Citizens vote to ban dual commission service

CNJ staff Clovis citizens overwhelmingly approved a ban on dual commission service, rejecting the process by more than a 4-to-1 margin. In all, 3,742 voted for adding Section 2-6 to the Clovis City Charter, with 784 voting against changing the charter. The section will read, “No elected officer of the City shall be an elected […]

Commission approves burn ban

CNJ staff Curry County residents face severe restrictions on open fires under a Fire Danger Emergency resolution approved Tuesday by county commissioners. The resolution — a burn ban — was approved on a unanimous vote after commissioners were told the 90-day weather forecast for calls for less than average precipitation, continuing a severe drought. The […]

Negotiations approved for jail finalists

Robin Fornoff Negotiations with two finalists for the Curry County jail administrator’s position were authorized Tuesday by commissioners. County Manager Lance Pyle said he and County Attorney Stephen Doerr will begin negotiating with Gerry Billy as the first choice and Michael Williams as the second choice. Billy is a retired six-term (24 years) sheriff of […]

Portales says yes to Sunday alcohol sales

Portales voters approved Sunday alcohol sales by a narrow margin in a referendum Tuesday. The final total was 311-278 for allowing sales of alcohol on Sunday at local restaurants. Election officials described the flow of voters as steady most of the day, but only a fraction of the city’s 6,007 registered voters ended up casting […]

County approves Plan A

Robin Fornof Curry County Commission districts will remain about the same for the next decade. Commissioners on Tuesday adopted Plan A before a near-capacity crowd of nearly 50 onlookers on a unanimous 5-0 vote. The plan that only slightly alters two district borders was one of seven alternative options up for consideration. An earlier motion […]

Food provider to be contracted for golf course

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission approved a stopgap measure Thursday to avoid hitting into rough territory with the Colonial Park Golf Course. By a 6-0 vote, the commission allowed golf pro Charlie Maciel to contract a food provider for the 18-hole course purchased until the course is taken over May 1, 2012, by a […]

Commission OKs property tax rates

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Commissioners on Thursday approved new property tax rates for 2011 that should mean no increases or only slight increases to most property owners, according to County Assessor Tim Lyman. Lyman said the new rates do include an increase to some Melrose property owners of about 4 mils. That increase to […]

Voter count goes up

CNJ staff The number of registered Clovis voters has gone up in the weeks since a referendum election was approved for the city’s affordable housing plan. But Curry County officials don’t think there’s anything that clearly connects new registrations to the city’s Aug. 2 election. Tuesday was the final day voters could register to cast […]

Weekly update — June 26

Absentee ballots available for Aug. 2 election Tuesday is the first day voters can request an absentee ballot for the Aug. 2 city election on the affordable housing plan. It was approved by the city commission May 5 in a 6-1 vote, but forced into a referendum election through petitions filed by the High Plains […]

Commissioners approve preliminary budget

Sharna Johnson In a unanimous vote Tuesday, commissioners approved a $12.1 million preliminary budget for Curry County despite concerns over the jail’s out-of-county housing costs, commissioner expense budgets and oversight of capital outlay purchases. The final budget has to be approved and submitted to the state by the end of July. During a presentation of […]

Joint Land Use Study approved

Sharna Johnson Tuesday, Curry County Commissioners approved a Joint Land Use Study aimed at identifying potential issues between Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission and surrounding communities. Study project manager Rudy Bauer told commissioners his group had worked closely with regional committees and involved the public heavily in the project, which took less than a […]

Tax special election approved for May 3

Kevin Wilson In a short special meeting Thursday, the Clovis City Commission approved a May 3 special election for a gross receipts tax increase, and the $30,000 budget transfer to pay for it. Both measures, and an unrelated measure allowing city intervention in a water rights case, were approved by 6-0 votes. Mayor Gayla Brumfield […]

Club notes — March 6

United Daughters of the Confederacy Ellen W. Jones Chapter 1022 of United Daughters of the Confederacy met on March 1 at the Pizza Hut. President Janelle Foster opened the meeting introducing guests Ray Kobernick and Savannah Kobernick. She thanked the hostesses Bess Jones and Jan Ross for their favors and decorations. Ritual was read by […]

Group: Petition has enough signatures to force special election

Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots said they have enough signatures to force a special election on a .25 percent gross receipts tax hike. The citizens group plans to bring the city signatures on Monday, the deadline day established after the Clovis City Commission approved the GRT increase in its Feb. 3 meeting. The group […]

Senate needs to back House on recent votes

Freedom New Mexico In recent days and weeks, the House of Representatives approved four major pieces of legislation that, if they become law, could stagger the big government mindset responsible for massive deficits and draconian regulations. On three separate bills, the House overwhelmingly voted to prevent federal agencies from spending money to implement Obamacare, and […]

Two-mill levy approved by more than two to one margin

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Patricia Myers casts her vote Tuesday at Barry Elementary School. Myers said she always votes, even if she has to brave bad weather. Liliana Castillo Voters in Tuesday’s school board election approved a two-mill levy by more than a two to one margin. The levy is a renewal […]

Provisional warrant approved for Noe Torres

CNJ staff An arrest warrant to hasten extradition from Mexico has been obtained for Clovis fugitive Noe Torres. A provisional warrant for Torres has been approved, according to a press release issued Wednesday by state Attorney General Gary King. Torres is charged with murder in connection with the September 2005 shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. […]

Commissioners amend Hotel Clovis lease agreement

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission quickly approved its only agenda item Wednesday, an amendment to the Hotel Clovis lease agreement with Tierra Realty of Taos. The company is seeking Housing and Urban Development HOME funds, and needed to alter the lease agreements to include HUD environmental assessment requirements. The company is trying to renovate […]

EPCOG updates policies

CNJ staff report Members unanimously approved six policy updates during a special meeting Tuesday of the Eastern Plains Council of Government’s executive committee. The policies updated were: a Workforce Investment Act policy and procedures manual, a disaster and recovery plan, a teleworking policy, fiscal monitoring and procedures and records retention and a public access policy. […]

Commission approves $7 million in bonds for wastewater plant

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission approved $7 million in wastewater treatment plant bonds in short order, and support for the Clovis Area Transport Service in slightly longer order, on Thursday evening. The two items drew the longest discussion at the commission’s regular meeting. Other items, with the exception of a filter replacement at the […]