New energy department not brightest solution

T he energy crisis of the 1970s led to the creation of a U.S. Department of Energy, as politicians sought to assure the public they were responding seriously to the situation. But what did the creation of yet another federal department do for Americans, in terms of lessening our dependence on oil imports or diversifying […]

Board awards superintendent 5 percent raise

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis Schools Superinten-dent Rhonda Seidenwurm will receive the same 5 percent pay raise other school district employees on average will receive. The school board approved Seidenwurm’s pay increase at Tuesday’s meeting. Her current annual salary was increased $6,425 to $134,925 effective July 1. “It’s a vote of confidence,” Seidenwurm […]

ENMU regents OK tuition hike

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Higher education costs are going up across the state and nation, and Eastern New Mexico University will be no different. The ENMU Board of Regents took care of a lengthy agenda Friday, much of which involved discussion of tuition, fees and boarding increases at the university. The meeting also addressed […]

FEMA relief funds approach $400,000 mark

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Federal assistance for individuals affected by the March 23 tornadoes in Curry and Quay counties is rolling along, with 70 percent of funds approved thus far in the hands of victims, according to federal officials. Nearly $396,000 in assistance has been approved for tornado victims in both counties since […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Schools Board of Education

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Schools Board of Education met Tuesday. The following is a summary of the meeting. Board members: —Granted the Gattis Junior High School Choral and Seventh-Grade Mixed Choir permission to travel to the Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Springs. —Received results from the 2005 Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey […]

Meetings watch: Tuesday’s Municipal Schools board meeting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The following is a supplemental report on Tuesday’s Municipal Schools board meeting: The board took the following action: —Approved the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school year calendar. The calendars have 173 and 174 instructional days, respectively. School begins Aug. 15 and Aug. 13, respectively. —Approved a request to travel for […]

Council approves next phase for Wellness Center

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners unanimously approved the next step in the design and construction of the Wellness Center, despite uncertainty that lingers about language used by the New Mexico Legislature to appropriate funds for the center. Designing and overseeing the construction of the second phase of the Wellness Center — […]

Advertisements net collections

By CNJ Staff An advertising investment of around $800 resulted in more than $19,000 in criminal fine collections for Parmer County. In September, the Parmer County Commission approved a pair of measures to try to recoup $122,200 owed in fines from convicted offenders in the county. Parmer County Justice of the Peace Pamela Haseloff said […]

Sewer repairs approved

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education has approved immediate repairs to a collapsed sewer line at Gattis Junior High School. Approval was granted Tuesday during an emergency meeting scheduled to address the collapsed line. Clovis Schools Assistant Director of Construction Robert Telles said repairs to the sewer line […]

Residents express concern about ethanol plant

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A dozen Curry County residents expressed concerns about a proposed ethanol plant west of the city at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Most of the concerns centered around potential health issues that some say may arise from the construction and operation of a 105-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant near the existing […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools Board met Tuesday evening at 1009 Main St. The following is a summary of the meeting: • Enrollment figures for the first week of school are comparable to last year, according to Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. She reported about 8,040 students enrolled in the […]

City beefs up DUI penalties

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners adopted an ordinance at Thursday’s meeting toughening penalties for driving under the influence of liquor or drugs. Drivers convicted of a second or third DUI offense in Clovis will face at least 28 days in an inpatient, residential or in-custody substance abuse program, at least 90 […]

Meetings Watch 7/27

The following is a summary of the Clovis City Commission meeting held Wednesday: • The 2006-2007 city budget was approved. The estimated cash balance of the budget is roughly $17 million with revenues and expenditures, according to city documents. City revenues are slightly higher than expected and will be funneled into public improvement projects, City […]

County approves budget, balks on jail costs

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer The Curry County Commission approved the $8,890,000 final operating budget for 2006-2007 at Tuesday’s meeting. According to Curry County Finance Director Mark Lansford, two-thirds of the budget is allocated for the Sheriff’s Department and Curry County Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers. Lansford said the money is used for employee […]

June 28, 2006 Meetings Watch

The Clovis Municipal School Board met Tuesday. The following is a summary of their meeting: • A resolution was approved which will enable board members to attend board meetings via telephone. The telephone option is to be used by board members when illness or unavoidable schedule conflicts preclude them from attending a meeting in person. […]

Muleshoe school renovations approved

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Muleshoe voters overwhelmingly approved Saturday a $25 million bond for school district renovations and expansion. Also decided by vote Saturday were two seats on the Muleshoe, three seats on the Farwell and two seats on the Bovina School Boards and city council. Sixty-five percent of Muleshoe voters approved the […]

Meetings watch: Clovis school board

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday evening at 1009 Main Street. The following is a summary of the meeting: • Clovis High School seniors Amanda Flanagan and Matthew Sena were recognized as Board of Education Scholarship Recipients. • Yucca Junior High School Family Consumer Community Leaders of America students, and their advisor, […]

Eminent domain issue tabled

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission on Thursday tabled a vote to purchase land from a private landowner that would have allowed the city to build a drainage ditch. Commissioners will wait 90 days before they decide whether to purchase 1.13 acres of Griego’s property and replace a fence for $22,750, […]

Meetings watch

CNJ staff The following is a report from Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting: Department reports: Finance Department • An audit was completed with no reported problems. • A contract with Wright Express to provide fuel for county vehicles was approved. • A contract with Calling Solutions to provide inmate telephone services was approved. Road Department […]

Bill approved to impose tax in cities, counties

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A new tax would be imposed in cities and counties on some out-of-state purchases under legislation approved by the House on Monday. Local governments are projected to collect more than $11 million a year under the proposal for a local option compensating tax. The measure would automatically impose the […]