous entities against a proposed change on Community Development Block Grant rules. The change would introduce to the state the Housing and Urban Development's Section 108 loan guarantee program. The program offers government entities a loan to fund economic development or the rehabilitation of housing […]

Police blotter – July 24

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday 11:28 a.m.: Caller advised a trash truck hit a gas line, 400 block of Mercury Place. 2:20 p.m.: Caller advised hot antifreeze exploded onto someone's face and chest, causing severe blistering, 200 block of North Prince Street. 5:29 p.m.: Caller advised she located […]

Business digest – July 24

Agency owner designated for award A Clovis insurance agency owner was designated last week for a company award. Nick Wiegel received Allstate's Premier Service Agency designation, an honor bestowed on less than one-third of Allstate's total agency force, according to a release from the company. The designation, according to the release, is given to Allstate […]

Minnesota team likes challenges

The Chaos/Breakaway Sportswear girls slow-pitch softball team likes to challenge itself. CMI photo: Kevin WilsonAndover, Minn.-based Chaos/Breakaway Sportswear shortstop Brionna Quinehan is congratulated by coach Cole Hudek as she reaches third base during the second inning of Saturday night's game against the Clovis Lady Xplosions in the 19-and-under girls division of the USSSA World Youth […]

Next step of U.S. 70 construction project to start

With Phase 1 of the U.S. 70 road construction project beginning its next step by moving over to First Street between University and South Avenue C in Portales, Project Supervisor John Guldemann of Constructors Inc. decided to share information on where road crews are at and where they're going: Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Constructors Inc. […]

HPJRA rodeo endures rough start

Early in Saturday's action in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at Curry County Events Center, in the world of man-vs.-animal, it was the animals who had the better time of it. Two riders were thrown to the ground, causing temporary delays while they gathered their senses. And then a bull sent another would-be […]

Zia Juniors win opener; Roosevelt County falls to Silver City

CARLSBAD — The Clovis Zia All-Stars took the lead for good with an eight-run third and went on to beat Albuquerque South Valley 14-9 on Saturday night in the opening round of the double-elimination state Little League Juniors Division tournament. CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero Clovis Zia third baseman Jacob Wolftongue tags out Albuquerque Eastdale's Josh […]

Avoid regrets by valuing life now

I recently visited a 64-year-old divorced father of three in his North Dallas apartment. Through a mutual friend, I'd known him for a decade. Despite health problems, partly caused by alcohol and cigarettes, he was always kind and cordial to me and, more importantly, to our friend who needed a supportive friend in Dallas — […]

Editorial: Longer prison sentences costly for states

J ails and prisons are there for a reason: to keep the public safe, to deter crime, bring a sense of justice and responsibility, and, hopefully, reform offenders. A new report suggests that cash-strapped states could save millions of dollars by reducing sentences for nonviolent crimes without risking an increase in crime. The numbers of […]

Denish: Selling jets not enough

(With apologies to Gail Collins and David Brooks of the New York Times — who popularized this format, the following is an exchange between the columnist and former New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.) Denish: Your column backing the New Mexico law allowing illegal immigrants to drive was right on target, but I was amused […]