Engineers review work on airport’s long-term plan

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Engineers working on the long-term plan for the Clovis Municipal Airport are optimistic a draft can be in front of the Clovis City Commission for approval by the end of the year. Representatives with KSA Engineers gave an overview of the airport master plan Tuesday night at city hall, […]

Commission votes to raise gross receipts tax

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Minutes before Curry County Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to raise gross receipts taxes, the only dissenter, Commissioner Robert Sandoval, criticized the group for failing to offer specifics on how the new money generated will be spent. “The public does not trust us,” said Sandoval. “They don’t. They’ve told us […]

Public entities share updates at quarterly luncheon

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com For about 75 minutes Tuesday afternoon, representatives of Clovis’ largest public entities brought others up to speed with each other over lunch at the Clovis Civic Center. The quarterly luncheon, Mayor David Lansford said, offers entities to build and expand relationships and improve channels of communication. The following entities […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. Items on the agenda include: • Consideration/action for change that would be increasing the Ute Water Project’s contract to allow for setbacks such as windy days, according to program manager Paul van Gulick. • […]

County attorney’s contract approved

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Curry County Commissioner-Elect Chet Spear’s request Tuesday to postpone granting County Attorney Steve Doerr a new two-year contract fell on all but one deaf ear. Commissioners approved the contract with a $10 and hour raise for Doerr on a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Wendell Bostwick the only dissenter. Doerr’s […]

Going to avoid typing myself into another movie wager

“How,” I asked myself, “did I type my way into this one?” I went to the ends of the earth, bottles and candy bar in the passenger seat, wondering that very question. Answer: That’s what happens when you wager with your sister. Well, Holly’s not really my sister, and 12 miles of Interstate 40 doesn’t […]

Pages past — Sept. 17

On this date … 1968: Carola Moore of Clovis was Miss Curry County, appearing at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque. That’s how she came to receive a hug from popular recording artist Eddy Arnold, who posed for photos before performing at the fair’s rodeo. 1961: Catherine Stern, of 141 E. Yucca in Clovis, […]

Police blotter — Sept. 17

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 12:14 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1300 block of West 15th Street. • 3:41 a.m.: Arson, 900 block of Piersall Avenue. • 5:49 a.m.: Prowlers, 900 block of Cameo Street. • 6:18 a.m.: Trespass in progress, 3700 block of North Prince Street. • 7:46 a.m.: […]

What’s happening — Sept. 17

Today Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Local Emergency Planning Committee — 1 p.m., Assembly room, City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Thursday Preschool Story Hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. City Commission meeting — 11:30 a.m., North Annex, Clovis- Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7828. Eastern New Mexico Water Utility […]

Sorghum crop booming

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Corn guzzles water. Sorghum sips it. Both make good feed for beef and dairy cattle. There you have it, the recipe for one of the largest sorghum crops in recent memory across eastern New Mexico and most of the state. The USDA’s latest forecast calls for about a 5 […]

Commissioner-elect raises spending concerns

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com One of the two people poised to take a seat on the Curry County Commission in January contends commissioners are about to hamstring him with two issues on the agenda for action today. Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. in the Clovis Carver Library’s north annex and are expected to […]

Military update: VA hospitals in need of more personnel

The Department of Veterans Affairs needs “tens of thousands” more personnel working in VA hospitals and clinics to meet patient demand, the new VA Secretary, Robert “Bob” McDonald, told lawmakers last week at a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The size of the staff shortage, McDonald said, explains why VA has launched “a […]

Pages past — Sept. 16

On this date … 1974: Midwest Video Corp, Clovis’ cable TV provider, informed customers that Eastern New Mexico University’s new educational station was being carried on channel 3. Some fine tuning might be needed, MVC said. “If 3 is bothering 2 or 4, your fine tuning may need adjustment there too,” an advertisement in the […]

Police blotter — Sept. 16

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday ∞ 12:28 a.m.: Shots fired, 2100 block of West Grand Avenue. ∞ 6:31 a.m.: Domestic report, 1200 block of Colonial Parkway. ∞ 10:33 a.m.: Theft, 900 block of North Main Street. ∞ 12:15 p.m.: Fraud, 1500 block of Westchester Avenue. ∞ 1:49 p.m.: Harassment, 200 […]

What’s happening — Sept. 16

Today Board of County Commissioners meeting — 9 a.m., North Annex, Clovis- Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7828. Airport Project Advisory Committee meeting — 5:30 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Local Emergency Planning Committee — 1 p.m., Assembly room, City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Thursday Preschool […]

Locals say methods of discipline should be private matter

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Blake Urall believes in corporal punishment, as long as it fits the situation. “Well, I’m all for disciplining children, because I discipline my kids all the time,” said Urall, 46, who had just finished coaching his son’s youth football game at Jim Hill Field. “I’m not going to sit […]

Police blotter — Sept. 14

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday ∞ 4:07 a.m.: Shoplifting in progress, 1200 block of West Seventh Street. ∞ 7:02 a.m.: Bomb threat, 1300 block of Connelly Street. ∞ 7:07 a.m.: Fraud, 1300 block of Mora Street. ∞ 7:17 a.m.: Domestic report, 500 block of Axtell Street. ∞ 7:54 a.m.: Theft, […]

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good

My first trade in fantasy football involved running backs Terrell Davis and Edgerin James. In the spring of 1999, my cousin Marvin invited me to join a league with eight of his friends. The league consisted of a bunch of 40-year-old men and me, a 14-year-old teenager. I’m sure they looked at me as an […]

Post-rainfall bird deaths result of hypothermia

Not long ago, around midnight, Portales received some heavy rainfall. “Marjorie, do we have flood insurance?” I asked my wife. She answered, “No.” That caused me to go from window to window the entire night to monitor the water level around our home.  Fortunately, the rain stopped at daybreak, and the rainwater only contacted the […]

Lawsuit accuses Clovis schools of negligence

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Parents of a student allegedly burned by chemicals on a toilet seat at his Clovis school say at least one other person was burned and they were denied copies of the school’s  investigation report. The allegations are part of a lawsuit filed this summer in 9th Judicial District Court […]