CCC Board approves health center addition

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer There will be a new addition to the Clovis Community College — a 25,000-square-foot Allied Health Center. The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees approved the facility proposal Wednesday. The new building will allow the college to expand existing programs, including the radiological technology program, the nursing program and […]

Melrose city pool scheduled to open

CNJ Staff The pool at Melrose’s city park is scheduled to open today — just in time for the end of the community’s first day of school. State environmental officials on Tuesday night approved the pool’s opening after nearly two years and more than $100,000 in repairs, City Council member Lance Pyle said. Pyle said […]

City OKs annual budget

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission approved its 2005-2006 budget Thursday night and funded several projects and capital investments with a substantial cash surplus. The new city budget had a surplus of about $900,000 beyond what the state requires the city to hold in reserves, officials said. City Finance Director Don […]

Board changing meeting schedule

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The 7 p.m. school board meeting, scheduled twice a month, have caused School Board Member Max Best to miss more than one of his son’s basketball games. The board hopes to soon curb time conflicts like those voiced by Best. At Tuesday’s school board meeting, members voted unanimously to […]

Commission approves pay raise

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer City employees will receive a little more than half of a pay raise package outlined in April by city management. City officials said the uncertainty presented by Cannon Air Force Base’s appearance on the Base Realignment and Closure list prompted them to scale back the pay plan. “I promised […]

ENMU tuition going up

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved a raise in tuition and board along with pay increases for school staff during a meeting Friday in Ruidoso. Regents approved an $83 increase in tuition per semester for resident and non-resident undergraduate students. Regents also approved a $93 increase in […]

Commission approves funding for DWI programs

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission held a regular meeting Tuesday. Items passed: • A permit was approved to place a culvert under Curry Road 12. • A bid was approved from Bee Equipment for a lease of two pneumatic rollers at $3,750 each for use in construction of roads leading to the Southwest Cheese […]

Clovis reinstates mandatory 8th-grade PE

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School Board approved a motion Tuesday to reinstate the requirement for physical education for all eighth graders starting in the next school year. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ladona Clayton said junior high principals and staff members had approached her about concerns for student well-being and wanting […]

G.O. Bonds approved by voters

By Ryan Lengerich A school bond that will designate $8 million to Eastern New Mexico University was approved by New Mexico voters on Tuesday. Bond B will allocate $94.5 million to colleges statewide and raise property taxes by an average of $15.26 per year on a $150,000 home, according to the state Board of Finance. […]

Bond would benefit area colleges

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Area higher education officials say a bond that would allocate $94.5 million is crucial to projects planned at local colleges. Voters will decide Nov. 2 if funding the projects is worth a slight rise in property taxes. Bond “B” will provide funding for equipment and building projects at universities […]

Latest realigment plan eliminates bi-districts

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High is expected to lose two teams in its district if the latest athletic alignments are approved Wednesday by the New Mexico Activities Association’s Board of Directors. The new 5A alignment would put Clovis in District 4 with Hobbs and Carlsbad, a change prompted by excessive travel time […]

City considering police incentive package

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor City officials are hoping a new incentive package for Clovis police will help hike staffing levels and attract more experienced officers to the force. City Manager Ray Mondragon will present an approximately $80,000 annual incentive package for approval at tonight’s city commission meeting. If approved, the average incentive pay […]

Officers receive wanted pay hike

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis city commissioners gave a group of police officers the pay raise they were excluded from in June. But with that raise came some harsh words for the roughly 35 officers who signed a petition to form a union. The commission approved the pay raise by a 7-1 vote, […]

Clovis schools, Boy Scouts partnering again

By Ryan Lengerich, CNJ staff writer Four schools will continue to use a supplemental academic program thanks to donations from two local companies. Boy Scout District Executive Director Scott Kilian told the Clovis school board on Tuesday he has secured $15,000 in funding for a character-building program owned by the Scouts. “Learning for Life,” is […]

Pay raise passes by police

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioners approved pay raises for city workers at their regular meeting Thursday, but excluded, for now, those city police officers who have signed a petition to form a union. Clovis Police Officers Association representative Randall M. Harris told the commissioners it was a “travesty” not to include […]

Issuance of $1.3 million bond approved by county

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer County Commissioners approved issuing a $1.3 million gross receipts tax revenue bond Monday to fund building an annex for the county’s adult detention center. But, County Manager Geneva Cooper said, in order to afford the bond payments — while avoiding a deficit — the commission also must pass two […]

Governor signs capital financing

CNJ STAFF and WIRE REPORTS When Gov. Bill Richardson signed measures into law on Wednesday to finance $485 million in capital improvements across New Mexico, $14 million in projects he cut using his line-item veto powers included money that had been destined for Clovis and Curry County. Funds of $250,000 set aside to renovate a […]

Education Roundup 2/5

Enrollment up at Clovis College Final enrollment figures for the Fall 2003 term at Clovis Community College were announced Wednesday at a board meeting. The figures comprise the regular fall semester, the fall eight-week terms, the short courses and workshops offered during the period of August through December 2003. When compared with the fall 2002 […]

Commission approves alley alteration

By Jack King The city Planning and Zoning Commission approved a change Wednesday in the city’s subdivision regulations that will help clarify when alleys are required in a neighborhood development and when they are not. City Attorney David Richards said the city ordinance previously stated that all lots require alleys unless a “special design plan” […]

Mayor, commissioners get a raise

By Jack King On a 5-3 vote Thursday, the City Commission approved raising pay for the mayor and commissioners a total of $18,000 a year. Under the measure, commissioners pay would increase from $5,000 a year to $7,000 and the mayor’s pay would go from $6,000 to $8,000 a year. The pay increase will go […]