Commission approves zoo upgrade priority list

Kevin Wilson City Commissioner Randy Crowder wanted other commissioners to stop and take a breath at the costs of park improvements due to cost overruns in golf course renovations. The commission opted to play through. By a 6-1 vote, commissioners approved an improvements priority list for the city’s zoo at Hillcrest Park. The list of […]

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 […]

Budget may raise TRICARE costs

Out-of-pocket health care costs for military retirees and for users of the TRICARE retail pharmacy network would jump next October if Congress approves President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget request delivered last week. Annual active duty pay raises also would be impacted but not until January 2015 when raise caps would begin and last three years. […]

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 […]

Planning commission approves affordable housing plan

Sharna Johnson Clovis’ planning and zoning commission unanimously approved the city’s affordable housing plan Wednesday. The vote came following a presentation of the plan by Community and Legislative Director Claire Burroughes. “The rental housing market here is overburdened,” Burroughes said. One of the projects giving the plan momentum is the renovation of Hotel Clovis to […]

Commission approves gross receipts tax increase

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission approved a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase, effective July 1, during its meeting Thursday. The tax, which will be in place for 10 years and raises the city’s GRT rate to 7.8125 percent, is expected to generate about $1.5 million annually to help pay the city’s share of […]

Commission approves loan commitment letter

Sharna Johnson Clovis’ city commission approved a $1.4 million loan commitment letter to develop Hotel Clovis into a residential property, but not without concerns. The approved letter shows the city is committed to extending a loan to Tierra Realty Trust LLC for development of the downtown building. Approved 6-2, commissioners Juan Garza and Randy Crowder […]

Commission approves budget transfer for giraffe

Kevin Wilson Make room, Jael. You’re about to have some company. The Clovis City Commission approved a $15,500 budget transfer Thursday, allowing Hillcrest Park Zoo staff to pay for the acquisition and delivery of a male giraffe currently owned by The Disney Company. Jael, the zoo’s female giraffe, is in her window for gestation and […]

EPCOG approves budget, cuts staff

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Interim Director Richard Arguello of Union County, center, directs the Eastern Plains Council of Governments meeting Wednesday at Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurant. The board adopted a reduced budget that will eliminate almost a third of its staff. By Robin Fornoff: Content editor The Eastern Plains Council of Governments cut almost […]

Parks manager approves swimming lessons

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Bill Bizzell didn’t take long to dive in to his tenure with the city Thursday night. Only working as the city’s new parks and recreation director since Monday, Bizzell met little opposition in approving summer swimming lessons a few minutes after his introduction by City Manager Joe Thomas. “We […]